The islanders headed into the game missing several key players due to other commitments and players stepping up to play for the phantoms.
The first period did not start well for them as they went 1-0 down to an Anthony Baskerville strike after 3:41 his first of a huge 4 goal haul for him. It didn't take the islanders long and after just over a minute they were level again after Nathan Pollard sent a blistering slap shot over the goalies glove after a neat pass from Conor Pollard. The Islanders then had to kill of a couple of Mustang powerplays as Rob Mcdonald took successive trips to the penalty box for charging and Hi-sticking. James pentecost found himself in space and danced around the defender and cooly finished off the breakaway to earn himself a short handed goal and put the Isles in front. The lead didn't last long as Baskerville scored his second with less than a minute left of the 1st period. However there was time for a moment of magic from the Islanders Conor Pollard. After receiving a pass from Mcdonald he toe dragged the defender causing the defender to fall over in a daze and easily rounded the keeper to send the Islanders to the period break with a narrow 3-2 lead.