The Dalrod Islanders arrived at the Riverside to face the Chelmsford Warriors for the second time this season hoping to keep their 100% record.
The first period was a perfect period from the Islanders. Soaking up a bit of pressure from the Warriors with Dan Lane making some great saves to keep the scores level, but the Islanders soon found their stride and struck first with a powerplay goal. Patient build up from Shaun Yardley found Nathan pollard wide open on the back door, the Warriors goalie made a great save to keep this shot out but the rebound fell to Conor Pollard who tapped in the first goal of the game. Islanders then extended their lead a few minutes later. Warriors goaltender threw his stick which tripped Conor Pollard up, and Shaun Yardley stepped up to take the penalty shot and calmly scored on the backhand. And less than two minutes later the Islanders got their third goal courtesy of Clint Herring stepping over the blue line and sending a shot over the goalies shoulder into the top corner and give the Islanders a three goal lead at the end of the first period.
After winning their opening league game last weekend the Dalrod Islanders were hoping for more of the same in their cup opener against the Lee Valley Lions.
The first period started sluggish for the Islanders and they failed to create many cutting edge chances, although some good saves from the Lee Valley netminder prevented the Islanders from taking the lead on several occasions. It took until the last minute of the period for the Islanders to take the lead, after a smart exchange between Conor Pollard and Shaun Yardley, the puck came to Nathan Pollard on his backhand and he made no mistake putting it into the top corner and sending his team into the period break 1 goal up.