The Islanders started their league campaign with a difficult match up against the treble winners last year the Chelmsford Warriors.
After a dominant start to the period, the Islanders lit the lamp just after the ten minute mark. A beautiful pass from Shaun Yardley found Leon Groom in acres of space, and Groom fired the puck into the net to get the first Islanders goal of the 16/17 season. The Islanders continued to dominate the period, but were made to pay by the Warriors on the Powerplay late in the period. Ross Brears found Tom Wilson in space and Wilson made no mistake scoring and tying the game at the end of the first Period.
Just over 2 minutes into the second period, and Groom got his second goal of the game, after some neat work from John Brammall and Yardley, Leon sent a slap shot on net and put the Islanders in the lead again. It didn't stop there as the Islanders got their third goal of the game courtesy of Connor Stokes, using his speed to beat the defender and neatly finishing off a breakaway to give the Islanders a two goal lead going into the final period.
The Dalrod Peterborough Islanders are delighted to announce 4 returning players for the 16/17 season.
Sam Barlow, Joseph Wilson, Jack Sansby and Callum Medcalf have all agreed to return to the islanders for the forthcoming season.
Barlow played in his 100th game for the Islanders last season and still at the young age of 21 he is one of the Islanders longest serving players. Standing at 6ft 5 he made his Islanders debut on the blue line at the age of 16 and has been a main figure on the Islanders team, he is always willing to put his team mates first and will do anything to help the team. Sam is delighted to continue his journey with the Islanders ‘I'm very excited to sign again for the Peterborough islanders. This is going to be my sixth season with them. Last year was a very good season for us all and hopefully we do better this year.’ Stevie is looking forward to seeing Barlow build on his previous seasons ‘Big in size and is a nightmare for opposition forwards when he uses it to his advantage. This will be his 3rd year with me and I’m hoping to see Barlow step up and be a role player for us this season.’