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.
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.