Owners Dave & Jo Lane took a moment to say a few words about the Islanders 2015/16 season...
"2015/16 saw the Islanders bring back some old faces to the squad, John Brammall, Clint Herring & Robbie McDonald all faces that had worn a jersey for the Islanders in the past, and a new face, Craig Wallis from the Nottingham Lions. Our reasoning behind this was to continue with our main focus, to train and develop the up and coming Phantoms juniors, along with supporting the Phantoms senior team by introducing some of our squad to EPL hockey. Connor Stokes, Brad Moore & James White all putting in good shifts and gaining valuable ice time with the Phantoms. We also gave valuable ice time and assisted in the development of some of our under 18s."
"We also saw Callum Medcalf who has come through our junior ranks from under 10s’ to this season playing under 18s’ NIHL 2 and also getting a few games under his belt playing for the Phantoms EPL squad."
"It was pleasing to see an improvement on last season, finishing second in our league, Cup final and play off runners up, this replicated our very own Phantoms season. All in all a very successful season."
"A special thanks goes out to our head coach Stevie Johnson, assistant coach Steve Wren and all our off ice officials that give there time to help support and help in the running of our match days. I would also like to thank our shirt sponsors and all of the supports that have watched our games."
Dave & Jo
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The Islanders season came to a close this weekend with an unfortunate lack of silverware.
The season started slowly for the Isles, winning just four of their first seven matches. The veterans and new recruits had to build chemistry, which put them at a disadvantage going into the season against teams that had played together for years. Plus, with some key players picking up injuries before the season and in the first few games, the team was bound to struggle. The scale of the losses to Chelmsford put the Islanders league hopes in jeopardy early on, but they rallied hard and went on a 15 game winning streak. This put them not only into the cup finals and the playoffs, but also gave them a realistic chance of winning the league. The consistency the team found mid-season was even more impressive given the inconsistency in the line up. Several key players were called up to the Phantoms throughout the season, which meant lines had to be chopped and changed regularly. This disruption however was not exclusively negative. The absence of players provided the opportunity for the Islanders to introduce some junior players into the line-up. The Peterborough set-up is now heavily focused on player development and, as players step up to the Phantoms and beyond, younger players have the chance to begin their senior hockey career with the Islanders. The confidence these youngsters played with this season inspires hope for seasons to come.