DALROD Peterborough Islanders - 9
London Haringey Racers - 3
After a string of road games, the Islanders returned to Peterborough hoping to extend their winning streak to 5.
Confidence was naturally high in the Islanders camp considering their recent form and, with the Racers short of veteran Lee Mercer following a recent suspension, the Racers had a monumental challenge ahead them.
The game started more slowly than would have been expected, with no side really taking charge of proceedings. It was not until a section of 4-on-4 gameplay that the match saw its first sparks. It was London that struck first, nine minutes in. However, once the Isles penalty expired and their clinical power play unit got chance to go to work, the game was tied up courtesy of James White.
The Islanders then started ramp up the pressure. Even the racers power play seemed defenceless against the Islanders onslaught. Nathan Pollard picked up a neat shorthanded goal at 16:27 and one minute from the period close Connor Stokes put his name on the scoresheet, ending the period at 3-1.
Basingstoke Buffalo - 0
DALROD Peterborough Islanders - 7
The Islanders headed down to Basingstoke for a late Sunday night face off hoping to keep their cup dreams alive.
Fortune favoured the Islanders in the EPL fixtures. The lack of a Phantoms game allowed the Isles to bring in Defenceman Cam McGiffin and Forward Martins Susters as additional support. The two proved their worth immediately. Martins bore down on Basingstoke keeper Lawday and racked up 4 goals in the first period, McGiffin picking assists on three of them.
The whole Islanders team worked as a unit and dominated both the attacking and physical aspects of play. McGiffin, Cleves, Herring, McDonald and Wallis all made noteworthy hits early on. Wallis’ hip check guided a Buffalo player into an unfortunate collision with the bench-plexiglass partition and, as his body wound itself around the pillar, he sustained a sizeable gash across his forehead. He later returned to the game bandaged up and played on, so hopefully the injury is not too serious.
Brad Moore also picked up a goal and assist in the first and brought the period to a 5-0 close.