DALROD Peterborough Islanders – 14
Invicta Mustangs - 2
A 14-2 victory over the Invicta Mustangs has helped the Islanders close the gap on the Chelmsford Warriors. Both the Isles and Warriors are on 24 points, 10 points clear of any other team, however the Warriors have the advantage on goal difference.
The game started quickly and the Islanders put the pressure on early. It took just 3 minutes for Conor Pollard to find the back of the net. Nathan Pollard found James Pentecost in the corner, who threaded the puck through the eye of a needle, leaving a simple tap in for C. Pollard. This was to mark the start of a six-point night for each of them.
The rest of the period however lacked polish. The run of play remained one sided as the Isles racked up 17 shots to the Mustangs 4. Nevertheless, the Islanders could not get the puck past Invicta’s Grut who stood on his head all period. Whilst the shots were there, the Islanders were not playing great hockey and needed to boost their game.
The islanders headed into the game missing several key players due to other commitments and players stepping up to play for the phantoms.
The first period did not start well for them as they went 1-0 down to an Anthony Baskerville strike after 3:41 his first of a huge 4 goal haul for him. It didn't take the islanders long and after just over a minute they were level again after Nathan Pollard sent a blistering slap shot over the goalies glove after a neat pass from Conor Pollard. The Islanders then had to kill of a couple of Mustang powerplays as Rob Mcdonald took successive trips to the penalty box for charging and Hi-sticking. James pentecost found himself in space and danced around the defender and cooly finished off the breakaway to earn himself a short handed goal and put the Isles in front. The lead didn't last long as Baskerville scored his second with less than a minute left of the 1st period. However there was time for a moment of magic from the Islanders Conor Pollard. After receiving a pass from Mcdonald he toe dragged the defender causing the defender to fall over in a daze and easily rounded the keeper to send the Islanders to the period break with a narrow 3-2 lead.