Lee Valley Lions cannot conquer Peterborough Islanders
PUBLISHED: 13:57 05 March 2017 | UPDATED: 13:57 05 March 2017
Peterborough Islanders 8 Lee Valley Lions 3
Lee Valley Lions could not stop National League Division Two South East leaders Peterborough from clinching the title with their 15th straight win.
Lions, beaten 6-3 by Swindon in a cup match a week earlier, began their latest match with only seven skaters and came under early pressure, before Lee Hounslow managed to get a shot on target at the other end.
Captain Nick Alley then teed up Oliver Glover for a first-time shot, that flew just wide, before the home side opened the scoring with a blue line effort from Sam Barlow with barely six minutes gone.
Connor Stokes doubled the lead just over a minute later, when Lions goalie James Andrew was left stranded, but Craig Wallis was denied by a good reaction save soon after.
The visitors had a spell of 4-on-3, but could not convert and saw Conor Pollard return from the penalty box and break clear to beat Andrew but then fire against a post.
It was 3-0 in the 16th minute, though, when James Pentecost lifted the puck over Andrew’s glove hand, from Clint Herring’s pass, and Kenny Bavin cut in from the wing to fire the fourth in off the crossbar.
Lions began the second period on a powerplay after Pentecost was called for high-sticking and Robin Young fired in a big shot from the point, which Alley just failed to reach in time.
A hooking call against Young gave Islanders the chance to net their fifth on the powerplay through Stokes, before an interference penalty against the same Lee Valley player led to another pretty powerplay goal for Bavin.
Alley broke away to see a shot saved by the leg pads of Dan Lane, who smothered the loose puck before a Lions player could pounce.
But the visitors broke their duck in the 34th minute as Hounslow skated up ice and smashed a shot home to the delight of his team-mates.
Pentecost went close with a curling effort, before teeing up Herring with a pass from behind Andrew’s net to make it 7-1 and Nathan Pollard converted a pass from Wallis to make it 8-1 at the second break.
Peterborough had dominated the shot count 46-14 in the first 40 minutes and continued to bombard Andrew in the final session.
But Lions claimed some consolation as they scored the only two goals of the period, through Hounslow and man of the match Ben Duffy, after a great skate and pass from Glover.
The shortbenched visitors battled to the buzzer to deny Islanders any further score and they will return next Saturday to face the champions again, before hosting them in east London the following night in their last home fixture of the campaign.
Scorers, Peterborough: Connor Stokes 2 Kenny Bavin 2 Clint Herring 1+2 James Pentecost 1+1 Nathan Pollard 1 Sam Barlow 1 Craig Wallis 0+2 Shaun Yardley 0+2 Jack Sansby 0+1 Robert McDonald 0+1 Nathan Long 0+1 Dan Lane 0+1 Jonathan Brammall 0+1.
Lions: Lee Hounslow 2 Ben Duffy 1+1 Oliver Glover 0+2 Robin Young 0+1.
Penalty minutes: Peterborough 8 Lions 8.
Shots faced: Dan Lane (P) 7-7-5=19-3 James Andrew (LV) 21-25-21=67-8.