Ice hockey - Islanders fight back against the Lions

Shaun Yardley was thrown out for a high sticking offence.

Shaun Yardley was thrown out for a high sticking offence.

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Peterborough Islanders hit two short-handed goals to salvage an important English National league Division Two South (East) point.

The city team failed to complete a clean sweep of victories over the improving Lee Valley Lions when hitting the road last Saturday (January 31), but they did battle back from behind for a 3-3 draw.

Islanders conceded twice in the opening period - the second goal coming on a powerplay that following a hotly-disputed cross-checking call on Brad Moore.

Moore was the provider as Conor Pollard fired Islanders back into contention, but a third goal for the hosts kept them in the driving seat.

But Islanders returned for the final period with purpose and despite seeing captain Shaun Yardley thrown out following a high-sticking offence, they clawed their way back level against the odds.

Connor Hunter reduced their arrears with the first of the short-handed goals and they defied their numerical disadvantage again when defenceman Xandy Cleves hit the equaliser.

Islanders coach Stevie Johnson said: “Coming away with a 3-3 draw was a good result all told considering we came up against some unusual officiating.

“One of the big positives was the performance of Callum Medcalf, who stepped up from the Under 18s and thoroughly deserved his man-of-the-match award.”

Islanders entertain the London Haringey Racers at Planet Ice on Saturday (February 7, 5pm).