Ice hockey - Islanders gain revenge to clinch a promotion play-off spot

Warriors Thomas Wilson sees his close range shot saved by Dan Lane. Picture: Richard Davies
Warriors Thomas Wilson sees his close range shot saved by Dan Lane. Picture: Richard Davies
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Peterborough Islanders have clinched their place in the National League South Division Two play-offs to earn a tilt at promotion.

The city’s second team secured second spot in the East section thanks to a 6-4 success against Chelmsford at Planet Ice last Saturday night (March 7) in a do-or-die clash.

Conor Pollard sees his shot saved by Warriors netminder Sonny Phillips. Picture: Richard Davies

Conor Pollard sees his shot saved by Warriors netminder Sonny Phillips. Picture: Richard Davies

It was a sweet slice of revenge after the Essex side, who could have pipped them to the play-off spot, had thumped them 9-1 in their previous meeting.

A powerplay opener from Connor Stokes was cancelled out later in the first period and Islanders fell behind early in the second session when conceding on a five-on-three penalty kill.

Conor Pollard briefly levelled the scores before Chelmsford regained the initiative, but a first Islanders goal from Martins Susters and a James White strike had Islanders ahead by the second buzzer.

Nathan Pollard, playing as a defenceman for the first time in senior hockey, then sealed their success with two goals in the final session before Chelmsford grabbed a consolation.

Martin Susters scored a debut goal for the Islanders. Picture: Richard Davies

Martin Susters scored a debut goal for the Islanders. Picture: Richard Davies

Islanders will face the West table-toppers in the play-off semi-finals next month with the eventual winners of the post-season competition earning a rise in class to National League South Division One level next season.

Before then they complete their regular season fixtures at home to unbeaten Slough Jets on March 28.

They also have a cup semi-final in early April against Bristol Pitbulls.