Stong Start Not Enough for Lions Against Islanders

After a weekend off following their game against Haringey. The Lions welcomed cup group leaders Peterborough to East London for the first time this season.

Lions were missing Ben Gillingham, Jordan Turner, Joe Weare & James Gosling.

Peterborough featured the returning James Pentecost, who had just left the Lions’ co-tenants London Raiders.

1st Period: The Lions started strongly, forcing several turnovers early on. After James Andrew had made a save, the puck found its way to James Hepburn (3:28, assists Duffy, Andrew) who blasted a slap shot from long range, that somehow trickled through Dan Lane’s legs. Shortly after James Joseph was calling for Hooking and the Islanders began to gain momentum, creating several near chances on Andrew’s net but the Peterborough native held firm. After a sustaining their pressure Conor Pollard (11:44, assist Pentecost) was left unmarked to score, but Lee Valley returned fire soon after as James Hepburn (14:51, assists Geldart, Matt Hepburn) slotted home after good work from his line mates.  Ten seconds later though, and the goal-scorer was in the box for Kneeing, but strong work from Nick Alley & Chris Fox (SH goal 15:26, assist Alley) saw the Lions double their lead despite the man advantage. Oskar Horter then received 2 minutes for Interference and Peterbough used the 5-on-3 advantage to score through Robert Mcdonald (PP goal 16:30, unassisted). Islanders maintained possesion but Andrew stood strong to close the period at 3-2 to Lee Valley.

2nd Period: Peterborough tied proceedings quickly when Conor Pollard (22:22, unassisted) broke away after a turnover in the neutral zone. The play went back and forth and the Lions were given a power-play opportunity when Callum Worthington-Evans was called for Tripping. As the powerplay moved the puck along the blue line, a misplaced pass allowed Peterborough to score short-handed through Bradley Moore (SH goal 34:29, assist Groom). Lee Valley returned the pressure but were unable to reply before period ended at 4-3 to the visitors.

3rd Period: The Islanders went two goals ahead early on through Deivid Cetvertak (41:17, assists Pollard, Barlow) and from there they continued to pile pressure on the Lions’ goal. Shaun Yardley (45:21, assists Cetvertak, Pollard) (SH goal 53:39, assist Hunter) twice finding the net before Bradley Moore (PP goal, assist Long) finished the scoring in the last 4 minutes.

GAME STATS

Final Score: Lee Valley Lions 3-8 Peterborough Islanders

Period Scores: 3-2/0-2/0-4
Shots on Goal: 29-60 (7-23/11-13/11-24)
PiMs: Lee Valley 22-10 Peterborough.
Scorers: Lee Valley – James Hepburn (2+0), Chris Fox (1+0), James Andrew, Simon Geldart, Ben Duffy, Matt Hepburn & Nick Alley (0+1)
Peterborough – Conor Pollard (2+2), Shaun Yardley & Bradley Moore (2+0), Deivid Cetvertak (1+1), Robert Mcdonald (1+0), Leon Groom, Sam Barlow, Nathan Long, Connor Hunter & James Pentecost

The result ends Lee Valley’s chances of qualifying for the cup semi-finals but there are still two trips to Swindon and Bristol coming up in January and February.

In our next game the Lions travel to Invicta Mustangs for our last game before the Christmas break on Saturday, December 10th.

Our game at Chelmsford, initially scheduled for January 7th is currently under consideration, we will announce a new date when we are notified by the league.

Our next game is on January 14th when we travel to Bristol in the Cup.
Our next home game is on January 21st against Chelmsford Warriors.

Ticket and travel information can be found in the Game Day section of our website.

You can follow the Lions on Facebook & Twitter with #LeeValleyLions for up to date news and live scores.

Slough Game Cancelled

We regret to announce that our away game in Slough on Saturday 26/11 has been postponed.

This is due to Slough’s temporary rink not being completed in time to fulfill the fixture.

We will announce a new date as soon as it’s confirmed.

Our next game will now be on Sunday 27/11 against Peterborough at Lee Valley Ice Centre.
Face off is at 5:30 pm.

Ticket and travel information can be found in the Game Day section of our website.

You can follow the Lions on Facebook & Twitter with #LeeValleyLions for up to date news and live scores.

Lions Fall to Third Derby Defeat

After two weekends off from game action, Lee Valley were looking to end their poor run of form against local rivals Haringey, who had taken the previous two meetings by one goal.

Lions were missing Joe Weare, Robin Young & Ben Gillingham but otherwise had a bigger squad than recent games.

Haringey arrived at Lea Bridge Road with new additions Josh Abbot and former Lion Aaron Mallet in goal.

1st Period: Both teams started off the pace, but a slower Lions side allowed the Racers clearer opportunities in the early stages of the period. James Andrew saved eleven shots but Haringey also hit the post a couple of times. Lions grew into the period after Tomas Gilheany too a penalty for interference but were unable to capitalise on the man advantage. The Lions continued to press, with a Sam Awoyemi’s effort almost reaping reward but the period ended scoreless

2nd Period: Lions again started the period slowly and a lack of awareness early on allowed Stuart Appleby (21:58, assists Whittleston, Gilheany) to score almost unnoticed by the Lions’ defence. This woke the Lions up and when Josh Abbott was penalised for Holding the Stick, they began to control the puck better and create more chances in Haringey’s zone, it was however a speculative long range shot from Simon Jones (PP goal, 25:45, unassisted) that tied the game after Mallet failed to control it. The game was very tight with both teams unable to assert themselves but then Nick Alley (32:02, assists Jones, Sin-Hidge) tipped Simon Jones’ shot from the blue line to give the Lions the lead. Ryan Payne then took a Slashing penalty but whilst trying to set up on the Racers’ blue line, the Lions’ defence turned the puck over and Josh Abbott (SH goal, 33:58, assist Minhinnick) pounced on the break to score from a 2-on-1, leaving the game finely poised at 2-2 heading into the third.

3rd Period: For the third period in a row, Lee Valley were unable to get out of the blocks quickly. First Sam Park (43:47, assists Minhinnick, Payne) gave Haringey the go-ahead goal, before their lead was doubled through Josh Abbott (47:25, assists Veares, Park) on the break. Lions began to create chances but couldn’t maintain possession and soon Haringey had their fifth when Ryan Payne (50:30, assists Abbott, Voslinsky) fired home. Lee Valley began to chase the game and reduced the lead when Oskar Horter (54:44, assist James Hepburn), but couldn’t keep control of the puck long enough to sustain pressure on the Racers’ net. In the end, it was Haringey who again left with the spoils.

GAME STATS

Final Score: Lee Valley Lions 3-5 Haringey Racers

Period Scores: Lee Valley 0-0/2-2/1-3 Haringey
Shots on goal: Lee Valley 33-41 Haringey (9-11/14-9/10-21)
Penalties: Lee Valley 6-8 Haringey
Scorers: Lee Valley – Simon Jones (1+1), Nick Alley & Oskar Horter (1+0), James Hepburn & Ross Sin-Hidge (0+1)
Haringey – Josh Abbott (2+1), Ryan Payne & Sam Park (1+1), Nick Minhinnick (0+2), Stuart Appleby (1+0), Robert Whittleston, Robert Veares, Mark Voslinsky & Tomas Gilheany (0+1)
Goaltenders: Lee Valley – James Andrew: 41 Shots/5 goals 87.80%
Haringey – Aaron Mallet: 33 shots/3 goals 90.91%

Lee Valley are scheduled to face Slough on Saturday 26th, before league leading Peterborough Islanders make their first visit to Lea Bridge Road on Sunday 27th.

Face-off in Slough will be at 6:30pm, whilst face-off against Peterborough at Lee Valley is at 5:30pm.

Ticket and travel information can be found in the Game Day section of our website.

You can follow the Lions on Facebook & Twitter with #LeeValleyLions for up to date news and live scores.

Student Offer for Haringey Game

Next Sunday, the 13th of November. The Lee Valley Lions will take on local rival Haringey Racers at Lee Valley Ice Centre, in the third London derby of the season.

For this game we will be offering all students £1 entry to the game. To receive this offer please bring valid student ID to present upon arrival.

Face off at Lee Valley is at 5:30pm.
Ticket and travel information can be found in the Game Day section of our website.

You can follow the Lions on Facebook & Twitter with #LeeValleyLions for up to date news and live scores.

Early Mustangs Blitz too Much for Lions

After picking up their first win of the season the day before in Slough, Lee Valley were looking to keep a streak going against a resurgent Invicta Mustangs.

Lions welcomed back Joe Weare & Chris Fox. Missing were Robin Young, Ben Gillingham & Ben Duffy.

Invicta travelled to East London featuring former Dynamo Jamie Smith, returning goalie Matthew Passmore.

1st Period: The Lions couldn’t have had a worse start to the game. After a poor turnover on the Invicta blue line, Jake Luton (0:29, assists Ferris, Dennis) raced down the left wing and fired a quick shot through the legs of a defence-man and past James Andrew to take the lead. The Mustangs continued to press aggressively but Andrew held the fort well, before the Lions began to gain a bit of momentum. Lee Valley maintained possession but weren’t getting enough shots on Passmore, and the not following up on the rebounds proved fatal again as Jake Stedman (16:38, assists Holt, Smith) to double the Mustangs lead ending the period.

2nd Period: Despite starting the period on the Power-play, the Lions weren’t able to take advantage, they were starting to get more shots on Passmore but Invicta were also creating opportunities. More aggressive pressure on the Lions defence saw a hit on James Gosling go un-punished, and the resulting turnover allowed Tom Dennis (27:17, assist Luton) to make it 3-0. Shortly after Ollie Glover was penalised for Holding the Stick and Invicta capitalised on the power-play through Danny Terry (PPG 31:16, assists Stokes, Dennis). Lions continued to probe but Passmore was holding them at bay and the period closed at 4-0 to the Mustangs.

3rd Period: With the odds heavily stacked against them, Lee Valley finally broke Passmore’s resistence through Nick Alley (42:31, assists Horter, Jones), but Invicta added another goal, again through Danny Terry (45:57, assists Ferris, Stokes). Invicta took a Too Many Men penalty and the Lions were able to score through Matt Hepburn (PPG 50:31, assists Geldart, James Hepburn). Lee Valley started to up the ante and were finally keeping consistent pressure on the Invicta goal but weren’t breaking through. Finally Chris Fox (57:17, assist Geldart) blasted a slap shot to bring the game within two goals, which made for a tense finish but Invicta held out for their second win of the season, leaving the Lions still winless at home.

GAME STATS

Final Score: Lee Valley Lions 3-5 Invicta Mustangs
Period Scores: 0-2/0-2/3-1
Shots on Goal: Lee Valley 34-37 Invicta (8-8/12-17/14-12)
Penalties: Lee Valley 4-12 Invicta
Scorers: Lee Valley – Simon Geldart (0+2), Nick Alley, Matthew Hepburn & Chris Fox (1+0), Oskar Horter, Simon Jones & James Hepburn (0+1)
Invicta – Tom Dennis (1+2), Danny Terry (2+0), Jake Luton (1+1), Michael Stokes & Aaron Ferris (0+2), Kwame Holt & Jamie Smith (0+1)
Galtending: Lee Valley – James Andrew 37 shots/5 goals, 86.49%
Invicta – Matthew Passmore 34 shots/3 goals 91.18%

Lee Valley now have two weekends off before a local rivals Haringey Racers come to Lea Bridge Road on Sunday 13th of November.

Face off at Lee Valley is at 5:30pm. Ticket and travel information can be found in the ‘Game Day’ section of our website.

You can follow the Lions on Facebook & Twitter with #LeeValleyLions for up to date news and live scores.