The Cape Cod Islanders traveled to the Maine Wild yesterday and found out the hard way that quantity over quality isn't always the best formula in a hockey game. The Islanders controlled the play from the puck drop and had multiple chances to put goals on the board in the first period but were blanked by Wild netminder Brandon Daigle. Aaron Deady had the best opportunity to put the visitors up early when Dylan Legarie found him alone on the backdoor. Deady's shot went across the open net, hit the opposite post and wound up in the corner. Reigning NA3EHL player of the week, Chuck Costello had a breakaway in the second period that he was unable to get a shot off. The Islanders moved the puck up and down the ice with ease but when it came time to attack the net the Wild defenders were there to block shots or to give their goalie a clear view for the save.
"We played well enough to win" coach Punsky said "but we didn't compete well enought to win. Give the Wild credit, they all bought into their system and played very strong in their own end. Daigle played a strong game, we threw a lot of shots at him and he gave his team the chance to win."
Altough the Islanders took the loss, there were a few bright spots from the game. The line of Frank Oakley, Chris O'Donnell and newcomer Maxime Dordet gave the Wild all they could handle. O'Donnell and Oakley tallied the goals for Cape Cod where Dordet used his speed and grit to create turnovers and help the line offensively and in the d zone. Dordet, who has only had three practices wtih the team, impressed his coach so much that he was used on the penalty kill along with his reguar shift.
The Islanders next game is Saturday at 3:30 pm in Tyngboro when they take on the New England Stars. The team's next home game is Saturday, September 26 at 5:30 when they take on the Maine Wild. Tickets for the game are $5 and kids 10 & under are free.