The Cape Cod Islanders start the second half of their 2014-15 season this weekend when they take on the Minutemen. The two teams will square off in a home and home series starting Friday night at Tony Kent Arena in Dennis at 7:10 pm and will conclude the series in Salem, New Hampshire on Saturday at 7:40 pm. The Islanders sit in third place of the NA3EHL's Eastern Division three points behind the New England Stars, while the Minutemen are currently in fifth place behind the Maine Wild.
The Islanders will be without the services of Vailiy Mironov and Nikita Kusain for the balance of the season. Mironov decided to stay home in Russia after the holiday break, citing family issues. Kusakin decided to leave the team to pusue other options. "Vasiliy is going to be a tough player to replace, but anyone who knows him knows that he hasn't played like he is capable of this whole season. You could tell there was something off about hime form day one, we wish him the best" coach Hodge said. "I believe that Kusakin left because the level of play was above what he was used to. It's unfortunate when players don't honor their commitments. When I commit to a guy, I honor that commitment and try to make him a better player. As a player I never would have quit on my team or teammates because things weren't going my way. But I guess he's going to a differerent league that may be better suited to his ability."
The Minutemen have added a few more players and are looking to make a push in the second half of the season. Aidan Critchlow has done the bulk of the netminding for the Minutemen. "He's the real deal, this kid has faced a ton of shots all year and he battles hard every game. We have to be ready for them, I know they are not the same team they were before the break, so we need to work on being prepared for a team looking to prove something."