The Cape Cod Islanders were part of history this past weekend. This past Friday was the very first game in the new NA3EHL was played between the Islanders and the Maine Wild. The Islanders skated past the Wild by the count of 7-2 in Biddeford, Maine. Assistant captain Jordy Knoren paced the Isles with two goals while Tyler Stoll, James Brosnan, Frank Oakley, Chris Harris and Andrey Stankevich each scored a goal for the visitors. The game was well paced and the Wild had plenty of chances to score but each time were answered by Patrick Spaulding in the Cape Cod net.
On Saturday night the Islanders returned to home ice to take on the Wild in the second half of the home and home weekend series. The home team came out firing on all cylanders in front of a great crowd at Tony Kent Arena. Jordy Knoren continued his hot streak by opening the scoring off a rebound of a Colton Hart shot. That goal proved to be the game winner as Islander goaltender, Kevin Belanger turned aside all 32 Wild shots he faced en route to a shutout and a 5-0 victory. The Islanders would add a three goals on the man advantage, Knoren, Colton Hart and James Brosnan. Charles Antoine Malenfant would also add to the goal scoring total when he picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and raced in the Wild zone and snapped a shot over the goaltender's shoulder.
"We had a great team effort this weekend, every guy contributed in one way or another. We got some great bounces and were fortunate to capitalize on our opportunities. The scoreboard does not reflect the game, the Wild is a very good team and we were lucky to get the four points from them." Coach Hodge said
Before the game the NSHL was accepted into the North American Hockey League (NAHL) family. The new league will be named the NA3EHL.
Here is the official press release: http://www.na3ehl.com/news/story.cfm?id=12428