When we last saw the Cape Cod Islanders (21-4-2 44 pts) back on December 12, 2015 they had just defeated the Northeast Generals 6-3 en route to their 10th victory in a row. With that victory, they extended their lead in the Eastern Division by five points heading into the league's christmas break.
That seemed like a lifetime ago, now the Islanders are gearing up for the 2016 half of the season. "We did some great things before the break, but now we are looking at a whole new season." coach Punsky said "All that stuff we did before the break was great, but it means nothing if we don't accomplish our goals that we set in September."
To help the team realize its goals the Islanders added two new faces. Before the break, Cape Cod added former Minuteman captain Max Campbell who was released earlier this season. Campbell appeared in three league games before the break. "Adding Max Campbell was a huge piece for us. His work ethic and veteran leadership will definitely help us in the second half. He's been a captain and he's also won championships at this level."
During the break the Islanders made a trade with the Wooster Oilers for 6'2" 220 pound goalie Steven Schmitt. "Steven has played for me in the past and I know that he will add another great option between the pipes" Punsky said. Currently the Islanders boast the league's top goaltender, Anton Zemba (10-2-1 1.75 GAA .945 SV%), Clayton Pierce (7-0 2.77 GAA) and Jonathan Stone (4-2-1 3.00 GAA) who has come on after a slow start to the season. "Steven is a fierce competitor and he definitely makes us a better team."
The Islanders will start the second half of their schedule this Saturday against the Northeast Generals at 2:30 pm in Falmouth.