The Cape Cod Islanders faced their toughest test of the young season this past weekend. They had a 3 game weekend that saw them face off against the Lewiston Auburn Fighting Spirit on the road Friday night and back to back home games versus the vastly improved East Coast Minutemen and the rival New England Stars on Sunday. Friday and Saturday's games did not go the way the Islanders would have liked as they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Spirit friday and a tough 2-1 loss to East Coast on Saturday.
Sunday's game looked as Cape Cod was in danger of dropping their third straight game as they found themselves down by two goals twice in the game to New England. Both times they were able to battle back and tie the score. Steve Mathews tied the game at four mid way through the third period and James Brosnan netted the game winner with less than three minutes to play off a nifty pass from Mitch Eldridge who had a goal earlier in the period to draw the home team within one at 4-3.
"This was a great team effort" said coach Jay Punsky "I was proud of the way the boys battled. We had players playing different positions and our leaders really stepped up their games."
Anton Zemba relieved starter Clayton Pierce after the Stars put home the fouth goal off a shot from the point. Zemba came in and played strong, shutting out the Stars over a period and a half of work.
Congratulations to Anton Zemba who was named NA3EHL Goaltender of the Month for September, Eric Szeker was runner up for Defenseman of the Month and Aaron Deady garnered honorable mention for Forward of the Month.
Vaughn NA3EHL Goaltender of the Month: Anton Zemba, Cape Cod Islanders
Although he played in just two games during the month, Cape Cod goalie Anton Zemba, 18, made the most of it as the native of Warick, RI, posted two wins and some great numbers to help the Islanders to a 4-1 record. Zemba (5’11/165) won both his starts, which both came on the road against the New England Stars and Northeast Generals. In the win over Northeast, Zemba made 32 saves and allowed just two goals and in the win against New England, he posted a 37-save shutout. He led the league in goals against average and save percenatge during the month. “Anton is a technically sound goaltender with great positioning and rebound control. He displays a quiet confidence in net that gets our bench fired up. Our boys know we have a chance to win every night with the goalies we have,” said Cape Cod head coach Jay Punsky.