Islanders Split Weekend with Miners

The Cape Cod Islanders won the front half of the weekend series 6-4 on Saturday night against the visiting Wilkes Barre Miners.  Isaac Bosse paced the home team with two goals and solid all around defense.  Kevin Belanger was strong in net backstopping his team to victory. The Islanders jumped out to a two goal lead on goals by Bosse and new comer Coton Hutton.  The Miners stormed back to tie the game at 2 before Eric Szeker scored to put the Islanders ahead going into the first intermission.

Christian Holmes scored to extend the Islander lead to 4-2 early in the second period.  Wilkes Barre drew within one on a great individual effort by Derek Bureau. 

Isaac Bosse scored the eventual game winner on a great end to end rush in the third period.  The Miners scored to inch closer but Holmes added his second goal on a breakaway to close out the scoring and give the home team the 6-4 win.

"I thought we did enough to win the game on Saturday" Dan Hodge said "we had trouble with their team speed but Belanger was strong in net and he kept us in there.  Bosse and Holmes scoring a pair of goals was huge for us."

On Sunday morning the same two teams met and it started out the in the same fashion. The Islanders jumped out to a 2-0 only to see the lead evaporate and the Miners score four unanswered goals to take a 4-2 lead.  The Islanders closed the gap to 4-3 on a goal by Anthony Giannelli who snapped home a one timer on a beautiful feed form Isaac Bosse.  The Miners would score the next two goals to win the game 6-3.

"I am very disappointed in our leaders today.  You can't win too many hockey games when three of your top guys take undisciplined, selfish penalties.  Oakley, Hutton and Hart all sitting in the box with ten minute misconducts is very frustrating.  Those guys are supposed to be some of our top guys and they were only thinking about themselves, that's selfish hockey and we won't be successful if this trend continues."