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."


Cape Cod Alum, Daniil Tarasov, Gets Called Up to the NHL

On Thursday morning Daniil Tarasov got the call he has been waiting for for three years.  Tarasov is packing his bags and making the cross country flight from Worcester, Massachusetts to San Jose, California to join the San Jose Sharks of the NHL.  Tarasov has been a solid performer for the Worcester Sharks in the American Hockey League for the past three seasons.  This season he has scored 10 goals 15 assists for 25 points in just 41 games played.

In 2009-10 Daniil Tarasov played for head coach Dan Hodge as a member of the Cape Cod Cubs.  Tarasov was hands down the best player on the team and in the league for that matter.  He netted a staggering five goals in the championship game ensuring the Cape of its first of two consecutive playoff championships.  Hodge knew from the first time he saw Tarasov on the ice that he had what it took to play the game at a high level.  "Daniil is such a special player and his time here was great for me as a coach.  He dominated every game he played, when he was here it was a man against boys. He shoots the puck a ton, has a mean streak, and he loves to win."  Hodge continues "I am so happy that he has this opportunity to play in the NHL, you could see it in his eyes back then that this was his destiny as a hockey player."




Islanders Best Minutemen 4-2

East Coast almost clawed its way back from a three-goal deficit, but Cape Cod managed to pull out a 4-2 win in the end.

Cape Cod led by three goals at one point and ended with the victory. The largest advantage in the game came when Cape Cod's Isaac Bosse scored at 12:46 in the second period to put Cape Cod up 3-0.


Cape Cod pulled out the victory even though it was hit with 25 penalty minutes.

Cape Cod was helped by Colton Hart, who tallied one goal. Hart scored 19:14 into the third period to make the score 4-2 Cape Cod. Others who scored for Cape Cod included James Brosnan and Charles Antoine Malenfant, who each put in one. In addition, Cape Cod received assists from Jordy Knoren, Christian Holmes, and Casey Zawojski, who each chipped in one.

East Coast was helped by Anton Ridgard, who had one goal. Ridgard scored 8:55 into the third period to make the score 3-2 Cape Cod. Jovanni Geha also scored for East Coast. More assists for East Coast came via Maxwell Campbell, who had one.

Kevin Belanger made 20 saves for Cape Cod on 22 shots. Cape Cod registered zero goals on one power play opportunities. For Cape Cod, Frank Oakley was ejected from the game. Aidan Critchlow recorded 22 saves for East Coast. East Coast totaled 19 minutes in penalty time with two minors and one major and went 1-for-6 on the power play. East Coast ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Tom Potter was ejected from the game.

Islanders Kick off 2015 Campaign with Home and Home vs Minutemen

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."



Islanders Take on Wild to Close Out 2014

The Cape Cod Islanders close out the 2014 half of their schedule this weekend when they play a home and home series with the Maine Wild.  Friday night they play at Tony Kent Arena in Dennis at 7:10 pm and Saturday they will travel to Biddeford, Maine to finish off the weekend series.  The Islanders, 11-9-2 24 points, currently sit in third place of the Eastern Division of the NA3EHLand the Wild, 6-14-1 13 points currently in fourth place have played three times this season.  Cape Cod has won all three games, coach Dan Hodge knows that the past is the past and these two games are the biggest of the season.  "We need to be focused to play a full sixty minutes of hockey both games.  We have been very fortunate in the games that we played the Wild.  They are a team that is on the rise and we need to be prepared."

The Islanders will need their leaders to step up and play a great in the two contests.  Cape Cod is paced by Charles Antoine Malenfant with 12 goals and 8 assists, Jordy Knoren 5-15-20 and Colton Hart 4-16-20.  On the backend the Isaac Bosse looks to continue his solid play and offensive prowess.  "These guys have been very good so far, Bosse is a great skating d man who can go end to end at any time, Malenfant, Knoren and Hart are on our top lines and they need to push their linemates to be the best this weekend."

The Islanders, as a team, have been very solid this season, it's have a more balanced attack than in the past couple of seasons.  The team has three power play units and each unit can score on the man advantge.  The penalty kill has been a real bright spot this season and currently sits as the second best in the entire league at 90.11%.  In net they have three goalies that would be a top guy on any team in the league.  Kevin Belanger and Patrick Spaulding are both in the top 10 in the league.  Brent Petrowski has only played one game so far due to injury, but that one was a shutout against the Wild.

"We need to close out this half of the schedule on a high note. The Wild want the same thing we do, they want the four points, we need to be prepared for a tough battle this weekend."

Islanders Sweep Stampede

The Cape Cod Islanders headed out to Morrisville, NY last weekend to take on the Syracuse Stampede, a team that they have never beaten twice in a season.  In fact, the all time series between the two franchises heavily favors the Stampede over the past three seasons.  It can be safe to say that head coach Dan Hodge had his reservations going into the weekend.  "We have never faired well against Syracuse, they have dominated us for the most part over the course of the past 3 or 4 seasons.  So going into the weekend I was hopeful that we would play good team hockey and get some points out of the trip."  The Islanders did play team hockey and they did earn points, all four points to be exact with a tough 4-3 victory on Friday night and a convincing 7-2 win on Saturday. 

Friday night's game was a roller coaster ride to say the least, the Isles stormed out to a 3-0 lead over two periods only to see their three goal lead dwindle to one goal by the 10:50 mark of the third period.  Barnstable's Frank Oakley scored what proved to be the game winner at 12:05 of the period.  "What a great effort by Oakley on that fourth goal, he got the turn over form the Stampede d man and made a nice move a ripped  shot far side.  He's been really playing great hockey and I was glad that he scored what was the game winner"  Hodge continued "Frankie has just been playing great hockey, you can see he has a confidence that he didn't have last season.  He has really stepped it up this season and become a leader on the ice through his play."

The Stampede would tally another goal to make the score 4-3, but Cape goaltender, Patrick Spaulding kept the door shut and preserved the win for the Islanders.  "This was really a tale of three different periods, we played well in the first and got a 2-0 lead.  We let off the gas in the second but still managed to increase our lead to 3-0.  The third period we stood around and watched and they took it to us, we lucked out and got a timely goal from Oakley and Spaulding made the saves he needed to make."

On Saturday, the Islanders played a more complete game.  Islanders leading scorer Charles Malenfant was out of the line up due to him taking the SAT test in nearby Utica, NY.  This left Islanders Dan Hodge wondering how he would replace Malenfant on the team's top line.  Mack O'Shea was inserted into the spot and he proved why he is the character guy this team re signed over the summer.  O'Shea is not known for his offensive output, he is more of a penalty kill specialist.  But not on this night he scored two goals and lead the Islanders to a convincing 7-2 victory.  "You love to see guys like Mack get their due, he works so hard and does anything I ask him to do.  I couldn't be happier to see him get a pair in our team's win."

Andrey Stankevich scored 2 goals, Christian Holmes, Isaac Bosse and Anthony Giannelli all scored a goal in the game.  The Isles went 3 for 4 on the man advantage and Kevin Belanger stopped 27 of 29 shots he faced.

The Islanders close out the 2014 portion of their season this weekend with a home game Friday night at 7:10 pm at Tony Kent vs the Maine Wild and an away game in Biddeford on Saturday against the Wild.

Islanders Travel to Stampede for a Pair of Games this Weekend

The Cape Cod Islanders (9-9-2) face off against the Syracuse Stampede (6-14-2) this weekend at Morrisville Colleg in Morrisvile, NY.  This is the only regular season meeting between the two teams.  The Islanders currently sit in third place in the Eastern Conference of the NA3EHL while the Stampede are in fifth place in the west.  These games are sure to provide some excellent offense with both teams being led in scoring by two players from Quebec.  The Stampede has high flying Xavier Perron, who has commited to Utica College, and the Islanders counter with Charles Antoine Malenfant.  "Both of these guys are dynamic and can change a game every time they step on the ice.  These guys will be fun to watch this weekend."

The Islanders have been very fortunate to have solid goaltending from Kevin Belanger and Patrick Spaulding.  To bolster the team between the pipes, Brent Petrowski has been cleared for action and recently earned a 4-0 shutout against the Maine Wild.  "We have a three headed monster in net.  We haven't been this solid at the goaltending position for a very long time.  Spaulding and Belanger have been stellar and with Petrowski getting healthy we will be a very hard team to score against." 

The Islanders have four games left before the Christmas holiday, two this weekend in Morrisville, NY and they end the 2014 portion of their schedule with a home and home series with the Maine Wild.

Islanders Blank Wild 4-0

Cape Cod Islanders head coach, Dan Hodge shook up his lines this past week in a search for a more balnced attack.  The team responded with a four goal shutout win friday night versus the Maine Wild in Biddeford, Maine.  The Islanders got goals from three different lines and one on the power play.

Charles Malenfant opened the scoring in the first period when he collected a pass from Chris Harris and ripped a shot over the glove of the Wild goaltender.  Malenfant's goal would prove to be the game winner as Brent Petrowski, seeing his first action of the season after suffering a broken hand, stopped all 27 shots the Wild through at him.

James Brosnan scored the Isles second goal off a great individual effort as he out muscled 3 defenders and ripped a backhand five hole for a 2-0 lead.  Vasiliy Mironov scored early in the second period as he collected a puck from JS Dufort.  Frank Oakley completed the scoring for Cape Cod on the power play as he was fed a nifty backdoor pass from Christian Holmes and he one timed the puck in the back of the net.  Neither team scored in the third, the closest the Wild came was a backdoor open net that Petrowski extended across the crease to deny to preserve the shoutout.

"I was very pleased with how balanced our attack was friday night.  We got production out of every line and Petrowski was outstanding between the pipes for us.  He made all the routine saves and a few he had no business stopping.  Brent's a competitor and I am excited to see our goaltending moving forward now that all three are healthy."

The Islanders are now off until after the Thanksgiving holiday.  Thier next games are December 5 & 6 when they head to Morrisville, NY to take on the Syracuse Stampede.  The Islanders last home game of the calendar year is December 12 at 7:10 pm in Dennis.

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Islanders Split Weeekend Series With Stars

The Cape Cod Isanders entered last weekend five points behind the second place New England Stars in the Eastern Division on the NA3EHL.  When the weekend was over they were right where they found themselves right back where they started the weekend.  The Isles took game one on Saturday at home by a 2-1 decision.  They dropped Sunday's rematch 7-2 to the Stars in Tyngboro.  Vasiliy Mironov tallied three goals over the weekend and Mack O'Shea had a shorthanded goal to win the game on Saturday.

"I thought there were a lot of positives on Saturday night, we played hard were able to execute our systems and most importan we got the win." Coach Hodge said.

"On Sunday, we just weren't very good, we played a terrible game.  We weren't ready to play and they took it to us.  I don't believe that they won the game, I believe we lost that game and a chance to improve our place in the standings.  We were not mentally ready for the challenge and it cost us two points. I know it was said that the Stars "made a statement" on their social media but when you look at the bigger picture we each came away with two points, they didn't get more points because they scored seven goals.  But it's always nice to have bulletin board material."  Hodge said

The Islanders will now shift their focus to the Maine Wild on Friday night in Biddeford, Maine.  This will be the third meeting between the two teams and will be the last game for the Isles before the Thanksgiving holiday.  "The Wild are playing good hockey right now, they are very well coached and we will need to prepare hard this week in practice."

Islanders Look Forward to Big Weekend Against Stars

The Cape Cod Islanders have a home and home series this weekend versus the New England Stars this weekend in a battle of second and third place in the eastern division of the NA3EHL.  The Islanders currently sit in third place, five points behind the Stars, and they know they will need a strong weekend to improve their position in the division.  The Islanders are coming off the NA3E showcase weekend in Nashua, NH where they went 1-1-1.  The Islanders played three games in the span of 24 hours, two of the three games went to overtime, one of which went to a shootout.

"We had two great games against Jersey Shore and Roc City, Sunday's loss to Lockport was a product of playing three games in such a short time.  We were not able to get ourselves going and Lockport really took it to us."

The Islanders now shift their focus to the New England Stars and their home and home series this weekend.  The two teams face off Saturday night at Tony Kent Arena in Dennis and then play the away portion on Sunday at Skate 3 in Tyngsboro.   The teams have split the previous two meetings, with each team winning the road game.  The Stars won the first meeting 4-2 in Dennis with the Islanders winning the next day 2-1 in Tyngsboro.  "We have always had a great rivalry with the Stars.  The games are always competitive and are full off energy, both teams know each other very well."