Syracuse, NY – The Islanders Hockey Club continued their winning ways and defeated the Syracuse Stars 4-1 and 7-2 on the weekend. Jeremie Lavallee took over on Saturday scoring two goals in a row, the second one coming on the PP. Lucas Michaud would also score on the PP to make it 3-1 Isles. Late in the game Mark Gallant would one hand a puck five-hole to round out the scoring. Louis Felix St-Jean would stop 18 of 19 and remain undefeated on the season.
Sunday’s tilt would find both teams deadlocked at 0-0 after one period. It would be all Islanders in the second however with five different goal scorers emerging. All five goals were highlight reel goals with JJ Layton, Mark Cheremeta, and Eric Nilsson unleashing missiles past the Cuse netminder. Hayden Taylor would pop home a Lavallee feed and Sam Nestor would make a great move to his backhand to make it 5-1 after two periods. Cheremeta would strike again in the third on the PP and Lucas Michaud would add his second of the weekend to round out the scoring for the 7-2 win. Justin Ferguson would be brilliant when called upon and finished the day with 26 saves.
The special teams once again were brilliant with the power play going 3 for 9 and the penalty kill going 7 for 7. The Isles will travel once again this weekend as they head to Bridgewater, NJ for a two-game set with the NJ Rockets. They are now 18-1 on the year and show no signs of slowing down.