North Andover, MA – The Islanders Hockey Club downed the visiting Junior Bruins 5-1 in a rare mid-week tilt in Lawler Arena. Five different players would score goals and Hunter McCoy, Brent Hill, and Sam Nestor would be the only multiple point players on the evening with a goal and assist each. Young Hunter McCoy would start the scoring at the 8:59 mark of the first when he took a Mark Gallant rebound and backhanded it under the bar past Yaniv Perets.
With under seven minutes left in the second and the IHC pushing the pace, Sam Nestor would one-time a backdoor goal off of a beautiful passing display from Brent Hill and Jeremie Lavallee. The Bruins would make it a one-goal game when Jack Nickels scored at the 17:20 mark.
It would only take 53 seconds in the third for Mark Cheremeta to pop home the Islanders third goal of the game. Cheremeta would force a turnover in front of the Bruins net and Hunter McCoy would snap a quick shot on Perets. The puck would trickle past Perets with Cheremeta sitting behind him for the easy tap in goal. Roughly eight minutes later Nick Parody would make a cross corner dump with Tyler Levine beating the Bruins defender to the corner, Levine would pass it low to high to Justin Marler who would take a quick wrister on Perets with a rebound popping to his left. It would be Levine again who would be the Bruins defender out of the corner and snap the rebound home for a commanding 4-1 lead. The Bruins would have a power play with four minutes remaining and pull Perets for the 6x4 pp. They would throw everything at the IHC net but Justin Ferguson would have an answer for every play. The Bruins net would remain vacant the rest of the game until with 3-seconds remaining when Brent Hill would finally score the ENG for the 5-1 finish. Ferguson earned the win stopping 24 of 25 shots and improves his record to 14-1 on the season. Perets would finish the evening stopping 25 of 29.
The IHC improve their first place record to 24-2-0 and will host one more game this Sunday at 11:45am when the Boston Bandits travel to Lawler Arena. This will mark the conclusion of the first half of the year and the team will take a break until resuming play at the USPHL Winter Showcase in Marlboro January 5-7, 2018.