The Islanders Hockey Club finished fourth in NCDC with a record of 27-18-4-3 and 59 points. The Isles will host the New Hampshire Monarchs in a best of three opening round matchup. The Islanders come into the playoffs on a 4-0-1-0 run.
The Islanders stumbled in their first few games of the start of their Dineen Cup defense campaign, going 0-3-1-0 in their first four. After that initial feeling-out period, though, the Islanders earned points in seven of their next eight games, going 5-1-2-0 to get themselves into the mix.
By November’s Thanksgiving break, the Islanders pulled themselves into eighth, and never let go of a playoff spot after that. They remained at mostly seventh and eighth right into February, but by the middle of that month, they had vaulted into fifth place. Their season-ending run - and their favorable matchup record against the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs - sealed up fourth place and home ice advantage to start the playoffs.
Head-to-Head vs. New Hampshire 2018-19
The Islanders were 3-1-0 against the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs this season. In fact, a 5-1 win over the Monarchs on Sept. 23 helped lift the Islanders out of their early stumble.
After a few months away, the Islanders beat the Monarchs 1-0 on January 12 and 6-5 on Feb. 3 3. The Monarchs got their only win, 4-2, at their home Tri-Town Ice Arena on Feb. 2.
Here’s how the Islanders Hockey Club fared against the rest of the playoff field:
Vs. Jersey Hitmen: 0-5-0-0; Vs. Junior Bruins: 1-4-0-0; Vs. Connecticut Jr. Rangers: 1-1-2-0; Vs. Syracuse Jr. Stars: 1-2-0-1; Vs. Boston Bandits: 2-2-1-0; Vs. Northern Cyclones: 1-3-1-0
Players To Watch
Hunter McCoy (‘00/Newburyport, Mass.) led the Islanders in goals (18), assists (43) and in points with 61. His 61 points were second in the league, and his 43 helpers were the second most in the NCDC, as well. Joseph Mancuso (‘99/Pottstown, Pa.) had 17 goals and 24 assists.
Between the pipes, Kalle Andersson (‘99/Stockholm, Sweden) went 19-13-0-1 with a 2.85 GAA and .906 save percentage.
His creasemate Ismael Ralsten (‘98/Huntington Beach, Calif.) went 3-0 in March, stopping 127 of 135 shots faced for a .940 save percentage for the month.
First Round Schedule
New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (5) at Islanders Hockey Club (4)
Fri., March 15: 6:30 p.m.
Sat., March 16: 4 p.m.
Sun., Mar 17: 2 p.m. (if necessary)
All games to be played at Lawler Arena, Merrimack College, North Andover, Mass.