James Anderson kicked off the scoring in Saturday night's contest, putting his 11th of the year on the board when he joined Billy Vizzo and Derek Caruso on a 3-on-2 rush and buried a big rebound in the slot.
Rochester stormed back with two goals in the second period, but Jack Riley's snipe from Blake Bazzi and Joe Duszak helped keep the game level after the middle frame.
Caruso and Duszak each received their second assists of the game early in the third, as Cameron Kuhl drove the net hard and slammed home a loose puck in the crease. Rochester was able to level the score again, but a late goal from newcomer Brendan Riley (assisted by Vizzo) put the Islanders on top for good.
Sunday's affair was just as tightly contested. Jake Marrello opened the scoring off a beautiful feed from Duszak that left one side of the net completely empty. It was Marrello's 8th of the year, putting him 3rd on the team in points.
Rochester, once again, scored two in the second period--both short handed and off the stick of the talented Quebecois Gabriel Chabot. With just over a minute to go in the second, Michael Gilroy took a shot from the blue line that snuck in through a screen and evened the score at 2.
A chippy third period left both teams undermanned and forced to work out their special teams. Both penalty kills performed admirably, but James Anderson's 12th of the year came on a power play when he swatted a rebound masterfully into the net and put the Islanders ahead 3-2. Justin Ketola stood on his head and fought off all 12 shots he faced in the third to keep the Islanders on top.
With four points, the PAL Junior Islanders jumped to 5th in the standings with a 12-9-0 record. At next weekend's Islanders Hockey Club Showcase, PAL will take on the Okanagan Eagles, Springfield Pics, and Junior Pirates.
(Photo by Christine Heeren)