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Regular Season Champs: Islanders Hockey Club Wins Founders Cup

By Mike Klein, 02/20/16, 11:15PM EST


After a contentious battle that spanned the entire length of the season, the USPHL Premier Division Founders Cup has finally been claimed by the Islanders Hockey Club after a 5-3 win over the PAL Jr. Islanders on Saturday night.
Throughout the season, the Islanders never strayed far from the top of the standings, frequently trading spots with the Jersey HItmen and Junior Bruins multiple times during a single weekend. After opening with a loss, the Islanders rolled to a seven-game winning streak. The team never endured so much as a two-game losing streak and never dropped a game that required overtime or a shootout.
The Islanders boasted a deep and formidable lineup led by Ace Cowans (21-31-52), Brendan vanRiemsdyk (20-27-47), Brendan Soucie (20-18-38), and Will Brophy (8-27-35). In net, the tandem of Alex Connal and Anthony Tirabassi split time but always kept the opposition at bay. Tirabassi (19-4) collected a 2.25 goals against average, .923 save percentage, and one shutout while Connal (17-4) boasted a 2.29 goals against average, .924 save percentage, and three shutouts.
This year’s Islanders Hockey Club team adds itself to the organization’s storied history. Twelve players have committed to NCAA programs for the upcoming season while three more have already announced their decisions for 2017.
“This season’s team is one of the strongest I’ve ever coached,” said head coach Sean Tremblay. “The players proved what they were all capable of doing when they won the Spring and Summer Showcases and we never lost sight of the ultimate goal. They worked hard all season and they very much deserve this trophy.”
The Islanders Hockey Club will enter the USPHL Premier Division Playoffs as the top seed and will play for their first Dineen Cup Championship beginning on February 27.