Isles sweep Monarchs
North Andover, MA – The Islanders Hockey Club picked up their 12th win in a row with a weekend sweep over the visiting Rochester Monarchs. Game one on Saturday kept fans entertained with a wild 7-5 affair. The IHC never trailed, but the Monarchs did tie things up 4-4 early in the third before the Islanders scored two to take the lead for good. Mark Cheremeta was the lone multiple goal scorer with two highlight goals on the PP. Other goal scorers included Hunter McCoy, Nick Parody, Lucas Michaud, Hayden Taylor and Mark Gallant. Gallant and Cheremeta added single assists while Justin Pearson added two. Logan Clark was the top performer for Rochester with two goals. Justin Sarlo took the loss with 27 saves while Justin Ferguson picked up the win stopping 23 shots.
Game two started with the Monarchs scoring just three minutes into the game on an off angle shot over Louis Felix St-Jean’s glove. If people were worried, Louis was not as it would be the only goal St-Jean would surrender on the day. It looked like Vladimir Cibulka felt the same way, as he would answer many great IHC scoring attempts early and often, making 29 saves in the first two periods of play. The Isles would come back when defensemen Nick Parody tipped a Justin Marler shot to tie the game at 1-1. Marler would then score a goal of his own taking a Mark Cheremeta and Lucas Michaud feed for the 2-1 lead.
The third period would be all Islanders as the defense continued to lead the way when Eric Nilsson would snipe from the blue line with Jeremie Lavallee and Sam Nestor assisting. Just seconds later Lavallee would tip a goal with Nestor and Nilsson setting him up for the commanding 4-1 lead. Later in the game Jack Moran would leave the bench and race to keep the puck in the offensive zone firing the puck towards the net. Mark Gallant would redirect it past a prone Cibulka and finish the scoring parade for the 5-1 win. Cibulka would finish the day with 40 saves, while St-Jean stopped 24 of 25 for the victory.
The IHC will play host again next weekend when the Jr Bruins come to Merrimack College for a Friday and Sunday pair of games. The only meeting of the year between the two leading teams was a 5-1 win by the Islanders last month.