Islanders Hockey Club Takes Win, Overtime Loss And Remains At Third Place
The Islanders got back to winning ways after a prior tough weekend against the South Shore Kings by coming away from a Sunday-Monday trip to Utica with three out of a possible four points. The Islanders traded 4-3 games with the Jr. Comets, falling 4-3 in OT on Sunday before winning by the same score in regulation on Monday.
The Islanders, whose 10-game winning streak from Sept. 29 to Oct. 20 is this season’s longest so far, improved to 11-2-3-0 on the season, good for 25 points and sole possession of third place in the league currently.
- The last time the Islanders saw a win and a loss by the same score against the same opponent in back-to-back games was Feb. 27, 2019, and March 2, 2019, when they fell 5-4 to the Northern Cyclones in OT in the first game and won 5-4 in regulation in the next. Over the years, back-to-back games against the same opponent have been rare for the Islanders in a New England Division where travel has been historically light – teams in that division have historically played a lot of one-off games against each other.
- When the Islanders went to OT against Utica, it was their league-leading sixth time beyond regulation, and they also have the most points beyond 60 minutes, with nine, after going 2-3 in OT and 1-0 in the shootout.
- The Islanders have the most points in one-goal games, with 13, after going 5-0-3-0 so far. They are one of three teams in the league who are unbeaten in regulation in one-goal games.
- Samuel Larsson’s power play assist on Tikhon Ashikhmin’s power play goal in the Nov. 6 was his eighth power play point, tops among all NCDC defensemen. He is in a three-way tie for the lead in power play assists by defensemen. Larsson joined Ashikhmin and forward Max Lundgren as members of the NCDC New England Division October Players Of The Month.
- Goaltender Frank Murphy, who claimed his eighth win of the season, sits in third for wins by a goaltender this season. He’s fourth in minutes (657) and tied for second in saves (358).