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NCDC This Week: Back to Back Shutouts

By IHC Staff, 11/23/23, 9:15AM EST


Back in First Place

Islanders Hockey Club Sweeps Twin City With Back-To-Back Shutouts 

The Islanders jumped back into a share of first place in the New England Division, which also currently comprises a tie for second in the NCDC overall. It helps a lot that they were not defeated in regulation in November, going 4-0-1-1. Two of those were the 3-0 and 5-0 victories in their most recent home-and-home series against the Twin City Thunder on Nov. 16 and Nov. 18. 

  • This was the first time that the Islanders have ever won two shutouts in a row in back-to-back games against the same opponent. Twice before they had shutouts in two of three games, with one non-shutout in between. They have two 5-0 shutouts this season against Twin City, having previously won on Oct. 15. 
  • Frank Murphy has two of the three shutouts for the Islanders this year, with 42 saves on Oct. 14 and 34 on Nov. 18. 
  • Mike Salvatore, another first-year NCDC player, made 21 saves on Nov. 16. Salvatore is a former USPHL 16U All-Star with the Junior Bruins, and was more recently the Captain of the Phillips Exeter squad. 
  • The two goalies improved to fourth and fifth in goals against average, with Salvatore holding a 2.09 mark and Murphy is at 2.12. 
  • Murphy is tied for third in wins at nine, while he is fourth in save percentage at .938. He’s also tied for second in shutouts with two. 
  • It also helps that the whole team is on board with the defense – the IHC is third in goals against per game at 2.25. 
  • Defenseman Samuel Larsson added two more power play assists to continue to lead the league among defensemen in that category with nine (tied with WBS’ Chance Uzzell). He’s first on his own in power play points by a defenseman with 11, and he’s sixth overall in NCDC defenseman points with 16. His 11 power play points are also tied for second in the league overall. 
  • Max Lundgren and Braxton Powers are tied for second in GWG’s. Max Lundgren had the first goal and game-winner against Twin City on Nov. 16, one of two goals in that game. Powers had the first goal and GWG on Nov. 18. 
  • Michael Lynch, a recent acquisition for the Islanders, scored his first three NCDC goals as a hat trick on Nov. 18. It was the IHC’s first hat trick since Leon Biller scored the only one for the Islanders last year on March 6 in an 8-4 win over the Northern Cyclones.