The Twin City Thunder’s four-game win streak was snapped Friday afternoon, but their point streak was extended to five games.

The P.A.L. Islanders defeated the Thunder 5-4 in a shootout at the Northwell Health Ice Center in East Meadow, New York, in a USPHL National Collegiate Development Conference game.

“We didn’t play very well in the first two periods,” Thunder coach Dan Hodge said. “(Goalie) Brody Haynes played amazing, he played great. He kept us in there. We were outshot 29-12 and Brody was spectacular like he has been all year.”

Forward Tyler Broad put the Islanders (20-11-1, 41 points) up 1-0 by beating Haynes (42 saves).

Tyler Healey tied the game at 1-1 a minute later for the Thunder (16-11-2, 34 points) by beating goalie Cam Smith (22 saves). Forward Dom Chasse and defenseman Blake Tierney had the assists.

The Islanders struck twice in the first half of the second period to take a 3-1 lead. P.J. Neal and Luca Leighton had the goals.

“(The Islanders) get the puck wide with the forwards. We have to clog up the middle of the ice and our defensemen have to do a better job holding the blue line, not letting (P.A.L) in so easy,” Hodge said. “We have to shoot more; we need to take more shots.”

Midway through the second period, Healey scored his second goal of the game to cut Twin City’s deficit to 3-2.

Carter Schram tied the game 3-3 with a little over four minutes remaining in the second period. Tierney and Chasse had the assists.

Schram scored again midway through the third period to put the Thunder up 4-3. Caden Smith and Tommy Gannon had the assists.

John Riggins tied the game 4-4 with six minutes left in the third period.

Spence Korona and Ryan Mahlmeister scored in the shootout for the Islanders. Caden Smith and Healey missed their chances for the Thunder.

The Thunder have a rematch against P.A.L. on Saturday at 2 p.m.

NICK BERNSTEIN COMMITS TO CHATHAM

Twin City Thunder goalie Nick Bernstein committed to Chatham University earlier this week.

The 20-year-old is 6-2-1 this season with a 3.04 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage.

“He’s been a solid veteran goaltender,” Hodge said. “He’s just a good teammate, a solid goalie, and a good veteran presence in net when he’s out there. We are looking forward to seeing him carry it over to the college level. I know Chatham University is really excited to have him.”

Chatham University plays in the Division III United Collegiate Hockey Conference and the Cougars are 4-6-2 this season.

HEALEY NAMED FORWARD OF THE WEEK

Tyler Healey was named NCDC North Division Forward of the Week. He had five goals and two assists in three games at the USPHL Winter Showcase last weekend in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

He’s third on the team in points with 22 (12 goals and 10 assists) in 22 games played.


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