The Twin City Thunder’s five-game losing skid is over.

A three-goal third period lifted the Thunder to a 4-2 victory over the Islanders Hockey Club in a USPHL National Collegiate Development Conference game in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, on Thursday.

“Today, we stuck to (our system). No matter what happens, we stick with it,” Thunder coach Dan Hodge said. “If things have to change, we will change them on the fly. We told the guys to stick with it and they stuck with it.”

Nathan Chickering, a University of New England commit, had two goals and two assists for the Thunder (17-14-3, 37 points). Lewiston native and Utica College commit Dom Chasse had a goal and an assist in the win.

“(Tyler) Healey has done so much of the scoring lately, it’s nice to see different guys chip in and (Healey) had some opportunities, but he couldn’t find the back of the net today,” Hodge said. “…Guys made the plays when we need them.”

The game was tied 1-1 going into the third and Chasse put the Thunder up 2-1 early in the period.

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Aaron Schwartz tied the game at 2-2 just past the seven-minute mark for the Islanders (11-19-2, 24 points).

Trace Norwell scored his 10th goal of the season with eight minutes remaining in the third period to give Twin City a 3-2 lead. Healey and Tristan Rand had the assists.

After the goal, Hodge wanted the puck away from the middle of the ice as much as possible.

“We were trying to keep the puck out of the middle of the ice and keep the puck around the (boards), limit turnovers. We always tell our (defensemen): Two hands on the stick in the (defensive) zone — especially below the dots. I thought we did that for the most part. (Dane) Couture made so many big saves in the last two minutes (for us).”

Chickering scored an empty-net goal in the final minute of the game.

The Islanders scored the only goal in the first period, with Andrew Carmody potting his ninth goal of the season.

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Chickering tied the game at 1-1 in the second period. Chasse and Ethan Lim had the assists.

Hodge thought the Thunder had the better of the play through the first 40 minutes.

“We had a lot of offensive zone time and (Islanders goalie Dylan Kruss) saw a lot of shots,” Hodge said. “We were screening him, so he saw a lot of shots. He made some big saves.”

The Thunder return to action at Norway Savings Bank Arena on Friday for a game against the South Shore Kings. The game was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. but has been moved to 12 p.m. to give the Kings time to return to Foxborough, Massachusetts, before the impending storm.


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