Cameron Smith had another outstanding game for the P.A.L. Islanders against the Twin City Thunder on Friday.

The 20-year-old goalie stopped 38 shots in a 5-1 victory in a USPHL National Collegiate Development Conference game at the Jersey Hitmen Classic in Wayne, New Jersey.

Smith made 34 saves last Saturday in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Thunder (4-3-0, 8 points).

“He’s a good goalie; I will give him credit,” Thunder coach Dan Hodge said. “We got one by him; we had our chances but he was there every time. Give the kid credit, he’s a good goalie, but we didn’t play our best.”

Offensively, Ty Broad led the Islanders (5-0-2, 12 points) with two goals and an assist.

Hodge said the Thunder are still getting everyone on the same page since the team made a number of transactions in the past week.


“We brought in a lot of new players in, and (Thunder associate coach) Cam (Robichaud) and I were talking, we really haven’t had a full week of practice with this group (of players),” Hodge said. “We are doing what we can, but we are disappointed with the results like tonight.”

The Islanders took the lead late in the first when Broad recorded his first goal with 3:20 remaining in the period.
Heikki Virtanen stretched the lead to 2-0 with two minutes left in the stanza. Former Thunder tender signee Dino Mannetta had an assist on Virtanen’s goal.

Broad scored early in the third period as the Islanders built up a 3-0 lead.

Midway through the third period Trace Norwell scored for the Thunder to cut the deficit to 3-1. Kadsen Johnson and Patrick Last had the assists.

Norwell scored twice Thursday in a 7-1 victory over the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Knights.

“(Norwell) has really stepped up this year, and he’s focused — he wants to be a leader on and off the ice,” Hodge said. “We are happy with the production, for sure.”

P.A.L. put the game out of reach when Luca Leighton scored with 8:36 remaining in the third period and Carter Hanrahan found the back of the net for a 5-1 lead.

Twin City Thunder goalie Trey Miller had 34 saves in the loss.

The Thunder close out the Jersey Hitmen Classic against the Rockets Hockey Club on Saturday at 2:15 p.m.

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