The Twin City Thunder had a hiccup in the second period and the Islanders Hockey Club capitalized with two goals en route to a 3-0 win in a USPHL NCDC New England Division contest at Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn on Saturday.

“The second period, we were flat,” Thunder coach Dan Hodge said. “When they scored in the second and took it to us pretty handily. Kreidler played well in the net and kept them at bay.”

Thunder (8-18-2, 18 points) goalie Jeffrey Kreidler made 34 saves, and Hodge said he made a few big ones to keep Twin City in striking distance.

The Islanders (23-4-5, 51 points) got on the board with two early second-period tallies. Daniel Cardozo gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead 1:22 in and Tikhon Ashikkhim scored a little over two minutes later.

Nicholas Arend scored in the third period, with Cardozo picking up one of the assists. Arend also finished with a goal and an assist.

Hodge said the Thunder had their chances to get back into the game in the third.

“We were pushing hard. We were pressing. We hit a post and had an open net,” Hodge said. “We had opportunities but couldn’t cash in.”

The Thunder will have their third straight weekend of three games in three days when they travel to Utica, New York, to face the Jr. Comets next Thursday through Saturday.

“It’s always a good time to get on the road with the guys and get them away from everything,” Hodge said. “It’s just us in the hotel and playing hockey. Hopefully we have a good time for the guys to bond.”

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