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PAL Junior Islanders Premier top CT Junior Rangers 7-4 Junior Hockey News

Published: Thursday, 28 Jan 2016  
By: Pete Judge

The PAL Junior Islanders rolled over the Connecticut Junior Rangers with a  7-4 victory in their final meeting of the season, taking a 3-1 season record against their nearby rivals!

Despite Jack Riley's early goal, it was Connecticut who got out to a hot start scoring 3 goals early in the opening period. Robby Marsanico sniped for the Islanders with 20 seconds to go in the first to cut the lead in half, and swing momentum towards PAL.

In the middle frame, Billy Vizzo scored his league-best 24th goal and Cameron Klein added his 9th to help take the Islanders into the third period tied at 4.

One of the calling cards of this Junior Islanders team all season is their ability to take over in the third period, and yesterday was no different.

Patrick Dapuzzo, Cory Gottfried, and Shawn Knowlton scored within 7 minutes of each other while the defense allowed just 7 shots on goal, and the Islanders cruised to victory. In his first appearance since the All Star Game, Justin Ketola was masterful once again and made 32 saves.

Joe Duszak, another USPHL All Star, registered three assists in the game to up his season total to 42. In this game, Duszak broke the league record for assists by a defenseman (39) which he previously held. With 54 points, he's just 4 away from breaking his other record of points by a defenseman (57) in the USPHL.

After a tough stretch towards the end of October, the Islanders have won 17 of their last 20 games and continue to hold a spot in the top four of the USPHL standings.

The Premier and Elite Junior Islanders host the South Shore Kings this weekend at The Rinx, with puck drop of the first game at 5:20 PM Saturday night!

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