Islanders turning to Ilya Sorokin in net for Game 3 vs. Hurricanes

=The New York Islanders replaced goalie Ilya Sorokin midway through the second period in Game 3 of the against the Carolina Hurricanes. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The New York Islanders are making a change in goal ahead of a pivotal Game 3 against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Head coach Patrik Roy told reporters Wednesday that Ilya Sorokin will take over in goal for Semyon Varlamov.

The Islanders went with Varlamov for the first two games of the series with Sorokin struggling this season. The 28-year-old had a 25-19-12 record, 3.01 GAA and .908 save percentage in 56 regular-season appearances this season.

Varlamov, 35, helped the Islanders reach the post-season, posting an 8-1-1 record over his last 10 games, with a 2.09 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage. This led to Roy deciding to ride the hot hand going into the series.

Carolina has outscored New York 8-4 in the series and holds a 2-0 series lead.

The Islanders will look to avoid going down 3-0 when they take on the Hurricanes in Game 3 Thursday. Watch the action on Sportsnet and Sportsnet+ at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT.

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