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Lighthouse Tournament: Day 1

Wednesday, 01.22.2014 / 6:32 PM
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The 2014 Lighthouse International Youth Hockey Tournament
Lighthouse Tournament: Day 1
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The New York Islanders are proud to host the sixth annual Lighthouse International Youth Hockey Tournament this week at Nassau Coliseum. Teams from Finland, China and Japan are here to play against local Long Island teams in this great event on the iconic ice at Nassau Coliseum. The tournament gives all players the opportunity to play teams from all over the world, submerse themselves in different cultures and make long-lasting friendships.

The tournament starts on Wednesday Jan. 22 and ends on Saturday Jan. 25. Make sure to check newyorkislanders.com daily for all the latest tournament scores, photos and behind-the-scenes updates!
                                                                                                           
Day One Recap:
Game One: Finland One 10, Japan 3

Finland and Japan kicked off the tournament with an all-international matchup, with the Finns skating to a 10-3 win. Okku Untala scored a game-high five points (1g/4a) as the Finns broke open a 1-0 game with four second-period goals. Verneri Viitala (3g) and Okku Untala (3a) did their best John Tavares-Thomas Vanek impersonation, as Untala fed Viitala for all three goals in his hat trick. Niko Kalliolepi also had a strong game for Finland, scoring four goals. Kenata Sesoya led the Japanese team with a goal and an assist.

Game Two: China (Qiqihar) 8, Rinx 3
Team China (Qiqihar) defeated Team RINX 8-3 in the teams’ opening-round matchup. China scored the game’s first five goals before Ethan Halle put RINX on the scoresheet late in the second period. Zhao Haiying and Zhou Xinyu led the way for China, each scoring two goals. With the victory, China heads to round two to face Finland 1

Game Three: China (Harbin) 4, Nassau 3

Islanders assistant coach Doug Weight's son, Danny, scored a goal and two assists, but the Nassau Islanders fell 4-3 to Team China (Harbin) in the third game of the afternoon. Nassau had a 2-0 lead in the second period, but China scored four unanswered goals – including a natural hat trick from Wang Jing – to take a 4-2 lead. Nassau made a late push and scored with 24 seconds to play, but the one-goal deficit was as close as they came.

Game Four: Finland Two 13, Westchester 0

Team Finland’s 13-goal effort was the high-water mark in Wednesday’s action, as they shutout the local team from Westchester. Mikhail Lahti led the way with a game-high four goals, while Jesse Kalliuina posted a hat trick and Markus Kerhula had three assists. The game was 1-0 after the first period, but Finland progressed as the game wore on, scoring eight goals in the third period.

SCHEDULE

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PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 46 21 24 -2 45
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 46 8 25 16 33
B. Nelson 46 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 46 9 16 4 25
J. Boychuk 36 4 18 15 22
J. Bailey 34 8 13 8 21
N. Leddy 46 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 46 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 40 13 5 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 25 9 0 .910 2.41
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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