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New York Islanders - Lighthouse Tournament, Day 1

Wednesday, 01.18.2012 / 6:59 PM
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New York Islanders - Fifth Annual Lighthouse International Tournament
New York Islanders - Lighthouse Tournament, Day 1
An unusual scene was unfolding on Wednesday afternoon at Nassau Coliseum. Two 11-year-old boys, one from Finland and another from Japan were teaching each other a new language…in English.

That can only mean one thing, the New York Islanders annual Lighthouse Tournament is under way.

The tournament brings teams from Europe and Asia to Long Island to compete against local teams for medals and international bragging rights on professional ice. The teams come from different countries, speak different languages, but have a shared passion -hockey.

“I’ve been playing with kids in Japan all the time and it’s really different to see other countries with a different style,” Max Lee, a Japanese left-winger said. “And at the hotel we’ve already been making Finnish friends.”

A skills competition kicked off the festivities on Wednesday, including a fastest team event, featuring five players per squad, a puck-relay competition, a timed breakaway event, and a 2-on-0 scoring competition.

“I was very impressed with some of the kid’s skill level,” Mike Lang, one of the head Iceworks instructors said. “I thought the kids had a really good time.” 

In the past, the skills competition has been the wrap-up event, but this year, it’s in the leadoff position, for the international teams.

“I think they [the kids] are just getting acclimated with being in a different country and it was good for them to get out and do the skills first,” Lang said. “It gets their legs under them, it gets them acclimated to playing at the Coliseum which can be a little intimidating. I think they are going to have a real good time this week.”

Henri Ekman of the Finland 1 team was taking everything in, from scoring a couple goals in the competition, to the arena, to being in New York for the first time.

“It’s a big city. Everything is big,” he said. “It [the Coliseum] was the best ice that I’ve ever been on.”

Day 1 Recap:
Game 1 – Finland 1 vs. Japan

Japan jumped out to an early lead, going up 4-1 on Finland after the first period. The resilient Finns battled back in the second period, resulting in a 5-4 Japan lead heading into the third period. Justus Kunnusmaki of Finland scored with 51 seconds remaining to complete the comeback and tie the game at 7.

Game 2 – Nassau Islanders vs. Nassau Lions
The Islanders won the battle of Nassau, 7-2, over the Lions in Wednesday’s afternoon action. Defenseman Max Evans of Oyster Bay scored a hat-trick for the Islanders and Harry Nicolas of Westbury had two goals and an assist.

Game 3 – Finland 2 vs. Suffolk
The second Finnish team and Suffolk hooked up for Wednesday’s late game. Finland had the most dominant performance of the day, winning 14-1. Jere Turunen scored six goals and added two assists for an eight-point afternoon. Banteri Tahranainen had a hand in three of Turunen’s goals, finishing with two goals and four assists as well.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 47 27 12 8 143 120 62
6 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
7 WSH 47 24 14 9 140 124 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 47 22 24 -1 46
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 47 9 25 17 34
B. Nelson 47 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 47 9 17 5 26
J. Boychuk 37 4 20 17 24
J. Bailey 35 8 14 9 22
N. Leddy 47 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 47 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 41 13 5 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 9 0 .913 2.37
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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