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THE FAITHFUL PACK ISLANDERS ICEWORKS FOR NYI PROSPECT CAMP

Saturday, 09.10.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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THE FAITHFUL PACK ISLANDERS ICEWORKS FOR NYI PROSPECT CAMP
Bergenheim nets two goals, Campoli adds one goal and three assists in scrimmage

For Islander fans, the math is simple: 25 days until the start of the 2005-06 season in Buffalo, 10 days until the preseason opener vs. the Rangers at the Coliseum, three days until the start of training camp in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia...

...and ZERO days until the return of hockey.

Today was the day that many Islander fans had circled on their calendar. It didn't matter that Alexei Yashin and the rest of the veterans are not taking the ice offcially until Tuesday in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Seeing highly-touted prospects like Robert Nilsson, Petteri Nokelainen, Ryan O'Marra and Sean Bergenheim wear the Islander practice sweater was more than enough to whet their appetite for things to come.

For the opening of Islanders' Prospect Camp, a jam-packed crowd of more than 1,500 faithful fans filled Islanders Iceworks to get a glimpse of some of the organization's top prospects.

"Amazing turnout," said Islanders GM Mike Milbury said of the event that was promoted only through newyorkislanders.com and a mention in today's Newsday. "You keep hearing the skeptics wonder whether the fans are ready to come back to the NHL. All they have to do is be here to get their answer. Our fans really are a special group."

Those fans were not disappointed during the two-hour session which featured a highly-spirited scrimmage that saw Team Gray edge Team Blue, 5-4.

After several drills to open camp, the players were split into two teams for the 40-minute scrimmage with a referee and linesman. Following the scrimmage, the coaches put the players through more drills and skating.

Before the scrimmage, the players were shown a video about the new rules for the upcoming season. Maybe as a result of the new rules, the scrimmage was an especially fast-paced affair that featured numerous scoring opportunities and the exciting end-to-end action that the NHL anticipates this year.

Training camp invitee Frederic Cloutier started in goal for the Blue team, while Wade Dubielewicz started for the Gray team. Sean Bergenheim scored two goals in the first period, including the game's first goal 1:55 in to give the Blue squad a quick 1-0 lead.  He would add his second goal of the period at 12:41, but O'Marra and Nokelainen scored for the Gray team to tie the game at 2-2.

Unlike the first period, in the second period the refs awarded penalty shots instead of two-minute power plays. Team Blue had four penalty shots, while Team Gary had three chances.  2003 first round pick Robert Nilsson put on a dazzling move, stopping on a dime faking forehand and then trying to slip it in backhand, but hit the post.

Midway through the second period, camp-invitee goaltender Tuomas Tarkki made a stop on Nilsson's breakaway attempt which led to an odd-man rush for the Blue team that resulted in a goal by Blake Comeau.  With 5:43 left, Madden made a sprawling glove save on Jaroslav Mrazek's wrist shot from the high slot.

Chris Campoli and Luciano Aquino also scored goals for the Blue squad, while Jason Pitton scored for Team Gray.

An informal poll of Islanders scouts resulted in high praise for 2004 second round pick Blake Comeau. One scout estimated said Chris Campoli had three assists in the scrimmage and set up many more scoring opportunities.

Notes: The Blue squad was comprised of goaltenders Frederic Cloutier and Tuomas Tarkki, forwards Robert Nilsson, Sean Bergenheim, Mike Jarmuth, David Masse, Steve Reiger, Jeremy Colliton, Cole Jarrett and defensemen Vince Macri, Bruno Gervais, Nicholas Tuzzolino and Ryan Caldwell.

The Gray team featured goaltenders Wade Dubielewicz and Chris Madden, forwards Ryan O'Marra, Blake Comeau, Jaroslav Mrazek, Masi Marjamaki, Jason Pitton, Luciano Aquino and Petteri Nokelainen and defensemen Jody Robinson, Chris Campoli, Paul Flache and Dustin Kohn.

Near the end of the session, Mike Milbury met with the fans for 30 minutes, followed by Ken Morrow. After the players cooled down from their two-hour workout, Bergenheim, Nilsson, O'Marra and Dubielewicz posed for photos and signed autographs until the last fan went home.

The Islanders wrap-up the two-day Prospects Camp tomorrow with a morning session (10:00 a.m. - 12 noon) at Islanders Iceworks. Following the session, Islanders head coach Steve Stirling and assistant coach Brad Shaw will talk hockey and sign autographs for 30 minutes, followed by prospects Nokelainen, Campoli, Comeau and Colliton.

PHOTOS BY RICH STIEGLITZ

2005 NYI PROSPECT CAMP PRIMER

 

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 63 29 35 4 64
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 63 14 26 21 40
B. Nelson 63 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 63 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 57 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 51 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 53 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 63 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 53 4 20 16 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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