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QUITE A DEBUT FOR O'MARRA

Monday, 04.03.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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QUITE A DEBUT FOR O\'MARRA
Newly-signed first round pick off to incredible start

First game, first shot, first goal!

That's how Ryan O'Marra-- the Islanders' first pick in last summer's NHL Entry Draft --began his professional career this past Friday.  In fact, the 18-year old did all the scoring, tallying twice on the power play, as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers lost 4-2 on the road to the AHL's defending Calder Cup Champions, the Philadelphia Phantoms.

O'Marra drove through traffic in slot to bang home the rebound of a shot by defenseman Allan Rourke with 4:05 left in the first period for his first goal, then took a pretty feed from Rob Collins and slipped a backhander home early in the third period for his second.

"It was an unbelievable feeling, but I wish we would have gotten the win," O'Marra told newyorkislanders.com after the game. "But my goals were a credit to who I played with tonight.  They made feel welcome on the ice, and the bounces went my way."

"It was a pretty impressive debut," Sound Tigers head coach Dave Baseggio said. "He's a first-round pick for a reason, but to come in an play that well in his first game was really something to see.  The more I see of him, the more I like about him.  We're really lucky to have him."

O'Marra combined his nose for the net with what is quickly becoming a Midas touch the next night in his first home game with the Sound Tigers as he redirected a shot by Cole Jarrett for the first goal of the game against the Providence Bruins.  On Sunday, the 6'2'' 200-pound center added "efficient" to the long list of superlatives that describe his game when he scored right off a faceoff just three seconds into a power play.

"You can't ask too much of an 18-year coming into the AHL," said Baseggio, "even someone as highly-touted and obviously talent like Ryan. But he has really been impressive and he's fit in well with the rest of the team. He has contributed right away and it looks like he'll be an inportant player for us as we make our push for the playoffs."

O'Marra will get his first taste of the pressures of playoff hockey at the professional level when he and the Sound Tigers travel to Binghamton to visit the Senators this Friday at 7:05 p.m.  After earning two points in the standings this past weekend, due in large part to O'Marra's play, the Sound Tigers hold a magic number of four points gained by them or lost by Binghamton to clinch a playoff berth.  So, O'Marra will try to up his goal-scoring streak to four in the very definition of a four-point game.

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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 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 TOR 49 22 23 4 143 152 48
11 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
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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