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FANS PACK ICEWORKS FOR FINAL SCRIMMAGE

Saturday, 07.15.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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FANS PACK ICEWORKS FOR FINAL SCRIMMAGE
Team Blue Victorious As Camp Closes

By Jason Lockhart

No spots were to be had in the Islanders Iceworks parking lot with a capacity crowd on hand to watch the Islanders prospects wrap up their development camp Saturday with a Team Blue 4-3 scrimmage victory.

Frans Nielsen broke a 3-3 tie late in the third period to seal the 4-3 victory for Blue, which won two of the three scrimmages played at this week's camp.

Goalie invite Mike Chiasson hung tough late in the game stopping a Ryan O'Marra turnaround shot and a Brian Day rebound chance to protect the slim lead.

Following Saturday's scrimmage, first round picks O'Marra, Kyle Okposo and Islanders Chris Campoli and Bruno Gervais signed autographs for fans. Sparky and the Ice Girls were also in attendance as they thanked fans for coming , and excited the packed Syosset rink.

"You couldn't ask for a better Saturday morning with the kids," said Shawn Cashman, who brought his daughter and son to the scrimage. "It's nice and cool in here and we were able to see some energetic hockey in the middle of the summer. It was a great break from the norm."

Saturday was the last day of a camp that gave Islanders prospects an opportunity to take to the ice during the summer, learn about responsible nutrition habits and meet the other young players on the team.

The prospects were put to the test from Monday through Wednesday participating in on- and off-ice exercises and psych tests to help them prep for their training for the rest of the summer and next season. Thursday, Friday and Saturday were highlighted by scrimmages with Team Grey winning Game One and Team Blue taking the final two contests.

"The camp was awesome," said Okposo, who attended his first camp. "These were some of the best guys I've ever met. I'm really excited about being part of the Islanders organization."

There were high levels of intensity, skill and professionalism displayed by the young players on the ice, but there was still a youthful and laid back atmosphere off the ice and in the locker room.

"Everyone here is serious about their hockey career," said Denver recruit Rhett Rakhshani. "But everyone was having a great time because we all love hockey."

After a long day of training, the players were treated each evening to various extracurricular activities such as paintball, bowling, movies and Mets and Yankees games.

"The extra stuff was unbelievable," said Okposo. "It was a lot fun going paintballing and watching the Yankees play. I didn't really expect it until I looked at our schedules."

Many of the prospects were attending their first camp and didn't know what to expect, but they came out better and smarter players because of it.

"The camp was great," added Rakhshani. "It was a high level of hockey. When I go back to where I was skating before, in my case California, I'm going to be pushing myself harder, so that when I come back to next year's camp it will be easier to adapt to the hockey."

For some players such as Campoli, this was their last development camp.

"I enjoy coming to these camps," said Campoli. "Being one of the older guys this year I was able to share my experiences with the younger guys. All-in-all it was a successful camp. We got what we wanted to get out of it."

Some of the players at this camp will return for Islanders training camp in Nova Scotia scheduled for September. The others will join their junior or college teams for the start of their 2006-2007 seasons. Either way they'll be better hockey players on and off the ice.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 48 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 48 9 25 16 34
B. Nelson 48 15 15 5 30
F. Nielsen 48 9 17 4 26
J. Boychuk 38 4 21 16 25
J. Bailey 36 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 48 7 14 14 21
N. Kulemin 48 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 42 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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