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O'MARRA AND CANADA WIN GOLD

Friday, 01.05.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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O\'MARRA AND CANADA WIN GOLD
Okposo and the US take home the bronze

Ryan O'Marra, the Islanders' 2005 first-round draft pick, and the Canadian Junior National Team captured their third gold medal in a row at the World Junior Championships, topping Russia 4-2 in this year's final, held in Sweden. This is O'Marra's second gold medal at the World Juniors. The former 15th overall selection earned an assist on the first goal of the game to help Canada win all six games at the 2007 World Junior Championship.

The Islanders' most recent first-round pick, Kyle Okposo, took home his first World Junior Championship medal, when the United States defeated host Sweden, 2-1, in the Bronze Medal game.

Canada breezed into the medal round, winning all four of their preliminary round games, to earn an automatic berth into the semifinals. There, O'Marra faced-off against Okposo and the United States, after defeating them earlier, in the tournament. Unlike the 6-3 preliminary round win by Canada, the semifinal game was much tighter. Canada came out on top in the seventh round of a shootout, 2-1, to earn a spot in the final against Russia. Okposo's Team USA played for the bronze against Sweden, who fell to Russia in the semifinals.

O'Marra tallied two assists in the tournament, but Islanders scouts said that he played better than his stats indicate. His line was considered one of the most complete lines of the tournament. Meanwhile, Okposo notched one assist, while creating a multitude of scoring chances on one of the team's top two lines.

O'Marra returns to the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL, where his team is currently second in the West Division. Okposo's Minnesota Golden Gophers, of the WCHA, are on a 20-game unbeaten streak, and ranked first in the nation.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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