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TEAM BOSSY CLINCHES MINI-CAMP TOURNEY

Sunday, 07.01.2007 / 3:34 PM / News
By Jason Lockhart  - Website/Publications Coordinator
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TEAM BOSSY CLINCHES MINI-CAMP TOURNEY
Nokelainen seals the win in the shootout

Team Bossy celebrates the victory
In front of a packed Iceworks crowd, Islanders 2004 first-round draft pick Petteri Nokelainen scored in the sixth-round of the shootout session to secure Sunday's Mini-Camp game for Scott Boggs' Team Bossy by the score of 6-4. The win clinches the Camp series for Team Bossy, which has won the first two games. Team Bossy will go for the three-game sweep tomorrow.

Boggs' squad took a 4-2 advantage into the shootout session with late goals by 2007 draft pick Jason Gregoire and Sound Tigers defenseman Jamie Fraser. Gregoire finished the day with two goals and one assist, while Fraser chipped in with two goals, including one in the shootout, and one assist.

Boggs tried a tactical move by stacking one forward line with all Bridgeport prospects – Jeff Tambellini, Nokelainen and Blake Comeau. The strategy paid off, but it was another line that did most of the scoring. The line of Gregoire, free agent signing Trevor Smith and free agent Justin Bourne compiled three goals and four assists to lead Team Bossy to victory.

"I spoke with Director of Amateur Scouting Ryan Jankowski about my talented players," said Boggs. "That's where I got all my inside scoop about my players. We wanted to bring all of their attention to our top guys and let the rest of the guys do their jobs"

Today's game started out as tightly as yesterday's game. Team Trottier got things going late in the first when Frans Nielsen found recent signing Sean Bentivoglio in front for a tap-in goal past free agent goaltender John Murray. Islanders 2006 first-round pick Kyle Okposo also picked up an assist.

Team Bossy countered in the final minute of the first frame to even the score at one. After receiving a pass from Fraser, Gregoire found Bourne, who slid the puck by Stefan Ridderwall.

"The goal happened because of two nifty little passes," said Bourne. "Fraser gave the puck over to Greger, who slid a nice backhand pass over to me. I knew I had the goalie if I shot it quickly."

In the second period, Team Trottier regained the lead when Nielsen rifled a slap shot past Mike Mole with less than five minutes remaining.

Okposo had a couple of opportunities in the third to put Team Trottier up by two, but he was denied by the post and Mole's left skate.

It was the Gregoire-Smith-Bourne line that would strike next. With goaltender Jase Weslosky down, Gregoire flipped the puck over him to make it a 2-2 game. When Islanders radio play-by-play broadcaster and today's PA announcer Steve Mears announced the goal was from "Bourne from Hart," a number of fans turned their heads to acknowledge the history of those two names in Islanders history.

"I've known Jordy for a year, so I can't relate to that nostalgia," admitted Bourne. "But I hope others can remember our dads when they played."

In the final five minutes, the Gregoire line orchestrated two more goals to help Team Bossy grab a 4-2 lead, before moving into the shootout session.

"Our line had three Canadians, which pretty much says it all," said Gregoire with a smile. "We got into a rhythm, fed off each other and communicated well. I couldn't be happier with our line."

Shea Guthrie and Rhett Rakhshani tallied goals in the shootout for Team Trottier, but Fraser and Nokelainen salted the game away for Bossy, which takes on Team Trottier tomorrow at 10 am.

"We're not going to change anything tomorrow," said Boggs. "If they change things up, we'll adjust to it. It's still a meaningful game tomorrow. Some of the guys talked about going to the hardware store and picking up some industrial brooms, but I told them to just focus on the third game. We'll worry about the sweep when it happens."



Three Stars of the Game
1. Jason Gregoire: All over the ice creating chances, 2G, 1A
2. Jamie Fraser: Jumped into the play well, 2G, 1A
3. Frans Nielsen: A goal and an assist in the losing effort


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Line Combinations

TEAM TROTTIER
Head Coach: Assistant Equipment Manager Richard "Shakey" Krouse

GOALIES
Stefan Ridderwall (06 Rd 6)
Jase Weslosky (06 Rd 4)           
   
DEFENSE
Drew Fata (06 Signed FA) - Shane Sims (06 Rd 5)
Dustin Kohn (05 Rd 2) - Mark Katic (07 Rd 3)
Tyrell Mason (05 Rd 6) - Blake Kessel (07 Rd 6)

FORWARDS
Sean Bentivoglio (07 Signed FA) - Frans Nielsen (02 Rd 3) - Kyle Okposo (06 Rd 1)
Paul Crosty  (FA) - Shea Guthrie (05 Rd 3) - Rhett Rakhshani (06 Rd 4)
Jesse Joensuu (06 Rd 2) - Doug Rogers (06 Rd 4) -   Maxime Gratchev (07 Rd 4)



   

TEAM BOSSY
Head Coach: Head equipment manager Scott Boggs

GOALTENDERS
John Murray (FA)
Michael Mole (06 Signed FA)

DEFENSE
Jamie Fraser (07 Signed FA) - Simon Lacroix (07 Rd 7)
Jordan Hart (FA) - Emil Axelsson (04 Rd 7)
Andrew MacDonald (06 Rd 6) - Martin Frechette (FA)

FORWARDS
Blake Comeau (04 Rd 2) - Jeff Tambellini (Trade from L.A. 06) - Petteri Nokelainen (04 Rd 1)
Jason Gregoire (07 Rd 3) - Trevor Smith (07 Signed FA) - Justin Bourne (FA)
Tyler Haskins (DET 04 Rd 5) - Kim Johansson (06 Rd 5) - James Marcou (FA)

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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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