KYLE MAKES HIS HOME DEBUT

Friday, 01.11.2008 / 7:20 PM ET / News
By Jason Lockhart  - Website/Publications Coordinator
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KYLE MAKES HIS HOME DEBUT

Islanders 2006 first round draft pick Kyle Okposo set to play at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, tonight at 7 pm


Kyle Okposo makes his home debut with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Islanders' AHL affiliate, tonight at 7 pm at the Arena at Harbor Yard versus the Springfield Falcons.

Fresh off of his pro hockey debut in Binghamton, where he set-up two Sound Tigers power play goals, Okposo hopes to re-ignite a Bridgeport team that ranks sixth in the East Division.

Okposo is expected to stay with his linemates from his first game - Sound Tigers leading scorer Jeff Tambellini and Bridgeport's leading assist man Frans Nielsen.


Islanders fan favorites Steve Webb and Eric Cairns will sit in with Sound Tigers play-by-play man Phil Giubileo on Saturday night for Okposo’s home debut.


The game can be heard live on ESPN 1300 AM, and at www.soundtigers.com, and seen in its entirety on Monday on Islanders TV, along with Kyle’s pro debut from Friday night in Binghamton.


Also check Islanders TV and Sound Tigers TV for exclusive highlights and analysis of Kyle’s debut weekend as a pro.


A HANDY GUIDE TO VISITING BRIDGEPORT


Get to the Game
To purchase tickets to Okposo's first two games with Bridgeport, please call the Arena at Harbor Yard box office at 203-334-2400 or visit Ticketmaster.com.

For those planning on taking the Port Jefferson Ferry to the Bridgeport games this weekend, click here for a special discount.

Word out of Bridgeport is that the last boat's departure from Bridgeport back to Port Jefferson on Saturday has been pushed back to 9:45 to accommodate those attending the Sound Tigers game.



Dining Near Arena at Harbor Yard
Looking to grab some food before or after the game, these places come highly recommended by the Sound Tigers players and management.




To watch the games live online, visit B2TV.com for pay per view options.


Check back to Islanders TV on Monday for the complete games from Friday and Saturday, as well as exclusive interviews with Kyle and analysis from Sound Tigers announcers throughout the weekend.





Senators knock off Sound Tigers; Kyle Okposo records two assists in his pro hockey debut


Kyle Okposo
Kyle Okposo, the Islanders' 2006 first round draft pick played a strong game, earning two assists in his pro hockey debut, but the Bridgeport Sound Tigers fell 3-2 to the Senators in Binghamton, Friday night. Playing for the Islanders' AHL affiliate Sound Tigers, Okposo set-up two Ben Walter power play goals.

Binghamton's Greg Mauldin spoiled Okposo's debut by scoring two goals, including the game-winner with 4:39 to play in the third period. While at even strength, Okposo played with Bridgeport point leader Jeff Tambellini and Frans Nielsen (NYI - 2002 third round pick).

"We were all very happy with Kyle's play in his first game," said Bridgeport head coach Jack Capuano. "He was very relaxed and exceptionally poised with the puck. He played very well in all three zones. Kyle is a player who likes to think ahead and contains good hockey sense. He might have been a little nervous, but after the game he told me he liked the pace of the game, despite playing against guys who were bigger and stronger than he's used to."

The Senators' goaltender Jeff Glass earned the win by making 33 saves, while Mike Morrison picked up the loss, stopping 29 shots.

A fight-filled first period between the Sound Tigers and Senators ended in a scoreless tie. Midway through the first period, in a span of 12 seconds, three fights broke out. First, Bridgeport defenseman Drew Fata dropped the gloves with Mauldin, then Sound Tigers forward Kip Brennan went toe-to-toe with Jeremy Yablonski and finally Bridgeport defenseman Micheal Haley went at it with Greg Amadio.

Just 11 seconds into the second period, Okposo earned his first pro assist on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers' second power play. Holding the puck on the right wall, Okposo sent a pass back to the point. Dustin Kohn (NYI - 2005 second round pick) walked in and ripped a slap pass to Walter (acquired from Boston), who redirected the puck past goaltender Jeff Glass.

Binghamton tied the game at one on the power play, when Ilya Zubov beat Morrison with a shot from the slot.

Mauldin scored 59 seconds into the third period to give Binghamton a 2-1 lead.

But Bridgeport struck back on the power play with 8:29 remaining in the third period. Okposo curled out of the circle and slid a quick pass in front to Walter, who maneuvered near the crease before lifting a shot over the fallen Glass.

Binghamton regained the lead just a few minutes later on Mauldin's second of the game.

Check out Michael Fornabaio's game story in the Connecticut Post.

Five Players of the Game:
1. Greg Mauldin: Spoiled Kyle's debut with two goals, including the game-winner, a fight
2. Ben Walter: Two goals on strong plays in-close
3. Kyle Okposo: A very good first game, playing set-up man with two assists, on the ice for the final minute with Bridgeport down a goal
4. Jeff Glass: Held off the Sound Tigers with 33 saves
5. Ilya Zubov: A nice individual effort for his tenth goal of the season


BRIDGEPORT
Goaltenders
33 Mike Morrison
35 Joey MacDonald

Defense
6 Matthew Spiller - 44 Drew Fata
4 Mark Wotton - 40 Jamie Fraser
50 Dustin Kohn - 19 Scott Ford

Forwards
7 Jeff Tambellini - 51 Frans Nielsen - 12 Kyle Okposo
9 Ben Walter - 10 Sean Bentivoglio - 27 Matt Keith
Jeremy Colliton - 23 Trevor Smith - 17 Jason Pitton
18 Micheal Haley - 37 Kip Brennan - 91 Pierre-Luc Faubert




 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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