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Written by Christian A. | 15 December 2011



It is Calvin de Haan who will join the Islanders for tonight’s game. The de Haan call up was made official this morning. Last night reports indicated it would be either de Haan or Aaron Ness who would be called up in the wake of an injury to Steve Staios.

The injury to Staios is being called “an upper body injury” by the team, but reports indicate that he is suffering from concussion like symptoms.

Kevin Shultz of Islanders Point blank is reporting that Jack Capuano is leaning towards pairing de Haan with Dylan Reese due to the Sound Tigers familiarity. This will be de Haan’s first NHL game in his young career.

Also called up was goaltender Kevin Poulin. The call up was in response to Rick Dipietro being placed on injured reserve retroactive to December 3. Poulin will make his season debut tonight when he starts against the Dallas Stars.

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Written by Christian A. | 14 December 2011

The Islanders will have a fresh face on their roster when they take on the Dallas Stars tomorrow night. Newsday’s Arthur Staple reported that either Aaron Ness or Calvin de Haan would be called up due to concussion like symptoms felt by Steve Staios.

Staios will miss tomorrow’s game due to NHL concussion protocol and Staples says that the Islanders may need Ness or de Haan longer than just one game.

Through 22 games de Haan has two goals and six assists for eight points for the Sound Tigers. Ness has appeared in four more games than de Haan and has posted two goals and eight assists for 10 points. Both players are viewed as high-level defensive prospects for the Islanders.

Expect an announcement by tomorrow afternoon.

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Written by Christian A. | 14 December 2011



Ryan Strome, the Islanders fifth overall pick in the 2011 NHL draft, made the final roster for the Canadian team that will compete in the 2012 World Junior Championships.

Ryan Strome and Team Canada Will open the tournament against Finland on Monday, December 26, at Rexall Place.

Strom has spent the 2011-12 season with the Niagara Ice Dogs of the OHL. There he has scored 16 goals and contributed 17 assists for 33 points in 24 games. Strome spent a week with the Islanders before he was returned to the Ice Dogs.

Islander fans got their first taste of how talented Strome is during the skills competition of the Blue and White game in July.

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Written by Christian A. | 14 December 2011


By Daniel Friedman

Last night's game in Montreal was one the New York Islanders will wish
to soon forget.

The Canadiens were able to grab the two points by defeating the Isles
5-3 at the Bell Centre. Don't let the (relatively) close score fool
you: This was a mismatch from the opening face-off, and though the
Isles would eventually wake up, it'd just be too little, too late.

New York got off to a solid start and even notched the first goal in
this contest, a Matt Moulson tally off a gorgeous feed from, who else,
P.A. Parenteau, giving the Islanders a 1-0 lead. It was, however,
short-lived. Just 1:25 later, Andrei Kostitsyn chipped and chased the
puck, beating the Isles' defense and then their goaltender, Al
Montoya, to tie the game at one apiece. Not long after their first
marker, the Habs would get a second. This time it was Mathieu Darche,
who's weak slap shot somehow sneaked through Montoya's pads and into
the back of the net, putting Montreal ahead 2-1.

There was no scoring in the middle frame, but plenty of it in the
third. P.K. Subban, David Desharnais and Erik Cole combined for a
dizzying tic-tac-toe powerplay goal, with the latter finishing off the
play. At that point, the Habs were up by two and appeared to be in
command of this hockey game.

Fortunately, that notion didn't sit too well with Josh Bailey and John
Tavares. Both forwards scored a little over six minutes apart, through
hard work and patience with the puck, and just like that, the
Islanders had knotted things up.

But it was the Habs who would get the last laugh, as ex-Islander
Petteri Nokelainen's slapper got past everyone, including the
goaltender, to regain the lead for Montreal. It was just the second
goal of the season for Nokelainen and a big one at that. The Isles
would get a few more quality scoring chances but could not convert.
Hal Gill sealed the deal with an empty-net goal, his first of the
year.

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Written by Christian A. | 13 December 2011



Updated 11:50 a.m.: More details about what took place Sunday night that got Corey Trivino arrested are coming to light.

The Dailey Free Press is reporting that Trivino was released without bail following his arraignment, but had to surrender his Canadian passport and was ordered to stay away from the victim and BU housing. Should he need or want to use his Canadian passport he would need to pos $25,000 cash bail.

As for the new details about what occurred, the police report cites multiple drunken visits from Trivino.

(From The Daily Free Press)
According to the police report, the incident began when the RA heard residents of a room being extremely loud. The RA went to the room to tell them to quiet down, and Trivino followed her back to her room and pushed her door open, the report states. She said in the report that she told Trivino to go back to his room, but instead he allegedly started kissing and groping the victim. The victim told Trivino he was being inappropriate and should leave her room, and he left, according to the police report.

A few minutes later, Trivino allegedly returned and was banging on her door. The RA opened the door slightly and Trivino tried to kiss her, but she pushed him away, according to the police report. The RA said in the police report that she told Trivino “You need to stop,” and “You need to go.” Trivino allegedly cornered the victim by her desk and attempted to kiss her as she pushed him away, the police report said. She said in the police report that she managed to get him to leave at that time and she then texted a friend for help.

Trivino then returned a third time and banged loudly on the door, according to the report. The victim said in the report that she needed to open the door as part of her RA duties. Trivino allegedly forced his way in again and tried to kiss her, then sat on her bed, took his shoes off, said he would sleep there that night and laid down.

At that time, the RA called the Resident Director of the area, the police report said. When Trivino heard her on the phone with the Resident Director, he put his shoes on and ran out of her room, the police report said, and then the Resident Director told the RA to call the BU police.

According to the police report, “a very intoxicated male” got on the elevator with the police responding to the call. The male identified himself as Trivino and identified his room number as that of the RA, the police report said, at which time he was arrested.

Original report: BU Terriers forward and Islanders Prospect Corey Trivino was arrested Sunday night and charged with three counts of indecent assault and battery. He also faces two counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime and one count of assault with attempt to rape.

According to Art Jahnke of BU Today, Trivino, while intoxicated, pushed his way into the room of a female student and started making unsolicited advances towards her (kissing and Fondling). He left the room at the students insistence and she called Boston University police around 11 p.m. Trivino was later arrested.

Due to the incident Trivino has been kicked off the team by head coach Jack Parker. Prior to his dismissal from the team, he led the in points (17) and led Hockey East in goals (13).  Parker had been expecting this to be Trivino’s big year following three seasons of injury and disciplinary problems. And through 15 games it seemed as though he was on the right path. That was until this latest event.

“He is no longer associated with the BU hockey team,” Parker told BU Today after the arrest. “This will be a big hole to fill. And there's an emotional hole also.”

Trivino was arraigned on Monday in Brighton District court, where he pleaded not guilty to all charges. His family made the trip, via plane, to Boston to be at their son’s arraignment. He will be allowed to attend classes until he is either suspended or expelled from school.  His case will be brought in front of the University’s judicial affairs.

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Written by Christian A. | 12 December 2011

The Islanders returned Kevin Poulin to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers yesterday. Poulin did not see any game action in the week he spent as Al Montoya’s back up.

The move appears to be a precursor to the return of Evgeni Nabokov, who has been on injured reserve retroactively since November 17 with a groin injury. Prior to the injury he was 1-5-0 with a .910 save percentage in eight appearances.

The goaltending trio the Islanders had will, for the time being, return to a more conventional goaltending duo of Al Montoya and Evgeni Nabokov.

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Written by Christian A. | 11 December 2011



Uniondale, NY --
The Islanders six game point streak came to an end last night with a sobering 6-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins James Neal tied the game twice before his team wrestled control of the game away from the Islanders. They were also assisted by a controversial penalty called against Travis Hamonic; a five-minute major elbowing and a game misconduct.

The play in question occurred at the 7:35 mark of the second period with the Islanders already on the penalty kill. Orpik passes the puck off to a teammate and Travis Hamonic gives Orpik a shove. Incidentally from the shove by Hamonic, Orpik hits himself in the face with his own stick. 

The refs called Hamonic for elbowing gave him a five-minute major, a game misconduct and sent him to the dressing room.

“It was a joke, that’s how I saw it,” Marke Streit said about the call after the game. “I mean it’s ridiculous, but referees make mistakes too and we just gotta keep working.”

Hamonic was visible frustrated with the call after the game as well. He told reporters that that was a play he wouldn’t have even been credited with a hit.

“You watch the play and I skate by him and I make minimal contact with the opposing player,” he said still upset over the call. “He hits himself in the forehead with his own stick and he goes down and he’s bleeding. Next thing you know five minute major and I’m kicked out of the game. Tough call to make in those circumstances I guess.”

Hamonic, Streit and Islanders head coach all said they were not given an explanation regarding the penalty.

“I was just told to leave the rink because I had a five-minute major,” Hamonic explained. “You watch that replay and in my opinion that was a terrible call. I didn’t hit him, that wasn’t a head check, that’s not my style of play…and I didn’t in any sort of way. I kept my elbows down, hit him right in the stomach and he follows through with himself with his own stick and hits himself in the forehead.”

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