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Written by Christian A. | 01 December 2011



The Islanders announced this morning the emergency call up of Sound Tigers defensemen Dylan Reese. The call up came in the wake of defenseman Andrew MacDonald suffering a right leg injury in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory in Buffalo.

Reese appeared in 27 games for the Islanders during the 2010-11 season contributing six assists for six points and was a -12.  This season in the AHL Reese leads Sound Tigers defenseman in points (12) and is second on the team in assists (10).

MacDonald is listed as day to day.


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Written by Christian A. | 28 November 2011

It was announced earlier today that Jay Pandolfo would miss the next 4-6 weeks due to a broken foot. The injury was sustained on Saturday afternoon during the Islanders matinee game against the New Jersey Devils He blocked a shot from Devils defensemen Mark Fayne.

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Newsday’s Arthur Staple reports that Nino Niederreiter will be back in the Islanders lineup tomorrow night against the Buffalo Sabres.

Niederreiter was apparently told in advance that he’d be out a full week to “work on his conditioning and learn what he needs to do by watching.” A situation that was similar to what the team did with Kyle Okposo.

"I just need to get a little dirtier out there," Niederreiter told Newsday. "Go to the paint, throw pucks on net, get myself into traffic."

Prior to last Wednesday night’s game against the Flyer I spoke with Niederreiter.

(Niederreiter on his first several games in the NHL and the difference from last season)

“It’s been fun. It was definitely way different, I felt way more comfortable, but I came from an injury and it’s always tough to come back. It was my first injury, so I never really had a feeling of how that’s gunna be, but overall it’s good.”

(On the whether playing in the AHL was a nice transition to the NHL)

“No, it was a good step to do the AHL first then come back up here and get a couple games in. It was definitely good.”

(On what it’s like to go through losing streak as a young player)

“It’s definitely different, but I mean I haven’t played a lot yet.  So it’s hard to tell either the right things.”

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Written by Christian A. | 27 November 2011



New York, NY --
Boston University Terriers forward Ross Guadet didn’t know he’d be playing on Madison Square Garden ice until 1:45 on Saturday, so he might night have believed you if you told him he’d score the game winning goal that night. But it was indeed his tip in goal, in the overtime period, which won the game for the Terriers in the bi-annual Red Hot Hockey game against the Cornell Big Red at Madison Square Garden.

Guadet’s first goal of the season came at 2:48 into the overtime period. Defensemen Max Nicastro shot the puck from the point and Guadet was able to get his stick on the puck and redirect it past the right shoulder of Cornell goaltender Andy Iles.

“Definitely say this is the most exciting goal I’ve scored,” Guadet said after the game. “It was a great game to be a part of too. It was definitely one of the best moments of my athletic career”

Guadet had been a healthy scratch the previous game and was not sure if he’d be playing in the Saturday game.

“It was tough a week, it’s always tough being a healthy scratch, but my roommate went through it and all the guys on the team are great,” he said. “At the end of the day I just had to work harder. The coaching staff let me know I needed to work harder and that’s all I focused on doing this week.”

The Boston University Terriers were the first team to score on Garden ice when Adam Clendening scored at 11:07 during a five on three power play chance. The Cornell Big Red answered back with Locke Jillson scoring at the 11:06 mark of the third period. Jillson scored on a rebound to tie the game at one.

The Big Red looked to have taken the lead with four minutes left in the game when John Esposito shot the puck wide of the net, the puck ricocheted off the glass, went straight up in the air and eventually fell on Kieran Millan, the Terriers goaltender, and into the net. However the goal was waved off because the officials said they lost sight of the puck and blew the whistle.

Guadet was able to redirect the point shot in OT and Guadet was able to use his Tim Tebow celebration that he wanted to save for the right stage.

He was asked post game whether his game-winning goal was any sweeter because he was a game time decision. He was very humble with his answer.

“Any time you have the chance to help your team win it’s a great feeling,” Guadet responded. “Regardless if I was going to be in the lineup or not it’s great to be part of a win.”

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Written by Christian A. | 26 November 2011



The Bridgeport Sound Tigers debuted their new third jersey Friday afternoon during their 6-2 victory over the Connecticut Whale.

The new third jersey is an exact match to the ones the teams parent club, the New York Islanders, wears. The only difference is that where the Islanders name would be on the jersey, the name Sound Tigers is in its place along with Sound Tiger logos on the shoulders.

The new jerseys will be worn for every Sunday game this season.

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Written by Christian A. | 25 November 2011

The Islanders lost to New Jersey Devils 1-0 at the Nassau Coliseum. The only goal of the game came from Petr Sykora at 14:13 of the second period on the power play.  The Islanders and Devils will battle it out again tomorrow at 1 pm.  Below are links to recaps from the blogs and Mainstream media

Sykora, Hedberg lead Devils past Islanders, 1-0 – Denis Gorman, Associated Press

Islanders lose fourth straight, 1-0 to Devils – Jim Baumbach, Newsday

Johan Hedberg penalty-shot save keys Devils' 1-0 win over Islanders – Colin Stephenson, The Star-Ledger

Devils' Johan Hedberg shuts out Islanders, 1-0 – Tom Gulitti, The Record

Devils squeak by Isles – Dyan LeBourdais, New York Islanders official website

Isles blanked by Devils: 1-0 – Stacy Podelski, Examiner.com

DEVILS 1, ISLANDERS 0: PLUS/MINUS – Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank

Devils 1, New York 0: Islanders shutout for sixth time – Dominik, Lighthouse Hockey

Fantastic Hedberg & New Jersey Devils Survive New York Islanders with 1-0 Victory – John Fischer, In Lou We Trust 

Tonights post game videos come from Stacy Podelski of Examiner.com. Make sure you check out her post game recap on Examiner.com. 





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Written by Christian A. | 24 November 2011

The Islanders announced today that they have waved Blake Comeau. Comeau has been an underwhelming plus -11 in 16 games this season with no goals or assists. During last nights loss to the Flyers he played 8 shifts for a total of 6:45 of ice time.

Rookie Nino Niederreiter will most likely fill Comeau’s spot on the wing. Niederreiter has been the healthy scratch the past two games for the Islanders.

If Comeau is not claimed he will report to AHL Bridgeport, where he started his career in the Islanders organization.

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The Islander activated goaltender Al Montoya following the 4-3 loss to the Flyers. He had been out with a hamstring injury.

The return of Montoya meant the Islanders had to return Anders Nilsson, which they did. Nilsson appeared in two game for the Islanders, which included him making his first NHL start against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Written by Christian A. | 24 November 2011



Uniondale, NY –
It’s safe to say that Kyle Okposo may be most thankful for breaking his scoring drought last night against the Philadelphia Flyers this Thanksgiving. Okposo scored two goals and had an assist in the 4-3 loss at the Nassau Coliseum.

Up till last night Okposo had not scored a goal since March 22 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“I felt good tonight and that’s the way I know how to play,” Okposo said following the game. “I don’t know what it was from the beginning of the year, but I wasn’t doing it. Something clicked mentally and I’m just happy to be back.”

In the first period Kyle Okposo scored from one knee off a pass from Michael Grabner from behind the net 37 seconds into the game. Then later in the period was on the finishing end of a great tic tac toe play, with Josh Bailey and Michael Grabner getting the assists.

It wasn’t just on the offensive side that Okposo played well. In the second period the Flyers seemed to have a break away opportunity, after the Islanders defense fell behind the play. Kyle Okposo rushed back to help on defense, broke up the play and prevented a scoring chance for Philadelphia.

“That’s the way [Okposo] plays,” Josh Bailey said of his teammates performance. “When he plays like that consistently he’s one of our best players every night and it was really good to see. He worked so hard and more of that’s coming.”

“Glad to see him contribute like that,” added PA Parenteau. “He played an unbelievable game tonight for our team and that’s what we need out of him.”

Islanders head coach Jack Capuano called Okposo one of the team’s beast players on the ice and it would be hard to argue with that. He finished the game with three points (2 goals and 1 assist) and finished the game a plus 1.

“It was big for my confidence and it was definitely nice to get that one,” Okposo later said about his play.

Going forward Okposo will try and play same way he did against the Flyers every game.  “Just work as hard as I can,” Okposo said about future games. “Goals are just a byproduct of that.”

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