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BIG WEEKEND FOR KO

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Okposo picks up two goals and an assist in two games


Kyle Okposo, photo by Christopher Pasatieri
Islanders 2006 first round draft pick Kyle Okposo continues to impress at the professional level. Playing with the Islanders' American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Okposo is 5-9-14 in 14 games.

This weekend, Okposo tallied a goal and an assist in the Sound Tigers' 3-2 defeat of the Lowell Devils on Friday and then added a goal against the Portland Pirates in a 5-2 loss on Saturday.

In Okposo's first 12 games, he played primarily with Jeff Tambellini and Frans Nielsen. But with Tambellini and Nielsen recalled by the Islanders, he has clicked well with new linemates Sean Bentivoglio and Ben Walter.

"Sean and Ben have been great to play with," said Okposo. "We've developed some chemistry pretty quickly."

On Friday, Bentivoglio set-up Okposo from behind the net for Bridgeport's second goal of the game. Okposo tallied a power play goal the following night – his second of the season.

Okposo is sixth on the Sound Tigers with his 14 points, tallying two power play goals, along with a +2 rating, since leaving the University of Minnesota early.

February has started well for Okposo, who has recorded two goals and two assists in the first four games of the month. He's taken 15 shots in the four games this month, averaging 3.75 shots a game, up from 1.6 in his first ten games.

Bridgeport ranks sixth in the competitive East Division with a record of 25-23-1-0. They next play on Wednesday at home against the Worcester Sharks.

To see highlights and interviews of the Islanders prospect, visit Sound Tigers TV at www.soundtigers.com.
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