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BRIDGEPORT HOSTS BINGHAMTON

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

KYLE AND THE SOUND TIGERS HOST THE BINGHMATON SENATORS


Islanders 2006 first round draft pick Kyle Okposo can build on his impressive pro career start today, when the Bridgeport Sound Tigers play host to the Binghamton Senators at 4 pm.

In his first two games, Okposo has tallied a goal and added four assists. His goal proved to be the game-winner in the Sound Tigers' 4-2 defeat of Springfield on Saturday.

Bridgeport can get their revenge on Binghamton, which defeated the Sound Tigers 3-2 on Friday evening.

Prior to watching the Islanders-Ottawa game at 7 pm, take a trip across the Sound to come see the future of the Islanders.

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.

A HANDY GUIDE TO VISITING BRIDGEPORT


Get to the Game
To purchase tickets to see Kyle Okposo and the Sound Tigers take on Binghamton, 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.


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.





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.





Sound Tigers 4, Springfield 2 (Final); Okposo has eye-opening home debut with one goal and two assists


By Chris Botta and Adam Baruch

Kyle Okposo
photo by Christopher Pasatieri
You can forgive anyone in Islanders and Sound Tigers Country tonight for walking around the Arena at Harbor Yard with delirious grins on their faces.

Kyle Okposo, in his home debut, looked like The Real Deal.

The Islanders' first round pick in 2006 had one goal and two assists in the Sound Tigers' 4-2 win over Springfield tonight. In his first two games in the American Hockey League, Okposo has five points. Perhaps even more than that, he was the best player on the ice on virtually every shift.

"I was telling one of our scouts before the game that Kyle is one of those special players who always seems to be one step ahead," Sound Tigers head coach Jack Capuano said to NEWYORKISLANDERS.COM after the game. "I think everyone here tonight saw what I mean."

For his part, as he did on the ice, Okposo played the role of team player in the locker room after the game.

"I couldn't have asked for a better first game at home, I guess," Okposo told NEWYORKISLANDERS.COM. "But it was a true team effort tonight. That was a lot of fun. We really played well as a team in every aspect of the game. I'm looking forward to getting back out there for our next game tomorrow afternoon."

Okposo scored his first goal as a pro when at 9:55 of the second period he was fed a pass by Sean Bentivoglio and beat Devan Dubnyk with a slapshot from the top of the circle.

The top prospect was right back at it just 32 seconds later, assisting on a goal by Scott Ford to give the Sound Tigers a 4-0 lead. Earlier in the game, Okposo had the assist on a goal by Frans Nielsen to give the Sound Tigers a 2-0 lead at 3:03 of the second period.

"That's quite a home debut for a top prospect who's only 19 years old and playing in the American Hockey League," Islanders assistant general manager Ryan Jankowski said during the second intermission while enjoying the view with a host of Islanders scouts.

"What's so impressive is how he's making everyone around him better," said Islanders scout Eric Cairns. "He's always looking to make the right play and create space for his linemates."

Bridgeport grabbed the early 1-0 lead on a hard-working shift by their fourth line. Michael Haley worked hard to create space for a shot from converted-dman Andy Sertich. The rebound was put home by veteran enforcer Kip Brennan at 7:12 of the first period. For Brennan, it was his second goal of the season.

Late in the second period, Brennan crushed Springfield T.J. Reynolds with a right to the head. Reynolds was bleeding and had to be assisted off the ice.

Unsung hero of the night was Sound Tigers goaltender Mike Morrison, who was excellent throughout.



SOUND TIGERS NOTEBOOK

TAMBY OUT: With injuries to Miro Satan and Brendan Witt likely necessitating his call-up to the Islanders, Jeff Tambellini is out of tonight's game. Sean Bentivoglio takes Tambellini's place on the line with Kyle Okposo and centered by Frans Nielsen.

Said Sound Tigers coach Jack Capuano. “Our staff felt Benti was the right fit to play with Frans and Kyle. He'll bring good speed and playmaking ability to the line.”

Check back to NEWYORKISLANDERS.COM all night for updates from the Arena at Harbor Yard on Kyle Okposo's home debut with the Sound Tigers.


O'MARRA IN TOWN: Islanders fans are also getting a look at former first round pick Ryan O'Marra, who is playing his 11th game for Springfield this season after playing in the East Coast League. O'Marra is pointless in his first ten games heading into tonight.


ISLANDERS NEWS: Brendan Witt (sprained ankle) is doubtful for Sunday's game in Ottawa and is listed as day-to-day.


SCOUTS EVERYWHERE: The Islanders' scouting staff is well-represented at tonight's game, partly to see Okposo's home debut and also because there are meetings on Long Island next week. Among those in attendance are assistant GM Ryan Jankowski, pro scouting director Ken Morrow and scouts Mario Saraceno, Rob Cowie, Eric Cairns and Steve Webb. 



ISLANDERS TV ALERT!
Steve Webb(!) sat in with Sound Tigers play-by-play man Phil Giubileo tonight for Okposo's home debut.

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






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