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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
Sergei Shirikov’s two goals for the Vancouver Canucks in the 2009 Kraft Hockeyville game was all the Canucks would need as they defeated the Islanders 2-1.  Jon Sim scored the lone tally for the Islanders in the second period.  Scott Munroe and Nathan Lawson split the duties in goal for the Islanders while Andrew Raycroft started for Vancouver with Cory Schneider coming in to complete the game. 

After one period of play, the Vancouver Canucks have a 1-0 lead over the New York Islanders.  Vancouver prospect, Shirokov opened the scoring about 1:35 into the game while on the power-play, when he beat Islanders starting goalie, Scott Munroe for his first goal of the preseason.  Munroe made the initial save on a point shot from Aaron Rome that he tried to kick to the boards, but the puck came right to Shirikov where he snapped the puck past Munroe to give Vancouver the 1-0 lead. 

Toughness was the story of the second period as Islander forwards Jeremy Reich and Tim Jackman combined for three fights between the two of them.  With the Islanders seeming to have taken the momentum from the two fights, Sim was able to tie the score at the halfway mark of the middle frame while on the man-advantage.  Off a turnover, Sim corralled a loose puck low in the slot and backhanded a shot over the glove of Canucks’ starting net-minder, Andrew Raycroft to tie the score at 1-1. 

Shirokov would close out the scoring in the third period with his second goal of the game and preseason, to give the Canucks the 2-1 victory. 

Cory Schneider was the winning goaltender for the Canucks tonight while Nathan Lawson suffered the loss after both net-minders came in to replace the game’s starters in the second period. 

The Islanders will return home tonight and spend Day 3 of their 2009 Training Camp practicing at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon.  Tomorrow night, the Rookie Group will jump on the bus and travel about an hour and a half to Prince Albert to take on the University of Saskatoon in an exhibition game set to start at 9 p.m. (ET).  On Wednesday, the Islanders will take on the Edmonton Oilers at the Rexall Center in Game 2 of their eight-game preseason schedule.  The following night, the Islanders will stop in Calgary and take on Jarome Iginla and the Flames.  Game-time is set for 9 p.m. 

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, the Islanders will return home for their first home game at the Nassau Coliseum.  For tickets or information on how to receive group-discounted tickets, contact the Islanders at (516) 501-6700.  Tickets are going fast for the Islanders 2009-10 regular season home opener on October 3 when Sidney Crosby and the defending Stanley Cup Champion, Pittsburgh Penguins skate into the Nassau Coliseum. 

3 Stars:

1. Sergei Shirikov – Tallies both goals in a 2-1 Vancouver win
2. Jon Sim – Scored the Islanders only goal
3. Cory Schneider – Stops every shot he faced in the second half of the contest
Honorable Mention: Jeremy Reich – Refreshed his former coach’s memory of his toughness, dropping the gloves twice for the Islanders

Leaving Something Behind: As the Islanders pulled away from Terrace, BC, they left behind 30 donated 30 sets of hockey gear to the youth hockey organization in the town.  

AHL Duos: In net, the goalie replacements at the halfway mark of the contest, Nathan Lawson for the Islanders and Cory Schneider for the Canucks had their goaltending battle from last season carry over to tonight.  Schneider was named the Goalie of the Year while playing for the Moose last season while Lawson was named a First Team All Rookie.  With a 2.04 goals against average, Schneider sat atop the league rankings, 12 points ahead of Lawson. 

Welcome to the Show:  Playing in the NHL has many luxuries but to be a pro, you have to be able to withstand the travel and for the Islanders, it was a long plane ride home that had them eventually pull into the hotel in Saskatoon at 4:30 a.m. (ET).  The players from tonight’s game will be on the ice in the morning again at 11 a.m. (ET). 

Reiching Out:  Jeremy Reich turned more heads than one tonight after engaging in two fights during the second period.  Reich went up against Ronald Petrovicky at the beginning of the period and then in the final minute stood toe-to-toe with Rick Rypien. 

Pre-Game Stops:  Most players prior to the game take a nap to rest in preparation for the night’s intensity.  For two Islander forwards, Jeff Tambellini and Tim Jackman, they left the pre-game skate and went to school, both visiting several schools. 



15 Jeff Tambellini – 12 Josh Bailey – 57 Blake Comeau
77 Trevor Smith – 27 Greg Moore – 17 Jeremy Reich
26 Matt Moulson – 62 Greg Mauldin – 16 Jon Sim
67 Sean Bentivoglio – 11 Nate Thompson – 28 Tim Jackman

25 Andy Sutton – 44 Freddy Meyer
38 Jack Hillen – 47 Andrew MacDonald
52 Dustin Kohn – 4 Mark Flood

33 Scott Munroe
52 Nathan Lawson


40 Michael Grabner – 42 Kyle Wellwood – 57 Guillaume Desbiens
49 Alexandre Bolduc – 37 Rick Rypien – 36 Jannik Hansen
63 Pierre-Cedric Labrie – 62 Mario Bliznak – 50 Eric Walsky
Sergei Shirikov – Ronald Petrovicky

34 Brad Lukowich – 44 Nolan Baumgartner
29 Aaron Rome – 47 Yann Sauve
55 Shane O’Brien – 64 Evan Oberg

30 Andrew Raycroft
35 Cory Schneider
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