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Guthrie Scores Two; Team Morrow Victors

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

By Jason Lockhart

Shea Guthrie
Day Three of Islanders Prospects Camp concluded with a defensive clinic put on by Team Morrow. With its namesake--Islanders legend Ken Morrow--in attendance, Clarkson forward Shea Guthrie scored two goals, while goaltenders Peter Mannino and Andrew Engelage completed the 5-0 shutout.

"I think that's my first win in three years at this camp," said Guthrie. "I just had to tap in one of them. Most of the credit should go to the goalies."

Mannino turned aside all three shooters in the shootout, including Finnish forward Jesse Joensuu with a beautiful poke check.

"It's been nice to get back onto the ice," said Mannino, a recent signing, who just finished his senior year with the University of Denver. "I like to catch players off guard with the poke check. I call it controlled aggressiveness. You have to be careful at this level because they have quick releases."

Also scoring for Team Morrow, which has split the week-long series with Team Trottier 1-1, was Harvard forward Doug Rogers, Bridgeport defenseman Andrew MacDonald, and recent signing Joel Rechlicz.

After the game, Morrow discussed his thoughts on his team's victory.

"It was a bit of a sluggish start, but it picked up," said Morrow. "Right from the start, Guthrie was skating well and making plays. I still would like to see the guys shoot more, but it was nice to see our boys pick up the win."

The players return to the ice tomorrow for another day of skills in the morning and scrimmaging in the afternoon.

Peter Mannino
Here are some notes and quotes from Day Three at the Prospects Camp.

* The consensus around the locker room is that the players watched some of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, but went to bed long before it ended. The 15-inning, nearly five-hour marathon ended in favor of the American League. Players like Justin DiBenedetto (fan of Toronto Blue Jays) and Doug Rogers (Boston Red Sox) were happy to find out in the morning their league had won.

* One of the most personable players in Camp in 2008 is second round draft choice Travis Hamonic. Just a short chat with him and you realize how well-spoken and genuine he is. Fans will enjoy getting to know him once he's here on a more regular basis.

* The players had the opportunity to hear from Islanders legends Bryan Trottier, Ken Morrow, and Gerry Hart.

"You hear about these guys and then to meet them in person is amazing," said Hamonic. "It's great to see these guys around the rink and be able to learn from them."

Matt Donovan with his father Larry and grandparents Hank and Jean
* Oklahoma-native Matt Donovan had three of his family members at the rink today. Father Larry flew in from Oklahoma, while grandparents Hank and Jean came down from New Hampshire.

"We're so proud of Matt," said Larry. "It's amazing that Matt was drafted and really fun to watch him play."

* Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick David Toews and 2007 draft pick Jason Gregoire have a bit of history having grown up in Manitoba playing against each other.

"Jason is a year older and his team always beat us for the championship, but we finally won our final year playing against each other," said Toews. "We almost ended up playing together in Lincoln in the USHL. We're going to play together next season in North Dakota, and will hopefully one day play together for the Islanders. It's funny how things work out like that."

Additional reporting by John Hill

Team Trottier:

34 Jase Weslovsky (NYI 2006 Round 4)
60 Kevin Poulin (NYI 2008 Round 5)

4   Jyri Niemi (NYI 2008 Round 3)
28 Brad Nunn (Camp Invitee)
54 Shane Sims (NYI 2006 Round 5)
56 Dustin Kohn (NYI 2005 Round 2)
61 Tyrell Mason (NYI 2005 Round 6)
62 Jamie Fraser (Signed as Free Agent)
69 Jared Spurgeron (NYI Round 158)
12 David Ullstrom (NYI 2008 Round 4)
17 Joel Rooney (Camp Invitee)
36 Corey Trivino (NYI 2008 Round 2)
37 Joe Pereira (Camp Invitee)
45 Matt Martin (NYI 2008 Round 5)
53 Max Gratchev (NYI 2007 Round 4)
52 Tyler Haskins (DET 2004 Round 5)
57 Blake Comeau (NYI 2004 Round 2)
58 Jesse Joensuu (NYI 2006 Round 2)
59 Mike Haley (Signed as Free Agent)
63 Vladimir Nikiforov (Camp Invitee)
67 Sean Bentivoglio (2007 Free Agent)
68 Rob Hennigar (Signed as Free Agent)
81 Justin DiBenedetto (2008 NYI Round 6)

Team Morrow:

1   Peter Mannino (2008 Free Agent)
33 Andrew Engelage (Camp Invitee)

2   Brett Skinner (Signed as Free Agent)
6   Matt Donovan (NYI 2008 Round 4)
3   Travis Hamonic (NYI 2008 Round 2)
38 Jack Hillen (Signed as Free Agent)
47 Blake Kessel (NYI 2007 Round 6)
70 Simon Lacroix (NYI 2007 Round 7)
43 Andrew MacDonald (NYI 2006 Round 6)
71 Mark Katic (NYI 2007 Round 3)

21 Kyle Okposo (NYI 2006 Round 1)
26 Brian Gibbons (Camp Invitee)
27 Josh Bailey (NYI 2008 Round 1)
40 Joel Rechlicz (Signed as Free Agent)
42 Jason Pitton (NYI 2004 Round 8)
46 Brian Day (NYI 2006 Round 6)
48 Jason Gregoire (NYI 2007 Round 3)
49 Shea Guthrie (NYI 2005 Round 3)
50 Tomas Marcinko (NYI 2006 Round 4)
51 Anthony Perdicaro (Camp Invitee)
64 Doug Rogers (NYI 2006 Round 4)
65 Matt Christie (Camp Invitee)
77 Trevor Smith (Signed as Free Agent)

To find out more information about the 2008 Prospects Camp, check out the Islandermania thread by clicking here.

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