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Isles Thriving at World Juniors

by Sara Giles / New York Islanders



Soderstrom Shuts Out Team USA

Goaltender Linus Soderstrom picked up his first shutout and second win at the 2016 World Junior Championships, as Team Sweden blanked Team USA 1-0 on Monday. Soderstrom was the difference, stopping 46 shots in the shutout win. 

The Islanders’ prospect boasts a 2-0-0 record with a 1.50 goals-against average and .953 save percentage through two games. Soderstrom’s effort helped snap a 12-game losing streak for Sweden against Team USA at the World Juniors.

Soderstrom was drafted by the Islanders in the fourth round (95th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.  Team Sweden will next take on Denmark Wednesday, December 30 at 9 a.m. ET and can be viewed on NHLN and TSN. 

WATCH: SODERSTROM SHUTS OUT TEAM USA

Barzal, Beauvillier Scoring for Team Canada

Mathew Barzal made his World Juniors debut, Friday night in a 4-2 loss to Team USA. Barzal netted the opening goal for Canada at the 5:06 mark of the first period. Despite falling in the opening game on Saturday, Barzal tallied two points (1G, 1A) to help Canada top Denmark 6-1 on Monday.

Barzal was the Islanders first round pick (16th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. The Coquitlam, British Columbia native is the alternate captain for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League, where he leads the team in both assists (34) and points (43). 

Anthony Beauvillier, who is skating with Barzal at the World Juniors, also got in on the scoring for his country. Beauvillier recorded the opening goal in Monday’s tilt against Denmark. Beauvillier’s tally at 13:52 of the first period began a streak of six unanswered goals for Canada.  

Beauvillier was also a first round pick of the Islanders (28th overall) in 2015. The Quebec City native, currently captains the Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL, where he’s notched 41 points (17G, 24A) in 21 games. This is the third year in a row Beauvillier has represented Canada in International competition (2013-14 WHC-17 and 2014-15 WJC -18)

Team Canada is back in action on Tuesday (Dec. 29) when they take on Switzerland at 1:00 p.m. ET (NHLN, TSN, RDS2). 

Sound Tigers Close Out 2015 With Wins

Bridgeport: 18-12-2-1, 39 pts., 3rd in Atlantic Division, 7th in Eastern Conference

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers snapped their five-game losing streak with a pair of wins this week. Bridgeport beat the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 2-1 on Saturday on from Joe Whitney and Taylor Beck. The Sound Tigers followed up Saturday’s win with a 4-3 win over the Providence Bruins on Sunday. Mike Halmo (2G) and Adam Pelech (2A) led the way for Bridgeport on Sunday with multi-point outings. 

Whitney continues to lead the Sound Tigers with 30 points (12G, 18A) in 30 games, good for second in the American Hockey League.  

The Sound Tigers will back in action on New Years Day when they travel to Springfield to play the Falcons before returning the Webster Bank Arena to host Rochester (Jan. 2) and Hershey (Jan. 3).    

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Mavericks Still Perfect at Home

Missouri: 23-3-0-1 (47 points), 1st in Central Division, 1st in Western Conference, 1st in the ECHL

The Missouri Mavericks improved to 11-0-0-0 at home, skating to a 3-1 win over the Allen Americans on Saturday night; also their fourth-straight win overall. Goaltender Josh Robinson made 32 saves in the win to improved to 14-0-0-1. He is ranked second overall amongst ECHL goalies with a 1.65 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage. 

The Mavericks have only lost four games this season, all coming on the road. The Mavs look to continue their winning streak when they take on the Wichita Thunder on New Years Eve. They will also host the Allen Americans on New Years Day before traveling to Evansville to take on the IceMen on Jan. 2. 

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Prospect Stats

CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BORN (BIRTHPLACE) 2015-16 TEAM GP G A P PIM
Barzal, Mathew F 5'11 200 5/26/97 (Coquitlam, BC) Seattle (WHL) 24 9 34 43 31
Beauvillier, Anthony F 5'11 170 6/8/97 (Sorel-Tracy, QC) Shawinigan, (QMJHL) 21 17 24 41 31
Dal Colle, Michael
F 6'3 184 6/20/96 (Richmond HIll, ON)
Oshawa (OHL)
29 8 16 24 10
Ho-Sang, Joshua
F 6'0 166 1/22/96 (Toronto, ON) Niagara (OHL) 32 11 32 43 22
Vande Sompel, Mitchell D 5'10 180 2/11/97 (London, ON) Oshawa (OHL) 20 2 13 15 8
Wotherspoon, Parker D 6'1 170 8/24/97 (Surrey, BC) Tri-City (WHL) 33 6 21 27 46
NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BORN (BIRTHPLACE) 2015-16 TEAM GP G A P PIM
Bischoff, Jake D 6'0 185 7/25/94 (Cambridge, MN) Minnesota (Big-10) 15 3 5 8 8
Cammarata, Taylor F 5'7 154 2/27/95 (Minneapolis, MN) Minnesota (Big-10) 15 1 4 5 2
Schempp, Kyle F 6'0 179 1/13/94 (Saginaw, MI)
Ferris State (WCHA) 20 5 8 13 16
Somerby, Doyle D 6'5 223 7/4/94 (Marblehead, MA) Boston U (H-East) 18 3 5 8 14
Toews, Devon D 6'1 181
2/21/94 (Abbotsford, BC) Quinnipiac U 15 3 7 10 10
EUROPE
PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BORN (BIRTHPLACE) 2015-16 TEAM GP G A P PIM
Crus Rydberg, Viktor
RW 5'11 203 3/21/95 (Vakjo, SWE) HC Vita Hasten (SWE) 29 4 2 6 8
Hansson, Petter
RW 6'1 187 5/16/96 (Gislaved, SWE) Linkoping HC (SWE) 6 0 0 0 0

GOALTENDERS
GOALTENDER HT. WT. BORN (BIRTHPLACE) 2015-16 TEAM GP W L OT SO GAA SV%
Koskinen, Mikko 6'7 203 7/18/88 (Vantaa, FIN) St. Petersburg SKA (KHL) 28 14 13 1 2 2.53 .916
McAdam, Eamon 6'2 199 9/24/94 (Doylestown, PA) Penn State (Big-10) 8 7 1 0 1 2.01 .933
Soderstrom, Linus
6'5 196 8/23/96 (Stockholm, SWE)
HC Vita Hasten (SWE)
12 4 8 0 2 1.90 .927
Sorokin, Ilya
6'2 167 8/4/95 (Mezhdurechensk, RUS)
CSKA Moscow (KHL) 17 11 4 2 7 0.92 .957
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