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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

By Jason Lockhart

Jesse Joensuu
The tandem of Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey might have been the story on Thursday, but another young duo stole the show on Friday at the Islanders Prospects Camp. Islanders 2006 second-round draft pick Jesse Joensuu tallied a hat trick, with linemate Blake Comeau setting up all three of his goals. Joensuu and Comeau led Team Trottier to a 5-3 win in the Camp-ending Shakey Cup scrimmage.
"Comeau is a really good player and the reason I scored three goals today," said Joensuu. "It was fun to play with him and Hennigar. The last time I scored a hat trick was when I was 13 or 14."
The game was tied at 1-1 following the first period on goals by camp invite Brian Gibbons and Bridgeport Sound Tigers forward Tyler Haskins. The second period became the Joensuu-Comeau show.
Joensuu helped build Team Trottier's lead to 4-2 with three of the game's next four goals. A majority of their shift time was spent in the offensive zone, as the line wore out Team Morrow's defense.
"He's a big boy and likes to carry the puck," said Comeau. "It's tough to get a puck off a guy that big. He's got good vision on the ice and it was fun to play with him and Hennigar."
In between Joensuu's goals, 2008 fourth-round draft pick Matt Donovan had his shot from the point sneak by St. Cloud goalie Jase Weslosky. At the end of regulation, Team Trottier led 4-2.
In the shootout, Team Trottier upped its lead to 5-2 on a wrist shot by 2007 draft pick Max Gratchev. Bailey cut the lead to 5-3 with a smooth deke to the backhand that fooled Weslosky, but that was as close as Team Morrow would get.
"The intensity has picked up each day at camp," said Islanders assistant coach Dan Lacroix. "Guys have been excelling at what they're known for doing well. Players like Martin were driving to the net and putting in good efforts. I like what I saw out there."
The prospects are done with their on-ice training for the week. They'll be heading to Yankee Stadium tonight to catch the game against the Oakland Athletics.
Blake Comeau
Here are some notes and quotes from the final day of Prospects Camp.

* Following the scrimmage, Joel Rechlicz and Sarnia Sting forward Matt Martin stayed on the ice for some fighting practice.
"Joel was teaching me how to fight guys that are his size," sad Martin, who is two years younger and three inches shorter. "There's this one big guy in the OHL who just runs around and tries to fight. Joel gave me some pointers in order to give me a better advantage against him when we fight."

* Josh Bailey wowed the fans on the ice with his spectacular shootout move, but those who got to meet him in person, will be rooting for him even more. He's as down-to-earth as anyone on the team and fans will be excited to see him on the ice and interact with him off it.

* A personal college rivalry renewed in the shootout today. Last season, Shea Guthrie knocked out Jase Weslosky's St. Cloud State in the NCAA Tournament with a late third-period goal. Guthrie had an opportunity to cut into Team Trottier's lead in the shootout, but Weslosky got the better of him this time.

* Rick DiPietro stopped by and signed autographs for a large crowd of fans during the intermission between periods.
* Today had the highest attendance of any of the week’s practices. There was an estimated 350-400 fans at Iceworks.

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.

Check out Islanders TV all week for complete Prospects Camp coverage.

- Okposo Caps Off Three-Goal Comeback
- From Ivy to the Island
- Guthrie Scores Two; Team Morrow Victors

- Sound Tigers - Day 1
- Sound Tigers - Day 2
- Sound Tigers - Day 3
- Sound Tigers - Day 4
- Paintballing

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