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Moncton Memos - Day 5

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Photo by Rich Stieglitz
The young Islanders Rookie squad will take to the ice for the third time in a week, as it faces off against the University of New Brunswick––the Canadian Interuniversity Sport University Cup runner-up in 2008 and champion in 2007––tonight at 6 pm EST in Fredericton.

Last week, the Islanders rookies knocked off the Boston Bruins rookies 8-4, with three goals by Sean Bentivoglio and one by 2008 first-round draft pick. On Monday, the Islanders Rookies took care of the University of Moncton Blue Eagles by the score of 4-1. Sarnia Sting members and alumni Matt Martin, Justin DiBenedetto, Micheal Haley and Vladimir Nikiforov provided the goals, while Kevin Poulin allowed only one goal.
"There were some things that we did last game that were very good," said Bridgeport Sound Tigers bench boss and tonight's head coach Jack Capuano. "There were some things systematically that we need to continue to work on––just some little things. We addressed a few of those things for our pre-game meeting tonight. Hopefully, we can continue to work on our progress."
Denver University product Peter Mannino is expected to start in goal tonight, while the skating roster from Monday's game stays primarily intact.
Capuano was not behind the bench for yesterday's 2-1 Islanders exhibition win over the Boston Bruins, but he was taking notes on the team's positive results.
"You can always learn when you watch a hockey game," said Capuano. "If all five guys are working together in the system good things are going to happen. If one guy breaks down in the system then there could be a breakdown and a chance for the other team."
Notes and Quotes from Training Camp:
  • The whole Islanders organization is happy to see Jon Sim back on the ice after being out nearly a year with a torn ACL/MCL. Sim is completely healthy and scored a goal in the first exhibition game of the season.
"I felt great out there," said Sim. "I glad to be back with the boys and part of the team."
  • Director of Pro Scouting Ken Morrow likes what he sees so far from Scott Gordon's "Overspeed" system.
"There has been a difference about this team's play right from the start," said Morrow. "From the first two rookie games to last night's preseason game, Scott and his staff have done a great job in such a short period of time. We always used to have scrimmages at camp, and I was thinking that might be a problem this year, but now I'm thinking this was a smarter way to go."
  • After taking down Dennis Wideman with a huge hit in the defensive zone, Kurtis McLean––an offseason signing––had the favor returned by receiving a center ice hit from Johnny Boychuk. McLean has a shiner to prove it.
"I just had my head down when I received the pass," said McLean. "I didn't see him at all. But I feel fine. I went back out there and will be good to go for the next game."
Click here to watch IslandersTV Islelights from last night's 2-1 exhibition win over Boston


More from Moncton:

- Sarnia Connection Stings Blue Eagles
- Click here for Moncton Memos: Day 3
- Click here for Moncton Memos: Day 2
- Click here for Moncton Memos: Day 1
- Players Arrive in Moncton
- Training Camp Primer, Part 1:  Defensemen and Goalies
- Training Camp Primer, Part 2:  Forwards

- Click here for Bridgeport Sound Tigers coverage

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