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Recap of Day 2: Lighthouse Tournament

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders
On Friday, the Lighthouse International Youth Hockey Tournament began at Nassau Coliseum. Here’s an update from the games:

Game 1: Team China 1, Team Finland 14
Team China and Team Finland faced off to begin the friendly exhibition games. Matias Nieminen and Emil Heikkinen both scored in the first period to give Team Finland a 2-0 lead. Liao Yinxin, from Team China cut the differential in half when he scored, but Joonas Tiovonen scored twice to give Team Finland a 4-1 lead at the close of the first period. Team Finland continued to light the lamp as Tiovonen scored for the third time in the third period, earning a hat trick. Miro Kautto also earned a hat trick, while Elias Viljanen scored a pair of goals and Juuso Saijonkivi scored one. Nieminen scored the first and last goal of the exhibition, as well as a set of back-to-backs in the second period for a team-high four goals. Team Finland won 14-1.

Game 2: The Rinx 3, The Lions 2
The Rinx established an early lead in their game against the Lions. Sam Scavone and Brad Wellman scored early in the first period to give the Rinx a 2-0 lead, but Anthony Scoca was able put the Lions on the scoreboard and cut the goal differential in half. But before the end of the first period, Andrew Giocastro scored to bring the Rinx again 3-1. As each team battled for the puck, the second period would remain scoreless. Jesse Viteri scored in the third, to bring the Lions within one-goal for the second time, but eventually lost to the Rinx 3-2. Nick Wanderlingh was the winning goaltender.

Team Japan and the Nassau Islanders faceoff on Day One of the 4th Annual Lighthouse International Youth Hockey Tournament at Nassau Coliseum on January 21, 2011.
Game 3: Suffolk 4, Westchester 1
In the third game of the morning, Suffolk and Westchester faced off at 11:20 a.m. The first period proved to be a physical matchup as Teddy Gerrity (interference), Cameron Smith (checking) each took a penalty for Westchester and Daniel Catalina, of Team Suffolk, took a penalty for tripping. Suffolk began the second period with the momentum. John McNeil, Catalina and Marc Rohrbacker each scored to give Suffolk a 3-0 lead. Andrew Graham, for Westchester, had a penalty in the second period for hooking. In the third period, Westchester put themselves on the scoreboard when Graham shot the puck past Frankie Hembury and brought the score 3-1. Ben Orszulak, of Westchester, took a minor hooking penalty in the third. But before the period was over, Patrick Loliscio solidified a 4-1 win for Suffolk.

Game 4: Team Japan 9, Nassau Islanders 5
Team Japan took on the Nassau Islanders at 12:25 p.m. Japan started the first period on fire. Kei Nawa scored the first two goals, while Moe Tsukimoto and Ryota Kaneko each added one. Eric Friedlander scored the Islanders only goal of the period with just 10 seconds left on the clock and to close the first period 4-1. Harry Nicolas scored 15 seconds into the second period to cut Team Japan’s lead in half (4-2), but a few minutes later Kei Nawa scored his third goal of the game for the hat trick and Kenshiro Sasaki scored a few minutes later to lift Team Japan to 6-2. The Nassau Islanders fought back and Nicolas scored his second goal of the game and then to start the third period, Owen Ingrassia scored with an assist from his brother Teddy to decrease the score differential to two goals for the second time (6-4). Kenshiro tallied his second goal of the game and was followed with two quick goals from Tatsunori Yuzuki, which brought Team Japan ahead 9-4. The Nassau Islanders didn’t give up and Friedlander scored his second goal of the game to bring the final score to 9-5. Kaiji Takaoka was the winning goaltender.

Team Japan and the Lions faceoff on Day One of the 4th Annual Lighthouse International Youth Hockey Tournament at Nassau Coliseum on January 21, 2011.
Game 5: Team China 5, The Lions 4
Team China and the Lions faced off at 1:35. Anthony Scoca scored to give the Lions an early lead over Team China, but Liao Yinxin evened the score a few minutes later. The teams would end the first period tied at one. Mike Nygaard and Justin Ribarich scored at the start of the second to lift the Lions ahead 3-1, but Team China worked hard and goals from Liao and Zho Zhirui evened the score for the second time. Team China started the third period hungry for a win. Zuo Runcheng and Wang Gang both scored to give Team China their first lead of the game (5-3). The Lions continued to work hard and with just eight seconds left on the clock, Nygaard scored his second goal to bring the final score 5-4. Ren Mingwei was the winning goaltender.

Game 6: Team Finland 18, Westchester 0
In the final match of the day, Team Finland defeated Westchester 18-0. Matias Nieminen stood out as the All-Star as he scored seven goals. Roope Pajunen scored four times, while Elias Eranen and Vesa Paloposki each scored twice. Emil Heikkinen, Miro Kautto and Mikko Hirvela each scored once.
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