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Recap of Day 3: Lighthouse Tournament

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders
Game 1: Team Japan 15, Suffolk 0

Team Japan had a slow start, scoring just two goals in the opening period, but they scored six in each of the next two frames to deliver a 15-0 blow to Suffolk. Kenshiro Sasaki scored the first goal to set the stage, but would go on to score five in all. Futo Takimoto netted a hat trick, Kento Lee scored two goals and Keitarou Yasuda, Taylor Walsh, Noah Halloran, Moe Tsukimoto and Tatsunori Yuzuki each potted one goal. Kaiji Takaoka was the winning goaltender.

The Ilves Islanders pose for a group photograph on Day Three of the 4th Annual Lighthouse International Youth Hockey Tournament held Saturday, January 22, 2011.
Game 2: Nassau Islanders 11, Westchester Mariners 5
Eric Friedlander of the Nassau Islanders (removed comma) opened this high-scoring matchup with the Mariners, but George Riburshofski and Michael Mezzacappa scored to give Westchester a 2-1 lead. Friedlander scored his second goal to tie the score at two. Danny Weight, son of New York Islanders captain Doug Weight, scored to lift the Nassau Islanders ahead 3-2, but Matthew Marcus tied the game at three. Andrew Greene scored two goals and Cristian DelVecchio tallied another to give the (removed Nassau) Islanders a 6-3 lead, but Westchester continued to battle and Andrew Graham closed the goal differential to 6-4. Friedlander scored his third goal for the hat trick and closed out the first period with a 7-4 lead over Westchester. In the second period, Greene scored his third goal for a hat trick of his own, Hunter Rossi scored a couple, sandwiching Westchester’s fifth goal. Friedlander scored his fourth goal to lift the Nassau Islanders to an 11-5 win over Westchester. Andrew Hartog was the winning goaltender.

Game 3: Ilves Islanders 8, Lions 1
The Lions knew they were in for a tough battle when they faced the Ilves Islanders of Finland, who defeated their opponents 14-1 and 18-0 in Friday’s games. So when the Lions held the Finns to eight goals, it was something to be excited about. Each period, the Lions improved. The Ilves Islanders scored five times in the first, with Matias Nieminen scoring two quick goals. Niko Lehtinen, Elias Viljanen scored to end the period. Michael Saleme scored for the Lions in the second period but was sandwiched by two goals from Juuso Saijonkivi. Roope Pajunen scored the only goal in the final period, to give the Finnish Isles an 8-1 win. Julius Peri was the winning goaltender.

Game 4: Team China 4, Rinx 3
When Team China and the Rinx took the ice at Nassau Coliseum, the teams didn’t know they’d have to battle for the win as much as they did. In the first period, Brad Wellman scored a power play goal to put the Rinx on the board, but a few minutes later Feng Zhiyuan scored for Team China and evened the match. But with 4:30 left in the first, Liao Yinxin scored to give Team China a 2-1 lead. The Rinx battled back in the second period and Anthony Morales scored to level the score for the second time (2-2). To start the final period, Andrew Giocastro scored a power play goal, but Zuo Runcheng scored two goals in less than a minute to give Team China a 4-3 win over the Rinx. Cui Yanchang was the winning goaltender.

Team Japan watches games from the rafters of Nassau Coliseum on Day Three of the 4th Annual Lighthouse International Youth Hockey Tournament held Saturday, January 22, 2011.
Game 5: Nassau Islanders 14, Suffolk 1
Danny Catalina scored the first goal of the game for Suffolk, but the early lead gave them false hope. The Nassau Islanders battled back to score 14 unanswered goals and take a 14-1 win. Andrew Greene, Danny Weight, Harry Nicolas and TJ Pratt each had two goals. Cameron Wang, son of Islanders owner Charles Wang, scored one goal along with Connor Febesh, Kole Rossi, Jason Baskind and Teddy Ingrassia. Andrew Hartog was the winning goaltender.

Game 6: Team Japan 12, Rinx 5
In the last game of the day, Team Japan defeated the Rinx 12-5. Japan took a two goal lead with goals from Masaki Funakoshi and Noah Halloran, but Brad Wellman cut the differential in half to bring the first period to a close. Kei Nawa scored two goals, sandwiching Moe Tsukimoto and two goals from Kento Lee closed the second period, giving Team Japan an 8-1 lead. But the Rinx weren't ready to give up, Sam Scavone and Andrew Giocastro scored to bring the score to 8-3. Kenshiro Sasaki netted Japan's ninth goal, in his two goal effort, but Wellman scored to keep the goal differential at five. Sasaki scored his second goal, with Ryota Kaneko and Moe Tsukimoto netting goals to bring Team Japan to 12 goals. Scavone netted his second goal of the game to end the game. Kaiji Takaoka was the winning goaltender.

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