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SUFFOLK TAKES LIGHTHOUSE CUP

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
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After last year’s 11-0 Suffolk win over Nassau in the 1st Annual Lighthouse Cup, everyone was hoping for a closer game in the 2nd Annual Lighthouse Cup, held on Monday morning at the Nassau Coliseum. What fans got, was an exciting come-from-behind 4-3 shootout victory for Suffolk.

"We thought we dominated the whole third period," said Suffolk Head Coach Mike Zguris. "We re-focused everything going into the third. This was a very sweet win after last year’s 11-0 victory. This was a much more competitive game. It was a lot of fun to be a part of. I want to thank Dan Bedard, the Islanders and Nassau County. They did a fine job this year.

Suffolk trailed 3-1 heading into the third period, but scored two quick power-play tallies to even the score. Suffolk goaltender Ryan McDade shut the door, allowing no goals in the third period and the shootout. Tyler Young scored the only shootout goal to clinch the victory for Suffolk.

"I’ve had a few penalty shots, but nothing like that where it decides the game," said Young. "It was huge to come up big there. We practice shootouts on my travel team, and I’ve been sticking to the same move the last few weeks. The coach told us between the second and third we had plenty of time to score two goals. He told us to just get shots towards the net and it will go in."

McDade came into the game halfway through the second period and allowed only one goal to help keep Suffolk--which was down 2-0--in the game.

"I knew I couldn’t let up any goals in the third period," said McDade. "They came out fast, but we fought back hard. I’ve been in shootouts since I was six years old. I love it. I’d rather go into a shootout than overtime. I knew the first kid shooting, but I didn’t know any of the other ones.

The Nassau All-Stars took an early 1-0 lead, when Daniel Donahue’s slap shot from high in the slot grazed off Suffolk goaltender Michael Kahl and over the goal line at 4:59 of the first period. Dan Kaplan earned the assist by skating into the offensive zone and dropping the puck off to Donahue.

Less than two minutes later, Suffolk evened the score at one. Young slammed home a rebound with assists going to Patrick Martin and Stephen Castriota.

Nassau took a 2-1 lead on the power play with 3:15 to play in the opening frame. Donahue collected a loose puck in front for his second goal of the period. Stephan Patafio picked up the assists.

With 3:18 remaining in the second period, Nassau went up 3-1 when Andrew Friedman completed a nifty passing play from in front of the crease. William Kempner and Spiros Markopoulos earned the assists.

Suffolk County fought back in the third period. While on the power play, Tim Zimmerman gathered a rebound and shot it over a fallen Brian Burchman at 7:25.

With another power play granted to Suffolk on the ensuing faceoff, the game became tied at three. Castriota scored from the slot on an assist from Martin.

The game ended 3-3 in regulation and went straight to the shootout. Young scored the only tally with a nice deke on Burchman, who played the entire game in goal for Nassau. McDade completed the victory with a split-save against Nassau forward Tim Root.

"These kids worked hard for about a month and a half," said Nassau County Head Coach Keith Casey. "They came to play today, like Suffolk did. It’s awesome that this game is held at the Coliseum. We’re very grateful to the Islanders. They really do good things for the high school hockey community and for everybody. For the kids to be out here on a professional ice surface, it really means a lot to them. It was a great game. The most exciting part is the shootout. Unfortunately, we were on the other end."

Islanders Team President Chris Dey presented the Lighthouse Cup to Suffolk Captain Domenick Fiore. Burchman for Nassau and McDade were named the game’s Most Valuable Players.

Following the game, the participants took part in a banquet at the Marriott, which was hosted by New York State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino.

"As a New York State Assemblyman, we want to promote opportunities for young people. The Islanders have done something exceptional for high school players."

The banquet included guest speakers Steve Webb, Islanders pro scout Toby O'Brien and Islanders motivational coach Gary Parks.

Parks focused on what it takes to be the best player possible. He went through a series of steps it takes to reach that apex.

Webb was next, telling his story about his long journey to becoming an NHL hockey player. He spoke of hanging around the right people in order to accomplish his ultimate goal.

"Talking to young athletes about achieving their goals is something I really enjoy doing," said Webb. "Without the unfluence of good people around me, I don't think I would have ever played in the NHL."

O'Brien spoke last, advising the high school hockey players on how they can reach the next step--college hockey. He told them about a number of different options, emphasizing the importance of school in the process.

Following the speeches, each Lighthouse Cup participant received a crystal from Webb. MVPs Burchman and McDade also received Mike Comrie Islanders jerseys.

The Lighthouse Cup is an annual tournament featuring the high school All-Stars from Suffolk and Nassau Counties.

Find a complete summary of the Lighthouse Tournament by checking out the Lighthouse Tournament Blog.

Slapshots: The Nassau County All-Stars are coached by Head Coach Keith Casey and assistants Tony Demayo and Sal Crescione. The Suffolk County All-Stars are coached by Head Coach Mike Zguris and assistants Frank Pasquale and Paul Chieco...The Lighthouse Cup was formerly known as the Vytra Cup...MVPs Brian Burchman and Ryan McDade and Nassau County were joined by Nassau County Ice Hockey President Steve Rupp and Suffolk County Ice Hockey President Charlie Venticinque.


NASSAU
Goaltending

1   Brian Burchman
28 David Lynch
30 Sam Mignoli

Defensemen
16 Stephan Patafio – 17 Nick Castellano
19 Stephan Alonge – 15 Sean Duffy
14 Nathan Berger – 13 Chris Joseph
18 Adam Goldstein

Forwards
7   Keegan Travers - 6 Michael Schwartz – 5 Tommy Kiss
4   Daniel Donahue – 3 John Clinton – 2 Dan Kaplan
12 Cole Grubman – 10 Spiros Markopoulos – 8 William Kempner
11 Andrew Friedman

24 Alex Foxen

SUFFOLK
Goaltending
1    Michael Kahl
30 Ryan McDade

Defensemen
5 Brian Keyes – 2 Ryan Gay
19 Domenick Fiore – 24 Stephen Broderick
17 Patrick Martin – 13 Daniel Maggio

Forwards
15 Timothy Shopek – 14 Michael Sainsbury – 11 Brian Boser
9 Tyler Young – 12 Patrick Rosa – 7 Stephen Castriota
8 Ryan McCarthy – 23 TJ Hohorst – 22 Kyle Catalano
26 Nicholas Souza – 18 Chris Timmons – 21 Tim Zimmerman

4 Jonathan Melendez
28 Steven Kersting
29 Joseph Santiago


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