Bates, Jarrett and Papineau score goals in first scrimmage
The 2005-06 Islanders season officially began today with the start of training camp in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The highlight of the three sessions was a one-hour scrimmage in which Team White edged Team Blue, 2-1.
Both teams had numerous scoring chances in the scrimmage, but the story of the game was the play of the goaltenders, most notably Wade Dubielewicz and Rick DiPietro. The latter made a nice glove save on a shot by Dustin Kohn from the point and robbed Mike York of a goal with a nice glove save.
Shawn Bates opened the scoring with a nifty move in the slot early to give the White squad a 1-0 lead. A few minutes later, Dubielewicz caught a break as Trent Hunter's shot from the bottom of the left circle hit the post. Dubielewicz stopped four of five shots before being replaced by former Northern Michigan goaltender and 2005 Hobey Baker Award finalist Tuomas Tarkki.
Cole Jarrett tied the game with a wrist shot from the high slot. Alexei Zhitnik and Brent Sopel received assists on the goal.
Justin Papineau scored late in the scrimmage to give Team Blue a 2-1 lead. Sean Bergenheim found Papineau in the slot and he tapped in the pass just over the glove of Chris Madden.
Rookie goaltender Tuomas Tarkki stopped all six shots faced, while Madden finished with seven saves.
Notes: Mike Milbury told reporters today there's a good chance the Islanders will carry the maximum 23 players to start the season. He said he will base whether he carries two extra D or Fs based on conversations with his coaching staff.
Right wing Mark Parrish, who agreed to a one-year deal late last night, joined the team in time for the scrimmage and was in the lineup for Group Blue. He skated on a line with Robert Nilsson and Jeremy Colliton.
Group A (White Team)
Jason Blake-Ryan O'Marra-Trent Hunter
Justin Papineau-Shawn Bates-Sean Bergenheim
Aaron Asham-Kevin Colley-Rob Collins
Alexei Zhitnik-Brent Sopel
Ryan Caldwell-Allan Rourke
Jaroslav Mrazek-Vince Macri
Group B (Blue Team)
Mike York-Oleg Kvasha-Mattias Weinhandl
Robert Nilsson-Jeremy Colliton-Mark Parrish
Steve Regier-David Masse-Eric Godard
Janne Niinimaa-Radek Martinek
Dustin Kohn-Tomi Pettinen
Jody Robinson-Nicholas Tuzzolino
Group B and Group C will scrimmage tomorrow morning at 9 a.m...Group C consists of forwards Blake Comeau, Alexei Yashin, Miroslav Satan, Travis Brigley, Wyatt Smith, Petteri Nokelainen, Masi Marjamaki, Matt Koalska and Luciano Aquino; defensemen Brad Lukowich, Chris Campoli, Joel Bouchard, Bruno Gervais, Paul Flache and Mike Jarmuth; and goaltenders Garth Snow and Frederic Cloutier.
Steve Stirling After Day One
On the biggest challenge of the first day of camp:
The numbers we have. We were going to go with two groups. But then with the three-hour rule and two 45-minute sessions, and getting in the workouts afterwards, there was too much to do in a little time. So we decided to divide into three groups. It was pretty much like a walk-through in basketball.
But the real MO today was to skate, work and conditioning. And then, introduce some systems. It was OK. I was definitely OK with the skate and the conditioning because they got a lot of reps. For the most, they worked pretty hard. But it™s pretty hard to hide with only three lines. We did enough back-checking drills and stuff that they really didn™t get much of a rest, because it was a 3-to-1 ratio.
On his relief at seeing Mark Parrish:
Selfishly, of course. He's a good player, well-liked. He's a veteran player. He's an eight-year pro if you count the lockout year. He's a pretty experienced guy. Everybody thinks he's a one-dimensional player. But he goes out there and kills penalties, he's responsible in the d-zone. He quietly goes about his business. You won't see any flash or flair, but he knows where to go. He does the little things very well.
On who will be the new Captain:
I haven't thought about it honestly until the trip up (to Nova Scotia). When everything was done with the CBA, I thought about where I am going to fit in York and Satan and who is going to play with Sopel and not the other stuff. I'll probably take the next couple of days to really dive into it. I don't mind waiting to see if something happens out here. But I'm from the old school just like Mike (GM Mike Milbury) that you don't need to wear a "C" or an "A" to be a leader.