I’d say not to read too much into the score from tonight’s Islanders-Flyers prospect scrimmage, but I know that’s impossible. The baby Islanders lost 4-0, and needless to say that isn’t the way anyone wanted to end summer camp before the “real” one starts.
The game wasn’t streamed anywhere, so unless you were there watching it live at Northwell Health Ice Center’s Al Arbour Rink, you’ll have to make due with this recap. I stitched it together from tweets from the Islanders, Sound Tigers, Flyers and new Islanders play-by-play man Brendan Burke, who took some questions and relayed some updates via Twitter.
The Islanders gave everyone what they wanted by forming a top line of Mathew Barzal, Michael Dal Colle and Joshua Ho-Sang. They ran four defensive pairs (hey, it was a scrimmage) of players of varying ages and styles, and split the game between two goalies.
Eamon McAdam started and gave up no goals in his period and a half of work. Stephon Williams, on the other hand, was on the hook for all four goals against starting with Anthony Salinitri’s score with two minutes left in the second. Steven Swavely, Tyrell Goulbourne and Carsen Twarynski all scored in the third period. Goalies Alex Lyon and Carter Hart split the shutout.
So, how did it go? I mean, other than the score? Let’s go to Burke
Barzal, JHS and Dal Colle looked good. Generated a lot but no one could finish. Had their chances. Lots of PP time. https://t.co/xhGqGbFhFn— Brendan Burke (@brendanmburke) September 22, 2016
Ryan Pulock, Adam Pelech and Anthony Beauvillier did not play for the Islanders rookies. Burke wasn’t sure what the deal with Beauvillier was, but said he would guess it might be health-related.
After the game, Sound Tigers coach Brent Thompson said they’d look for some positives while also making sure the kids are sufficiently angered by the result. Thompson remains a large and very scary man so, kids: listen up.
#BST head coach Brent Thompson's reaction to tonight's #Isles rookie game and the positives he takes from it. pic.twitter.com/0l5P4TKrvq— The Sound Tigers (@TheSoundTigers) September 22, 2016
The rookies will no doubt get to hear about this all again on Thursday when the large adult Islanders arrive for physicals and photos. Training camp 2016 starts on Friday.