Hello from the Nassau Coliseum!
The Islanders prospect scrimmage is set to start at 7 pm. Will be updating this tonight with some thoughts and observations. Also feel free to leave comments and thoughts of your own in the comment section.
Some news before the start of the scrimmage, Anders Nilsson will not play tonight. He is not physically ready. Casey Cizikas and Calvin de Haan also will not be participating, but that was never the plan to have them take part in the scrimmage.
6:51 pm: Here are the rosters for the Orange and Blue team via @IslesEmpire:
7:31 pm: Over half way through the first half of the scrimmage the Blue Team leads 1-0 thanks to a goal by Long Island native Joey Diamond, with the assist going to Ryan Strome. Diamond blasted a shot from the face-off circle. Diamond has looked pretty good, up in the play when he’s out on the ice and just all over the puck. Eamon McAdam has also looked impressive tonight. He has mad some tough saves to keep his team ahead.
8:08 pm: Blue Team makes it 2-0 moments after the second half started. Jason Clark with the goal and Ryan Strome gets his second assist of the night.
8:12 pm: Orange has cut it to a 2-1 game. Victor Crus-Rydberg records Orange’s first goal, with an assist from Mike Dalhuisen. Reader Jared was asking about him earlier.
8:24 pm: Ryan Strome adds to his point count tonight, scoring a goal to give Blue a 3-1 lead. Joey Diamond gets credited with the assist. Tough break for Orange, who seemed to be putting some pressure on Blue. Had a few good opportunities, but Eamon McAdam pushed them aside.
8:37 pm: Colton Beck scored on the penalty shot to cut Blue’s lead to one, but Blue answered right back to make it 4-2. Riley Wetmore is the goal scorer.
8:41 pm: Jason Clark scores on the penalty shot to make it 5-2 Blue.
8:43 pm: Wetmore gets his second goal of the night thanks to an empty net. 6-2 Blue
8:44 pm: The game portion of the evening comes to a close. Blue leads 6-2. After a full intermission the skills competition will begin.After two period/halfs of play, Joey Diamond and Ryan Strome’s Chemistry has been quite impressive tonight. Strome has looked like he has been playing at a different level than everyone else on the ice.