New York Islanders Daily: Rookies Come Back to Beat Flyers
By Matt O'Leary
The New York Islanders’ rookies played a game against the Flyers in Philadelphia yesterday. The Isles rookies completed a nice comeback victory.
Hockey is back! Well, kind of. I was watching some semblance of the New York Islanders on my computer last night when the Islanders rookies went to Philadelphia to take on their rookies in an exhibition.
The game didn’t count for anything but it was a great feeling seeing some hockey for the first time in a while. Fans were definitely craving it.
The Islanders fell behind early but they were resilient. After falling behind 1-0 John Stevens was able to tie the game up at 1 off a sweet pass from Michael Dal Colle.
Although the Islanders wouldn’t be able to keep the tie for long. It quickly became 2-1, and then 3-1 after two periods of play. Luckily, the rookies didn’t lay down in the third period. Instead, they came on strong and showed some life.
Arnaud Durandeau scored to make it a one goal game late in the period. Then with 1:32 remaining in the game 2017 draft pick Sebastian Aho tied it to force overtime. In overtime, it was another defenseman, Mitch Van Sompel who played the role of hero.
The rooks were able to complete the comeback. A big note from this game was the play of Dal Colle. He had a couple assists which Islander fans are hoping leads to a successful season. The hope is to see MDC in the NHL at some point this year.
He’s one of four remaining first round draft picks from the 2014 draft that has yet to make their NHL debut so fans are rightfully getting antsy.
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