Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:UNIONDALE, N.Y. – It was a fun night at the Nassau Coliseum for the 5,000 plus that showed up for the prospect scrimmage Thursday night, but it was likely Ryan Strome and Long Island native Joey Diamond who had the best time of all.
The pair teamed up to contribute a combined five points, Strome scored a goal and two assists and Diamond recorded a goal and an assist.
Diamond tallied the first goal of the evening off a pass from Strome and gave the Blue Team a 1-0 lead. Later on Diamond would return the favor and find Strome, who put one past Kenny Reiter to make it a 3-1 game. Strome also assisted on the Blue Team’s second goal of the game.
“You want to produce every time you’re out there and that guy who scores a couple of goals,” Strome said after the game. “I mean that’s what you’re looking to do. You’re never looking to play a game and not score goals. It was fun, but at the same time you can’t really look at results in a game like this. You just want to make sure you’re working hard and doing the right things and, like I said, you have to remember things you need to work on for September.”
Thursday night, which also happened to be Strome’s 20th birthday, was not the first time that he and Diamond had played together. The pair had a chance to play with one another during their stints in Bridgeport at the end of the season. Both appeared in 10 games with the Sound Tigers, and Strome even had the assist on Diamond’s first professional hockey goal.
“He can definitely put the puck on your stick like he did tonight,” Diamon, a native of Long Beach, New York, said. “It wasn’t the first time. We got to play together in Bridgeport for a few games and he actually had the assist on my first pro goal, so I think our chemistry works well together. I just went out there and had fun.”
The Islanders prospect camp wraps up Friday with one last on-ice session.