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ISLANDERS RECALL CIZIKAS, RETURN POULIN & NESS

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          Release: 02/23/2012
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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (February 23, 2012) - The New York Islanders announced today that forward Casey Cizikas has been recalled from loan from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League (AHL). The club also removed Travis Hamonic from injured reserve and returned goaltender Kevin Poulin and defenseman Aaron Ness on loan to the Sound Tigers. In a separate move, the Sound Tigers have released defenseman Wes Cunningham from his professional tryout contract (PTO).

Cizikas, 20, leads all Sound Tigers in scoring with 44 points, including a team-high 29 assists. The Toronto, ON, native also leads the team with a plus-25 plus-minus rating and ranks second on the Sound Tigers in goals with 15. Since Jan. 1, Cizikas has posted 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) and a plus-19 rating in 18-games to lead the Sound Tigers to a 16-1-0-1 record. He represented Bridgeport at the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic on Jan. 30 and was named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Month for January.

Poulin, 21, returns to the Sound Tigers after appearing in three games during his most recent NHL stint and posting a 1-2-0 record. The Montreal, PQ native returns to Bridgeport where he's posted a 14-13-1 record with a 2.72 GAA and a .909 sv%.

Ness, 21, returns to the Sound Tigers after his first career NHL stint. The Roseau, MN native appeared in nine games and posted two penalty minutes. Ness returns to the Sound Tigers where he shows two goals and 15 assists in 46 games.

Cunningham, 24, appeared in three games this past weekend with the Sound Tigers during his second stay in Bridgeport this season. The Dresden, ON did not record a point in three games and returns to the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL where he has recorded two goals and 20 assists in 38 games.

The Sound Tigers return to action with a road contest in Springfield tomorrow night, followed by home games on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. vs. Springfield and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. vs. Albany. The first 1,500 fans through the doors at Webster Bank Arena on Sunday afternoon will receive a Click It or Ticket Hockey Card Set featuring top Islander prospects Rhett Rakhshani, Matt Donovan, David Ullstrom & Casey Cizikas.
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