Ice Hockey League News
Despite three final periods goals, the New York Stars PeeWee II team fell, 9-3, to the Bronxville Blackhawks, Sunday, January 23, at the Abe Stark Arena, Coney Island, Brooklyn.
From the first face-off the Stars appeared flat. They displayed little sharpness in skating, passing or back checking. They could muster only six shots on net while their opponents fired off 10. But despite their lackluster opening, the Stars still managed to play the Blackhawks even during most of the first period.
The Stars got into early penalty trouble at 5:18 of the match but the penalty killing units of captain Nick Mason, Michael Long, Chris Massi, Joe Sadowsky, Joe DeLosa, and Jamie Grieco prevented the Blackhawks from scoring. However, seconds after the Stars returned to full strength, the Blackhawks put the puck under goalie Shawn Rock at 9:35.
The second stanza belonged to Bronxville. They scored four times in the period, including a short handed goal and effectively kept the Stars from perpetrating their defensive zone. When the Stars did gain entry into the zone the Blackhawks frustrated their attack and broke up play after play.
In the third period Stars picked up their game. The offense began to pressure the Bronxville boys with more quality shots on net. The Stars got on the score board after Mason blasted his patented slap shot from the left point that assistant captain Bryan Elfant beautifully deflected over the Blackhawks goalie at 14 :05.
Less than a minute later the Blackhawks answered back, scoring on Jerry Conte, the second half of the Stars goalie tandem, to put the tally at 6-1. The Bronxville scored three more times in the period while the Stars were unable to convert three power play opportunities into goals.
Then with less than three minutes remaining in the match, Elfant took a pass from Mason and scored in heavy traffic in front of the Bronxville net at 2 :40. Thirty seconds later winger DeLosa took a feed from assistant captain Massi and shoved the puck in for the final goal of the game.