Stars hook Sharks, 4-1…
The New York Stars PeeWee II team opened the weekend with a 4-1 victory over the Staten Island Sharks Teal squad, Saturday, January 29, at the Abe Stark Arena, Coney Island, Brooklyn.
The Long Island Hockey League match began cautiously with both squads moving the puck well. The Stars were slightly more dominant, outshooting the Sharks 13 to 7. The period's lone goal came from defenseman Lenny DiMauro, who stuffed a pass from linemate Charlie Baldini into the net with 3:30 remaining.
The Stars skated out for the second period aggressively. Forward Igor Valovoy quickly put the Stars up 2-0 at 2:24 into the stanza. The Sharks, also picked up their game firing numerous shot on net but the defensive pairings of captain Nick Mason, assistant captain Chris Massi; Baldini and DiMauro; Joey Sadowsky and Michael Long were able to clear away the rebounds.
With 10:34 remaining, forward Paul Strenk was collared for interference. With the Stars shorthanded, assistant captain Bryan Elfant won the face off deep in the Sharks zone and passed to Mason who ripped a slap shot from the point through traffic. The puck hit the far post and caromed in for the Stars third goal.
Play shifted was back and forth for the remainder of the period until the Sharks managed to slide one in with 1:03 left.
The third period was all Stars. Aggressive play by forwards Ray Ebro, Jamie Grieco and Igor Valovoy held the Sharks to only two weak shots on net as the Stars dominated and controlled the puck. The frustrated Sharks began to pick up penalties and the Stars wasted no time capitalizing. Massi and Mason were placed on the offensive line for the Stars first power play of the game. With 4:50 left, Massi dug the puck out of the corner and slid a centering pass to Mason who deflected the puck for the fourth and final goal of the game.
Thanks to strong defense, the goaltending duo of Shawn Rock and Gerry Conte faced just 19 Shark attacks.
Stars shoot down Cavaliers, 10-3…
The New York Stars PeeWee II team was victorious over the Harvey School Cavaliers, 10-3, at the Harvey Rink, Katonah on Sunday, January 30, in a match marred by a vicious check from behind that sent the Stars assistant captain to the hospital.
Defensman Chris Massi suffered a broken nose following the illegal check along the offensive boards early in second period action. The offending Cavalier was assessed a five minute major penalty, a game misconduct and a one game suspension for the violation, considered extremely dangerous by USA Hockey. "Players, parents, coaches and referees must all work to eliminate this infraction from our sport," said Stars coach Jamie Grieco, following the non-league match.
The Stars took an early lead after forward Igor Valovoy skated past the Harvey defense and put the puck under the netminder at 13:25. Less than a minute later, assistant captain Bryan Elfant put the Stars up by two. Linemate Joe DeLosa quickly added another with a blast from the point assisted by Elfant at 6:44. The Cavaliers came back with two goals that slid under Stars goalie Shawn Rock. At 5:40 captain Nick Mason literally crashed the net to put the Stars up 4-2. Harvey got another to end the period.
The Stars, fired up by the injury to Massi, lifted their game. Midway through the period, Elfant caught a sweet pass from forward Jesse Byam-Katzman and put the Stars up 5-3 at 8:52. Two minutes later Byam-Katzman took the puck coast to coast and stretched the lead to 3 while goaltender Shawn Rock turned away every Harvey attack. The third period began with another Stars scoring frenzy. At the 11:36 mark, Elfant caught a pass from Valovoy and sent it bouncing over the goalie's stick. Only two minutes later Byam-Katzman, assisted by Elfant and Valovoy, racked up the Stars eighth goal.
But the Stars were not finished. With the Stars on a power play, Mason raced towards a loose puck in the Harvey zone. The captain weaved past the Harvey wingers and defensemen along the boards. He broke towards the net and skated through the crease, depositing the puck in the net on his backhand. Mason thought the move was so nifty he repeated it 32 seconds later for the tenth Stars goal and his first hat trick of the season - which he dedicated to his fallen defensive partner, Chris Massi.
The Stars dominated the remaining six minutes with the offensive line stepping up to cover the position left vacant by Massi. Michael Long, Lenny DiMauro and Byam-Katzman provided the defense with much needed support while forwards Jamie Grieco, Paul Strenk and DeLosa helped out up front.
New York Stars (Mite Division) Saturday, January 29:
The Stars took on the Icetime Polar Bears of Newburgh, NY at Flushing
Meadows Park. The Bears defeated the Stars 3-1. All the scoring took place in the second period as both teams played very well defensively. Nick Lapoint of the Bears picked up the first goal of the game at
6:46 of the middle period as he beat Stars goalie Ricky Cibrano unassisted.
The Stars came back at the 5:07 mark as center Partick Brown stole
the puck from the Bears defense and fed his right wing Chris Hayes who slid the puck into the net.
The Bears took the lead 2-1 at 2:42 as Joey Arangio, assisted by Mike Chiacchia, beat Stars goalie Chris Gerardi. Seventeen seconds later it was 3-1 as Brian Gambradella, beat a screened Gerardi, assisted by Danny Monahan.
The Bears out shot the Stars 13-12. The Stars received tremendous
play from their centers, Brown, Kenny Fiorentino and T.J. Leonard.
Stars traveled to Bellmore L.I. to take on the powerful Green
Machine in Long Island Hockey League Action. The Stars playing without two of their core players put up a valiant effort but came up on the short end of a 3-2 score. The hard skating Long Island team forced most fo action to take place in the Stars end of ice by forechecking the Stars forwards continuously, and out shot the Stars by a 30-7 margin. The Stars took a 1-0 lead 5:50 into the opening period as center Kenny Fiorentino, took a great breakout pass from defenseman Chris Hayes, sped around the Machine left defenseman and found the back of the net with
his wrist shot. The Machine made it a 1-1 game three minutes later as Jonathon Agusta, assisted by D. Leavey, beat Stars goalie Ricky Cibrano.
With 16 seconds to go in the period D. Craig put the Machine up
2-1 assisted by Justin Agusta. The Stars tied the game at 2 apiece 3:07 into period two. Defenseman Paddy Mead stopped a clearing attempt at the left point and snapped a quick pass to his blueline partner Jesse Wynn. Wynn didn't waste a
split second as he launched a laser through a screened J. Hareylkoff in the Machine goal. With 1:30 to go in the period the Stars went down to defeat as goalie Chris Gerardi was beaten by Jonathan Agusta assisted by his brother Justin.
The Stars coaches were impressed with the play of their defensemen, Mead, Wynn, Hayes and Joey Forcina.
Spring Hockey Registration…
The Greater New York City Ice Hockey League will hold registration for its spring in-house programs at the Abe Stark Arena, Coney Island, Brooklyn, February 5 and February 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; and February 12 and February 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The programs include initiation instruction for beginners and the in-house team play for youngsters from mite to midget level.