Playing the first game of two on Saturday, February 5, the Stars (Mite Division) ice hockey team traveled to Hacekensack, New Jersey to face-off against the Hurricanes.
The Stars scored late in the game to tie the Jersey boys 2-2. The Hurricanes opened the scoring 1:10 into the first period as Chris Pacicco put the puck past Stars goalie Chris Gerardi assisted by Brian Seldeen. The Stars made it a 1-1 game with 4:07 gone in the period due to some great forechecking. Center Kenny Fiorentino chased down a dump-in deep into the Hurricane zone and passed to his right wing T.J. Leonard, who quickly put the puck onto the stick of left wing Ronnie Bello, whose snap shot found the net. The remainder of period one and the second stanza were scoreless although both teams exchanged numerous scoring opportunities. Only some great defense and goaltending for both sides kept it a tight game. The third period was more of the same as the first two and then with 1:02 to play the Hurricanes made it 2-1 as Mason Baccardo split the Stars defense and put home his own rebound past Stars goalie Ricky Cibrano.
With 44 seconds to play the Hurricanes John Lento received a
boarding penalty. The Stars took control of the ensuing face-off and regrouped in the neutral zone. With Cibrano dashing for the Stars bench, veteran forward Chris Hayes leaped over the boards giving the Stars a two-man advantage. What followed was classic hockey. Defenseman Paddy Meads' pass to center Patrick Brown was tipped to a streaking Hayes, who bulled his way through the canes defense, going from his backhand to forehand and wristed a
rocket through the five hole with but 12 seconds to play. This was a roughly played game with 11 penalties called, four against the Stars. Stars goalie coach John Piazza was very pleased with the play of
Cibrano and Gerardi as the Dynamic Duo stopped 22 of 24 shots. The
development of both young men has been outstanding. The coaches were also happy with improving play of wingers; Hayes, Leonard, Bello, Nicky Amendola, Dillon Balsamo, Michael Biagioni and Anthony Cairo.
In their second game of the day the Stars traveled to Dix Hills, New York to take on the Long Island Royals. The Royals took control of the action early on and scored 4:10 into the
game as Tommy Sarcona beat Stars goalie Ricky Cibrano assisted by Billy
Weimar and Timmy Lawrence.
They made it 2-0 as Mike Rovnyak hit the twine assisted by Brendan
McGovern and Weimar. 2:10 into period two found the Long Island boys ahead 3-0 thanks to an unassisted effort by Chris Pusateri. The Stars answered back 1:20 into the last period as a long hard shot from defenseman Paddy Mead bounced off the Royals goalie onto the waiting stick of center Kenny Fiorentino, who nailed home the rebound. But that was the last hurrah for the Stars other than the goaltending of Chris Gerrardi. Much credit most go to the Royals for shutting down the Stars.
Another day, another game, and so the story goes for an ice hockey travel team. The Stars hosted the Cyclones of Manhattan, in Long Island Hockey League action, played before a packed house at Abe Stark Arena in Coney Island on Sunday, February 6.
The Stars sent their interboro rivals home on the short end of a 10-1
score. The Stars received a balanced scoring attack from their forwards as nine different players found the net.
The Stars went up 1-0 at the 7:04 mark of the opening period as T.J.
Leonard put the puck home assisted by Paddy Mead. Four minutes later it was 2-0 as Mead assisted on Patrick Brown's goal. Seventeen seconds more ticked off the clock and Leonard put in his second of the game unassisted. It went to 4-0 just 32 seconds later as Michael Kress picked up the
goal assisted by Mead. With 1:54 to play Chris Hayes snapped one home assisted by Brown and Nicky Amendola.
The Cyclones started the second period on a positive note as Z. Brown
assisted by G. Dorris beat Stars goalie Chris Gerardi on the short side. The Stars picked up the next goal with 3:19 to go as Michael Strenk scored assisted by Mead and Anthony Cairo, to make it 6-1.
The Cyclones opened the third period attacking the Stars goal, but
goalie Ricky Cibrano withstood the assault and even picked up as assist as his pass to Jessie Wynn was relayed to Joey Forcina who bulled the puck home. Wynn made it 8-1 at the 8:07 mark converting off passes from Strenk and Hayes. It was a power play goal with the Cyclones Trenkle in the box for a trip.
The Stars made it 9-1 with 4:33 to go as Mead wristed one home assisted by Hayes. It was Meads' fifth point of the game. With 1:30 to go in the game Amendola made it 10-1 assisted by Michael Biagioni and Dillon Balsamo. The victory gave the Stars an overall mark of 21-17-3 for the season with just over a month to go.
The Stars wish to invite all boys and girls who want to ice skate
to a free of charge open house on February 26 at 6 p.m. at Flushing Meadows Park (ice rink) Certified instructors will be on the ice to teach and demonstrate.