Stars Do A Number On Sharks
With the number 10 clearly on their mind, the New York Stars PeeWee II team dominated league rivals, the Staten Island Sharks Teal, Saturday, February 5, at the World's Fair Flushing Meadows Ice Rink.
As a tribute to assistant captain Chris Massi, who suffered a broken nose in a match the previous weekend, the Stars squad skated onto the ice wearing his number 10 on their right shoulder. Massi was present to watch his teammates, defeat the Sharks, 10-1.
"After the second period, we had six, I told the boys let's score four more and then stop," said Stars coach Jamie Grieco following the match.
The Stars wasted little time gaining control of the puck and the game. At 2:10 into the match forward Jamie Grieco slid the Stars first goal past the Sharks netminder, assisted by Joey Sadowsky and Charlie (the Hammer) Baldini.
The Stars continued to dominate the offensive zone but were fairly quiet on the scoreboard until 7:53 when Charlie Baldini and defenseman Lenny DiMauro set up forward Paul Strenk, who found an opening and ripped the puck past a stunned Sharks goalie for the Stars second.
At that point the Stars became plagued by penalties. But the Stars special teams unit masterfully handled 37 seconds of 5 on 3, and came up with a shorthander with 1:36 left in the period. Captain Nick Mason set up assistant captain Bryan Elfant who skated up ice with Igor Valovoy at his wing. Elfant put the puck on Valovoy's stick for the third tally. With only 22 seconds remaining Baldini let loose a blast that miraculously found its way in goal for the Stars fourth tally.
The Sharks got on the board at 2:52 into the second stanza on a power play. The Stars quickly responded with a goal of their own. Wingers Joe DeLosa and Michael Long, who had been scrambling in front of the net, managed to free the puck to the point where Mason grabbed it and powered in for his first of the night at 9:53.
With 6:10 remaining, center Ray Ebro was set up in the most well executed play of the game. Elfant passed out to the point where Mason found winger Jesse Byam-Katzman who passed it back to Elfant on the left side of the net. As the goalie went for him, Elfant slipped the puck to Ebro on the right side who racked up his first goal of the game. Up 6-1 in the third, Mason added his second goal of the match at 2:25 assisted by Ebro and Grieco. Less than a minute later Ebro put one in, assisted by Grieco and DeLosa. Long gave the Stars nine after popping a rebound in off shots from Mason and Ebro. With the seconds winding down in the final stanza, it appeared the Stars wouldn't reach their 10-point goal. But with 59 seconds on the clock Grieco, assisted by DiMauro, slipped number 10 past the shaken Sharks netminder. The Stars goaltending partners, Shawn Rock and Gerry Conte, faced only 17 shots in the game.
Blackhawks Burn Stars, 8-5…
Despite hard work and a determined effort, the New York Stars PeeWee II squad suffered an 8-5 loss to the Bronxville Blackhawks, Sunday, February 6, at the Westchester Skating Academy.
The Blackhawks, second place in their division, failed to dominate the match as they did in their previous meeting with the Stars. Both squads were aggressive and showed great discipline, passing the puck and creating plays. The Stars were plagued by penalty problems throughout the match. Two questionable two & 10 minute calls gave the Blackhawks scoring opportunities.
The Stars struck first blood at 5:48 when forward Lenny DiMauro put the puck past the Bronxville goalie.
The Blackhawks answered back with three of their own, the last coming with only 2.7 seconds left in the period on a errant Stars clearing attempt.
In the second period the Stars regrouped as lines were shifted. Bronxville was only able to score twice as the Stars defense kept up with the quicker squad. The only Stars goal of the second came midway through the period after Joey Sadowsky, assisted by Paul Strenk, found a little open net to the upper right of the goalie and lifted it for the second of the game.
The Stars rallied in the third. Assistant captain Bryan Elfant pushed the puck up to Nick Mason who skated past the defenders. The Stars captain went one on one with the Bronxville goaltender and won. Two minutes later Michael Long set up winger Jesse Byam-Katzman for a goal bringing the Stars within one.
Bronxville answered back with two more, to widening the gap to three. Seconds later, Mason let one go from the top of the circle giving the Stars their fifth and final of the game. Despite several scoring chances, the Stars were unable to go home with a victory.