Ice Hockey News
Assistant captain Bryan Elfant, of Rockaway, notched two hat tricks to propel the New York Stars PeeWee II team to doubleheader victories, Sunday, February 20.
In their early morning Long Island Hockey League match, the Stars thumped the Staten Island Sharks Teal squad, 7-4, in a physical game at the War Memorial Rink at Clove Lake. Aside from Elfant’s three goals, forward Paul Strenk garnered two while winger Jesse Byam-Katzman and defenseman Chris Massi each netted one.
The Stars wasted little time in establishing their dominance over the Staten Islanders when Elfant tipped the puck in net at 10:39 of the first assisted by forward Joey Sadowsky and Massi. The Stars defense parings of captain nick Mason, Massi; Michael Long and Lenny DiMauro frustrated the Sharks refusing to allow them a shot on goal until 9:44. The Stars continually pressured the Sharks keeping the puck in the zone and firing 13 shots on net in the period.
At 7:13 Strenk slapped the puck home on a pass from linemate Joe DeLosa. Three minutes later Byam-Katzman grabbed the puck at the Sharks blue line. Displaying a flurry of stick handling skills, he raced through the defense and riffled a wrister over the stunned netminder’s left shoulder. Elfant, assisted by Massi, pounded his second of the match in goal at 2:14 following a scrum in the goalmouth. The Stars were not finished for the period until Strenk got his second, assisted by Long and DeLosa put the puck in with 1: 08 remaining.
The second period saw the Sharks step up their game. Within three minutes the Staten Islanders scored two quick goals on Stars netminder Shawn Rock – one on a power play. But the Stars answered back at 5:03 after Strenk shoveled a pretty behind-the-back pass to Massi waiting in the slot. Massi slammed the puck on net, scooped up his own rebound and put it home for the score. With the Stars leading 6-2, Elfant got his first hat trick of the day at 1:21 of the stanza assisted by Long and DiMauro.
The final period the match became increasingly physical. The Sharks scored twice more but their frustrations grew with their inability to penetrate the Stars defense. The Stars goalie tandem of Rock and Gerry Conte combined for 22 saved in the match.
As emotions on both sides became heated, eight penalties were handed out - five to the Stars and three to the Sharks. Both teams served a total of 16 minutes in the box during the 15-minute period as officials attempted to keep control of the match.
Stars stomp Stanford, 5-1…
In the second match of their doubleheader, the New York Stars PeeWee II team, lifted by another hat trick from assistant captain Bryan Elfant, handily defeated the Stanford Sharks, 5-1, at the Terry Connors Arena, Stanford, Conn., Sunday, February 20.
In the first period of the non-league game both squads played even hockey with each team pressuring in the offensive zones but failing to put the puck in net. The juggled defensive parings of captain Nick Mason and Igor Valovoy; assistant captain Chris Massi and Joey Sadowsky, allowed the Sharks only two shots on goals in the stanza.
In the second period Elfant got his first of the match on a wrap-around from the left side to put the Stars on the board at 4:15. Less than three minutes later winger Jesse Bryam-Katzman grabbed the puck at the blue line and sped toward the net. He fired a backhander to his left that slid through the netminder’s pads for his first of the game and second of the day. The Stanford squad got their only goal at 3:08 on a rocket that roared past Stars goalie Shawn Rock.
With 1:29 remaining in the second, Elfant picked up the puck at the red line. The pesky center stick handled through the Stanford defense, deked the goalie and put the puck in for the score. At 3:22 of the stanza Elfant got his second hat trick of the day.
The Stars got their final goal of the game after Elfant, displaying characteristic unselfishness, throw a pass from the left corner to Massi at the point. With Sadowsky as a screen, Massi rocketed a wrister that flew through the open left side of the net for his second of the day.
Cranford Shatters Stars, 7-1…
Defenseman Chris Massi scored the lone goal as the New York Stars peewee II team was thrashed, 7-1, by the Cranford Hockey Club at Rossell Park, Jersey City, Saturday, February 19, in a non-league match.
The Cranford squad, a member of the A division in the New Jersey Hockey League, displayed superior size and speed over the C division Stars of the Long Island Hockey League. From the drop of the puck the Stars were forced to play defensive hockey against the aggressive Cranford club. Despite playing with only a nine-player bench, the Stars continually frustrated the Cranford attack, breaking up plays and clearing the puck out of the zone.
Although much of the action was played in the Stars zone, the defensive pairings of captain Nick Mason and Chris Massi; Lenny DiMauro and Joey Sadowsky; Michael Long and Paul Strenk helped netminder Shawn Rock hold Cranford to one goal after the first stanza.
Cranford got a break early in the second period after a puck went Massi’s stick and under Rock. The Jersey boys scored two more times in the stanza as the Stars attempted to kept game within reach.
In the final period the Cranford club got another goal courtesy of the hockey gods. Forward Joe DeLosa was victimized when the puck went off his stick and in goal making the score 5-1. Cranford scored another at 6:47 to go up 6-1.
Then at 5:53 Massi grabbed an errant clearing pass at the red line and took off down ice. He fired a blast from the circle past the Cranford net minder to avert the shutout. The Cranford squad scored once more putting the puck past Stars goalie Gerry Conte who had throw aside at least six pervious attempts in the attack before the puck slipped under his pads.
Free Open House…
The Greater New York Ice Hockey League kicks off its Spring 2000 Ice Hockey Program with a free open house at the Flushing Meadows Park Ice Rink on Saturday, February 26, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Certified USA Hockey instructors will be on hand to teach and demonstrate. Bring hockey gear. A limited supply is available to borrow. Learn how your can become part of the fastest game in the world.
Spring Hockey Registration…
The Greater New York City Ice Hockey League is holding registration for its spring in-house programs at the Abe Stark Arena, Coney Island, Brooklyn. The programs include initiation instruction designed for first-time hockey players stressing introductory skating skills, and the in-house league with teams from mite to midget level.