New York Stars Smash Brick, 2-0
New York Stars (Mite Division), an improving "B" team, traveled to Bricktown, New Jersey, to take on the highly regarded Brick "A" team on Sunday, February 27.
In one of the best games of this season the Stars beat their New Jersey foes 2-0 in a very physical game which saw the Brick team call for two roughing and one tripping penalty versus one roughing call against the New York team. The Stars utilized some great forechecking and a tremendous defense to outplay their opponents.
6:25 into the opening period saw the Stars take the lead due to their aggressive forechecking. They continued to press the Brick team in the attacking zone and forced a poor pass into the slot where standout rookie winger Nicky Amendola picked up the puck and put it into the net, pass goalie J. Betten. For the rest of the first period, all of the second and most of the third it was up and down hockey, changing on the fly, heavy checking, beautiful passes, solid defense and some of the best goaltending seen in a long time. Both Betten and Stars goalie Ricky Cibrano were outstanding. With 1:18 to play in the game the Stars picked up their second goal. The play started with a great rush up the middle of the ice by Stars defenseman Joey Forcina. Forcina broke into the Brick zone and was knocked to the ice by both Brick defenseman, however, Stars center and co-captain Michael Kress following the play quickly got the puck and shot in one motion to beat Betten low to the stick side.
The Stars outshot Brick 20-13. In addition the Stars hit the cross
bar twice and the post once. Besides the play of Cibrano, the Stars got big performances from centers Kress, Patrick Brown, Kenny Fiorentino, defensemen Forcina, Michael Strenk, Paddy Mead and Jesse Wynn. But the coaches recognized the great
defensive play of right wing Michael Biagioni. Biagioni was a thorn in the
side of the Brick team all game long. He was effective in all three zones,
breaking up passes, forechecking, covering his point and even killing a
Stars penalty. The victory gave the Stars an overall 24-19-3 record.