Greater NYC Ice Hockey Update Sharks See Stars In Opening Game
Greater NYC Ice Hockey Update
Sharks See Stars In Opening Game
Stars Squirt "B" team of the Greater New York City Ice Hockey League opened their 2000/2001 season with an exhibition game against the Staten Island Sharks at Abe Stark Arena in Coney Island. The Stars outworked their rivals as they skated to a 5-1 victory.
The Stars played well defensively as they supported their goalie tandem of Anthony Zilahy and Ricky Cibrano by holding the Sharks to 17 shots on goal.
In a scoreless first period the home team Stars outshot the Sharks 9 to 5. Stars center, Jimmy Ketterer, picked up the first goal of the game one minute into the second period, as he converted from the low slot, after some great work behind the net from winger, Michael Scotko. A minute and a half later the Stars made it 2-0 as winger, Patrick Brown's flip shot on a line change found its way through the Sharks' goalie.
The Sharks got on the scoreboard with 2:24 to go in the period as forward McGuckin beat Cibrano assisted by his center, Flood. Just nince seconds later the Stars had their two goal lead back as winger, Kenny
Fiorentino found the twine assisted by his center, Matt Grogan. Grogan made it 4 to 1 for the Stars at the 7:54 mark of the third period,
assisted by linemates Fiorentino and Brown.
With :39 seconds to go in the game and the Sharks playing a man short for tripping, the Stars picked up their first powerplay goal of the season. The goal was notched by center, Michael Kress, with assists going to his
linemates, Timmy Faruol (who had a great game) and Jesse Wynn.
Stars coaching staff were very pleased with the play of their six defensemen: Nicky Vitale, Michael Strenk, Charlie Gotard, Patty Mead, Matt DiBitetto and Joey Forcina.
Another fact which pleased the coaches was that eight of nine of their forwards got on the scoresheet.