2000-10-28 / Sports

Stars Mites Defeated By Royals

By Bill Murphy

New York Stars ice hockey team played a hard fought battle with the Long Island Royals. With each team having almost the same amount of players, you knew this was going to be a tough game.

The first period started out with the Stars’ goalie Joe Serrantonio looking to shut down the Long Island Royals scorers. The Stars started the game with Nicky Amendola at center between wings Joe Gilhooly and Joe Bello with Eddie Medina and Sean Murphy on defense. They came out flying at the drop of the puck and swarmed the Royals net only to come up empty. Then the Stars changed their line with Dillon Balsamo at center between wings Joe Calabrese and Anthony Galeano with P.J. DeFonzo and Ivan Ivlev on defense. This line kept the pressure up just as much as the first line did, but also came up short of a goal. The Royals tried to catch the Stars on a line change at mid ice only to have Stars’ goalie Joe Serrantonio make two great saves on them. Coach Danny, of the Stars, put out another line with Nicky Amendola at center between wings Alyssa Bello and Geoff Liter with P.J. and Ivan on defense. This line kept the pressure on the Royals and started the Stars scoring, due to pressure in the corners from both wingers. Stars’ defenseman P.J. DeFonzo fed a great pass to Nicky Amendola at the center slot. He skated in on the goalie and beat him with a high wrist shot on the stick side at the nine-minute mark of the first period.

The Royals answered this goal with one of the their own. Nice passing from Anthony Capobianco to Brenden Couisting over to Frankie DiChiara, who just barely beat Stars goalie Joe Serrantonio’s outstretched leg with six minutes left in the first period. Shortly later, Royals’ Frankie worked the puck behind the net for a wrap around goal to take the lead at 2-1. Royals’ Paul Ricciardi scored a power play goal with four minutes left in the period. The Royals scored two more goals by Kevin Dolan and Paul with assists by Frankie and Kevin for a first period lead of 5-1.

The second period started off with the Stars’ forwards being stopped in the neutral zone for most of the period. Royals started the scoring off with two goals by Chris Weisbrod one minute apart with assists by Joe Galante, Danny Trentowski and Brendan McGovern. The Stars’ forwards were still bottled up so much, they could only get two shots on goal. While Royals’ Paul Rice and Frankie each scored with assists by Anthony and Brendan C. Now with about two minutes left in the second period, Stars’ winger Alyssa Bello was working the puck in the corner. The puck came to Stars’ defenseman Sean Murphy who passed to centerman Dillon Balsamo who wrested a low shot into the goal to give the Stars their second goal of the game with 2:15 left in the second period.

The third period was a tough one for the Stars, they came out flying only to be caught up with the Royals scoring two goals one minute apart. But this did not stop the Stars forwards from trying to score again. They kept the pressure on for five straight minutes, with Stars’ forwards storming the net and the defense pitching in. The Royals would not let them score, but they ended up scoring one power play goal and five even strength goals. Stars’ goalie Joe Serrantonio ended up facing a total of 39 shots on goal and he played his heart out.

Coach Danny Gerardi was still pleased with his team even though they lost, because they still tried to come back even being down by so much. He knows they still have the heart and determination to win even when down.

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