2000-11-04 / Sports

Ice Hockey League News Stars ‘B’ Team Whipped By Cyclones

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Stars ‘B’ Team Whipped By Cyclones

Stars "B" team opened its 2000/2001 season visiting the Cyclones at Chelsea Piers in New York City, in Long Island Hockey League action, on Saturday, October 28.

The Cyclones defeated the Stars 2-0, while outshooting them 20-9.

The Manhattan boys scored on their second shift of the game as the Stars, while backchecking, inadvertently put the puck past their own goalie Ricky Cibrano. For the next two and a half periods the Stars played extremely well defensively, but could not generate much offense, as the Cyclones' forechecking forced many poor breakout passes.

The Cyclones made it 2-0 with but 3:43 to play in the game, as they broke in on an odd man rush and beat Cibrano from down low.  The goal was the result of a very poor face off for the Stars forwards, who heard about it from their coaches.

The Stars coaching staff was very pleased with the play of their defensemen, Matt DiBitetto, Timmy Faruol, Joey Forcina, Paddy Mead, Michael Strenk and Jesse Wynn.  But they realized that they must get improvement from their forwards to be successful.

Stars Squirt "B" team dropped their home opener 4-3 to the Suffolk County P.A.L. Blue Knights on Sunday, October 29.

The Stars picked up the first goal of the game at 8:54 of period one.  Forward Kenny Fiorentino picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone, sped around the defense and ripped home a low hard shot.

Less then 2 minutes later the Knights tied the score, as they beat Stars goalie Anthony Zilahy from in close.  It was a power play goal.  Twenty seconds later the Stars were stunned as the Knights went up 2-1 due to some very poor defensive zone play by the Stars forwards. In just another 20 seconds the Stars stunned the Knights as center Jimmy Ketterer nailed the puck home after getting a great pass from defenseman Matt DiBitetto.

With but 1:50 to go in the period the Knights again beat Zilahy from down low to take a 3-2 lead.

Both teams skated hard during the middle period and only fine defensive play kept each team off the scoreboard.  Then with :40 seconds to play Stars winger Michael Davie broke up a Knights' breakout, passed to Ketterer, who slipped the disc to winger Charles Gotard, who ripped the puck home. Just :59 seconds into the final period the Knights again scored from down low to take the lead for good 4-3.

The Stars had three break-a-ways in the last period, but were stopped by the Knights goalie.

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