2000-12-09 / Sports

Ice Hockey Action Stars Win Two Weekend Games

Fresh from their successful participation in a Thanksgiving tournament, the Stars traveled to Hicksville, New York and defeated the Nassau Cubs 5-0 in Long Island Hockey League action on Saturday, December 2.

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Stars Win Two Weekend Games

The Stares were led by goalie Ricky Cibrano, who stopped all 16 Cubs shots; forward Charlie Gotard, who found the net twice; and forward Matt Davie, who continues to make pinpoint passes.

The Cubs, who are a very good skating team, matched the Stars' stride for stride for almost 10 minutes of first period action. Then Stars winger Nicky Vitale outhustled the Cub defense to a dump in, he snapped a great pass to his center Michael Kress, who one-timed the puck home. 3:39 into the second period found the Stars up 2-0 as the forechecking Kress, Vitale and linemate Michael Scotko forced the Cubs to inadvertently knock the puck into their own goal.  Scotko, who was closest to the puck, was awarded the goal.

With :16 seconds to play in the middle period the Stars forechecking again paid dividends as the line of Davie, Gotard and center Timmy Ketterer forced the Cubs to mishandle the puck deep in their own end of the ice.  Ketterer ended foray with a wrap-a-round goal.  He was assisted by Davie. 2:45 into the final period found the Stars up 4-0 as Gotard took a beautiful backhanded pass from Ketterer and lifted a shot over the Cubs goalie. At 6:15 of the period Gotard once again found the net, as he converted from the low slot, assisted by Davie.

The Stars played very well, earning praise from their coaching staff. Although kept off the scoresheet, the Stars other forward line of wingers Kenny Fiorentino, Patrick Brown and center Matt Grogan, had a tremendous forechecking game. The coaching staff is very pleased with the defensive development of the 10 and 11 year olds.  The team seems to be learning their defensive zone coverage and responsibilities.

After a long week on the road, the Stars returned home to the Abe Stark arena to play host to the Rye, New York Rangers in a non-league game on Sunday, December 3.

The Rangers were clearly over matched as they dropped a 10-0 decision to the Stars. The Stars played a solid defensive game, holding the visitors to but nine shots on goal, as goalie Anthony Zilahy recorded the shutout.

The Stars also featured a strong balanced attack as 10 different players scored goals.  In addition, 13 of 15 stars got on the scoresheet. 3:05 into the opening period Stars winger Charlie Gotard continued his red hot scoring pace as he banged home a goal assisted by linemates Matt Davie and Jimmy Ketterer. :34 seconds later it was 2-0 as defenseman Timmy Faruol blasted a long point shot home, assisted by Michael Kress. Less then two minutes later the score was 3-0, as the quick skating winger Kenny Fiorentino converted, after some great passes from Patrick Brown and Michael Strenk. One minute later Kress stole a Ranger pass in the neutral zone and had an unassisted goal.

With :44 seconds to play in the period the Stars found themselves up 5-0, as center Matt Grogan scored, assisted by Brown and Strenk. Within two minutes of the middle stanza the score went to 6-0 as winger Nicky Vitale tapped home a low slot shot, assisted by Kress and Michael Scotko. The start of the third period found the Rangers trying valiantly to get the puck past Zilahy, but the Stars defensive zone coverage and some solid forechecking only served to offer many more opportunistic chances for the home team.

At the 9:09 mark it went to 7-0 as Scotko nailed the puck home, assisted by Kress and Jesse Wynn. A minute and a half later it was 8-0 as Brown slid the puck into the net, assisted by Paddy Mead and Ketterer. Then Ketterer ripped home a long point shot, assisted by Mead and Davie. Wynn ended the scoring with 2:48 to play as he rifled home a power play goal, assisted by Scotko and Kress.

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