2000-12-16 / Sports

Ice Hockey Update Stars Tie One Game, Lose Another

Ice Hockey Update
Stars Tie One Game, Lose Another

Stars Squirt "B" team outskated, outshot and thoroughly outplayed the host Freeport, N.Y. Arrows on Saturday, December 9, but came away with a scoreless tie, as the Arrows goalie, Parbus, stole the game with his outstanding play.

The Stars went right on the attack from the opening face off and didn't stop for three periods as they pressed the Arrows and completely dominated play. Some sharp passing by the Stars continually gave them pointblank shots from the slot, but they could not put the puck past Parbus.

The powerful skating exhibited by the Stars was evident as they forced the Arrows to commit eight penalties, to three for the Stars.

Parbus stopped all 19 shots fired at him, earning praise from rooters of both teams.

The Stars concept of team defensive play paid benefits once again, as they
held the Arrows to bat four shots on goal.  This made for a quiet day for their goalie Ricky Cibrano, who earned the shutout by stopping two great scoring chances from down low by the Arrows.

The Stars played host to the Hurricanes in a non-league game played at the Abe Stark arena in Brooklyn on Sunday, December 10. The Hurricanes showed their powerful force as they outworked the Stars to every loose puck, gaining a 4-2 victory.

The Canes scored just :36 seconds into the game.  The goal was scored by forward Peter Crompton, as he beat Stars goalie Anthony Zilahy on the short side, assisted by Travis Ritti. Fifteen seconds into the middle period saw the Stars tie the game, as winger Nicky Vitale snapped the puck home from the low slot, assisted by linemates Michael Kress and Michael Scotko.

The Stars dumped the ensuing face off deep into the Canes zone, where center Jimmy Ketterer outmuscled two defenders and nailed home a wrap-a-round goal, giving the Stars a 2-1 lead.  Ketterer, the Stars captain was assisted by his left wing Charlie Gotard. The Stars had little time to celebrate as just :39 later Crompton put his second goal of the game past Zilahy.

During the next six minutes the Stars had the better of the scoring chances, but they couldn't get the puck past goalie Adam Socci. Disaster then struck the Stars within :35 seconds the Canes twice beat Zilahy from wide angles.  First Justin Booth scored assisted by Chris Pacicco and Alan Jacobson.  Then Michael Kim lifted the puck over the goalie, assisted by Booth and Kyle Maron.

The Stars switched goalies at that point, bringing Ricky Cibrano into the game.  Cibrano provided the stability the Stars needed as he stopped all nine shots he faced.  But since the Stars couldn't beat Socci anymore, they went down to defeat.

The Stars outshot the Canes 24-18 for the game, but the visitors played with seemingly greater desire and it paid off.

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