2000-12-23 / Sports

Ice Hockey Update NY Stars Mites Tame Bulldogs

By Bill Murphy

Ice Hockey Update
NY Stars Mites Tame Bulldogs

On Sunday, December 17, 2000 the NY Stars hosted the Brewster Bulldogs to a 10:00 a.m. game at Abe Stark Arena in Coney Island. The Bulldogs were looking to avenge an earlier season shut out loss to the stars of 5-0, which was Stars’ goalie Joe Serrantonio’s first shut out of the season. Sunday was a little different in the final score.

When the first period started out, you knew the Stars would have the stronger team. They had more players on their bench with fresher legs to skate than the Bulldogs did. This would prove to be a falter in the end. Stars’ coach, Dan Gerardi, went with three defensemen of Ivan Ivlev, Ed Medina, and Sean Murphy in order to have four complete lines of forwards. Stars’ forwards consisted of Dillon Balsamo, Joe Calabrese, Anthony Galeano, Nicky Amendola, Alyssa Bello, Geoff Liter, T.J. Leonard, Joe Bello, Joe Gilhooly, Chris Miller and Eric Nizgretsky. Each line played with such intensity and determination to win, that you could feel it in the stands.

The game started with each team fighting for control in the neutral zone and then end to end play. Each team’s goalie had to make some tough saves. Stars’ goalie, Joe S., wanted to get another shut out and you could see it with each save. Stars’ Geoff Liter was set up in front of the net when Alyssa B. and Nicky A. were fighting in the corner for control of the puck. Alyssa sent a pass out to Geoff who tipped it just past the post and wide. The Bulldogs broke out after this play. They came in flying on the Stars’ defense, forcing Ivan to slightly hook the man to keep him from getting around him for a shot. The Bulldog player fell and Ivan was given a penalty, so the Stars put out their penalty killers. With T.J. and Nicky up front for defensemen Ed Medina and Sean Murphy, the Stars killed off the Bulldog’s power play, holding them to no shots on goal and taking two shots on the Bulldogs’ net.

The momentum carried on with the next line when they touched the ice. It found the Stars on the attack with Nicky between Anthony and Joe C. Anthony received a pass from out of his own end by Sean Murphy and went down ice with the forwards took the shot. The rebound came out to Nicky and he banged it in for a 1-0 lead at 6:27 of the first period. The next line came out with Stars’ T.J., Joe B. and Joe G. and found T.J. setting up Joe G. for at shot. The goalie snatched the puck from the air robbing Joe G. of a goal. Soon, it found Stars’ Nicky on a break away on goal and stopped by a goalie. But Stars’ wingers, Eric and Chris, who were following up the play, were banging at the rebounds. Then Nicky ended up sending it in for a 2-0 lead at 8:41 of the first period with assists from Chris and Eric.

The Bulldogs were not going to go so quietly. They forced the play out of their zone catching the Stars’ defense up ice. When Bulldogs’ Nolan took a shot and Stars goalie, Joe S., made a save, with a rebound coming to Bulldogs’ Santini, who banged it past Joe S.’s outstretched right leg. This cut the Stars’ lead to 2-1 at 11:01 in the first period, ending Joe S.’s chance for a shutout.

The second period found the Stars shining on the offensive side. One line of Dillon, Alyssa and Goeff were working their corners and points but just could not get a goal, taking three tough shots on net. Alyssa turned out to be a forced to be reckoned with on her side of the rink. Soon later, on the face off in the Bulldogs’ end, T.J. of the Stars won the draw back to Ivan on defense on the right side. Ivan passed it across to Sean Murphy on the left who passed it back to T.J. in the slot. T.J. slapped it pass the goalie for a 3-1 lead at 2:29 of the second period.

The next goal by the Stars was due to hard work in the corners in the defensive zone, when it was brought up ice by Ed Medina who fed a pass to Nicky. Then Nicky found Joe B. flying up the left wing with a cross-ice pass. Joe slapped a hard low shot thru the goalie’s five hole for a 4-1 lead. The same players just missed on another chance only seconds later, but were stopped by the Bulldog’s goalie.

The Stars were looking for more with T.J. between Chris and Eric with defensemen Sean and Eddie keeping the puck in the zone. Chris was using his size to fight off two bulldog players in the corner when he fed a pass out front to Eric. He took the shot with the rebound coming to T.J. who flipped it up and over the down goalie, for a 5-1 lead at 11:52 of the period.

The third period had the Stars flying from one end to the other and the Bulldogs with a short bench were feeling it. This caused one of their players to take a penalty to try to slow the Stars down. So the Stars went on the power play with T.J. getting off two good shots only to be stopped by the goalie. The Stars then started their passing game from defense up to the offense players and back and forth.

Brewster Bulldogs were still trying to come back in the game when they came flying up ice. Bulldog player McCandless took a slap shot on goal at the blue line and it caught Stars’ goalie, Joe S., off guard thru his feet. This made the score 5-2 at 7:09 of the period. The period would end this way with the Stars on top with the win, thanks to strong defense and hard back checking by the forwards.

Coach Danny Gerardi was very pleased with the way the players had played the game. He told the players to keep his type of game in mind and continue to play as hard as they did. He joked with goalie, Joe S., that he did not shut out the other team. Dan also noted that Eric had two assists in one game in his short time with the team. The Stars players themselves told Danny that they like to play the Bulldogs since they show great sportsmanship and clean play. They also liked the coaches since they wished them a great game and what a great time they have playing them. Danny also noted what a great game T.J. and Dillon had on offense for the team. Also, he noted how strong the defense of Sean, Eddie and Ivan had played. He also noted the play of all the other forwards had done as well.

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