Greater N.Y. Ice Hockey League - Stars Squirt "B" Team
By Sharon Monchinski
The Stars hosted the Freeport, NY Arrows in a game for first place in Long Island Hockey League action. Both teams put on a tremendous offensive show and when the fog lifted from the ice, the Stars prevailed by a 7-6 score.
The Stars took a 1-0 lead 10:47 into the first period as winger Nicky
Amendola put the puck home, assisted by linemate Jesse Wynn and defenseman Michael Davie. The Arrows controlled the early part of the second period, picking up 2 goals within 3 minutes, giving them the lead 2-1.
The Stars tied it up at 2 a piece at the 8:12 mark as their high scoring
wing Charlie Gotard, found the net after a sharp pass from his center, Kenny Fiorentino.
The Arrows stunned the Stars by taking the lead again, this time only 29 seconds after the Stars goal. It was a power play goal. 59 seconds into the final period found the Arrows ahead by a 4-2 score, as Stars goalie Ricky Cibrano was beat from in close. The Stars closed the gap to 4-3 as Fiorentino put on some great moves and finished the play with a tremendous backhander.
The Stars tied the game as Gotard snapped the disc home on a power play, which was assisted by Amendola. The Stars then added 3 goals in just over a minute to take a 7-4 lead.
Amendola got his second of the game, assisted by center Patrick Brown and
Gotard. Then Wynn beat the Arrows goalie, assisted by Gotard and winger
Nicky Vukan. Next, as the Arrows pulled their goalie, Stars defenseman Paddy Mead hit Fiorentino with a super pass. The pivot broke down his right wing with his check all over him, but he ripped the puck home from an impossible angle.
The Arrows scored twice in the last 30 seconds to make it a 7-6 final. The Stars outshot their rivals 29-16. The Stars coaching staff was very pleased with the two way play of Wynn, Amendola and Fiorentino. They are also happy with the development of Vukan and the frosty Patrick Gillespie.