2001-11-03 / Sports

Greater New York Ice Hockey League – Stars Squirt "B" Team

By Sharon Monchinski
Greater New York Ice Hockey League – Stars Squirt "B" Team By Sharon Monchinski

Greater New York Ice Hockey League –
Stars Squirt "B" Team
By Sharon Monchinski

On Saturday, October 27, 2001, the Stars traveled to Morristown, N.J. to face off against the New Jersey Colonials an AA team. The large crowd was treated to a great game, as both teams gave it their all. Although the Stars outshot the Jersey boys, they went down to defeat by a 2-1 score.

The Colonials opened the scoring with a tremendous power play goal, which was deflected out of midair past Stars goalie Ricky Cibrano.  The goal came at the 11-minute mark of the first period, with the Stars shorthanded because of an ill-advised roughing penalty. The Stars outshot the Colonials 7-2 in the period, but could not put the puck home, despite several point-blank range shots. The score went to 2-0 at 4:49 of the middle period and was the result of another Stars mistake.  An attempted Defenseman-to-Defenseman pass was fanned on by the Stars' pointman and resulted in a break-a-way goal.

The Stars made a 2-1 score at 7:27 of the final period when center Patrick Brown, won an offensive zone off to pointman Paddy Mead, who ripped a rocket past the Colonial goalie. Although the Stars had some more scoring chances late in the game, they could not tie the score. Much credit should be given to the Jersey team because they were outstanding.

On Sunday, October 28, 2001, The Stars returned to their home ice at the Abe Stark arena in Coney Island, N.Y. to take on the Nassau Cubs, in a Long Island Hockey League game. The Stars took out their frustrations of the previous game on the Cubs by blasting the Nassau boys 10-0.

Their captain, Center Patrick Brown, registered a hat trick to lead the Stars in scoring. And it featured a balanced scoring attack, which saw 7 different players score goals. The Stars put in their first goal just 1:03 into the initial period as center Kenny Fiorentino converted winger Charlie Gotard's pass. With 3:04 to play in the period Brown picked up his first goal when he scored after taking a sharp pass from defenseman Michael Davie. Twenty seconds later it was 3-0 as Brown put home a rebound of winger Nicky Amendola's shot. With 10 seconds to go it went to 4-0 as winger Jesse Wynn found the net, with assists going to Brown and Amendola. Brown scored his second goal at 7:50 of the middle period unassisted making it 5-0.

It went to 6-0 for the Stars at the 6:31 mark, with Wynn nailing a power play goal, unassisted. With less than a minute to go in the period, Gotard scored, assisted beautifully by defenseman Paddy Mead and winger Patrick Gillespie. The score went to 8-0 as defenseman Michael Strenk put in a rebound of winger Nicky Vukan's shot. With 6 minutes to go in the game Mead snapped one in from down low. Amendola closed out the scoring with less than a minute to play, as he wristed the disc home, assisted by defenseman Joey Forcina.

The Stars held the Cubs to 8 shots on goal, earning Ricky Cibrano the shutout, while they scored on 10 of 19 shots. The Stars coaching staff is very pleased with the development of first year players Amendola, Gillespie and Vukan.  Each of the wingers shows steady improvement and is contributing to the success of the team. The victory gave the Stars an overall 5-2 record.


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