Greater New York Ice Hockey League – Stars Squirt "B" Team
Greater New York Ice Hockey League –
Stars Squirt "B" Team
By Sharon Monchinski
On Saturday, November 10, 2001, the Stars traveled to Englewood, NJ as they took on the Flames of Franklin Lakes, NJ. The Stars dominated play from the opening face off and received a great balanced scoring attack, as 9 different players had goals, leading to a 10-1 victory.
Offensively the Stars were led by forward Vicky Amendola's 2 goals, while Patrick Brown, Matt Davie, Kenny Fiorentino, Joey Forcina, Charlie G otard, Paddy Mead, Jesse Wynn and Nicky Vukan contributed single goals. In addition, Amendola, Gotard, Mead, Strenk and Vukan picked up assists.
Defensively, the Stars blue liners, Davie, Forcina, Mead and Strenk, with help from all the forwards, held the Flames to but 3 shots on goal, which made this an easy game for goalie Ricky Cibrano. The Stars outshot the Flames 32-3.
On Sunday, November 11, 2001, the Stars were back on the road, as they visited the Cyclones at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. In their pre-game meeting, Stars head coach Stan Monchinski, stressed that this game would not be like yesterdays, as the Cyclones are one of the better teams in the Long Island Hockey League. In addition, they are a very physical team.
The Stars heeded their coaches words, went out and outplayed the Manhattan boys by a 6-0 score. Their fine rushing defenseman, Paddy Mead, led the Stars. He had 2 goals and displayed a crushing physical play. Plus some more balanced scoring as 5 different players lit the lamp. 3:25 into the first period saw the Stars take a 1-0 lead, as forward Patrick Gillespie picked up a loose puck in the slot of the attacking zone and drilled the puck home.
At 5:35 of the period, the Stars went up 2-0. As they regrouped in the neutral zone, defenseman Michael Davie hit center Patrick Brown with a super pass, which Brown converted for the score. Just over a minute later, it was a 3-0 game, as Stars defenseman Michael Strenk ripped home a long shot from his left point position. With 2:45 to go in the period, Mead put on several great moves as he worked his way into the slot and snapped the biscuit home, making it 4-0.
The Stars out shot the Cyclones 12-3 in the period and knocked the starting goalie from the game. The Manhattan team came back strong in the second period as they outshot the Stars 8-6. But the Stars relied on their net minder, Ricky Cibrano to turn back the assault and the veteran goalie responded brilliantly, holding the opponent off the scoreboard, with some sharp saves.
The Stars picked up the only goal of the session, as Mead put on another great display of his stickhandling ability, putting in another unassisted goal, to make it 5-0 at 10:43. The Stars clamped down defensively in the final period as they held the Cyclones to 3 shots, earning Cibrano his 4th shut out of the season.
The final period featured a highlight goal for the Stars. Brown and winger Charlie Gotard broke into the attacking zone 2 on 1. Brown, the puck carrier, drew the defenseman to him and passed to Gotard, who one-timed the puck home. The goal came at the 6:17 mark. The Stars held the Cyclones to 14 shots on goal as they played a fine all around game. The victory gave the Stars an overall record of 8-2-1.