2001-11-24 / Sports

Greater New York City Ice Hockey League Squirt "B" Team

By Sharon Monchinski

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

Playing their only game of the weekend on Sunday, November 18, the Stars hosted the Dix Hills, NY Rebels at the Abe Stark arena in Coney Island, NY. The Stars held the Rebels to 15 shots on goal, all of which were stopped by goalie Ricky Cibrano while the home team scored on 9 of 18 shots to give them a 9-0 victory.

The Stars took a 1-0 lead 6:41 into the game, as their captain Patrick Brown wristed the puck home, after taking a good pass from his right wing Charlie Gotard. At 9:29 of the period defenseman Paddy Mead took winger Jesse Wynn's pass to the left point and blasted the puck past a screened Rebel goalie. 1:30 later, it was a 3-0 game as defenseman Joey Forcina ripped the puck from his right point position past a once again screened goalie. Mead and winger Patrick Gillespie assisted Forcina. Midway into the second period the Stars stunned the Rebels with a shorthanded goal.  Gotard, on the penalty kill, picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and skated into the low slot, before finding the back of the net. Less than a minute later Gotard mad it 5-0 with another unassisted goal.

1:30 into the final period the Stars got their 6th goal, which was a beauty, as defenseman Michael Davie started the team on its patented breakout with a pass to winger Alex Shtarr, who hit winger Nicky Amendola's tape with a perfect pass. Amendola finished the play with a breakaway goal. 30 seconds later Brown took a pass from Amendola, broke around the defense, and snapped the puck home. Brown got his hat trick a little over 4 minutes later with an unassisted goal, making it 8-0. Davie closed out the scoring late in the period, after taking a pass from Brown and putting on a great inside outside move to allow him a shot from the slot.

The Stars coaching staff was very happy with their teams offensive showing, but were truly pleased with another total team defensive effort, which has led to an overall 9-2-1 record. Goalie Cibrano picked up his 5th shutout of the season, looking sharp and focused.

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