Greater New York Ice Hockey
Greater New York Ice Hockey
League Squirt "B" Team
By Sharon Monchinski
On Tuesday, December 4th, the Stars went to Bellmore, NY to skate against their long time foe, the Green Machine.
In exciting Long Island HockeyLeague action, the Stars continued their winning ways with a 5-1 victory.
The game was one of three the Stars will play this week, all of which will be league games. In addition, the team will practice twice this week, which means they are in for a long week of hockey.
The Green Machine combined some fine forechecking with sharp goaltending to play a scoreless first period tie.
But the Stars solved the forecheck 51 seconds into middle period, as center Patrick Brown picked up the goal after receiving a beautiful breakout pass from winger Alex Shtarr. Winger Charlie Gotard also had an assist on the play. 5:17 into the period Brown returned the favor to Gotard as he assisted on the power forwards goal.
The Green Machine made it a 2-1 game 12 seconds into the final period, with a shorthanded goal, as they stripped a Stars defenseman of the puck at the blue line and beat goalie Ricky Cibrano on a break-a-way.
The Stars then scored 3 consecutive goals to ice the game. First winger Nicky Amendola found the net, assisted by Shtarr and defenseman Michael Strenk. Then winger Patrick Gillespie put the puck home, assisted by Brown and Gotard. Finally, Brown put on several great moves around and through the Machine, before wristing a shot past the goalie. The Stars out shot the Long Islanders 35-11.
The large turnout, for a weeknight game, was not only treated to outstanding goaltending by both netminders, but saw some great cycling and passing by the Stars. However, once again it was the Stars blue liners, Michael Davie, Joey Forcina, Paddy Mead and Michael Strenk, who controlled the game.
On Saturday, December 8, the Stars and the Rebels of Dix Hills, NY skated to a 1-1 tie, in a game played on the Long Island teams home ice. The game featured outstanding net play from both goalies. Stars goalie Ricky Cibrano stopped 17 of 18 shots while his opponent was successful on 15 of 16 attempts.
Center Kenny Fiorentino of the Stars got the first goal of the game at the 8-minute mark of the second period, with a great wrist shot from the right face off circle.
The Rebels tied it up with 1:08 to go in the same period, with a long backhander, after the Stars had a chance to clear the puck, but failed, which cost them dearly. After that the goalies took over and played flawlessly.
On Sunday, December 9,the Stars returned home to the friendly confines of the Abe Stark arena, as they took on the Suffolk County, Blue Knights. In playing their third game of the week, the Stars showed they could handle the pressure of fatigue, as they looked sharp defeating their opponents by a 3-1 score.
The Stars held the Blue Knights to 11 shots, of which goalie Ricky Cibrano stopped 10, while the Stars converted 3 of 17 shots. The Stars picked up the only goal of the first period at the 7:41 mark. Winger Nicky Vukan scored the power play goal from in close, ably assisted by forwards Nicky Amendola and Patrick Brown.
The Suffolk boys tied it up early in the second period, with a hard low shot, which found its way past Cibrano. At 6:42 of the period the Stars took the lead back. Brown fired a hard shot, which lay under the Blue Knights goalie and was drawn out and then over the sprawled netminder by winger, Charlie Gotard.
With 35 seconds to go in the period, Stars center Kenny Fiorentino hit winger Patrick Gillespie with a hard pass, which the wing slammed home, making it 3-1.
The Stars held the visitors at bay during most of the final period, but then they took 2 undisciplined penalties in the last 4:30 to give the Blue Knights hope. However, Cibrano and his penalty killers maintained their composure and turned back each foray into the defensive zone. The victory gave the Stars a 19-2-2 record for the season.