Greater New York City Ice Hockey League, Squirt "B" Team
Greater New York City
Ice Hockey League,
Squirt "B" Team
By Sharon Monchinski
Once again, the Stars hit the road on Saturday, December 15, 2001 as they traveled to Rye, NY to face off against the Rye Mariners, a highly regarded "A" team.
The step up in class proved to be no problem for the surging Stars as they shut down the Mariners by a 7-0 score.
The youthful Stars were very excited to be playing at the New York Rangers practice facility, and they showed it by the way they out executed the home team.
3:47 into the game the Stars took a 1-0 lead, as defenseman Michael Strenk's long pass from the left point was one-timed into the net, by winger Charlie Gotard.
Defenseman Paddy Mead wristed home a shot from the slot with 1:10 to go in the period, making it 2-0. Winger Nicky Amendola picked up an assist on the play.
Center Patrick Brown put the Stars up 3-0 half way into the second period, with an unassisted power play goal.
With just under 3 minutes to play in the session, Brown took a pass from defenseman Joey Forcina and got his second goal of the game, to make it a 4-0 game.
The start of the final period was the beginning of goalie Ryan Forman's career with the Stars, as he replaced starting goalie Ricky Cibrano.
Defenseman Michael Davie completed a fine 2 on 1 rush, using his winger as a decoy he wristed a shot into the twine, at 3:57 of the final period, making it 5-0.
At 6:01 Mead made it 6-0 as he nailed an unassisted goal from down low, after some fine stickhandling. Amendola closed out the scoring for the Stars, with an in close goal, after taking a great pass from Brown.
The Stars held the Mariners to 10 shots on goal, of which Cibrano stopped 7 and Forman 3, as they shared the shutout. While the Stars scored on 7 of 26 shots.
On Sunday, December 16, 2001, it was back to Long Island Hockey League action for the Stars as they played host to the NYC Cyclones.
The Stars combined a tight defense, solid goaltending, timely scoring and the great two-way play of center Kenny Fiorentino, to defeat the boys of Manhattan 2-1. This was a hard fought game, as each team showed outstanding skating ability.
After a scoreless first period, the Stars took the lead at 6:43 of the second period. Fiorentino picked off a Cyclone breakout pass, broke to the slot and fired a shot high off the left post into the net.
Early in the final period the Stars made it 2-0, as high scoring forward Charlie Gotard snapped the puck home, assisted by defenseman Paddy Mead. The Stars then went into a defensive mode, in which they utilized a passive forecheck, to turn back the offensive rushes of the Cyclones.
The visitors solved Stars goalie Ricky Cibrano, with but 52 seconds to play. After 2 time outs, the Stars kept them from scoring the tying goal.
The Stars outshot their opponent 19 to 9, as once again they relied on their team defense and the acrobatics of Cibrano to subdue the visitors. The victory gave the Stars an overall record of 21-2-2 this season.