2002-01-12 / Sports

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

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

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

Sharon Monchinski

Game 1

Entering in their second tournament of the season, the Stars found themselves going against some fine teams from various Eastern states, as they participated in a 100-team tournament held in Aston, Pa.

Facing off against the Capital City Vipers, the Stars started cautiously, but then overwhelmed their opponent by a 13-0 score.

The Stars picked up the only goal of the first period, as winger Jesse Wynn put home a fine feed, from center Patrick Brown.

The Coney Island boys broke open the game with 10 goals in the second period, including 4 within 34 seconds.

  Goal scorers included: Paddy Mead (2), Kenny Fiorentino (2), Nicky Amendola, Wynn, Michael Strenk, Patrick Gillespie, Brown, Charlie Gotard and assists were registered by Brown, Alex Shtarr, Amendola, Nicky Vukan, Michael Davie (2), Gotard and Mead. Vukan and Shtarr added third period goals, assisted by Joseph Forcina and Shtarr.

The Stars held the Vipers to 10 shots on goal, all of which were handled by goalie Ricky Cibrano, who earned the shutout, with plenty of help from his defensemen and backchecking forwards.

 Game 2

The Stars rode the shoulders of their captain and center Patrick Brown's 4 goals to defeat the Colonials of Virginia by a 9-1 score.

Brown started the Stars towards victory with 1:19 to play in the opening period, by converting winger Alex Shtarr's pass into the net from in close.

40 seconds later it was 2-0 for the Stars as center Kenny Fiorentino scored on a break-a-way.

Early in the second period Brown scored off a great feed from winger Jesse Wynn.

Just 16 seconds later the score went to 4-0 as forward Patrick Gillespie powered his way to a goal, assisted by winger Charlie Gotard.

Less than two minutes later forward Nicky Amendola blasted the puck home after taking a tremendous pass from defenseman Michael Davie.

Brown soon after made it 6-0, putting home Wynn's feed. Brown then ran the count to 7-0 with an unassisted goal. With just under 5 minutes to go in the period, Brown got his fourth of the game, assisted by Davie.

30 seconds later it was a 9-0 game as Gotard put on a power move and scored, while being slammed to the ice, assisted by defenseman Paddy Mead.

The Stars uncharacteristically committed 8 penalties.  One of which cost goalie Ricky Cibrano his shutout, as the Colonials picked up a power play goal 3:31 into the final period. 

Michael Strenk had a super game for the Stars at his left defense position, breaking up several rushes and starting the Stars breakout plays.

Cibrano stopped 9 of 10 shots, while his teammates scored on 9 of 23 tries.

 Game 3

The Stars took on another Virginia team as they skated against the Prince William Panthers.

The Stars controlled the game defensively, holding the Southern boys to 8 shots on goal, while they found the net 4 times, to win the game 4-0.

Forward Patrick Gillespie nailed the first goal 7:29 into the opening period, as he buried the puck home, off feeds from defenseman Michael Davie and center Patrick Brown.

With 56 seconds to go in the period, center Kenny Fiorentino put in a rebound of winger Charlie Gotard's hard shot.

There was 5:04 to play in the second period when the Stars made it a 3-0 game, as winger Nicky Amendola wristed in a shot from the slot.  Gillespie and defenseman Paddy Mead assisted him. 40 seconds into the final period, Brown found paydirt from in close, unassisted. Ricky Cibrano picked up the shutout for the Stars. Game 4 - Playoff 1

The first place Stars took on the fourth place Prince William Panthers for the second time, as the teams squared off in game one of the playoffs.  The winner would advance to the championship game.

The Stars held the Panthers to 4 shots on goal during the entire game, while they blasted 7 of 25 shots for goals to move on to the finals.

After a scoreless first period, Stars defenseman Michael Strenk let loose a cannon of a shot from his left point position, which beat the Panther goalie.  Forwards Jesse Wynn and Patrick Brown picked up assists on the play.  The goal came 1:20 into the second period.

4 minutes later Brown passed to the left point again, only this time it was defenseman Paddy Mead who ripped home a long shot, as the forwards of the Stars screened the goalie.

Early in the third period, center Kenny Fiorentino nailed an unassisted power play goal, to make it a 3-0 game.

50 seconds later Fiorentino fed winger Charlie Gotard on a 2 on 1, and Gotard made no mistake as he fired the puck home. Less than a minute later, Mead took a Brown feed and picked up his second goal of the game.

With 2:15 to play, defenseman Michael Davie scored from his right point position, assisted by Fiorentino and winger Alex Shtarr. 20 seconds later, the Stars closed out the scoring as winger Patrick Gillespie hit Wynn with a tremendous cross ice pass, which was quickly snapped home.

Game 5 - Championship


 The Stars won their second straight tournament of the season, as they defeated the Bristol Blazers of Pennsylvania, by a 5-0 score. Both teams were undefeated as they took the ice and provided the crowd with some exciting ice hockey.

Midway through the opening period it was apparent that the Stars were not going to let this game slip through their fingers, as they just seemed to want the game a little more than the Blazers.

Although the period ended in a scoreless tie, the Stars held their opponent to but 1 shot on goal, while they fired 9 of their own.

The second period was more of the same for the Blazers, as the Stars dominated play. With 8:20 to go in the period, the Stars fine rushing defenseman Paddy Mead blasted home a power play goal from the left point.  He was assisted by his defense partner Joey Forcina and winger Nicky Amendola.

Just 22 seconds later, it was 2-0 for the Stars, as their talented center Patrick Brown put in an unassisted goal.

The Blazers had just killed off another penalty when the Stars other fine center Kenny Fiorentino made it a 3-0 game with a quick wrist shot.  He was the recipient of some fine passing by defensemen Michael Davie and Michael Strenk.  The goal came with 4:40 left in the period.

Early in the final period the Stars got a goal from the low slot, as forward Alex Shtarr snapped it home, off some fine feeds from Brown and winger Jesse Wynn. Brown closed out the scoring and the game as he got the teams fifth goal with 3:05 to play, assisted by Amendola and Mead.

The Stars outshot the Blazers 34 to 12, to help earn goalie Ricky Cibrano the shutout. Cibrano was on his game during the whole tournament allowing only one goal in the five games. 

The Stars coaching staff was very pleased with the entire team's defensive effort. Their forechecking and backchecking was outstanding, which meant that rarely did the Blazers have a clean shot on goal. Congratulations guys on a "job well done."

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