2002-01-26 / Sports

Greater New York Ice Hockey League New York Stars

By Sharon Monchinski

By Sharon Monchinski

The Stars traveled to Freeport, NY to take on the Arrows in Long Island Hockey League action.  The Stars took the ice with one of their leading scorers suspended and two other players weakened by the flu.  But they overcame their personnel problems with a great team effort, to defeat the Arrows by a 4-1 score.

The Arrows took a 1-0 lead 2:50 into the game, as M. Kavanaugh beat goalie Ricky Cibrano, assisted by forward B. Kemper. The Arrows sensing that the Stars were shorthanded, applied continuous pressure throughout the remainder of the first period and for most of the second period.  Only the outstanding plays of Cibrano kept the Stars in the game, as he made save after save from pointblank range.

The Stars tied the game with 3:09 to go in the middle period, as defenseman Michael Strenk led a solo rush into the attacking zone and blasted a rocket through the Arrows goalie.

Just 1:03 later the Stars took the lead when forward Nicky Amendola took center Patrick Brown's pass behind the net and scored from an impossible angle.

Once the Stars had the lead they resorted to their defensive game, turning aside each attack into the zone, while allowing Cibrano to see each shot.

The Arrows pull their goalie with less than two minutes to play in the

game, but the Stars were the team to capitalize, as Strenk chipped the puck to Brown, who put in a long empty netter.

Seconds later, Strenk hit center Kenny Fiorentino with a sharp pass,

sending the pivot in a break-a-way, which he deftly put home.  The goal gave the Stars their final margin of victory.

Although every Star picked up their play in this important game, it was clearly Cibrano's day to shine as he stopped 22 of 23 shots, including a penalty shot, which gave the team a tremendous lift.

Not to be lost in Cibrano's heroics, was the great defensive work of

Forwards Amendola and Jesse Wynn.

Sunday, January 20, 2002

In another thrilling game the Stars defeated the Cyclones by a score of

5-3 in Long Island Hockey League action played at Chelsea Piers.

The Stars opened the scoring very early in the first period as defenseman Michael Strenk's blast from the blueline found its way through a screened Cyclone goalie.  Center Patrick Brown picked up an assist on the powerplay goal.

The Cyclones got the next two goals in the game.  Both times from the low

slot, as the usually reliable defense of the Stars, failed to pick up their assignments.

The Stars tied the game at 2 apiece with 3:17 to go in the period. Forward

Alex Shtarr hit Brown with a fine breakout pass, leading to a 2 on 1. Brown drew the defender to him and put a perfect pass onto winger Charlie Gotard's stick that put the puck home.

2 minutes later, it was Brown's turn to receive a great pass, as rushing defenseman Paddy Mead made a spectacular backhand pass through traffic, which was deposited home by Brown.

The Stars lead did not last long, as early in the second period the Cyclones beat goalie Ricky Cibrano, to tie the game.

With 4:08 to go in the period, Stars defenseman Joey Forcina stopped a

puck at the blue line and fired a long shot into the net to give the Stars the lead.

A little over 2 minutes later, it was another Stars defenseman who came up with a big play.  This time it was Michael Davie's shot from the point, which was rebounded home by Gotard and gave the Stars a 5-3 lead, which they held for the remainder of the game.

The victory gave the Stars an overall 33-3-3 record for the season. The Stars have reached a working agreement with the legendary skating instructor Barbara Williams to conduct skating clinics at Flushing Meadow Park.  For more information call the Stars hotline at (718) 787-1575 and leave your name and number. A Stars' representative will return your


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