Greater New York Ice Hockey League New York Stars By Sharon Monchinski
Greater New York Ice
New York Stars
Saturday, January 26, 2002
The Stars rode the offensive prowess of center Patrick Brown and winger Charlie Gotard to an 11-2 victory, over the Nassau Cubs, in a game played at Cantiaque Park on Long Island. By winning, the Stars maintained their slim lead in the standings, in the Long Island Hockey League.
The Stars outshot the Cubs 28-7, earning the victory for goalie Ricky Cibrano, who shared the netminding with Ryan Forman.
The Stars opened the scoring 41 seconds into the contest, as Gotard put home a pass from linemate Alex Shtarr.
Less than 2 minutes later it was 2-0, as defenseman Michael Strenk's point shot was rebounded home by Brown. Just before the end of the period, forward Nicky Amendola lit the lamp, with an unassisted goal.
Gotard put in his second of the game, again just 41 seconds of the middle period. It was unassisted. A minute later the Cubs beat Cibrano from in close, making it a 4-1 game. Soon after, Brown got another unassisted goal. Then on a power play, Gotard got his hat trick, as he converted a rebound of another Strenk point blast.
Within the next 12 seconds, the Stars added 2 more goals to make it an 8-1 game. Brown and Amendola scored the goals, assisted by Gotard and Brown. A short time later, winger Jesse Wynn put in an unassisted goal.
Early in the final period, defenseman Paddy Mead nailed a long backhander assisted by partner Joey Forcina. The Cubs answered back midway in the period, as they beat Cibrano's replacement Ryan Forman to make it 10-2. Stars center Kenny Fiorentino closed out the scoring for the game with an unassisted goal, late in the period.
Sunday, January 27, 2002
The Staten Island Sharks, a fine "A" team, became the first team to defeat the Stars twice this season, as they skated to a 3-1 victory over the home team Stars, in a very exciting game.
Stars goalie Ryan Forman, who has been brought along slowly this season by the coaching staff, started his first game as a Star. Forman responded by stopping 9 of 12 Shark shots.
The Sharks held the Stars to 15 shots on goal.
The Sharks went up 1-0, with but 34 seconds to go in the first period, as the Stars’ weakside wing failed to cover his check.
Midway into the second session, the Sharks made it 2-0, as they beat Forman from down low.
One minute into the final period it went to 3-0 as the Sharks again scored from down low. Less than 2 minutes later the Stars scored on a long wrist shot from the stick of forward Patrick Brown.
The Stars outshot the Staten Island boys 6-4 in the period, but could not get another into the net.
Despite the loss, the Stars coaching staff lauded the play of their team saying they showed fine character and talent by playing a great game. The loss left the Stars with an overall record of 34-4-3 for the season.