2002-02-23 / Sports

Greater New York Ice Hockey League New York Stars By Sharon Monchinski

Greater New York Ice Hockey League
New York Stars

By Sharon Monchinski

Saturday, February 16, 2002 - Game 1

The Stars parlayed outstanding goaltending from Ricky Cibrano, the offensive talents of center Patrick Brown and a great defensive effort from the entire team, to upset the Staten Island Sharks "A" team.  The game was played at the Sharks rink at the Clove Lake facility.

The Stars avenged one of their few losses of the season with their victory.

The Stars took the lead 1:30 into the game, as defenseman Michael Strenk's blast from the left point was converted by Brown from the low slot.

With 5:17 to play in the period the Sharks tied the game, as they capitalized on a poor clearing attempt by a Stars' defenseman.

There was less than a minute to go in the period when the Stars took the lead for good. Brown nailed a beautiful shot from the right circle.  Forwards Nicky Amendola and Strenk assisted him.

Early in the middle period the Stars made it a 3-1 game, as Amendola made a tremendous pass, hitting forward Charlie Gotard's stick.  Gotard redirected the pass and put the puck into the net.

Midway through the final period, Brown scored his third goal, assisted by Gotard. The same combo made it 5-1 late in the period.  The goal by Brown was his fourth of the game.

The Sharks outshot the Stars 21-15, but Cibrano kept coming up with some great saves and his teammates rose to each challenge, by playing the body and clearing the slot.

The Stars were short one of their regular defenseman.  But, as usual the coaching staff went with the versatile Jesse Wynn at the blue line and once again the "California Kid" came up with a solid game.

This was a physical game with 11 penalties called.  7 of which went against the Stars, who lost a defenseman to a 10-minute misconduct call.  However, Wynn, Strenk and Joey Forcina came through with flawless play, to weather the
storm.

Games 2 and 3

Due to a scheduling mistake, the Stars played two abbreviated games in Ramapo, NY against 2 fine "AA" teams.

First, they skated opposite the home team Saints.  It was a thrilling match, which saw the Stars finish on the long end of 2-1 score. Goals were scored by the Stars Michael Strenk and Charlie Gotard.

Immediately after the horn sounded to end the game, the puck was dropped to start the second game.  Though weary from playing their third game of the day, the Stars hung tough and beat the Chimney Rock, NJ Predators by a 2-1 score.
Sunday, February 17, 2002

The N.J. Avalanche, another team with a higher classification than the Stars, visited the Coney Island boys and were promptly sent back across the Verrazano after coming up on the short end of a 8-0 score.

The defensive minded Stars held the Avalanche to but 9 shots on goal, helping goalie Ricky Cibrano, to his 40th victory of the season, which include 16 shutouts.

Once again, the Stars attack was led by center Patrick Brown, who registered another 4-goal game. 

Other Stars goal getters ably supported him: Paddy Mead (2), Charlie Gotard and Patrick Glimpse. In addition, assists were awarded to Gotard (4), Nicky Amendola (3), Michael Strenk (2), Joey Forcina and Jesse Wynn.

The Stars peppered the N.J. goalie with 25 shots. The victory was the 50th of the season for the Stars. Who says, "defensive hockey is boring or passe"?  Not the Stars coaches!


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