Greater New York City Ice Hockey League New York Stars
Greater New York City
Ice Hockey League
New York Stars
By Sharon Monchinski
Saturday, September 21, 2002
The Stars opened their 2002/03-exhibition season successfully with a convincing 7-2 victory over the Montclair, New Jersey Blues A team. The game was played at the beautiful Floyd Hall arena located on the campus of Montclair State University.
Stars fans were treated to some fine defensive play from their 12 year olds, which led to numerous offensive chances. The Stars converted 7 of 35 opportunities, while holding the Blue to 2 goals on 19 chances.
Stars defenseman Paddy Mead picked up the teams first goal of the season 3:40 into the game, with a long shot from the point, past a screened Blues goalie. He was assisted by defense mate Danny Honovic and winger James Gilhooly.
Just over 2 minutes later it was a 2-0 game as winger Matt Dibitetto converted from down low. He was set up by linemates Charlie Gotard and Alex Mitic.
Mitic made it 3-0, after taking a fine pass from winger Michael Davie. The goal came at 11:12 of the period.
Stars center Kenny Fiorentino stunned the Blue at 11:25 of the second period, with a shorthanded goal. He was ably assisted by defenseman Joey Forcina.
The Blues made it a 4-1 game, just 9 seconds later, as they capitalized after a poor defensive play at the Stars blue line. It was a power play goal, as Stars defenseman Michael Strenk was off the ice for slashing.
Dibitetto got his second goal of the game, with an unassisted effort from in close, early in the final period, to make a 5-1 game.
The Blues made it 5-2, as they once again took advantage of a defensive mistake and beat a sprawling Stars goalie Rick Cibrano. The score came 6:38 into the period.
Gilhooly made it a 6-2 game at 13:08, assisted by Dibitetto.
Davie closed out the scoring just over a minute later, assisted by winger Anthony Alloggio, to make it 7-2.
Stars head coach Stan Monchinski was impressed by the fact that 6 different players had goals, while 10 of 15 skaters registered points. Those facts supported his contention that "defense leads to offense."
Sunday, September 22, 2002
The Stars won their second exhibition game of the season, with a hard fought 3-1 victory over the Ramapo, N.Y. Saints A team.
The Saints scored 1:39 into the first period, as the Stars could not move the puck out of the defensive zone. Forward Tosto beat goalie Ricky Cibrano, unassisted.
With 4:04 to go in the period, the Stars tied the contest at 1 a piece. Center Alex Mitic found the net, assisted by defenseman Danny Honovic.
The Saints were on a power play late in the middle period, when the Stars picked up the teams second shorthanded goal in 2 games. Winger Patrick Brown of the Stars nailed the go ahead goal with a fine steal and power move.
There was 2:12 to play in the last period when the Stars iced the game on a brilliant deflection by winger Charlie Gotard, of a blast from the point by defenseman Paddy Mead.
The Stars outshot the Saints 30 to 22 and relied on Cibrano to turn aside several good chances by the home team.