Greater NY Ice Hockey League
By Sharon Monchinski
Saturday, September 28, 2002
The Stars and the Apple Core A team, skated to a 1-1 tie, in a game played at Long Beach, N.Y.
This was a very physical contest, with 14 penalties committed, 9 charged to Apple Core. One of the 5 called on the Stars was a double minor.
The Stars scored a power play goal 7 minutes into the game, as winger Matt Dibitetto found the net from the slot, assisted by center Michael Kress. The Apple Core team tied the game with 1:46 to go in the second period, as winger Nick Troy beat Stars goalie Ricky Cibrano.
The Stars outshot their opponents 19 to 10 and missed the net on several other occasions, but could not post another score.
Sunday, September 29, 2002
The Stars upped their exhibition record to 3-0-1 as they defeated the Montclair, New Jersey Blues B team by a score of 9-0. The game was played at the Stars home ice, in Coney Island at the Abe Stark rink.
The Stars outshot the Blues 38 to 11 as goalie Ricky Cibrano registered the shutout.
Once again the Stars received a balanced scoring attack, as 8 different players had goals and 10 of 15 skaters recorded points. Defenseman Paddy Mead picked up the Stars first goal, early in the opening period, as he wristed in a shot, assisted by winger Charlie Gotard.
Minutes later winger Patrick Brown took a fine feed from center Kenny Fiorentino and found the net. Just 29 seconds later it was a 3-0 game as winger Anthony Alloggio converted a sharp pass from defenseman Michael Strenk.
Center Alex Mitic ran the score to 4-0 with an unassisted goal. Gotard closed out the scoring with 4:56 to play in the period, assisted by Mitic. The only score in the middle stanza went to center Michael Kress, assisted by Gotard.
Defenseman Danny Honovic made it 7 to nothing for the Stars 5:11 into the final period, with a fine move and shot through the middle of the ice. Honovic was assisted by Mitic. Strenk picked up the next goal 5 minutes later, off another feed from Mitic. Gotard closed out the scoring with 3:47 to play, assisted by blue liner Joey Forcina.
Gotard and Mitic both had big games offensively, with 4 points each while Honovic and Mead had several big defensive hits.