Greater NY Ice Hockey League
By Sharon Monchinski
Saturday, October 5, 2002
The Stars concluded their exhibition season with a 4-2 victory over the Staten Island Sharks. The game was played at the Sharks home ice.
The home team scored 1 minute into the game, as they caught a Stars forward out of position and then beat goalie Ricky Cibrano from the slot.
Four minutes later, it was a 1-1 game as Stars winger Charlie Gotard found the net, assisted by center Michael Kress.
The Stars took just 50 seconds from the start of the second period to take a 2-1 lead, as defenseman Danny Honovic ripped home a long shot from the point. It was an unassisted goal.
The Stars lead went to 3-1, 4 minutes later with another unassisted goal by winger Anthony Alloggio. He bbed a loose puck at the Sharks blue line and bulled his way into the low slot, before firing the disc home.
Only 35 seconds had lapsed in the final period before the Sharks made it a 3-2 game. Once again, they capitalized on an out of position Stars forward. The goal was awarded to Aston-Reeve and was redirected off a skate past Cibrano. Assists went to Blackburn and Kane.
With less than 5 minutes to play, the Stars went ahead 4-2, as defenseman Paddy Mead snapped the puck into the net, assisted by winger Michael Davie.
Te Stars out shot the Sharks 26-19, as Cibrano earned the victory, by looking sharp in the net. Besides allowing 2 goals by being out of position, the Stars coaching staff was far from happy with another 6 penalties, picked up by the team.
Sunday, October 6, 2002
The Stars opened their 2002/03 Long Island Amateur Hockey League season, on the teams home ice, at the Abe Stark rink in Brooklyn, NY taking on the Rebels of Dix Hills, NY.
The Coney Island boys rode the shoulders of their power forward Charlie Gotard, who came up with a hat trick to defeat the Rebels by a score of 7-2.
Stars goalie Ricky Cibrano, starred in net, stopping 19 of 21 shots, earning the victory. Minutes into the game, the Rebels took a 1-0 lead as they beat Cibrano.
Another 3 minutes later, it was even as Stars right wing Anthony Alloggio snapped home a fine feed from his center Kenny Fiorentino to give their team a 2-1 lead just 2 minutes later.
With a little over a minute to go in the period the Rebels tied the game at 2 a piece with an in close goal.
Gotard put the Stars in the lead at 3-2, early in the middle session, with a great individual effort. He persisted from in front of the Rebels net and was rewarded when his third attempt found the back of the net.
With 3:04 to go in the period, Stars winger Jesse Wynn showed tremendous hand/eye coordination as he redirected a wicked shot from the stick of defenseman Paddy Mead, in midair, over the shoulder of the Rebels goalie.
Mead picked up another assist 25 seconds in the third period, as winger Patrick Brown converted on a rebound. That made it a 5-2 game. Gotard picked up the next two goals just 28 seconds apart, midway through the period with some fine in close stick handling. His center Michael Kress assisted on both goals.
The Stars peppered the Rebels goalie with 36 shots as their offense seems to be ahead of their defensive effort, at this point.
The Stars coaching staff lauded the play of wingers Matt Dibitetto, James Gilhooly, defensemen Danny Honovic and Joey Forcina.
The coaches also announced the selection of Honovic as the team's captain. The assistant captains chosen were Brown, Mead and center Alex Mitic.