2003-03-08 / Sports

Greater New York Ice Hockey League – New York Stars

Saturday, March 1, 2003
By Sharon Monchinski

The Stars and the Brewster, NY Bulldogs met at Cantiaque Park, Long Island in game one of the Long Island Hockey League playoffs. The Coney Island boys advanced to the championship game by defeating the upstaters 6-2.

Defenseman Danny Honovic made it a 2-0 game with 4:13 to go in the period, taking a pass from forward Matt DeBitetto and snapping the disc home.

The Stars then stunned the Bulldogs and their supporters by getting another goal, just 18 seconds later, to run their lead to 4-0. The goal was scored on a rebound by forward Michael Davie, assisted by forward Patrick Brown and Mead.

In a fine display of balanced scoring, six different Stars posted goals and collectively they outshot the Bulldogs 24-20.

Sunday, March 2, 2003

It was back to Cantiaque Park for the Stars as they faced off against the powerful Suffolk PAL in the L.I.H.L. Championship game.

The Long Island team, which finished atop the standings in the regular season, proved to be no match for the cresting Stars, as the Greater New York team triumphed by a 7-2 score.

The Stars came out flying at the start of the game and quickly took a 1-0 lead just 36 seconds into the opening period. Defenseman Danny Honovic ripped a low rocket past the PAL goalie, from the right point.

1:19 into the final period, the PAL got back into the game, picking off a poor Stars pass at the blue line and went in to beat Cibrano to trail by a 4-2 count. If the Suffolk fans felt their team was about to catch the Stars, they were wrong in a big way. First, Stars winger Patrick Brown quieted the large crowd with a tremendous backhander, over the PAL goalies shoulder. The goal came but a scant 25 seconds after the PAL goal.

Then, less than 3 minutes later it was a 6-2 game, as Honovic led a rush up ice and roofed a great shot home. Finally, the Stars picked up their third straight goal within 3 minutes, as Fiorentino put in a rebound of Gilhooly’s shot, to earn the team the championship.

Stars team captain Danny Honovic accepted the Championship Trophy from Long Island Hockey League President Mr. Warren Berke. For the Stars, it was a total team effort, which led to their victory and again showed that defense wins hockey games.

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