Greater New York Ice Hockey League – New York Stars
The Stars opened their pre-season with a 5-2 victory over the Rebels of Dix Hills, NY. The game was played at the Rebels home ice.
The Stars converted a power play opportunity late in the first period, giving them a 1-0 lead. Forward Nicky Amendola put the puck home off a shot from defenseman Chris McGee’s stick.
The score went to 2-0 early in the second period as Michael Strenk pounded the puck home, assisted by forward Joey Calabrese.
But the Rebels bounced back, getting the next 2 goals, to tie the game. Early in the third period Calabrese gave the Stars a 3-2 lead with an unassisted goal. Forward Michael Davie made it a 4-2 game, midway through the period, assisted by Strenk. Amendola closed out the scoring late in the game, with his second goal, assisted by Strenk
The Stars outshot the Rebels by a 21 to 12 margin. Stars goalie Ryan Forman had a great game in net for the team, stopping 3 break-a-ways. All in all, it was a fine team effort and a good start of the season.
Sunday, September 21, 2003
The Stars hosted the Staten Island Rangers in another pre-season game, this one played at the Abe Stark arena. They displayed an outstanding offense to go along with a fine defensive effort, as they skated past their rivals by a score of 9-1. Defenseman Chris Gerardi opened the scoring, at 4:16 of the first period, with an unassisted power play goal.
Less than 2 minutes later it was a 1-0 game, as center Michael Strenk found the net, assisted by Gerardi and forward T.J. Leonard. The Rangers nailed a power play goal of their own, late in the period, to make it 2-1.
But, Stars center Sal Comodo, put in an unassisted goal late in the period making it 3-1. The Stars picked up 2 goals early in the middle period. Center Michael Davie and winger Nicky Amendola had the goals.
It was more of the same during the final period, which featured goals from the sticks of Davie, Amendola (2) and winger Michael Biagioni. Assists were earned by Strenk (2), Vukan and defenseman Chris McGee. The Stars goalie David Benger and Ryan Forman, shared the shutout, stopping 16 of 17 Ranger shots. The Stars meanwhile fired 33 shots at the Staten Island goalies.