2003-10-10 / Sports

Greater New York Ice Hockey League – New York Stars

Saturday, October 4, 2003
By Sharon Monchinski
Greater New York Ice Hockey League – New York Stars By Sharon Monchinski Saturday, October 4, 2003

The Stars hosted the Long Island Ice Cats in Long Island Hockey League action at the Abe Stark arena.

The Coney Island boys overcame a jittery first period, and skated to an easy 9-2 victory. The Stars gave up the first goal of the game beat goalie Ryan Forman from in close, on his stick side.

The Stars outshot the L.I. team by a 9-5 count in the period, but were having trouble controlling the action.

The second period was a completely different story as the Stars took the body and forechecked their way to dominate the session. They held the Ice Cats shotless, while netting 4 goals on 13 shots.

Winger Joey Calabrese got the go ahead goal, early in the period, assisted by linemates Greg Hayes and Michael Davie. Midway through the period, center Strenk put in an unassisted goal. Shortly, it was a 5-2 game, as Hayes scored assisted by Davie and defenseman T.J. Leonard.

There was 40 seconds left in the period, when Hayes got his second goal of the game, assisted by Davie and Calabrese. The final period was more of the same for the teams, as the Stars outshot their rivals by a 7-2 count. In a span of 22 seconds the Stars registered 2 goals. Biagioni and Micaehl Strenk netted the scores, with assists earned by Amendola, Strenk and defenseman Chris McGee. Davie put in a power play goal, late in the game, assisted by Leonard and Hayes.

Offensively, the Stars were led by Hayes and Strenk, each of whom produced 2 goals and 2 assists.  Davie also pitched in with a fine effort, netting a goal and 3 assists. Prior to the game, Davie was appointed captain, while Strenk and Sal Comodo were named assistant captains of the team.

 Sunday, October 5, 2003

The Stars won their second straight Long Island Hockey League game, as they trounced the NYC Cyclones by a score of 6-3. The game was played at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.

The Stars were led by winger, Michael Biagioni’s 2 goals and 2 assists, some tremendous body checking from centers Sal Comodo, Michael Davie and Michael Strenk.

The game was four minutes old when Biagioni put home a deflection of defenseman Chris Gerardi’s shot, from the left point.

At 9:25 of the period, the Stars took a 2-0 lead, as Strenk banged the rubber through Cyclone goalie Chris Miller.  Strenk was assisted by Biagioni.

3 minutes later, it was a 3-0 game, as Davie stole a clearing attempt, skated through the defense, and deked Miller to the ice, before depositing home a backhander.  It was a Stars power play goal.

The Cyclones answered back with 4:32 left in the period, beating Stars goal David Benger, with an even strength goal.

But, 30 seconds after that, Biagioni got his second goal of the game, as Miller fanned on a weak shot.  Strenk assisted on the score. Sam Silverman, of the Cyclones then intercepted a poor cross ice pass from the Stars defense and beat Benger on a break-a-way.  That made it a 4-2 game and ended the period.

The Stars got the only goal of the second period when defenseman T.J. Leonard walked in from his right point position and beat Miller with an unassisted goal.  It was a power play effort for the Stars and made the score 5-2. 

24 seconds into the final period found the score to be 5-3, as the Cyclones on a power play beat Benger from a bad angle.

The Stars then went into their checking mode and smothered the Manhattan team, allowing them only 3 more shots during the period.

Stars forward Joey Calabrese closed out the scoring nailing a goal with 5:15 to play. pBiagioni and Davie assisted him. The Stars outshot the Cyclones by a margin of 38-14.

The Stars coaching staff was very pleased with the checking effort of the entire team.  In addition, the play of defensemen Gerardi, Leonard, Chris McGee and Danny Kaplan has been a big plus in the development of the team.

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