2003-10-17 / Sports

New York Ice Hockey League–New York Stars

Saturday, October 11, 2003
By Sharon Monchinski
New York Ice Hockey League–New York Stars By Sharon Monchinski Saturday, October 11, 2003

The Stars suffered their first defeat of the season, as the Long Island Gulls major team handed them a 2-1 loss. The exhibition game was contested in New Hyde Park.

This was an exciting game, played at high speed, with tremendous hitting and showed that the Stars can skate with a "major team."

The Gulls scored just 23 seconds into the game, when they beat Stars goalie Ryan Forman from in close, after some poor defensive coverage from the Coney Island boys.

The Stars made it a 1-1 game with 5:32 to play in the first period as their captain Michael Davie, wristed home a power play goal.

At 8:03 of the second period the Gulls found the net, to take a 2-1 lead.

Outshot for the first time this young season, by a 25-19 margin, the Stars relied on their goaltending tandem of Forman and David Benger to keep them competitive throughout.

In the closing minutes of the game the Stars had 4 excellent scoring opportunities, but missed the net on 3 one-timers and were robbed when the Gulls goalie made a great glove save on defenseman Michael Strenk’s blast.

Stars Bantam "B" Team

Sunday, October 12, 2003

Cyclones best Stars 6-1

The New York Star’s Bantam "B" team hosted their division rivals the Cyclones at Abe Stark in Coney Island.

Fast-paced action dominated the first period as both teams worked hard to gain the advantage. The Cyclones got the only goal of the period at the 8:22 mark when they converted a two on one in front Stars goalie Ricky Cibrano. 

The Cyclones got on the board early in the second when Cibrano could not direct a shot out of harms way.  A Cyclones player positioned in front grabbed the rebound and tucked it under the goaltender’s pads.  Before the end of the period, the Cyclones went up 3-0 when a Cyclones player, left unguarded during a flurry in front of the net, ripped a shot past Cibrano.

The third period belonged to the Cyclones, as they out skated, and outsmarted the Stars in all aspects of the game.  At 7:29 of the period, the Cyclones went up 4-0 when Cibrano allowed a shot to dribble through his pads.  The Cyclones took the ensuing face-off, broke past the Stars defense and executed a perfect two on one break for a 5-0 lead. 

The two teams exchanged late goals, the Stars avoiding the shutout on a shot by Matt Galeano with 1:03 to go in the game. Combined with their season opening Saturday evening 6-4 loss at Dix Hills to the Rebels, the weekend was a bitter disappointment to the Stars. "We still have high expectations for the season," a philosophical coach Matt Davie stated after Sunday’s game. "But this should serve as a wake-up call to our guys that success only comes from hard work."

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