2003-10-24 / Sports

Greater New York Ice Hockey League – New York Stars

Stars Peewee "B" Team
Saturday, October 18, 2003
By Sharon Monchinski
Greater New York Ice Hockey League – New York Stars By Sharon Monchinski

Stars Peewee "B" Team

Saturday, October 18, 2003

The Stars made a trip to Newburgh, NY to take on the Polar Bears A2 team, where some poor administrative communication, concerning the starting time, led the Coney Island boys to play the first period with only 7 skaters and 2 goalies. The result was a 2-0 defeat for the Stars.

The Newburgh team beat Stars goalie Ryan Forman at 6:53 of the opening period, with a high shot.

They added the second goal, 1:09 into the second period, again scoring on a high shot. As the late arriving Stars joined the fray, piecemeal, the flow of the game changed. By games end the Stars out shot the Polar Bears by a margin of 29 to 20, but could not get the puck into the net. The loss left the Stars with an overall record of 8 wins and 2 loses.

Sunday, October 19, 2003

The Stars returned to their home ice at the Abe Stark Arena, where they hosted the Long Island Edge, in a league game.

The Stars outlasted the Edge, in a seesaw battle, by a score of 5-4.  The win gives the Coney Island team a 3 0 league record.

The Edge beat Stars starting goalie David Berger, 6:03 into the game, from the slot.

They added another goal from the same location, less than 2 minutes later.

The Stars made it a 2-1 game at 10:13, when forward Michael Davie put the puck into the net, assisted by forward Michael Strenk.

Shortly afterwards it was a 2-2 game when the home team converted on a power play.  The goal came from the stick of winger Michael Biagioni, assisted by center Sal Comodo and defenseman Chris Gerardi.

The Stars took a 3-2 lead just before the end of the period, when winger Nicky Amendola slipped the puck past the goalie, assisted by Davie and Strenk.

The Edge tied the game early in the second period, as they beat Benger with a hard low shot.  It was a power play goal.

Early in the final period, the Long Island team took a 4-3 lead, when they beat Stars goalie Ryan Forman from the slot. Midway in the period the Stars tied it up, when Davie put in his second goal of the game, assisted by Amendola and Strenk.

With under 5 minutes to play, the Stars got the game winner.  Winning an offensive zone face-off, defenseman Gerardi snapped a long low shot from the point, which was artfully redirected into the net by Amendola.

The Stars then withstood 2 power play attempts in the final minutes to lock up the victory. The Stars out shot the Edge 24-19.

Stars Bantam "B" Team

Sunday, October 19, 2003

American Eagles top Stars 4-3

The New York Stars Bantam "B" team hosted the American Eagles from New Jersey in an exhibition game at the Abe Stark arena in Coney Island.

The Stars fell behind 3-0 in the first period as the Eagles dominated play.  A neutral zone turnover allowed the Eagles to break in two on one, and resulted in their first goal at the 6:14 mark.  Midway through the period, the Stars again coughed up the puck at center ice. The Eagles counterattacked, springing the odd man rush on goaltender Ricky Cibrano. A quick feed to the man camped in front of the net, and the Eagles were up 2-0. 

With the Stars on a power play, it was the Eagles who seized the advantage, as they scored their third goal of the period. Intercepting an errant breakout pass at center ice, the Eagles found themselves with an odd man break in the Stars end, and a man left unguarded in the slot.  His one timer off an across the crease pass beat Cibrano to his stick side.

The Stars came out in the second period displaying the intensity that was missing in the first.  Luke Morrell got the Stars on the board at the 6:18 mark.  Defenseman Kevin Drudy took a pass out from the corner and fired a low slap shot on goal.  Morrell, stationed in front for the rebound, got what he was looking for, and slid the puck by the goaltender.

The Stars went right back to work, applying tremendous pressure in the offensive zone. Tommy Ginther, who was an energetic presence at both ends of the ice, was rewarded for his diligence when his backhand shot from in front beat the Eagles goaltender. With the period winding down, the Stars got the equalizer on the power play. 

The Eagles regained the lead with a power play goal :34 into the third period. The Eagles worked the puck deep into the Stars zone and fired a shot from the top of the face off circle.  Cibrano made the stop, but the puck skidded loose and in the ensuing scramble, was put home.  The Stars had their chances the rest of the way, out-shooting the Eagles 10 to 5, but failed to convert on a number of excellent scoring chances.  "We carried the play from the second period on," coach Tracey Moors explained, "but our team wasn’t there in the first."

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