2003-10-31 / Sports

Greater New York Ice Hockey League – New York Stars

By Sharon Monchinski
Greater New York Ice Hockey League – New York Stars By Sharon Monchinski

The Stars hosted the Nassau Cubs in a non-league game, played at the Abe Stark arena.

The Stars capitalized on 3 of 11 power plays, to subdue the energetic Cubs by a 6-2 count.

The home team picked up the first goal of the game at the 9:50 mark, as winger John Cusmano backhanded the puck home, assisted by forward Michael Trotta.

At 10:36 of the period the Stars converted a power play attempt, as winger Joey Calabrese found the net, assisted by center Michael David and defenseman T.J. Leonard.

Center Michael Strenk snapped in the Stars third goal at 11:53, assisted by defenseman Chris McGee.

It took the Stars but 10 seconds into the middle period to nail their fourth goal, on a power play. The goal was scored by winger Chris Hayes, assisted by Davie.

David made a 5-0 game, with 3:16 to go in the period, assisted by winger Michael Biagioni.

The Cubs picked up 2 goals, 3 minutes apart, late in the final period, making it a 5-2 game.

Stenk wristed home his second goal with time running out, to account for the final score.  It was an unassisted effort.

Stars goalie Ryan Forman, picked up the win by stopping all 11 Cubs shots fired his way, while the Stars other goalie David Benger allowed 2 goals on 12 shots. The Stars outshot the Cubs 37 to 23.

Stars Bantam "B" Team

Sunday, October 26, 2003

Stars tip Arrows 6-3

Looking to avenge a 7-3 loss at home to Brewster on Saturday, the Stars Bantam "B" team traveled to Freeport on Sunday to take on the division rival Arrows.

The Stars took the ice with a sense of urgency in their game as they carried the play early.  But the Arrows broke on top with a goal at the 4:38 mark of the period, as a shot from the slot eluded the glove of Goalie Rick Cibrano.  The Stars evened the score two minutes later when Tim Faroul took the puck at the Arrow’s blue line, broke toward the right wing boards, then fired a low shot on goal.  Center Alex Mitic was there to put home the rebound.

At the 11:46 mark, Pat Brown gave the Stars their first lead. Taking advantage of some tough physical work by his line mates Mark Areyev and Charlie Gotard, Brown grabbed a rebound at the bottom of the face off circle and fired a shot past the goalies glove hand for a 2-1 lead.

The Arrows tied the game at two less than a minute into the second period when an Arrows player took a pass at the blue line, deked around the Stars defense, and wristed a shot top corner past Cibrano.  The Arrows had their second lead of the game at the 11:53 mark of the period.  A shot from the top of the face off circle was kicked away by Cibrano, but an Arrows player slipped away from his check and tapped the rebound home for a 3-2 lead.

The Stars stepped up their game in third period, and it wasn’t long before they tied the score. Dmitry Zagorodnyk took a pass at center ice from Tim Faroul, broke past the Arrows defense, and skated in alone on goal. When the Arrows goaltender went for his forehand deke, Zagorodnyk slipped a quick shot through the "five hole" for the 3-3 tie. 

The game turned in the Stars favor on a series of plays midway through the period.  Goaltender Rick Cibrano made a terrific diving save, robbing the puck off the stick of an Arrows player skating through the crease.  When the player tried jarring the puck loose from Cibrano’s grasp, defenseman Danny Honovic came to his aid, but was assessed a roughing penalty on the play.

The sequence seemed to fire up the Stars as they took the lead when Alex Mitic deked through the Arrows defense at center ice, raced across the blue line, and with one man to beat, fed a cutting Tim Faroul for the goal, and a 4-3 lead.

Tommy Ginther extended the Stars to a 5-3 lead when he took a pass from Matt Galeano, skated across the top of the crease and as he was falling down, fired a shot past the Arrows goaltender. Nicco Siracussa ended the Arrows hopes with an empty net goal, giving the Stars a well-deserved 6-3 win.

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