2003-11-21 / Sports

Greater New York Ice Hockey League – New York Stars

Stars Peewee "B" Team
Saturday, November 1 5, 2003
By Sharon Monchinski
Greater New York Ice Hockey League – New York Stars By Sharon Monchinski

Stars Peewee "B" Team

Saturday, November 1 5, 2003

The Stars made their way to W. Nyack, NY where they met the highly rated Clarkstown. NJ Capitals major team.  In a hard hitting contest, the Capitals scored late in the final period to earn a 2-2 tie.  However, the Stars earned applause and respect from the large crowd, with their spirited play.

The Stars opened the scoring at 3:54 of the first period, when some fine forechecking by forwards Chris Hayes and Michael Strenk forced the Capitals to turn the puck over deep in their territory, where Stars winger Joey Calabrese flipped the disc home.

The NJ team tied it up at 9:39 of the period when the Stars weak side failed to check his man, leading to a wrist shot beating goalie Ryan Forman.

The Stars took a 2-1 lead midway into the second period, when a Hayes shot found its way to the goal line, where Strenk nudged it into the net.

For the next 20 minutes it was back and forth hockey, with heavy checking and both teams thrilling the crowd.

Then with 4:44 to play in the game, the Stars once again were guilty of poor defensive zone coverage and it cost them, as the Capitals scored from the slot.

Forman was strong in net for the Stars, stopping 21 of 23 shots.

Sunday, November 16, 2003

The Nassau Cubs came to the Abe Stark Sports Center for a Long Island Hockey League game. In an entertaining contest, the Stars scored early, then often, to defeat the Long Island boys by a 6-3 score.

Center, Michael Davie of the Stars got the first goal of the contest, 2:17 into the opening period, wristing home perfect passes from linemates Nicky Amendola and Michael Biagioni.

Exactly one minute later the Stars were awarded a rare penalty shot, when a Cubs player covered the puck with his hand in the crease.  Center Michael Strenk was chosen to attempt the most exciting play in hockey and the power forward brought the crowd to its feet with a great move, which resulted in a goal.

As the period was winding down, Davie brought the Stars rooters out of their seats with a great wrist shot, which he roofed over the Cubs goalie.

Amendola made it 4-0 for the Stars early in the middle session, with a tremendous move and deke, which allowed him to beat the Cubs goalie, through the five hole.  He was assisted by Biagioni.

Early in the final period the Stars made it a 5-0 game, when right winger Chris Hayes backhanded the puck home, assisted by Strenk and defenseman T.J. Leonard.

Shortly, the Cubs beat Stars goalie Ryan Forman with a long shot from the left point.  It was a power play goal.

With but 1:52 to play, the Cubs nailed another power play goal, to make it a 5-2 game. 29 seconds later it was 5-3, as another Cubs shot alluded Forman.

But with just over a minute to play, Strenk took defenseman Chris McGee’s feed, broke through the Cubs defense and snapped the puck into the net, giving the Stars a 6-3 victory.

The Stars coaching staff was very happy with the overall play of defensemen Leonard, McGee, Danny Kaplan and Chris Gerarde. In addition, the play of forwards J.A. Cusmano and Nicky Vukan was appreciated. Forman stopped 13 of 16 Cubs shots, while the Stars scored on 6 of 30 attempts. The victory gave the Stars an overall 13-4-1 record, while registering a 6-1-0 league accounting. 

Stars Bantam "B" Team

Saturday, November 15, 2003

Playing perhaps their best all around game of the season, the Stars Bantam "B" team defeated the New York Cyclones at Chelsea Piers 5-0. From the opening draw, the Stars took their game to the gang from New York, forcing turnovers at both ends of the ice. With the Cyclones back on their heels, the Stars went on the offensive, scoring three first period goals and, in the process, took control of the game.

After a scoreless second, the Stars put the game out of reach early in the third period with two goals; the one by former Cyclone Tommy Ginther being particularly sweet.

Aside from the two points in the standings, the Stars received a much needed confidence boost, as they demonstrated an ability to compete with the elite teams in their division.  Afterwards, coach Tracey Moors was unable to single out individual performances.  "They all played well...the forwards back-checked, the defensemen were in position all game, and Justin (goaltender Perkins) played his best game of the season. I’m proud of all of them."

Sunday, November 16, 2003

The Stars Bantam "B" team completed a successful weekend with an overpowering 9-0 win over the Nassau Cubs in Coney Island. Looking to maintain the momentum from their Saturday evening victory, the Stars hit the ice in high gear and immediately took control of the game. Midway through the period, Alex Mitic put the Stars on the board when he gathered in a loose puck just outside the crease and wristed it into the open corner of the net. 

The Stars didn’t rest on their lead in the third period.  At the 4:07 mark, Tim Faroul converted his second of the game; a one timer at the right post off a beautiful pass from Alex Mitic.  Eddie Finnegan then scored his second of the game 1:51 later   Charlie Gotard ended the scoring 7:44 into the period when he deposited a rebound of a Dmitry Zagorodnyk shot. For the game, the Stars peppered the Cubs net with a season high 59 shots on goal.  Rick Cibrano was in goal for the Stars second shutout of the weekend.

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