Greater New York Ice Hockey League – New York Stars
Friday, November 28, 2003
Stars Peewee "B" Team
Friday, November 28, 2003
The entire Greater New York City Ice Hockey League travel teams from Mite through Midget descended upon Aston, PA to take part in a Thanksgiving Holiday Sports Weekend. 106 teams from all over the Tri-State area joined in the action.
The Stars successfully skated by their first opponent, the Blackhawks from Toms River, NJ by an 8-2 score.
After twice falling behind in the early going, the Coney Island boys netted 7 straight goals easily controlling the game.
The Stars were led by center Michael Strenk’s 2 goals and 2 assists.
Other point getters were forwards Michael Davie, 1 goal, 1 assist; Michael Biagioni, 1 goal; Sal Comodo, 1 goal; Nicky Amendola, 1 goal; Chris Hayes, 1 goal, 1 assist; Joey Calabrese, 1 goal; Nicky Vucan, 2 assists, and defenseman Danny Kaplan, 1 assist.
The Stars supported their goalie Ryan Forman by outshooting the Jersey team 22-14.
Saturday, November 29 (Game 1)
The Stars beat a Buffalo, NY team, the Regals, 6-1, to give them a 2-0 record.
The team was led by forwards Michael Davie, Nicky Amendola and Chris Hayes each of whom had 2 goals.
Assists were earned by forwards Michael Strenk (3), Michael Biagioni (2), Joey Calabrese (1) and defenseman Danny Kaplan (1). Three of the Stars goals were on power plays.
A fine defensive effort from the Stars helped goalie Ryan Forman get the victory, by holding the upstaters to but 8 shots on goal.
Saturday, November 29 (Game 2)
The Stars took on a York, PA team, the Raiders, and needed not only to beat them, but had to hold them scoreless to finish as the number one seed in the playoffs.
Thanks to some fine netminding from goalie Ryan Forman, a tight defensive effort which held the Raiders to 14 shots and a hat trick from forward Chris Hayes, they accomplished their objectives by defeating their opponents by a score of 4-0.
Center Michael Strenk got the Stars rolling with a goal 4:05 into the game. Hayes assisted him.
With 1:31 to go in the first period, the Stars went up by a 2-0 count, when Hayes ripped home a power play goal off a feed from Strenk.
The score went to 3-0 with but 24 seconds left in the middle period as Hayes converted on another hard shot, assisted by defenseman T.J. Leonard and Strenk.
Hayes picked up his hat trick with 1:05 to play in the game, assisted once again by Strenk.
Sunday, November 30, 2003
The Stars faced off against the NJ Lightning in the Championship game of the tournament and as the Zamboni machine cleared the ice surface, the large crowds cheered in a show of ap- preciation for both teams.
The Stars beat the Lightning in overtime 4-3, on center Michael Davie’s spectacular goal.
The Stars took a 1-0 lead 4:01 into the game, when defenseman Chris McGee and winger Joey Calabrese set up center Michael Strenk’s blast into the net.
Davie made it 2-0, 5 minutes later with a shot from a bad angle, over the NJ goalie’s shoulder. It was an unassisted power play goal.
The Lightning made it 2-1 early in the second period, beating Stars goalie Ryan Forman from in close.
Midway through the period, Stars winger Nicky Amendola finished off a 2 on 2 rush with a tremendous play. While driving the NJ net, he caught a long backhanded saucer pass from Strenk in midair and converted the pass into a goal.
Down by a 3-1 score the Lightning struck back with 2 third period goals to send the contest into overtime.
The teams had exchanged a shot a piece in the extra session, when Stars’ defenseman T.J. Leonard’s clearing pass caught Davie in full stride in the neutral zone. Davie split the Jersey defensemen, drove to the net fighting off attempts to pull him down, and while off balanced roofed a wrist shot for the win.
The entire team was on the receiving end of some heavy praise from their head coach for their execution and discipline in this big game while Davie was selected as the team MVP.