2003-12-19 / Sports

Greater NY Ice Hockey League – NY Stars

Stars Peewee "B" Team
Saturday, December 13, 2003
By Sharon Monchinski
Greater NY Ice Hockey League – NY Stars By Sharon Monchinski

Stars Peewee "B" Team

Saturday, December 13, 2003

The Stars dropped a league game, coming up on the short end of a 6-3 score, to the Freeport, NY Arrows. Stars forward Chris Hayes opened the scoring 1:06 into the game when he one-timed center Michael Strenk’s face off win, through the Arrows goalie. But the Arrows completely outskated the Coney Island boys after that, scoring the next 5 goals.

The Stars made it a 5-2 game with a power play goal late in the second stanza.  The goal was netted by forward Nicky Amendola, assisted by winger Nicky Vukan. Early in the final period the Stars brought hope to their followers, when Hayes ripped home an unassisted effort, making it 5-3. But the Stars were done as a long shot found its way past goalie Ryan Forman. The loss left the Stars with a league record of 6-3 and looking from the outside for a play off spot.

 Sunday, December 14, 2003

The Stars defeated the Long Island Edge by a 2-1 score, in a league game, played at Long Beach, NY. The Stars got a big game from goalie David Benger, who stopped 16 of 17 Edge shots, to earn the victory.

The first two periods were scoreless, as both goalies were at the top of their game. 2:29 into the final period the Stars took a 1-0 lead when forward Nicky Amendola beat the Edge goalie, assisted by defenseman Chris McGee. 

24 seconds later the Coney Island team made it 2-0 when winger Chris Hayes took defenseman Chris Gerardi’s pass and ripped the puck home. The Edge beat Benger with 6:47 left in the game, when the Stars defense coughed up the puck at the offensive blue line, which lead to a break-a-way tally.

Stars centers, Sal Comodo, Michael Davie and Michael Strenk were lauded by their coach, for their excellent defensive play. As was forward Michael Biagioni, for his fine passing work with Davie. The win gives the Stars a fine overall record of 19-6-2.

Stars Bantam "B" Team

Saturday, December 13, 2003

The Stars Bantam "B" squad returned to action on Saturday evening against their division rivals at the Abe Stark arena in Coney Island.

The Stars opened the scoring midway through the first period when the Arrows goaltender could not control defenseman Danny Honovic’s blast from the point.  Charlie Gotard, camped out in front, fought off a check and backhanded the rebound home.  Tommy Ginther made it 2-0 when he took control of the puck near the boards; stick handled across the face off circle, and beat the goalie with a quick, low shot stick side. Late in the first period, the Stars went up 3-0, courtesy of Dmitry Zagorodnyk.  After taking a pass at center ice, Dmitry stick handled across the blue line; then drilled the puck past the glove of the Arrows net minder. The Stars continued to apply the pressure in the second period.  A terrific pass from Alex Mitic to Tim Faroul resulted in a tip in goal for Faroul, and a 4-0 Stars lead.  Midway through the period, with the Stars shorthanded, Alex Mitic’s slap shot from the top of the face off circle rang the post, hit the goalie in the back and ricocheted into the net.  Late in the period, the Arrows spoiled goalie Rick Cibrano’s shutout bid when they put the puck past him off a two on one break.  However, that’s as close as the Arrows would get as the Stars played a solid, all around third period, and came away with a well-deserved 5-1 victory.

Sunday, December 14, 2003

The Stars Bantam "B" team went dashing through the snow to the Staten Island Pavilion for a key contest against the Rangers.

The Rangers registered the only goal of the opening period, cashing in a on a defensive zone lapse. Goalie Justin Perkins, who was sharp in goal, kicked out the initial shot of a Rangers flurry.  However, the Stars left a man unchecked in front of the net for the rebound goal.

The Stars tied it at one 11:47 into the second period on a highlight film two on one. Luke Morrell carried the puck into the Rangers end; drawing the defenseman to him with some deft stick handling. Then, holding the puck to the last moment, fed a perfect across the crease pass to Matt Galleano who ripped it past the lunging goalie.  With 1:23 left in the period, the Rangers regained the lead when their center dashed across the blue line and fired a shot from the face off circle past Perkins.

Early in the third period, the Stars went on the power play, and cashed in on the opportunity.  With time running down in the advantage, Alex Mitic, playing his usual energetic game, fired a forty-foot slap shot past the Rangers goalie, tying the game at two.

At the 4:39 mark, the Stars got a break—and the lead—when Matt Galleano’s rising shot from the right face off circle handcuffed the Rangers goalie.  It was Galleano’s second goal of the game. However, the celebration was short-lived as, a minute later, the hard working Rangers stormed into the Stars zone and beat Perkins with a shot from the side of the net.  With the game tied at three, the next nine minutes was a nail biting, physical battle as both teams pushed for the game winner. Finally, with less than a minute to go in the game, Luke Morrell stripped the puck from a defenseman at the blue line, and broke into Rangers zone. Using line mate Tommy Ginther as a decoy, Morrell ripped the puck into the top corner of the net for a 4-3 lead. With the final seconds ticking away, the Rangers forged one last chance, but the buzzer beating shot went wide, and the Stars gained an important two points in the standings.

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