2003-12-26 / Sports

Greater New York Ice Hockey League – New York Stars

Stars Peewee "B" Team
Saturday, December 20, 2003
By Sharon Monchinski
Greater New York Ice Hockey League – New York Stars By Sharon Monchinski

Stars Peewee "B" Team

Saturday, December 20, 2003

The Stars made their way to Dix Hills, NY where the undefeated Rebels handed them a 4-2 loss. The Stars took the lead 5:13 into the game, as forward Nicky Amendola found the net assisted by center Michael Davie.

The Rebels tied it up 4 minutes later with a power play goal. The Long Island team scored twice within 3 minutes, early in the second period, to take a 3-1 lead.

Midway through the period the Stars brought their fans to their feet, when they combined 2 great passes into a goal. Winger Michael Biagioni was on the end of the passes from Davie and Amendola. But the Rebels solved Stars goalie David Benger late in the period to make it a 4-2 game. The loss left the Stars with a 7-4 league record.

Sunday, December 21, 2003

The highly talented Long Island Gulls "A" team paid a visit to Coney Island, where they skated through the Stars forwards and around the defensemen, to easily defeat the home team 4-1.

The final score was not indicative of how easily the Gulls outskated the Stars. It was only the outstanding goaltending of Ryan Forman which kept the game from being a complete rout.  The Gulls outshot the Stars by a 34-12 count. They opened the scoring 2:41 into the first period as winger Chris Hayes picked up the goal, assisted by center Michael Davie and defenseman Michael Strenk. But that was to be the last hurrah for the Stars, as the Gulls showed their talent, by easily controlling the action. The Stars hope that all their fans have a happy holiday.

Stars Bantam "B" Team

Saturday December 20, 2003

STARS GROUND AMERICAN EAGLES 8-3

Led by Charlie Gotard’s three-goal hat trick, and two goals by defenseman Danny Honovic, the Stars bantam "B" team defeated the American Eagles at the Wall Arena in Farmingdale, New Jersey.

The Stars opened the scoring 2:23 into the game when Kenny Fiorentino deposited a rebound of an Alex Mitic shot into the net. Charlie Gotard made it 2-0 halfway through the period when he banged home a rebound from his office in front of the net. Sensing they had the Eagles on the ropes, the Stars went for the kill. Less than a minute later, Danny Honovic took a feed from Matt Galeano and rifled a shot from the point past the Eagles goaltender. Fifteen seconds later, Galeano took matters into his own hands when he went top corner with a shot from the face off circle, giving the Stars a 4-0 lead after one.

The Stars again struck early in a period when Danny Hontovic drilled home his second of the game at the 1:23 mark. Down 5-0, the Eagles threw defense to the wind in an attempt to get back in the game. The gamble paid off 4:31 into the period when they broke in on a two on one and put the puck past Stars goalie Justin Perkins. However, the Stars got it back twenty-four seconds later on the power play. A face off win sent the puck to Tim Faroul at the right point. When the Predators goalie couldn’t control his blast from the point, Charlie Gotard was in position for the rebound. The Eagles continued to press, and twelve seconds later, they answered back when a shot from the face off circle beat Perkins. After the three goals in thirty-six seconds outburst, the game settled down, and the period ended with the Stars on top 6-2.

The Stars went up 7-2 early in the third period when Charlie Gotard again slammed home a loose puck from outside the crease. Twenty-six seconds later, Patrick Brown went short side with a backhand shot from just inside the face off circle, capping an impressive Stars offensive display. The Eagles power play closed it to 8-3 with a rebound shot past goalie Rick Cibrano, but the Stars played strong defense the rest of the way, and came away with an impressive win.

Sunday, December 21, 2003

STARS RIP PREDATORS 6-0

Playing perhaps their finest all-around game of the season, the Stars bantam "B" team avenged an earlier 11-4 loss to the Predators with a 6-0 victory at the Abe Stark arena.

Tim Faroul put the Stars on top twenty-eight seconds into the game when he streaked down the right wing, cut around a Predators defenseman, and backhanded the puck into the net. The period featured strong defense by the Stars, particularly from unheralded defenseman Kevin Leonard, as they time after time repelled the Predators attempts to gain the blue line.

Alex Mitic made it 2-0 early in the second period when he gathered a loose puck at center ice, split the Predators defense, and scored on a breakaway. Late in the period, the Stars went up 3-0 when Luke Morrell, in perfect position at the top of the crease to the right side of the net, tapped in a rebound of a shot off the stick of a persistent Tommy Ginther.

Continuing a recent trend, the Stars scored early in the third period when defenseman Danny Honovic drilled the puck past the Predators goalie from the point. With the Stars killing a penalty, Timmy Faroul, playing his usual energetic game, stole the puck at center ice and broke in on the Predators goal. When his shot was turned aside, Charlie Gotard, trailing the play, was there to put in the rebound. Dmitry Zagorodnyk put the Stars up 6-0 when he ripped a quick wrist shot off a three on one past the beleaguered Predators goaltender. The goaltending tandem of Rick Cibrano and Justin Perkins, outstanding in goal both weekend games, shared the shutout.


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