Greater New York Ice Hockey League – New York Stars
Stars Peewee "B" Team
Sunday, January 19, 2004
The Hudson Valley, NY Polar Bears, handed the visiting Stars a 5-3 defeat, in league action. Forward Drew Palmer of the Stars, opened the scoring 6:08 into the game, with an unassisted goal. It was the first goal for the new member of the Coney Island team.
Less than a minute later the Polar Bears tied the game, by beating Stars goalie David Benger from in close. The home team picked up a power play goal early in the second period, to take a 2-1 lead.
The score went to 3-1 shortly, as the upstaters nailed another goal. The Stars answered with a power play goal, late in the period, by center Michael Davie.
It became a 3-3 game, just over a minute later. Forward Michael Biagioni got the goal, assisted by Davie and defenseman Michael Strenk. The Polar Bears beat Benger for 2 goals early in the final period, to ice the game. The Stars were outshot 36-27 and as that stat shows, were outplayed by the Polar Bears.
Stars Bantam "B" Team
Saturday, January 18, 2004
The Stars Bantam "B" team completed a successful home and home weekend series with the Jersey Penguins with an impressive 8-1 victory at the Abe Stark arena.
On the heels of their 3-0 victory Saturday afternoon in New Jersey, the Stars immediately took the game to the Penguins, and got on the board 5:11 into the period. Alex Mitic broke down the left wing and fed a perfect cross-ice pass to Charlie Gotard, who ripped a quick wrist shot by the Penguins goalie. Late in the period, Mark Arefyev made it 2-0 when he drilled home a pass out from behind the net.
The second period saw the Stars score a season high six goals, peppering the Penguins goaltender with eighteen shots. Luke Morrell scored thirty seconds into the period on the power play. The Stars cycled the puck down low to Morrell who then stick handled in front, and went five-hole with a backhand shot. A minute later, Alex Mitic showed off his speed when he sprinted by the Penguins defense and flipped the puck over the goaltender’s shoulder. Luke Morrell and Matt Galleano then played give and go in the Penguins end, with Morrell getting his second of the game from in front. The Stars got their fourth goal in five minutes when Luke Morrell, set up behind the net, fed Dmitry Zagorodnyk who one-timed it past the goaltender. Four minutes later, the two Stars forwards repeated the play when Morrell again fed Zagorodnyk from behind the net for the goal, and a 7-1 lead. The Penguins scored their only goal of the weekend series when they put home a loose puck in the crease on the power play. But less than a minute later, Tim Faroul answered back for the Stars when he gathered in a rebound and ripped it past the Penguins overworked net minder.
The Penguins were able to keep the Stars off the scoreboard in the third period, but that was little consolation. For the weekend, the Stars out-scored the Penguins 11-1, in the process out shooting them a combined 60-23.