2004-01-30 / Sports

Greater New York Ice Hockey League – New York Stars

Stars Peewee "B" Team
Wednesday, January 21, 2004
By Sharon Monchinski
Greater New York Ice Hockey League – New York Stars By Sharon Monchinski

Stars Peewee "B" Team

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

The Brewster Bulldogs came to Coney Island for a big Long Island Hock ey League game against the Stars.A0Both teams were tied for fourth place in league standings at game time and both were still tied at games end, when the Stars rallied from a 2-0 deficit with 2 late last period goals, to earn a tie.

The Stars were killing a penalty, when center Nicky Amendola put on a spectacular rush, around the defense and nestled a beautiful backhander into the net.A0 The goal came with 3:37 to play in the game. The Stars outshot the visitors 27-13.

Saturday, January 24, 2004

It was another big game for the Stars as they visited the Nassau Cubs in league action.A0The Stars came away with 2 points, as they defeated the Cubs by a 2-0 score.

The Stars applied some great fore checking throughout the game, holding the Long Island team to but 12 shots on goal, which goalie Ryan For man handled perfectly to register the shutout.

The Stars took a 1-0 lead, with but 50 seconds to go in the first period, as center Michael Strenk converted wing er Chris Hayes’ pass. The Coney Is land team made it 2-0 early in the second period, when Strenk backhanded the puck home, unassisted.

The Stars rang up 31 shots on goal and at least 15 more, which missed the net.A0 Only some fine goaltending by the Cubs, made the final score close. The victory gave the Stars a fine 25-11-4 overall record.

Sunday, January 25, 2004

The New Jersey Vipers were the visiting team, in exhibition play and came away with a 5-3 victory, over the Stars. The Vipers scored 4:03 into the game, taking a 1-0 lead.

The Stars answered at 7:08 of the period, on a power move by center Michael Strenk, tying the game. The Jersey team put in the next 3 goals, in less than 6 minutes, opening upA0a 4-1 lead.

17 seconds into the second period, Strenk made it a 4-2 game, assisted by his wingers Chris Gerardi and Nicky Vukan. Midway through the period the Vipers made it 5-2. The Stars closed the gap to 5-3, on a fine unassisted effort from center Nicky Amen dola. The Vipers outshot the Stars by a count of 30-24, countlessly belaboring goalie David Benger, with shots from all angles.

Stars Bantam "B" Team

Saturday, January 24, 2004

Sparked by the two goal performance of Charlie Gotard, and the clutch goaltending of Rick Cibrano, the Stars Bantam "B" team defeated the Long Island Edge 5-2 in a game played at the Abe Stark arena.

The Stars started slowly, allowing several odd-man breaks to the opportunistic Edge. Rick Cibrano thwarted an early scoring opportunity when he followed an Edge shooter across the crease and stopped his shot with a quick, sliding save at the right post. The Stars went up 1-0 10:27 into the period when Charlie Gotard circled from behind the net into the slot, then fired the puck over goaltender’s shoulder.

In the midst of a race for the last two playoff spots in the in the competitive LIAHL, the Stars came out in the second period with a sense of purpose to their game; out-shooting the Edge 22-1, and dominating the period at both ends of the ice.

Thirty-seven seconds into the period, the Stars went up 2-0 when Tim Faroul redirected a Danny Honovic shot from the point into the net. Pat Brown, who played a solid two-way game, made it 3-0 when he converted a rebound of a Danny Honovic shot from the top of the face-off circle.

Then, with only eleven seconds remaining in the period, Charlie Got ard grabbed a loose puck in the face-off circle to the left of the Edge goaltender and beat him with a low wrist shot through the pads.

The play got nasty in the third, and the Stars spent much of the period in the penalty box. The Edge made them pay 3:32 into the period on the power play. Rick Cibrano turned aside a shot from the point, but the Edge were stationed outside the crease and banged home the rebound.

The Stars were again shorthanded when Tommy Ginther stole the puck at center ice, raced past the defense, and slipped the puck past the Edge goaltender for a 5-1 lead. A last second power play goal by the Edge was a case of too little, too late, and the Stars came away with the important two points.

Sunday, January 25, 2004

Two third period goals by Alex Mitic brought the Stars back from a two-goal deficit, giving them a 3-3 tie in an exhibition game played in Freeport.

The teams exchanged early power play opportunities, but thanks to key saves by both goalies, the game re mained scoreless. Midway through the period, the Arrows broke on top when a shot from just outside the crease beat Stars goaltender Justin Perkins to his stick side.

With 32 shots on goal, the Stars had many opportunities, but couldn’t convert. However, early in the third period the Stars got even; thanks in part to Alex Mitic. With defenseman Danny Honovic set up behind the Arrows goal, Mitic drifted into the slot, and one timed Honovic’s perfect pass into the net. Then, less than two minutes later, Mitic gathered in a loose puck along the boards, skated to the top of the crease, and tucked the puck by a surprised Arrows goaltender.

The Stars continued to press for the winner. But, as was the case for most of the game, the Arrows goalie was equal to the challenge, and the two teams settled for an exciting tie.

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