2004-04-02 / Sports

Greater New York Ice Hockey League – New York Stars

Stars Peewee"B" Team
Saturday, March 13, 2004
By Sharon Monchinski
Greater New York Ice Hockey League – New York Stars By Sharon Monchinski

Stars Peewee"B" Team

Saturday, March 13, 2004

The youthful Stars were in the visitors locker room prior to their game against the Pearl River, NJ Pirates. Their usual lighthearted banter and infectious laughter was abruptly halted when they were informed that this would be their last game as a team together.A0Challenged by their coach, to show their parents and supporters just what they learned during this past season, the team responded with a fantastic effort, leading to a 8-1 victory.

From the opening face-off the Coney Island team demonstrated complete control of the game, as they thrilled their fans with pinpoint passing, cy cling, puck movement and defensive positioning, all done at a high level of speed.

The Stars opened the scoring 3:30 into the game, with a powerplay goal.A0 Defenseman Sal Comodo got the goal, off some fine passes from forwards T.J. Leonard and Michael Strenk.

Strenk made it a 2-0 game at 9:22 of the period, as he roofed a backhander, assisted by forwards Michael Davie and John Andrew Cusmano.

Stars power forward Chris Hayes ripped the puck home 5:05 into the middle stanza, assisted by Leonard and Comodo, to make it a 3-0 game.

A minute later the Pirates made it 3-1, as Stars goalie David Benger fanned on a long shot.

Late in the period, Hayes made it 4-1 for the Stars, with his second goal.A0 He was assisted by forwards Nicky Amendola and Drew Palmer.

53 seconds into the final period, Comodo got his second power play goal, assisted by forwards Michael Biagioni and Palmer.

27 seconds later Stars forward Michael Davie took a pass from Leonard and wristed home a quick shot, giving his team a 6-1 lead.

Biagioni then put in a Strenk feed, to make it 7-1.A0 The goal came at 4:04 of the period.

Stars defenseman Chris Gerardi closed out the scoring 4 minutes later, nailing home a pass from Amendola.

The Stars outshot the Pirates 42-14, to help Benger win his 12th game of the season.

This was the 54th game of the season for the Stars, and with the win, ran their record to 34 victories, 15 losses and 5 ties.

And so, congratulations are certainly in order for a great group of young men, who were taught the concept of playing as a team while learning a lot about themselves: Dillon Balsamo, David Benger, Michael Biagioni, Joseph Calabrese, Sal Comodo, John Andrew Cusmano, Michael Davie, Ryan Forman, Chris Gerardi, Chris Hayes, Danny Kaplan, T.J. Leonard, Chris McGee, Eddie Medina, Drew Palmer, Michael Strenk, Michael Trotta and Nicky Vukan.

Stars Peewee "B" Team

Saturday, March 6, 2004

The Stars advanced to the Long Island Hockey League Championship game, with a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory, over the Brewster Bulldogs.

In probably the most exciting game of their season, the Stars came back from a 2 goal deficit, to earn the right to play in the Championship contest.

Sunday, March 7, 2004

In another tremendous hockey game, the Dix Hills Rebels won the Long Island Amateur Hockey League Championship, by defeating the Stars 3-2.

The Rebels brought an undefeated 23-0 record into the game and are certainly the class of the PeeWee division.A0 The Stars on the other hand, came into the game with a 13-7-2 league record, which included 2 losses to the Rebels.

Though disappointed, the Stars were lauded by their coaching staff, for their effort and competitiveness. The Stars congratulate their Bantam "B" team on winning the Championship game, in a double overtime shootout, over the Brewster Bull Dogs.

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