2004-04-23 / Sports

Greater New York Ice Hockey League – New York Stars

Stars Peewee "B" Team
Thursday, April 8. 2004 (Game 1)
By Sharon Monchinski

Greater New York Ice Hockey League – New York Stars

By Sharon Monchinski

Stars Peewee "B" Team

Thursday, April 8. 2004 (Game 1)

The Stars made their way to Lake Placid, NY where they joined 7 other elite teams, in the Can/Am Challenge Cup Tournament.

Besides the Stars, Peewee teams from Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Minnesota and Wisconsin got together for some exciting hockey. The Stars took on the Coastal Stars of Cohasset, MA and both teams thrilled the crowd with some fine play.

After 2 scoreless periods, the Massachusetts team took the lead with a penalty shot goal, which came with 2:47 to play.

The Stars tied it up with 1:57 to go, with a power play goal. They used their 3 centers on the man advantage and it paid off, as Michael Davie put the puck home from in close, assisted by Michael Amendola and Michael Strenk.

Then with overtime looming, Davie took a pass from defenseman Chris McGee, fed winger Michael Biagioni in the slot, who then snapped in the winner. The goal came with but 6 seconds left in regulation.

Stars goalie Ryan Forman had a fine game, stopping 10 of 21 shots.

The Stars had 26 shots, showing a fine offensive effort, but also took 8 penalties which hindered their offensive attempts.

Friday, April 9, 2004 (Game 2)

The Wisconsin Pride, a fine skating team, provided the opposition, but the Stars were equal to the task at hand and skated away with a 4-0 victory.

Stars goalie Ryan Forman, once again was super in net, stopping all 11 shots the WI team could manage against the defensive minded Brooklyn boys.

Offensively, the Stars had a balanced attack, with 4 different players registering goals.

Stars captain Michael Davie got his team going late in the first period by converting a fine feed from winger T.J. Leonard into a goal.

With 1:06 to go in the game, Stars forward John Andrew, nailed a power play goal from in close making it 3-0.  Assists went to Davie and Biagioni. Center Michael Strenk closed out the scoring with 11 seconds to play, on a backhanded attempt, assisted by forward Danny Kaplan who set up the goal with a fine pass.

Saturday, April 10, 2004 (Game 3 AM)

The Stars took to the ice against the undefeated Minnesota Pride, and came away with a 3-0 victory. The Stars utilized some fine positional play to offset the explosive speed of the Pride.

8:18 into the game saw the Stars take the lead as center Michael Strenk scored from the low slot, assisted by winger Sal Comodo. The Stars made it 2-0 early in the second period with a power play goal.  Again it was Strenk, from Comodo, from down low.

With 1:13 to go in the final period, Stars center Michael Davie made it a 3-0 game, after a great set up by Strenk.

Once again Stars goalie Ryan Forman was at the top of his game, stopping all 19 Minnesota shots. The Stars lost forward Joey Calabrese to a slight concussion, sustained during the second period.

Saturday, April 10, 2004 (Game 4 PM)

The Stars led by their hot goaltender Ryan Forman, who stopped 25 of 26 shots, defeated the Lawrence, NJ Flames 3-1.

The victory, which gave the Coney Island boys a perfect 4 and 0 record, and thus slotted them in the championship game.

The Stars opened the scoring when their 3M line of Michaels, Biagioni, Davie and Strenk, struck 24 seconds into the game. Davie got the goal, with his linemates earning assists. The Flames knotted the game up 3 minutes later, by beating Forman from down low.

With less than 2 minutes to go in the first period, the Stars took a 2-1 lead, when forward T.J. Leonard hit the net with a beautiful wrist shot.  Assists went to Davie and defenseman Eddie Schwarz.

The final goal of the game came with 1:06 left to play in the second period.  Center Nicky Amendola put home a great pass from Leonard. Defenseman Jesse Trap also earned an assist on the play.

This was a rough game with 16 total penalties called, 7 of which were against the Stars. The Flames charged with the remaining 9, included a rare kicking offense.

Sunday, April 11, 2004 - Championship Game

In perhaps the most exciting game of their long season, the Stars won the Gold Medal at the Can/Am Tournament, with a 2-1 double overtime sudden death victory over the Minnesota Pride, only this time it was for the championship.

After a scoreless first period, the Stars went up 1-0 as center Michael Strenk powered home the disc, assisted by defenseman Jesse Trap, at 5:17 of the second period.

The Pride tied it up 6:38 into the final period, with a long blast from the right point, which deflected off goalie Ryan Forman’s stick into the net.

After a scoreless first overtime, Stars forward Sal Comodo broke around the Pride defense, cut to the net going forehand to backhand and deposited the rubber home, as the crowd went wild.

Forman, who played brilliantly throughout the tournament, stopped 15 of 16 shots to earn the victory, and allowed but 2 goals in the 5 games.

Once again the Stars demonstrated that sound positional defense can stop great skating teams.

Congratulations to Stars captain Michael Davie, who won the Peewee "one on one" skills shooting contest.


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