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Boys’ Hockey: How’d the Spartans Fare in The West Haven Jamboree

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Dec 092018
 

The other day I mentioned that the Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey Team was participating in the  West Haven Jamboree where they would be pitted up against the best of the best in their division — West Haven, Notre Dame-West Haven and New Fairfield-Immaculate (NFI).

The Jamboree is a big scrimmage match during which the four teams rotate and compete in two 20-minute games. This was Amity’s opportunity to show what they are made of and either hold their own against the tough, tried and true big boys, or be destroyed.

I was standing near some men who I think were reporters during the West Haven-Notre Dame battle and it really irritated me when one of them said, “Amity is in trouble.” I guess he hadn’t watched them during last week’s practice or scrimmage against Masuk.

I was still hopeful and strongly believe in the 2018-19 Spartans.

I watched the nastiness and unnecessary roughness between the two West Haven rivals and thought all the time the players spent in the penalty box was a bit ridiculous, there was no reason for the nasty moves they threw at one another. When I mentioned it to someone, he just said, “They hate each other.”

That’s no excuse. I watched football teams that in past years had been real jerks, come out and act like gentlemen this year. The same should go for all sports.

I know that in hockey the kids are going to get slammed into the wall and pushed, but there is such a thing as going overboard and in my opinion, Notre Dame was the worst offender, they were nasty.

Anyway, the first game between the two West Haven teams was tied 2-2.

Game two — Then it was Amity’s turn on the ice. They were paired with West Haven, a team that’s hard to beat.

The Blue Devils were probably surprised that the Spartans scored the first goal. Cody White put amity up on the scoreboard, unassisted, less than 5 minutes into the game.

Less than two minutes later West Haven’s Ryan Bernardi,  tied the game on an assist.

At 8:59 West Haven’s Kevin Moriarty made a goal assisted by Niko Kyle, and 43 seconds later, the duo struck again, bringing the score to 3-1.

At 10:18, Sean Dupre pulled the Blue Devils even further ahead on an assist from Moriarty.

With 3:27 remaining in the game, Amity’s Eddie Martino scored on an assist from Jason Csejka.

My Spartans didn’t win, but they weren’t slaughtered. I could have been worse. Our goalie worked his butt off.

Amity had 13 saves, West Haven had 8 saves.

Final Score: 4-2 West Haven.

Game three was between NFI and Notre Dame. I was happy to see NFI beat ND (because of their earlier attitude flaws)

The fourth and final game put Amity up against NFI.

New Fairfield scored first, and second then Amity’s Martino scored on an assist.

Amity outshot NFI 18-14.

Saves: NFI 17, Amity 12

Final Score: 2-1 NFI.

 

The Spartans will play NFI in their first regular season game on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Danbury Ice Arena at 5:30 p.m.

Meet Your 2018-19 Spartans Ice Hockey Team

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Dec 072018
 

The 2018-19 Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey Team is already showing a lot of promise. On Wednesday evening the boys declawed the Masuk Panthers 11-1 in a scrimmage game in West Haven.

Tonight’s event will be much more telling, as the Spartans go up against three powerhouse teams in the Jackie Coyle Jamboree at Edward L. Bennett Rink at 6 p.m. West Haven, Notre Dame-West Haven, and NFI will give us an opportunity to see our boys in the most challenging experience on the ice so far.

On Wednesday, we saw how skilled our goalies were and the exceptional teamwork of our Spartans. The 2018-19 team is not afraid to shoot, grab the puck from their opponents, and put themselves out there. If we see that same spirit tonight, going up against some of the toughest teams in the area. I believe in the Spartans, and even though the Jamboree only gives you a taste of things to come, I think you will see some impressive action out on the ice tonight.

This season’s Amity Spartans includes some familiar names and a few new ones. Here is the 2018-19 Roster.

The three Senior Captains are Colin Hughes (8), Jason Csejka (18), and Kenneth Page (20).

The team includes two other seniors, Ryan Miller (7), and Nelson Bordeleau (10),

There are seven juniors this season, Cody White (13), Connor Bath (14), Ed Martino (17), Michael Lebreck (19), Nick Kiwanis (22), Sai Neelam (29), and Malachi Zurolo (31).

The sophomore players are: Dylan Raver (2), Justin Miller (4), Caleb Marcin (6), Tommy Schittina (11), Dylan Gherlone (15), Zack Cable (16), Jason Dittman (21), Ty Demaio (23), and Ty Cable (28)

There are two freshmen on the team this year: Ethan Moffett (9), and Michael Andreesen (30)

Head Coach is Mike Richetelli, who brought the 2014 Spartans to the state championship game. He’s assisted by Todd Dandelske, Jeff Buchter, and newcomer Jim Sokolske.

 

 

Boys Hockey: Spartans Defeat Rams, Advance to CIAC Quarterfinal On Friday

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Mar 082018
 

On Tuesday, March 6, the Amity Spartans hosted the Cheshire Rams in West Haven for the first round CIAC Boys Ice Hockey Tournament game.

First Period

Amity took the lead just 5:57 into the first period with a goal by sophomore Connor Bath, assisted by Jake Silliman and Joey Schittina.

Second Period

The Spartans didn’t waste any time scoring after returning to the ice. Jason Csejka got one in at just 32 seconds, assisted by Jamie Blum.

Third Period

Now 2 points behind, the Rams wanted nothing more than to get on the scoreboard and just 1:17 into the period Benjamin O’Connor took a shot from a blindside and made it past Amity Goalie Tyler Cole, who’d played an excellent game all afternoon.

As the game wound down Jamie Blum made two unassisted goals for the Spartans, the first at with 3:63 left on the clock and again with just 54 seconds remaining.

Amity wins, 4-1 and advances to the quarterfinals on Friday, March 9 at the Milford Ice Pavilion at 6 p.m.

#7 Amity (13-7-1) goes up against #2 Watertown-Pomperaug (17-3-1).

The last time these two teams met was just two weeks ago on Feb. 24, which was Amity’s “Senior Day” Game. Watertown won 6-1, and with that fresh on their minds, the Spartans will be ready for battle and hungry for a victory as they edge their way to the championship title.

NOTE: Ever since their first scrimmage, I’ve been telling Coach Mike Richetelli that these boys were going to the Championship game. Come on Amity, do what I KNOW you can do. stay focused and play hard. and remember DEFENSE! Best of Luck Boys.

This Week’s Varsity Sports Schedule

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Mar 042018
 

 

As the Winter Sports Season draws to a close with the all-important tournaments, here is this week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule (as of Sunday). Best of Luck to all our Spartans athletes.

Monday, March 5

Unified Sports High School Basketball Away at Tolland High School 3-5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 6

Boys Ice Hockey(12-1-8) vs Cheshire (9-2-9) Home – Bennett Rink – West Haven 5 p.m. (STATES)

NOTE: Amity Tied Cheshire 4-4 on Jan. 31

Boys Basketball vs Hartford Public Home at Amity High School 7 p.m. (STATES)

Thursday, March 8

Boys Swimming and Diving CIAC Class L Diving Trials/Finals Away – Middletown HS 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 10

Boys Swimming and Diving CIAC Class L Qualifying Away – East Hartford HS 11:30 a.m.

Boys Hockey: Joey Schittina’s Awesome Shot Wins It For Amity In Overtime

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Feb 202018
 

The Amity Spartans hosted the Tri-Town Knights in West Haven on Monday, Feb. 19.

The game got off to a slow start, oh, everyone tried to score, but no one managed to get one past either of the goalies.

In the second period, Tri-Town was first on the scoreboard at 3:30 with a Zack Roy making a goal, assisted by Andrew Gaines and Jacob Ellis

Seven minutes later, at 11:11 Amity’s Joey Schittina tied the game, assisted by Jamie Blum and Jacob Silliman.

The third period saw a lot of furious action, with Amity far outshooting Tri-Town, yet it mirrored the first period with no advance in the score on either side.

In overtime, the teams had 8 minutes to make it or break it.

Both teams had about equal possession time, then, with just 2:49 remaining, Schittina magically tipped the puck into the net past a stunned Payton Emrick. This was Schittina’s second goal of the game. He was assisted by Michael Miller and Brian Early.

Score by Periods

Amity         0  1  0  1  Total 2

Tri-Town    0  1  0  0  Total 1

Congratulations to Joey Schittina for a job well done, and to the two goalies, Amity’s Michael Holloway and Tri-Town’s Payton Emrick, for all of their hard work throughout the game.

Next Up: Amity has three more games remaining in the regular season. Thursday, Feb. 22 Away vs Trinity Catholic at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 24, Home vs Watertown-Pomperaug at 3 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 26 Away vs Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe at 8 p.m.

 

Boys’ Hockey: Amity’s Jamie Blum Ties Game With 1:41 On The Clock

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Feb 022018
 

The Amity Spartans Ice Hockey team hosted the Cheshire Rams in West Haven on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

The teams were fairly evenly matched, so both were prepared for a tough battle.

First Period

Both the Rams and Spartans skated fast and fought hard to be first to score, but that honor belonged to Cheshire at 12:12 when Kyle Letourneau got one past Amity’s goalie Michael Holloway on an assist from Liam Killea. Score: 1-0 Cheshire

Second Period

Amity skated onto the smooth ice full of vim and vigor, and determined to get in a position where Cheshire would be trying to catch up to them and it didn’t take long. jason Csejka, one of the Spartan’s tried and true warriors who is almost guaranteed to score in every game, made an unassisted goal just 1:55 into the period.

Less than two minutes later, Jamie Blum, another star player on the team, began broke the early tie, assisted by Csejka and jacob Silliman. Then it was Csejka’s turn again making a goal on an assist from Blum at 8:18.

At 3-1 the Spartans were looking good. The puck landed in the net one more time, but it didn’t count because the referee ruled that the net moved before the goal — spectators disagreed.

With :18 seconds remaining in the period, James Ilnicki, scored for the Rams, assisted by Evan Veivia, and   Letoruneau. Score 3-2 Amity.

Third Period: 

With such a tight score, both teams were determined to win this battle. Early on it looked like it may be a heartbreaker for the Spartans, when Cheshire’s Killea, assisted by Ilnicki, tied the game at 3:41. Then at 5:50 Killea was back taking the lead with an unassisted goal and for 7 minutes it wasn’t looking good for the home team. They played their hearts out, but couldn’t land one – until, with just 1:41 remaining in the game, Blum, assisted by Colin Hughes scored and tied the game at 4.

Overtime: 

The action on the ice was furious as the Rams and Spartans went head to head again doing everything possible to break that tie, but goalies Mike Holloway and Nick Maringola would not let anything by. So the game ended in a tie, a first for both teams.

All of the boys played to win and didn’t give up, but once the buzzer sounded there was no winner and no loser.

This was Amity’s first overtime game and head coach Mike Richetelli couldn’t have been more proud. He said “We had a solid effort from everyone tonight in all three periods.”

“Every time we play Cheshire it’s always a solid effort by both teams,” Richetelli said. “The games are always great battles. We play similar teams in tough schedules. As a result, an example of how closely we match up they were 7-6 coming into this game and our team was 6-5.”

He said Csejka (a junior) and Blum (a senior) offer so much to the younger team members. They lead by example with good sportsmanship, determination, and skill.

SCOREBOARD

CHESHIRE 1 1 2 0—4

AMITY      0 3 1 0—4

Shots: Amity 40, Cheshire 31.

Saves: Cheshire Nick Maringola 36; Amity Mike Holloway 27.

Records: Cheshire 7-6-1; Amity 6-5-1.

Next Up: The Spartans are on the road at DiLungo Rink on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m, for a game against the East Haven/Old Lyme/Old Saybrook/East Hampton co-op.

 

Boys Hockey: Amity Defeats North Haven 4-1

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Jan 102018
 

The Amity Spartans Hockey Team hosted North Haven in West Haven on Saturday, Jan. 5.

First Period

Amity got things started with Jordan Conn’s goal, assisted by Connor Bath at 4:55. North Haven answered at 9:55 with a goal by Jamie Montesi, assisted by Jack Marottolo. Score 1-1

Second Period

Amity came out on fire with James Blum scoring on an assist from Jason Csejka at 0:09, then it was Csejka’s turn, he scored at 4:35, assisted by Colin Hughes and Michael Miller. Score 3-1 Amity

With the end of the game drawing near and just 3 minutes left on the clock, North Haven’s Coach decided to pull his goalie and get an extra player on the ice. At first it seemed to work and the puck stayed on Amity’s end of the rink. Then Csejka broke away and made one final, unassisted goal into the empty net at 13:35, securing a 4-1 victory for the Spartans.

Amity Coach Michael Richetelli was pleased with his team’s performance, considering back-to-back snow days kept them from being able to practice prior to the game. “Today was pretty good,” he said. “North Haven is a very good team, they were solid they hit the post a couple of times and Michael had some big plays for us. Overall we did a good job.”

Saves: North Haven: Jeremy Hickcox 28; Amity: Michael Holloway 29.

Amity outshot North Haven 32-30.

Records:  A 4-1, NH 2-3.

The Spartans play against the West Haven Blue Devils (as visitors) at the Bennett Rink on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Preceded by a special ceremony to retire the late Rob Fumiatti’s jersey number. Fumiatti, was wounded in the line of duty as a New Haven Police Officer. He also was a beloved Amity Hockey Coach.

Boys’ Hockey: Early Makes First Career Goal Against Milford

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Jan 052018
 

The Amity Spartans celebrate teammate Brian Early’s first career goal on Wednesday.

The Amity Spartans hosted the Milford Indians co-op hockey team (Foran/Law/Platt Tech) at the Edward L Bennett Rink in West Haven on Wednesday evening.

Coach Mike “Scooter” Richetelli’s boys came into this game with a mission — they were going to win. At 6:47 Brian Early (#28) made his first career goal, assisted by Jason Csejka (#18) and Jamie Blum (#17). The celebration was fantastic, not only for Early but also his teammates and Spartans fans. Csejka came flying in from the side and lept onto the group — this was a big moment for the entire team.

In the second period, Amity came out strong again with Csejka scoring a goal at 1:19, assisted by Blum. Then, at 4:21 it was Blum’s turn to add a point, assisted by Csejka. At 8:59, Joey Schittina made a goal, assisted by Early and Ken Page.

The Spartans ended the second period with a strong 4-0 lead.

A third of the way into the third period, it looked like the Spartans would be celebrating a shut-out until Milford’s Santiago Palacio was tripped while trying to make a shot and awarded a penalty shot.

With no one else on the ice but Palacio and Amity goaltender Michael Holloway, he took the shot and scored Milford’s only goal at 5:36.

The Spartans won 4-1, improving their record to 3-1. Milford’s record is 2-3.

Amity hosts North Haven at the Edward L Bennett Rink at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6. Come on down and cheer them on. It will be warmer inside than outdoors guaranteed!

 

Boys Hockey: Spartans Defeat Icecats

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Dec 172017
 

The Amity Spartans Ice Hockey team hosted the BBD [Brookfield/Bethel/Danbury] Icecats at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven for its season opener on Saturday, Dec. 16.

This was the first game of the season, but we’ve seen the Spartans play a couple of times already and have been very impressed with their skill and focus.

During a scrimmage with Masuk on Dec. 12, the Spartans stayed ahead of the game, defeating their guests 6-3.

On Dec. 13 at the West Haven Jamboree, the Spartans played two 20 minute periods the first, against West Haven, which ended in a 0-0 tie. Both teams played hard and the goalies for each played their hearts out.

On Saturday, Dec. 16, The Spartans came on strong and showed what they were made of.

halfway through the first period, Colin Hughes (#8) made the first goal, assisted by Jacob Stillman (#6) and Connor Bath (#14).

About 2 minutes later, Chase Kozak (#23) scored, assisted by Nick Kiwanis.

Amity 2 – BBD 0

In the second period, Amity’s Connor Bath slammed one into the net on a power play, assisted by Jason Csejka (#18) and Ken Page (#20).

Nearly 8 minutes later, BBD’s Tanner Trew (#13) put the Ice Cats on the scoreboard on an assist from Spencer Abrams (#14)

Amity 3 – BBD 1

Just 59 seconds into the third period Jason Csejka scored on an assist from Colin Hughes (#8) and Brian Early (#28)

BBD scored the last goal of the game halfway through the period. Patryk Fancher (#25 made the shot on an assist from James McCarthy (#8).

Final= Amity 4 – BBD  2

Amity outshot BBD 37-16

BBD Goalie Stephen Fanning made 33 saves; Amity’s Michael Holloway made 14 saves.

The Spartans take on Daniel Hand at the Bennett Rink on Friday, Dec. 22, at 6:30 p.m.

 

Define Excitement: 2017-18 Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey Team

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Dec 132017
 

On Tuesday, Dec. 12, I attended a scrimmage game between the Amity Spartans and the Masuk Panthers Varsity ice Hockey Teams.

Of course, the scrimmages don’t count for the season, but from what I saw out on the ice in what resulted in a 6-3 “victory” for the Spartans, this year’s team, with its 11 seniors, promises to give fans something to cheer about.

Out and about at many Amity events, it’s clear that students adore former Hockey coach Gary Lindgren, and I don’t think that will ever change – he’s a lovable guy. But back in 2013-14 when Gary was battling cancer, his assistant coach Mike “Scooter” Richetelli stepped in and brought the boys all the way to the state championship game.

Richetelli, now the Head Coach, and most of the coaching staff are back, and the team is amazingly fast, aggressive and tight.

Unfortunately, the current roster hasn’t yet been posted to the CIAC website, and Amity’s new revamped site is still a mess (just my opinion). The Spartans play again tonight in the Jamboree at Bennett Rink (West Haven High School), taking the ice for 20 minutes against West Haven around 6:40 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. against Immaculate.

Richetelli said the team had a good scrimmage in Westfield, MA that gave them an early start and they did well on Tuesday. “We have 11 seniors and with their leadership, they’ll do what they’re supposed to do.” — (I wonder if any of those seniors were part of the excitement in 2014).

For the team’s first official game of the season, they’ll host BBD (Brookfield/Danbury and ?) at the Edward Bennett Rink in West Haven. this Saturday, Dec.16 at 6 p.m.

I encourage everyone to come out to cheer on the Spartans. Who knows, this could be another championship season in the making.

 

NOTE: Don’t forget the Girls’ Ice Hockey team, which always plays incredibly well, has three games this week.

Friday, Dec. 15 vs New Canaan Home at Rinks at Shelton 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 16 vs Lauralton Hall Home at Rinks at Shelton at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 17 vs Masuk-Joel Barlow-Newtown-Oxford (Away) at Rinks at Shelton at 6:30 p.m.