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Boys Hockey: OUCH, Stamford Skates Over The Spartans

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Jan 082020
 

The Amity Spartans hosted Stamford/Westhill in West Haven on Wednesday night. The student fan section came out to watch them play, and the parents were there too, as was I.

What was going known in advance to be a huge challenge, turned out to be so much more.

Not only does Stamford have really handsome uniforms, but they also have a lot of tricks up their sleeves.

When Amity first came out onto the ice, they had their game faces on, looking strong and determined to be contenders in this battle. Brendan Smith was the goaltender and he showed off some really impressive ninja moves in the first period. Amity outshot Stamford and kept Jared Maloney on the move, but at the end of one, the score was a tie at 0.

1:29 Jason Marchese assisted by Tyler Tuccinardi, 3:24, power-play goal by Marchese assisted by Tucker Healy and Tuccinardi, 10:34 shorthand goal by Healy assisted by Jason Bacco, 11:20, shorthand unassisted goal by Gavin Dolan, 12:14 Edward Zelerman scored the fifth goal of the game assisted by Healy and Tuccinardi.

Finally, in the second, just 26 seconds after Stamford scored, Nick Kiwanis got one past the defensive line and Maloney, assisted by Connor Bath and Caleb Marcin.

Second-period score: 5-1.

Could Amity recover from this in the third period?

After the Zamboni smoothed the ice Stamford lined up outside the rink and the refs put the nets in place as the clock ticked down the seconds, someone asked, “Is Amity coming out?” And there they were, taking to the ice like they wanted to take care of business.

Amity fans didn’t have to wait too long, at 2:48 Connor Bath scored with a power-play on an assist from Justin Miller. Now we’re talking! But Stamford had other plans, it only took 56 seconds for Healy to score an unassisted goal, and it was downhill for the Spartans from there.

At 9:02 a power-play goal and Healy got a hattrick assisted by 24. A minute later Jordan Grabine shot one over Smith’s shoulder for a power-play goal assisted by Ethan Skaug.

Then with just 4:03 remaining Hunter Gilchrist slipped one in behind Smith’s back assisted by Bacco.

Stamford remains undefeated with this 9-2 victory.

Although I didn’t speak to Coach Mike Richetelli after this game, I believe he would have said something like, “You have to play if you want to win.”

Records: Stamford 6-0, Amity 1-3-1

Boys Hockey: No Winners or Losers In Saturday’s Overtime Matchup

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Jan 062020
 

The Amity Spartans hosted North Haven in West Haven on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 3 p.m.

Naturally, the game could have gone either way and in the first period it appeared that North Haven was a little more determined to take it.

At 14:06 North Haven’s Aaron Racino asst by Owen Quick got the puck past Amity’s goalie Brendan Smith in his first career start. Then, 31 seconds later, Eli Brubacher, assisted by Racino brought the score to 2-0.

You simply can’t write off the 2019-20 Spartans, though, just 12 seconds after returning to the ice, Amity Captain Nick Kiwanis shot a goal, assisted by co-captain Justin Miller and Connor Bath, giving Amity fans the hope they needed.

At 5:39 in the third, Jason Dittmann tied the game on a power play, assisted by Kiwanis and Dom Harris.

In overtime, both teams battled for that extra point, but nothing more happened and the game ended in a 2-2 tie. No winners, no losers, but an awesome effort on both sides.

The Spartans will play a HOME game against Westhill-Stamford in West Haven at 6 p.m. Come cheer on our boys then.

 

 

Boys Hockey: Spartans VS Tigers, Refs Hand Out Penalties like Candy Canes at Christmas

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Dec 202019
 

The Amity Spartans Boys Hockey Team hosted the Daniel Hand Tigers in West Haven on Dec. 18.

Under the leadership of head coach Michael Scooter Richetelli, the “young” Amity players held their own against the Hand team (nearly equal makeup), which is coached by former Amity coach Brian Gonsalves.

Hand came onto the ice with a vengeance and quickly showed that they meant business. During the first 3 minutes of the game (:41; 1:06; and 2:47) the Tigers scored three goals.

Amity’s Connor Bath (#14) answered back with the Spartan’s first goal, a power play, assisted by captains Justin Miller (#4) and Nick Kiwanis (#22)

Amity managed to hold off Hand in the second period and the score stayed at 3-1 until the end of the third period.

With 3:49 remaining, Hand slipped another goal past goalie Sai Neelam (#29). The Tigers finished the game with a fifth goal with 1:11 left on the clock, defeating Amity 5-1.

Saves: Amity 27, Hand 26.

NOTE:

The referees were really paying attention to what was going on during this game, handing out penalties like candy canes at a Christmas parade.

Often the penalty boxes had 2 players from each team sitting it out.

Hand had 14 penalties to Amity’s 10. Most of the penalties cost the players 2 minutes of downtime, but some were in the box for 10-12 minutes. There weren’t too many chants of “You can’t do that” because players on both sides were “doing it.”

Amity Coach Richetelli said the boys still have some work to do, “But we’ll get there.”

We agree. There’s a lot of talent on this team, “young” or not. They just need the confidence and experience to know when to make that move.

 

 

 

Boys Hockey: Cheshire Tops Amity On Feb. 16

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Feb 182019
 

Following a mind-blowing start to the season, the Amity Boys Hockey Team went from unbeatable to maybe they will, maybe they won’t.

Last week, at 5-5, Amity went into overtime with North Branford in a nail-biter of a game. They lost, and no one was really thrilled about it, but we still stand by our team, knowing how GREAT they CAN be, and that tournament play is right around the corner.

Last Saturday, when the Spartans played the Cheshire Rams at Wesleyan U. The first period remained scoreless until 16 seconds before the buzzer, when the Rams got one past Malachi Zurolo.

First Period Score: 1-0 Cheshire.

Amity showed that skill and spirit we’ve come to know and love within just 1:04 after returning to the ice and 6 tied the game on an assist from 10.

Just a minute later, 8 pulled the Spartans ahead on an assist from 14, and that was it for the second period.

Score: 2-1 Amity

Cheshire was determined in the third period and tied the game after only 2:30 had passed.

Tie 2-2 end of three and on to overtime.

With 8 minutes in which to show the other team how it’s done, there’s always a battle in overtime.

Unfortunately, the Rams netted the puck at 5:12 and won this one.

Final Score: 3-2 Cheshire.

Catching Up – A Recap Of Recent Unreported Boys and Girls Hockey Games

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Jan 242019
 

On Jan. 17, the Blades (Amity/North Haven/Cheshire) girls ice hockey team was on the road for a matchup against Masuk.

The Blades got off to a good start with Andrea DelVecchio scoring off an assist from Shannon Reilly

First Period Score: 1-0 Blades

The Blades were on fire in the second period with four goals: Reilly assisted by Sara Cable; Olivea Kosh assisted by Mia Dow; Meaghan Hogan assisted by Haley Cable; and Reilly with an unassisted goal.

Second Period Score: 5-0 Blades

In the third period DelVecchio scored on an assist from S. Cable

Final: 6-0 Blades

Saves: Eva Smith made 25 saves for Masuk, Caitlyn Ranciato made 8 saves for the Blades.

Congratulations on your shut-out girls. Hats off to head coach John Peschell for a job well done.

 

Amity Spartans Boys Team

The Amity Spartans Ice Hockey Team was on the road in Stamford on Jan. 19.

Very briefly, here’s what happened.

Stamford came out shooting in the first period and scored within the first 2:33 minutes.

First Period Score: 1-0 Stamford

The second period belonged to Amity with Cody White making a goal just 2:50 after returning to the ice on an assist from Caleb Marcin. Then, with only 4:50 remaining in the period, Nick Kiwanis scored on an assist from Connor Bath.

Second Period Score: 2-1 Amity

Both teams made numerous shots and after nearly 9 minutes it was looking hopeful for the Spartans.

Then Stamford tied the game with a goal at 9:01. With tie-breaking overtime looking probable, and just 1:22 remaining in the game Stamford swooped in and made the game-winning goal.

Stamford wins 3-2. So Close.

Records: Amity 7-4, Stamford 6-5

 

 

 

 

Boys Ice Hockey: Zurolo Deflects 42 Shots From (D1) Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe

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Jan 182019
 

The Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey Team hosted Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe (D1) in West Haven on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. 

Amity knew that this was going to be a tough game, and they were ready to fight their hardest for a win. 

Everyone entered the ice with confidence, but the game went sideways rather quickly. In 3:10, Fairfield’s Rhys Davis shot one into the net, assisted by Kyle Mazza. And with barely enough time to get back into position, Fairfield struck again six seconds later as Brendan Carney struck like a cobra, assisted by Ashton Lewis and Finn Hoey. 

Amity made 22 shots, all of which were deflected by FWL’s goalie, Will Capalbo. 

First Period Score: 2-0 Fairfield

The beginning of the second period gave us a glimmer of hope. Just 4:33 after entering the rink, Amity’s Jason Csejka smacked one in past Capalbo, assisted by Nelson Bordeleau and Caleb Marcin. 

Almost five minutes later, Fairfield’s James Pisciotta scored, assisted by Carney and Lewis. 

Both teams kept shooting furiously, yet no more goals were posted until, 20.9 seconds before the buzzer, when Kevin Quinn got one past Amity goal tender Malachi Zurolo, assisted by Bobby Winter and Sam Swanson. 

Second Period Score: 4-1 Fairfield

We know that the Spartans often have a very strong third period, and even though six minutes passed before anything happened, Bordeleau scored on an assist from Csejka, and Amity had 9 minutes to tie or win the game, and boy, did they work at it. 

But, Fairfield pulled ahead even further at 9:32 with Carney’s goal, assisted by Lewis and Hoey. 

Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe handed Amity its second loss of the season (5-2). 

Head Coach Michael Richetelli said Fairfield has a really strong team.

“We played hard tonight, 22 shots in the first period, that shows how hard we worked,” he said. Even with the loss, he added, “We’re okay. The reason we put tough opponents in our schedule is so we can get better. We’ll be fine.” 

Saves: Zurolo, 42 stops for Amity; Capalbo 32 for FWL.

Records: Amity 7-2, Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe 6-1-2

Next Up For The Spartans: Amity is on the road on Saturday for a matchup against Westhill-Stamford (5-4) in Stamford at 4 p.m. 

NOTE: I believe the coach. I believe in this team. I KNOW they will come back, just as strong as they were at the beginning of the season. Their schedule isn’t going to get any easier, they still have West Haven, Hand, Guilford, and Cheshire to face (and second to Hand, Amity has most victories this season than any of them). Amity has what it takes to play in the State Championship Game. All we have to do … is Believe.

 

Boys Hockey: Branford Hornets Sting Spartans, Break Amity’s Winning Streak

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Jan 142019
 

The Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey team was on the road in North Haven on Saturday for a game against the Branford Hornets.

Although Amity had a great 7 game run, we knew the threat of a loss was possible as the season went on and the competition grew more difficult. They’ve been working hard in practices and at every game, and they were ready for battle.

Going in, Branford had a 4-2-1 record and naturally, they didn’t want to lose and were prepared for a fight.

The first period set the pace for the rest of the game, Branford’s Blake Kustra made an unassisted goal just 1:11 into the game, that was followed by Jack Manware, sinking one in at 6:30, assisted by Max Bunton.

First Period Score: 2-0 Branford

Amity came out strong in the second period with Jay Csejka making a goal in the first 38 seconds, assisted by 10 and 20.

Second Period Score: 2-1 Branford

The Hornets dominated the third period beginning with a solo goal by Manware at 1:32. Exactly four minutes later, Rob Lionetti scored on an assist from Theo Kirby.

Amity made a lot of shots, but couldn’t seem to get anything past goaltender Greg Lucente, who used his best Jedi moves against the Spartans.

Branford continued its attack on Amity goalie Mal Zurolo and at 8:54, Chris Donadio smacked one past him, bringing the final score to 5-1.  With that, the Hornets broke the Spartans’ 7-game winning streak.

Disappointment swept through the stands as Amity fans slowly retreated to the parking lot.

The Spartans’ locker room was quiet, as they went over the game in their heads.

Records: Amity 7-1, Branford 5-2-1

Head Coach Mike “Scooter” Richetelli said a lot of things contribute to a loss, on this day, it was because Amity was outworked by Branford. “You’re not going to win if you get outworked. That’s a good lesson to learn,” he said. “They deserved to win today. It’s all about hard work, our schedule just gets tougher from here — that’s how it’s supposed to be.”

“If you want to go through this and just skate through it, you’re not going to make anything of yourself,” Richetelli said. “Our goal is to make sure we have a strong competitive schedule and do the things we’re supposed to do. On Sunday, we have practice, we’ll get to work and get ready for Wednesday. We’ll be fine. They learned a lesson today, and we’ll move on, that’s what life’s all about.

Next Up For The Spartans: HOME game vs Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe (D1) (4-1-2) on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m.

Boys Hockey: Still Undefeated, Amity Spartans Victorious Over Newtown

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Jan 032019
 

Amity’s Cody White slaps in his first of three goals in the first period.

The Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey team has had a stellar season so far, but we know that as time goes on, there will be a team that will keep them from having a successful outcome, but Wednesday, Jan. 2 was not that day.

Amity hosted Newtown in West Haven and fought as hard as ever for another win.

Just shy of six minutes into the game the Nighthawks’ Jeremy Larkin scored the first goal, assisted by David Brestovansky.

Well, that just wouldn’t do for the Spartans, and eight seconds after Newtown’s celebration broke up, Amity’s Cody White slipped one into the net, tying the game.

Mike Richetelli’s boys showed their true spirit, shooting one after another at Newtown’s goalie Matthias Paltauf and within 2:49 of his first goal, White scored again, assisted by Ken Page and Jason Csejka. But he wasn’t done yet. With just 1:58 remaining in the period, White got a hat trick, with the assistance of Michael Lebreck and Page.

First Period Score: Amity 3-1

Both teams returned to the ice for the second period and it took a while, with a lot of back and forth, then Csejka made a goal for Amity, assisted by Nelson Bordeleau.

Four minutes later, the Nighthawks’ Brestovansky scored on an assist from Andrew Gardener.

Second Period Score: Amity 4-2

Amity wasted no time going into the final period. Connor Bath had the crowd screaming as he shot one into the net just 10 seconds in, assisted by Nick Kiwanis.

More than ten minutes passed before Dylan Gherlone scored, assisted by Page and Lebreck.

It looked like a clean win for the Spartans when Newtown’s James Celentano got one past Amity’s freshman goalie Michael Andreeson with only 40.2 seconds remaining. He was assisted by Aiden Bepko.

The Spartans celebrated their fifth consecutive victory, by defeating Newtown 6-3.

Next Up: Amity is on the road at the Northford Ice Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 5 for a game against North Haven (1-1-4) at 8:30 p.m.

Coach Quotes: Head Coach Mike Richetelli took a moment to share his thoughts about the game.

“We wanted to give freshman goalie Michael Andreessen an opportunity to show what he can do, and he had his first win.”

“Cody White had a hat trick tonight in the first period. He had a very good game. Dylan Gherlone got his first career goal on a power play right at the end.” 

“We worked hard, we won each period, and that was the goal. We got a little chippy and although tempers are a part of the game, we have to stay out of the penalty box. That’s another goal to stay out of the penalty box and keep moving forward.”

“We had a lot of firsts. Everyone got their feet wet tonight, everyone got in and we had a great result, but there’s always still plenty to work on.” 

 

Boys’ Ice Hockey: Spartans Spank Indians In Milford

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Dec 182018
 

Coming off of an awesome victory over NFI last week, the Amity Spartans Ice Hockey team was feeling confident and ready to go at their second regular season game on Saturday, Dec. 15.

This game against the Milford Indians at the Milford Ice Pavillion was reminiscent of televised NHL games in the 80s, with a ridiculous list of penalties in which the home team (Milford) accumulated 9 to Amity’s 7.

The game got off to a quick start with Amity’s Nelson Bordeleau getting one in just 3:52 into the first period, assisted by Cody White and Ed Martino.

About 8 minutes later Milford’s #14 (name unavailable) tied the game off an assist from #11 Kosh.

Martino quickly answered by scoring Amity’s second goal, assisted by Jason Csejka.

First Period Score: Amity 2, Milford 1.

Just 3:28 after returning to the ice, Tommy Schittina made a goal for Amity, assisted by Bordeleau and Justin Miller. Then 10 minutes and several shots later, White scored off a Martino assist, bringing the Spartans lead to 4-1.

Moments later both #20s, Amity’s Ken Page and Milford’s Ubaldi, were sent to their respective penalty boxes for roughing with only 50 seconds remaining in the second period.

Second Period Score: Amity 4, Milford 1

It took a while for the third period to get going since so many penalties were being handed out. In the first 10 minutes we saw slashing, cross-checking, high sticking, roughing, tripping and unsportsmanlike behavior. with players from both teams spending time in the box.

Finally, at 10:19, White scored off an assist from Csejka. It only took three minutes for Caleb Marcin to find the net, assisted by Csejka.

I hope you didn’t blink, because, within seven seconds, Dylan Raver swooped in and scored on White’s assist.

This was an exciting game, the Spartans really showed what they had to offer. With a 7-1 victory, the Spartans are now 2-0 for the season.

Amity Head Coach Michael Richetelli said Milford did its job and his Spartans had a great day. Many of the new, younger players got ice time and did very well.

Fans are recognizing that the Spartans are playing like a seasoned team that’s been together much longer than just a couple of games. We all have high hopes that we’ll see them go all the way to the states this year. Yes, they’re that good.

Come cheer the Spartans on to another victory at the Danbury Ice Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7:40 p.m. The Boys will be playing against BBD

Go get ’em Amity!

 

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.