Jan 242015


Graham Hughes #18, fires one in during a tough game against Scarsdale.

Even before skating onto the Edward Bennett Rink on Friday evening, the Amity Spartans knew that they had a battle ahead of them going up against an undefeated division 1 team from Scarsdale New York. 

The first period was a heartbreaker for Amity. The Raiders wasted no time posting on the scoreboard with Captain James Nicholas (#16) making his first of four goals at :33 on an assist from Devon Schell (#15). 

The Raiders showed Amity why they are undefeated, firing on Spartan goalie Tyler Cole (#30). Then, at 5:07 Stephen Nicholas (#17) scored, assisted by Sam Stemerman (#3). 

Less than 2 minutes later Stephen Nicholas added another point on an assist from Michael Roberts (#2); and a minute after that James Nicholas and Schell repeated their moves from the game’s initial point; just two minutes later James Nicholas got his hat trick on an assist from Dunkan Hindmarch (#5). Ending the first period at 5-0. 

Scarsdale Freshman Sam Seltzer (#1) made 5 saves; Cole made 12 saves. 

The second period action was fast and furious with Cole deflecting the puck on every shot until the duo of Nicholas and Schell got one past him at 9:15.

Four minutes later, Hindmarch scored for the Raiders on assists from Jonathan Schwartz (#29) and Blake Ruggert (#24), broadening their lead to 7-0. 

Finally, :48 later with only :32.1 remaining in the middle period, Amity Senior Zach Shelnitz (#8) snapped one in past a stunned Raiders goal keeper Gabriel Harousseau (#30). Amity fans saw it go into the net, Shelnitz saw it get by the goalie, but the two referees stopped to discuss it before making their call, which seemed to take forever. (See video on the Orange Live Facebook page). 

Spartans fans roared when the decision went their way. 

Second period score 7-1. 

Harousseau made 7 saves; Cole made 11. 

Unless you were in the locker room, you don’t know what the Spartans coaches said after they left the ice, but when the boys came back in the third period, they were on fire, playing a lot like the 2013-14 team. 

Skating fast and furious, passing, intercepting and shooting like they never have this season. 

Just 4:19 into the period, Nick DeGennaro (#5), scored for the Spartans, assisted by Dalton Luciani (#28).

To everyone’s amazement, Amity scored on a pass from Mac Deane (#22) to Shelnitz. 

A little more than 5 minutes later at 12:06 Scarsdale got its 8th and final goal, with Jake Zurkow (#11) scoring off an assist from Stephen Nicholas. 

With 2:14 remaining in the game, Shelnitz got a hat trick, assisted by Jeremy Cable (#14) and Kevin Ryan (#9). 

Scarsdale outshot Amity 40-22. 

With this 8-4 victory, they remain undefeated. 

Amity’s record is 2-1-9.

The Spartans play Guilford (3-5) in West Haven on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 1 p.m.  (In December, Amity defeated Guilford 7-2)

NOTE: Although I took all of this information directly off the official score sheet, a parent later informed me that Graham Hughes #18, got the middle goal that was credited in the article to Schelnitz…. With the assists going to #10 Tim Johnson and #22 Mac Deane. (I don’t know how the scorekeeper could get that wrong).

Jan 192015

IMG_1267The Amity Spartans went up against the Glastonbury Tomahawks Monday afternoon at the Edward Bennett Rink in West Haven.

Glastonbury quickly got on the board within the first 2 minutes with Matt Holdaway scoring on an assist from Tyler Maclean.

Less than 6 minutes later Holdaway slammed an unassisted goal by Amity goal tender Tyler Cole, giving Glastonbury a 2-0 lead going into the second period.

The Tomahawks wasted no time in the second period firing relentlessly on Cole. Shane Mack scored just 1:44 into the period, on an assist from Trevor Suydam. 38 seconds later, Maclean fired one in on an assist from Adam Yaeger.

The two teams battled it out passing, intercepting, shooting and finally, at 9:22 Amity’s Captain Kevin Ryan scored an unassisted goal, putting Amity on the board, bringing the score to 4-1 (Glastonbury).

In the third period Amity proved it had the stamina to keep up with Glastonbury, and the first 2/3 of play time, the goalkeepers on both teams did phenomenal jobs keeping their opponents from adding to their scores.

But Glastonbury could not be kept down. At 9:21 Zach McGrail scored on an assist from Suydam. Less than a minute later at 10:15 Yaeger also scored, assisted by Maclean and Holdaway.

Final Score 7-1 Glastonbury.

With 1:33 left in the game Jared Roy, assisted by Justin Catinazzo and Logan Underwood brought in the winning goal.

Amity Coach Gary Lindgren said he was sad, but not disappointed in the boys.

“We have a young team and they have a tough schedule,” he said. “They played hard and put a lot into it today. We have two more games this week.”

Of his team, win or lose, Lindgren said, “They’re working hard.”



Jan 162015

IMG_9204The Amity Spartans 1-1-5 faced off against Wilton 2-5 Friday night at Bennett Rink in West Haven.

This time around Amity’s Charlie Csejka was first to score with 9:25 left in the first period, and Wilton was scoreless.

It took quite a while, but finally with just 3:34 left in 2nd, Wilton’s Jameson Hill tied the game at 1-1.

Wilton came out like gangbusters in the third and David Craven scored in the first 13 seconds. One-upping Amity 2-1.

The Spartans  really needed this win, and Kevin Ryan came in and got one past wilton’s goalkeeper with 4:29 remaining, tying the game.

Now, with the score at 2-2 both teams were determined to win in overtime.

And … Kyle Jonas from Wilton slams one in to win the game 3-2.

Wilton outshot Amity 36-24.


The Spartans Play in Danbury Saturday, Jan. 17 at 4:10 p.m.


Jan 072015

IMG_0156When the Amity Hockey team steps onto the ice tonight against North Branford, the “goal” is to prove they can play the game.

With only one win this season (Cheshire 7-2) one tie (North Haven 2-2) and three losses, and just 15 remaining games in 2015, they have to step things up if they are going to see tournament play.

At Saturday’s game against Milford at the Milford Ice Pavillion, David McLenithan, assisted by Jarred Butts got one past Amity goalie Tyler Johnston at 4:45 into the first period putting the Indians in the lead 1-0.

The Spartans came out stronger in the second period taking shots, and playing hard, but it wasn’t until there was only 4:26 remaining that Amity finally scored.

Jeremy Cable, assisted by Kevin Ryan and Dalton Luciani slid one in past the Indians goalie Sean Rowland, tying the game at 1-1.

In the final period, Milford’s Jonathan DePascale passed the puck to Jacob Comeau who scored the winning goal with 5:20 left in the game.

Milford 2, Amity 1.

Milford outshot Amity 27-23 and both goalies earned their keep, Johnston with 25 saves for the Spartans and Rowland with 22 saves for the Indians.

Amity’s coaches were not happy with their teams performance, noting they had a lot of missed opportunities.

Asst. Coach Mike Richetelli said they would work on their plays during Tuesday’s practice and it was time for the senior players to step up and lead.

Tonight’s game takes place at the Bennett Rink in West Haven at 6:30 p.m.

May 302014


Even as he battled cancer, Coach Gary Lindgren supported his beloved Hockey Team.

Even as he battled cancer, Coach Gary Lindgren supported his beloved Hockey Team.

Amity students, athletes, teachers, staff and parents all seem to adore Amity Hockey Coach Gary Lindgren

The soft spoken, caring coach found out he had cancer at the beginning of the Hockey season and battled the disease valiantly, just as his beloved Spartans Hockey Team fought to win the CIAC state title. Gary attended as many games as he could, even coming out to support his players during the tournament after undergoing chemotherapy treatments earlier in the day.

Before the season Gary appointed assistant coach Mike “Scooter” Richetelli as interim coach. As most Orange Live readers know, Richetelli was named SCC Hockey Coach of the Year and brought the Spartans all the way to the championship tournaments.

Richetelli and assistant coaches Todd Dandelske, Don Linley and Brian Gonsalves never gave up hope that Gary would return to the team full-time and stood by their head coach through good days and bad.

Gary’s wife, Laura was his rock and along with their daughters Erika and Carly offering him all the help and encouragement he needed to get through his ordeal.

Gary looked gaunt during the state championship game.

Gary looked gaunt during the state championship game.

How It Began

Nine months ago, Gary was playing softball in the playoffs of the over-50 league in which he played shortstop. A ball bounced up and hit him in the mouth, breaking his jaw and knocking out a tooth. His doctor noticed a bump on his neck that turned out to be a cyst.

Surgeons discovered a cancerous tumor in his lymph nodes on Nov. 20 which led to surgery in early December to remove 29 lymph nodes and his tonsils, all of which contained cancer.

Relay for Life

Gary is this year’s honoree at the BOW Relay for Life. He will be recognized at the opening ceremonies at 6 p.m.

The Relay committee is encouraging anyone who’s life was touched by Gary (athletes, fellow coaches, students, friends) to come out and support him on this very special occasion.




Mar 142014

The Spartans Celebrate their first Goal of the tourney opener.

The Spartans Celebrate their first Goal of the tourney opener.

The Amity Spartans skated onto the ice in the CIAC State Tourney opener determined to make every second count. Last year they were eliminated in the fires round and that was not going to happen while this senior class was still around. 

Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe’s Captain Conor Scharlop (2) got one past Amity’s goalkeeper Brian Mosher (30) on a power play assisted by Austin Armas (14)  and Captain Jack O’Rourke (7) with 4:06 left in the first period.

Amity fans hearts sank as the Mustangs took a 2-0 lead with just 1:55 remaining when Trevor Demilt (6), assisted by Matthew Stern (4) and sophomore Jack McCormick (8) smacked one into the net.

As the clock ran out with just 55.6 seconds left in the first period, Brett McNeil (8) on an assist from Dalton Luciani (28) got the Spartans on the board, bringing the score to 2-1.

Amity owned the second period with a solo goal by Adam Shea (5) at 4:59 tying the game at 2-2.

Zach Shelnitz (14) broke that tie with a power play, assisted by Shea with 3:29 seconds left in the middle period.

The third period was stressful for both Grace and Mosher as the Spartans and Mustangs did everything they could to win this game.

With just 2 minutes left in the game, Grace was pulled to give the Mustangs an extra man on the ice and at 1:58 John Pignataro (6) and John Crocker (19) set things up for Shelnitz to shoot one into the empty net bringing the Spartans ahead 4-2.

But the Mustangs would not accept this kind of deficit, Scharlop and O’Rourke assisted junior Zach Weinstein (9) in the final goal of the game only 38 seconds before the buzzer.

Of the Mustangs, Amity interim coach Mike Richetelli said,  “We knew they were going to be tough. They played their butts off.”

Amity has come to depend upon its strong seniors this season, but the underclassmen like Shelnitz have proven themselves as valuable team players.

Richetelli said, “He (Shelnitz) came up big tonight. We are going to need that in the playoffs. We are going to need goals from everybody. We are going to need different people to step up.”

#2 Amity (15-8) advances to the quarterfinals tonight against #10 New Milford. With the loss, Fairfield ended its season (7-14).



Tuesday, March 11
East Catholic 9, Wilton 3
Cheshire 5, Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks 2
Hand 4, Newington/Berlin/Manchester 1
North Haven 6, North Branford 2
Amity 4, Fairfield 3
New Milford 4, Bolton/Coventry/Rockville 2
Branford 6, Fermi/Enfield 2
Milford 5, Trinity Catholic 2


Friday, March 14
No. 1 East Catholic (15-5-1) vs. No. 8 Cheshire (11-9-1) at Trinity College, 6:30
No. 13 Daniel Hand (11-10-0) vs. No. 5 North Haven (13-5-3) at Northford, 7:30
No. 2 Amity (14-7-0) vs. No. 10 New Milford (15-5-1) at Milford Ice Pavilion, 7 p.m.
No. 3 Branford (16-4-1) vs. No. 11 Milford Coop (12-8-1) at Bennett Rink, 6:30

The Milford Ice Pavilion is nice and close, but parking can be a bear. We suggest the Amity Army carpool to save that hassle. 


March 17, at Ingalls Rink
5:30 or 7:30 p.m.


March 21 at Ingalls Rink, 7:30 p.m.







Feb 072013

The scene at the Martino’s home at 2 a.m. on Jan. 21.

At 6:30 p.m. tonight, Feb. 7 the Amity boys hockey team will play Cheshire at the Edward L. Bennett Rink, 1 Mcdonough Plaza,West Haven, and host a fund-raiser to support the Martino family from Orange who lost their house and all of their belongings in a fire on Jan.21.

The parents, Eddie and Kellie, are Amity graduates and their children, Eddie, 11, Emily, 13 and Mary-Kate, 15, all are in the Amity school system.  Mary-Kate is on the Amity Girls Hockey Team.

Raffle tickets will be sold in advance and the winner need not be present.

Tickets are $5 each or $20 for five. Donations also may be made. Checks should be made out to the Amity Hockey Parent’s Association and be sent to Amity High School 25 Newton Rd., Woodbridge, Ct. 06525 attn: Hockey Parent’s Association.

All proceeds will be going to the Martino family to help rebuild their lives.

Feb 022013

The Spartans were fired up for Thursday night’s game

On Thursday, Jan. 31, the Amity Boys Hockey Team took on the Yellow Jackets from East Haven at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven.

Both sides showed plenty of spirit and drive from the moment they skated onto the ice. The game was scoreless until 1:50 in the second period when the Easties Mike Falanga, assisted by Matt Longobardi and Nick Latella slapped in the first goal.

Amity quickly answered with two of their own, the first an unassisted goal by Keating Seymour at 3:11; soon followed by Adam Shea, assisted by Brett McNeil and Zach Shelnitz at 4:38.

Not to be outdone in the second period, The Easties Tristan Goodwin assisted by Longobardi, tied up the score 2-2 at 13:59.

Both teams came out for the third period on fire, Amity’s Dane Simone, assisted by Seymour brought the Spartans up one at 2:36; then rocketed his team ahead 4-2 at 5:54, assisted by Patch Flynn and Seymour.

A little more than 2 minutes later Longobardi, assisted by Marty Lendroth and Cory Smith, scored again for the Easties at 8:00 and moments later he tied the game 4-4 assisted by Joe DiAlbero at 9:28.

In the 4th period overtime it was anyone’s game, and obvious that both teams were hungry for the win. The goalies worked hard and the puck went from one end of the rink to the other but it was Longobardi, again assisted by DiAlbero who got one into the net at 3:04.

Final Score 5-4.

Afterward, Coach Gary Lindgren said, “It was a great game, well played, we wanted it bad, the kids worked hard and you can’t ask for more than that. My goalie Nick Nuzzolo played outstanding and I give East Haven a lot of credit — they played late last night and lost, they came back hard and they gave us a great game.

“We had our chances to put them away in the third period, Dane Simone scored two nice goals and we were looking to close them out and this is the first time a team has come back to beat us,” he said. “It’s a heartbreaker, but it’s ok. We win together, we lose together. The kids played hard tonight.”

Amity is now 9-3 for the season and it’s their first loss in Division 1 — to this point they were undefeated 4-0 in the division.

“Losing in overtime — it hurts, but we take a lot with us from this game. The kids showed a lot of character and composure, they hung tough. Both goalies played well. It was a nice game,” Lindgren said.

This was a tight game, nearly blow for blow with both teams making 34 shots each.

Amity’s Goalie Nick Nuzzolo had 29 saves and the Easties’ Zak Bouve’ had 30.

Records Amity 9-3; East Haven 7-4-1

Amity is off to Enfield to play tri-town at the Enfield Twin Rinks Saturday night at 6:10 p.m.


On Thursday, Feb. 7 the Amity boys hockey team will host a fund-raising game against Cheshire to support the Martino family from Orange who lost their house and all of their belongings in a fire on Jan.21.

The parents, Eddie and Kellie, are Amity graduates and their children, Eddie, 11, Emily, 13 and Mary-Kate, 15, all are in the Amity school system.  Mary-Kate is on the Amity Girls Hockey Team.

Raffle tickets will be sold in advance and the winner need not be present.

Tickets are $5 each or $20 for five. Donations also may be made. Checks should be made out to the Amity Hockey Parent’s Association and be sent to Amity High School 25 Newton Rd., Woodbridge, Ct. 06525 attn: Hockey Parent’s Association.

All proceeds will be going to the Martino family to help rebuild their lives.

For more information contact Gary Lindgren at [email protected].

Jan 262013

Amity went up against yet another Division 1 team, the Westies (West Haven) on Thursday and thanks to Brett McNeil’s breakaway goal with just 1 minute, 50 seconds left in the game, the Spartans came away with another win at the Edward L. Bennett Rink, qualifying them for the SCC Championship play offs

McNeil was the first to score in the game with an unassisted goal at 5:42. Then, 44 seconds later Keating Seymour, assisted by Patrick Flynn and John Uscilla brought the first period score to 2-0.

Amity goalie Nick Nuzzolo stopped three attempts for the Westies to score then they picked up a goal with Amity’s Seymour responding with an unassisted goal a minute later, and with just 3:42 the Westies scored again finishing the first third of the game 3-2 (Amity’s favor)

In the second period, There was plenty of action, but West Haven scored the only goal and evened things up with only five minutes left in the period.

There was a close call in the third period when a goal was waived after refs ruled that the puck was kicked into the net with less than 4 minutes left in the period. Two minutes later, McNeil’s goal won the game for Amity 4-3.

Nuzzolo finished with 31 saves, the Westies’ Savino had 22.

Records: Amity 8-2, West Haven 4-7

Coach Gary Lindgren said, “I feel that we didn’t play our best game, but we played hard and we made adjustments that we needed to make. After the first period we knew that we had to get better with the coverage in front of the net — and we did that in the second and third periods, which was key. We had way too many chances in the first period.

“Nick Nuzullo played very well,  but he did let up a couple of goals that he thought he should have stopped,” Lindgren said. “What I love about Nick is that he bounces right back and he’s solid. He came up with a few huge stops in this game which was key for us to pull off the victory.  We caught a big break in the third period with a minute 50 to go and Brett McNeil getting that breakaway. But you keep working hard for those breaks and take advantage of them.

“The breakaway was nice, the goal was nice, we just gutted it out — it’s one of those games when we just gutted it out,” he said. “West Haven is a good team, they work hard, they really wanted this game bad for their playoff chances, even though it’s still early, they’re 4-7 now but it was a game that they probably thought they were going to get.

“We played hard and we caught some breaks. They kicked in a goal that was disallowed, which was a break, but it definitely got kicked in,” he said.

Lindgren added, “We won all four of the games against Division 1 teams — Notre Dame of Fairfield, West Haven, Glastonbury and North Haven — all by 1 goal and two of them in overtime. This game qualifies us for the state championship play offs in March,” he said. “We’re excited about that. We’re happy for the boys, they’ve worked hard for it. We’ve got a long way to go, we’ve got 10 games and hopefully we can be on of the top seeds in the SCC tournament. That’s our next goal to capture the league and then prepare for the playoffs, we have 10 tough games left.”

Jan 212013

Zach Schelnitz #14, made the only Amity Goal on Saturday

Amity Hockey Coach Gary Lindgren looked out at the ice at the Edward L. Bennett Rink after Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Fermi/Enfield. He knew the game was going to be a challenge but still, the end result was unacceptable. Had Amity won the game it would have been tied for No. 2 in Division II.

“We played hard the first ten minutes of the game, and then we played hard in the third (period),” Lindgren said. “In the second we played atrocious. We just didn’t play well at all. This team just doesn’t have that talent to think they can take a period off and expect to win.

“The bottom line is, we had our chances early, we had them late, but the goalie (Fermi’s Aaron Lickwar) is good,” he said. “When you play half a game that’s what happens. That’s what I’m upset about. I feel we got cheated tonight — Fermi wanted it more than we did — they wanted the game more than we did.

Lindgren said the team didn’t try hard enough in the second period, but came out and gave their all in the third, but it wasn’t enough. “They should have played the whole game like they did in the third.”

He noted that the team’s third line of Brenden Ferrer (#22), Zach Schelnitz (#14) and Kevin Ryan (9) worked hard throughout the game. Schelnitz got Amity’s only goal with an assist from Ferrar with 9:11 left in the game, cutting the deficit in half.

Amity goalie Nick Nuzzolo (#31) finished the game with 24 saves.

Lickwar had 32 saves for Fermi.

“Overall we played hard in the third period,” Lindgren said. “Fermi outplayed us. Monday we play Glastonbury, which will be another tough game, they’re Division I and then we play West Haven, another Division I team. We’ve got our work cut out for us — good challenges though, it’s good for us.”

With this loss, Amity lowers its record to 6-2.

Amity plays Division I Glastonbury at the Edward L. Bennett Rink today at 2:30 p.m. Come out and make some noise!

NOTE: Spectators said the rink felt a little warmer on Saturday which may have accounted for a little softer ice and explained why so many players from both teams kept falling during this game.