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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).

DIVISION II

FIRST ROUND

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

QUARTERFINALS

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. 

SEMIFINALS

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

CHAMPIONSHIP

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.

AMITY FUND-RAISER:

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.

Dec 262012
 

A photo from the 2011 season

The annual Amity Hockey Alumni Game will take place at West Haven’s Bennett Rink, Wednesday Dec. 26 at 5:30 p.m.

Spectators are admitted free of charge.There will be refreshments and a raffle.

Alumni player donation is $20.

Come on out the day after Christmas to play or watch the 2010 State Champions take on the Alumni.

For more information call Coach Gary Lindgren at 203-397-4830 ext 3300

Originally Published on: Dec 10, 2012 @ 2:56 p.m.

Dec 162012
 

Sometimes the Refs get into the action too

By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

 To Sponsor The Hockey Team for The Season call Terri at 203-506-1747

Scoring early and scoring often, the Amity hockey team jumped out to a 3-0 lead halfway through the first period, but then had to hang on by its collective fingernails to defeat Sheehan 4-2 Saturday afternoon at the Edwards Bennett Rink in West Haven. It was the opening game of the season for both Southern Connecticut Conference Division II sextets.

“At times we were a little shaky, but we’ll take it,” Spartan Coach Gary Lindgren said.

With just a minute, 8 seconds gone in the game, Keating Seymour dug the puck out of a scrum in front of the Titan net and back handed  it across the goal line. Adam Shea and Dane Simone earned assists in that score. Less than two minutes later, left wing Ryan Hauser slid the puck to Shea, who camped in front of the net. He quickly turned, found the Titan goalie (Will Valleau) out of position, and banged it home, giving Amity a 2-0 at 2:50 of the first period. Kevin Ryan made it 3-0 when he picked up the puck behind the Sheehan goal, came around the net unchecked and stuffed it between the pipe and Valleau’s leg pad with 7:16 still left in the Spartans’ busy first period.

According to Lindgren, “We got off to a great start. Our first goal came on our second shift of the game.”

That 3-0 lead last exactly seven seconds. Sheehan won the faceoff after the goal and the puck skipped onto the stick of Cody Alpert and he topped a dribbler that skipped over the goal line at 7:23.

Lindgren added, “I was disappointed to see Sheehan score right after we got our third goal. We had a defensive break down and the Sheehan kid (Alpert) made us pay. I think we got a little complacent with the three goal lead, went into a little lull, began to coast, and let them stay in the game.”

At the start of the second period, Sheehan again won the face off. Alpert picked up the puck at mid ice, came right down the slot and beat Amity goalie Nick Nuzzolo with just eight seconds gone on the clock. That was the only goal of an otherwise uneventful second period. With 39 seconds left, Ryan came very close to finding the net, but his slap shot banged off a goal post and caromed off toward the boards.

Still leading 3-2, Amity added an insurance goal when Seymour ripped a slap shot from the left dot that sailed past Valleau at 6:18 of the third period.

“That goal was big. Before it was scored, Sheehan was just a bounce away from tying the score” Lindgren said. “Even though Sheehan had cut our lead back to only one goal, we kept our composure and controlled play during the second and third periods.  During the third period, we played smart. For the most part, we kept the puck in their end and wore them down.”

The Spartans outshot Sheehan by a hefty 46-18. While Valleau had a busy night, recording 42 saves. Lindgren admitted that Nuzzolo wasn’t tested very often by the Titans (making only 16 saves), but then added, “Nick came up big when he had to. Toward the end of the third period, he dove across the crease to make a huge save.”

Lindgren was especially pleased to note that all three of his lines had scored.

He said, “Our first two lines stepped up nicely and I thought our third line (Brendan Ferrar, Bubba Pignataro, and Ryan) really helped us tonight. For the most part, our defensive play was steady.”

The 1-0 Spartans are on the road Thursday to face North Haven in a 4 p.m. SCC inter-divisional game at the Northford Ice Pavilion.

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