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Boys Hockey: Cole Gives His All, Conn Prevents Shut Out In Final Game Of 2018

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Mar 122018
 

On Friday, March 9, the (#7) Amity Spartans Ice Hockey team went up against (#2) Watertown-Pomperaug in Milford for the D II CIAC Quarterfinals.

Just two weeks prior, on Senior night, Watertown defeated Amity 6-1, so with that and all of their moves fresh on the Spartans’ minds, it was time for the ultimate revenge match.

The State championship is something the Spartans had been striving for all season long and now, they could taste it. Watertown is fast, aggressive and skilled at playing keep-away with the puck, but, Amity is more than capable of working the ice, and that’s what they did.

First Period

Amity played hard, racing across the ice, keeping up with every strategic move Watertown put forth. The challengers fired shot after shot at Spartans goalie Tyler Cole, and he deflected every one with the speed and agility of a ninja.

For 15 minutes Amity held Watertown off and with Cole’s help ended the first period 0-0.

Second Period

After returning to the ice, both teams played fast and hard. There was fairly equal possession out there and things were looking good for our Spartans until Watertown’s Eli Rosen sneaked one in past Cole in the first 6 minutes of play, assisted by Nick LaBella.

Later, with just 2:28 remaining, Patsy Harris scored for Watertown on an assist from Hunter Shay.

Score 2-0 Watertown

Third Period

During the final period, it was do-or-die for both teams as Watertown continued to hammer Cole with shots, and Amity’s defense was working overtime, keeping the challengers from scoring. But Watertown was performing admirably as well. Then, with just 22 seconds remaining, Spartans’ Jordan Conn successfully prevented a shutout by getting a goal off an assist by Jake Silliman.

Sadly, this was the end of the road in 2018 for Mike Richetelli’s Spartans. Everyone, players, coaches, fans, family members and this reporter felt the devastation. Even so, we are so proud of the way our Boys have grown over the years, this year, in particular, was really impressive. Tyler Cole gave it everything he had and more and the entire team was there to back him up.

New head coach Richetelli’s goal was to get them into the CIAC tournament, which he did, Even though it ended too soon, there is nothing to be ashamed of. The 2017-18 Spartans had a Phenomenal season and we thank them for taking all of us along for the ride.

 

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.

Boys Hockey: Amity Loses To Watertown/Pomperaugh

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Feb 262018
 

The Amity Spartans Senior “night” on Saturday marked the final home game of the season.

Amity (11-1-7) hosted the Watertown-Pomperaugh Indians (15-1-3) in West Haven.

First Period

The Indians got a jump on the Spartans by scoring two goals in first 7:25 of the game.

Amity’s Colin Hughes made a goal at 11:08 assisted by Joey Schittina. First Period score 2-1 Watertown.

Second Period

The Indians owned the second period scoring two additional goals in the first 10:39 of the period.

Score 4-1 Watertown.

Third Period

The guests quickly dominated the final period. In less than 5 minutes they scored another 2 goals.

Watertown-Pomperaugh wins 6-1.

Coach Michael “Scooter” Richetelli said, “It was not our best effort today, but it happens.”

The team has been playing without Junior Jason Csejka since he suffered an injury against Newtown at the Danbury Ice Arena on Feb. 17. Richetelli said, “Obviously it hurts when he’s not in the lineup, but we have plenty of guys and we’ve won games without him already. We finished the Newtown game (8-0) and other games since, (Tri-Town 2-1 in OT; Trinity-Catholic 7-6) So, it changes things a bit, but the kids rebounded alright.”

On Monday, Feb. 26 the Spartans go up against the Division 1 Fairfield-Warde team and Richetelli said his boys will be ready to go.

Next up: Fairfield-Warde (10-8) at Wonderland of Ice at 8 p.m. Then, on Thursday, March 1 the first game of the SCC Tournament vs Guilford (17-3) at HOME in West Haven at 5:30 p.m. No matter what happens, the State Tournament begins on March 6.