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This Week’s Varsity Sports Schedule

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Jan 082018
 

This week’s Amity Varsity Sports events

Monday, Jan. 8

Girls Indoor Track SCC Developmental at Floyd Little 4:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball Away at Sacred Heart Academy 6 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs Notre Dame-West Haven HOME at Amity 7 p.m. LOSS 78-77

Tuesday, Jan. 9

Boys Indoor Track SCC Developmental at Floyd Little 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling vs Shelton HOME at Amity 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 10

Girls’ Ice Hockey vs ND-Fairfield/Law/Foran/Weston (away) Milford Ice Pavillion 3:15 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs West Haven (away) Bennett Rink 6:30 p.m.

[Get there early for the ceremony to retire the late Rob Fumiatti’s number]

Girls’ Basketball vs Norwalk HOME at Amity 7 p.m.

Boys’ Basketball vs Branford away James L MacVeigh Gym 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 11

Boys and Girls Alpine Ski Racing at Mt. Southington 4 p.m

Friday, Jan. 12

Boys Basketball vs Wilbur Cross HOME at Amity 7 p.m.

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Cheshire HOME at Orange Pool 7:20 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Sheehan away at Sheehan 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 13

Wrestling vs Gilbert Duals in Winsted at 9 a.m.

Boys Hockey vs Branford HOME Bennett Rink at 3 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs West Haven – SHA HOME Rinks at Shelton at 8 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey: Staples Defeats Amity 3-2 in Milford

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Dec 312017
 

The Staples Wreckers of Westport, hosted the Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey team in Milford Saturday afternoon.

The game got off to a slow start with a scoreless first period. Staples goaltender Zachary Bloom made 10 saves, Amity’s goalie Tyler Cole made 8 saves.

The Spartans were first to get on the scoreboard with Jason Csejka’s unassisted goal at 2:56 into the second period.

The Wrecker’s Sam New tied the game five minutes later with his own unassisted goal, then, within two minutes New got another one past Tyler Cole, assisted by Reed Caney and Brian Gray.

Period two: Staples 2-Amity 1. Saves: Staples 5, Amity 10.

Brian Gray got the third period going at 5:22 with a Staples goal, assisted by Matt Bidgood and Zach Stober.

Amity edged closer with Csejka’s second solo goal at 10:45, but that was as good as it got.

Unfortunately, for Amity, Colin Hughes (#8) was cited for checking from behind which led to his being kicked out of the game with just 2.5 minutes remaining and he’s banned from Wednesday’s game as well.

Staples won this one 3-2.

Amity Head Coach “Scooter” Richetelli said his team got off to a late start in this game. “They played well in the third period, but you have to play well throughout the game, not just 15 minutes.”

He added that he wasn’t upset with the outcome, just disappointed in the performance. “We have a lot to work on and we take one game at a time,” he said.

Records: Amity 2-1, Staples 3-1-0

The Spartans host Milford at the Bennett Rink in West Haven on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 8:30 p.m.

 

 

This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule (Includes Scores as We Receive Them)

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Dec 262017
 

There are several Amity Varsity sports events this week. Most are “away” but two are nearby – one at home.

Wednesday, Dec. 27

The Amity Wrestling Team will Be on the road in Simsbury to compete in the Frank Chaves Invitational at 10 a.m.

The Girls Ice Hockey Team will be on the road in Enfield at 4:20 p.m. W 3-2 (OT)

The Girls Basketball team will play Masuk at Trumbull High School at 5:30 p.m.

The Amity Boys Basketball team hosts West Haven in Woodbridge at 7 p.m. W 78-51

Thursday, Dec. 28

The Girls Indoor Track Team will compete in the Wil Wright Invitational Meet at SCSU at 12 p.m.

The Wrestling team will take on New Haven Wrestling at Wilbur Cross High School at 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 29

Holiday Tournament Finals at Trumbull High School (time to be announced)

Saturday, Dec. 30

The Wrestling Team will compete in the Southington Duals at 9 a.m.

The Boys Swimming and Diving team is on the road in East Lyme at 10 a.m.

The Girls Ice Hockey team will be on the road in Greenwich at 12 p.m.

The Boys Ice Hockey team plays Staples at the Milford Ice Pavilion at 3 p.m. 

Amity Varsity Sports: Upcoming Game Schedules

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Jan 042016
 

47a5cc02b3127cce98547ff4f5b500000035108AZs2blkzaNfThe Amity Winter Sports season is happening now and the following teams have HOME events during the next two weeks.

Jan 4-7

On Monday, Jan. 4, the Girls Hockey Team will play Stamford-Westhill-Staples at the Shelton Rinks at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 6 is a very busy night with the Wrestling Team against Daniel Hand at Amity at 6:30 p.m., Boys Hockey will take on Milford CoOp at the Edward Bennett Rink in West Haven at 8 p.m. and Girls Hockey plays ND-Fairfield-Foran in Shelton at 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan 7 Boys Swimming and Diving takes on Granby at the Orange Town Pool at 7:15 p.m.

Jan 11-15

Monday, Jan. 11, Boys Basketball goes up against Notre Dame-West Haven in Woodbridge at 7 p.m., Girls Hockey takes on Daniel Hand at the Shelton Rinks at 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, Wrestling takes on New Haven at Amity at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 13, Boys Hockey will battle Branford in West Haven at 6:30 p.m., Boys Basketball hosts Guilford in Woodbridge at 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 15, Girls Basketball goes up against Shelton at Amity at 7 p.m.

Originally Published on: Jan 2, 2016 @ 11:14

Boys Hockey: 2015 Has its Fair Share Of Challenges For the Spartans

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Dec 312014
 

Coach Lindgren talks to the team during a time out.

Coach Lindgren talks to the team during a time out.

Amity Hockey Coach Gary Lindgren has a challenge before him in 2015, trying to make a young team into a force to be reckoned with on the ice.

With only 6 seniors on the roster this year, Amity is made up primarily of equal amounts of sophomores and freshmen (7 each) and just 4 juniors to carry over to the next season.

As a spectator at Monday’s game it was disheartening to hear the players from the opposing Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe team leave the ice after the first period laughing and trash talking our Spartans.

But, realistically, the Fairfield kids played hard and kept Amity’s goalie, Freshman Tyler Cole on his toes all three periods, while for Fairfield’s goalie, sophomore Mike Grace, it was pretty much a stress-free game.

Lindgren could throw in his hat at this point and just say, “there’s always next year.” but he simply states, “We didn’t play well, we didn’t do as good as we could, but with each game they learn from their mistakes and they’ll get better as time goes by.”

In the first period, Fairfield’s Jake Fuss got an unassisted goal by Cole at 5:17.

Soon after the start of the second period, Fairfield scored again with a goal by PJ O’Reilly, assisted by Wade Petro and Fuss at 1:22.

Then, with just 46 seconds left in the period Fairfield senior Matthew Roberts, assisted by Kevin Boldrighini and Zach Weinstein brought the score to 3-0.

With their confidence in overdrive, Fairfield came out in the final period with a vengeance and just :25 seconds in, Fuss made his second goal of the night, this time assisted by O’Reilly and Trevor Demitt.

Thanks to a nice move by Amity captain Zach Shelnitz who made an unassisted goal at 3:23 in the third period, the Spartans did not suffer a shut out.

The final score was 4-1 Fairfield.

Lindgren clearly was not happy with his team’s performance in this game, but did take a moment to comment on the freshman goalie who made 33 saves during the game. (Fairfield’s Grace made 13 saves). “Tyler worked real hard in this game. He had some nice saves,” Lindgren said.

The Spartans will play Milford at the Milford Ice Pavillion Saturday, Jan. 3 at 1 p.m.

Boys Hockey: Amity vs Guilford — Has Amity Found Its Stride Yet?

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Dec 242014
 

Zach Shelnitz #8 scored two goals in Tuesday's game.

Zach Shelnitz #8 scored two goals in Tuesday’s game.

The Amity Spartans Hockey Team is starting to get itself together. After playing hard against the powerful Cheshire team on Saturday and holding their own until the third period when Cheshire pulled ahead, they were denied a tie in the last 2 minutes.

On Tuesday, Dec. 23, with “the other Tyler” Sophomore Tyler Johnston (#31) in the net, Amity took on Guilford.

As in past games the opponent was first to score with Guilford’s Ryan Brand getting a goal, assisted by Jack Petrick and Chris Cafiero, just 2:27 into the first period.

Not to be outdone, Amity answered less than 2 minutes later, tying things up with Adam Moscato’s goal, assisted by Captain Kevin Ryan.

At 4:51 Ryan assisted Co-Capt. Zach Shelnitz in the tie breaking goal.

With Amity ahead by one, the Spartans came out for the second period meaning business.

Moscato scored an unassisted goal at 10:34, pulling the Spartans up further 3-1

Guilford’s Kevin Gaudio, assisted by Joe Neleber, got one past Johnston at 13:25.

The Spartans would have none of that, and less than 30 seconds later, Shelnitz, assisted by Ryan and Charlie Csejka scored his second goal of the game, bringing the score to 4-2.

In the third period, the Spartans dominated the ice, bringing in three goals: Ryan, unassisted at 5:55; Anthony Uscilla, assisted by Liam Caraciolo at 7:28; and Graham Hughes, assisted by Nick Gallucci at 8:15 – wrapping up the victory at 7-2

Amity outshot Guilford 27-26

Johnston made 24 saves while Guilford’s Kyle Dwyer had 20.

Records: Amity 1-1-1; Guilford 0-3

Coach Gary Lindgren is back this year after taking a break last season due to illness, but he is enjoying working with this young team and watching them grow with each passing game.

So far we’ve seen two goalies, Freshman, Tyler Cole (#30) and Sophomore Tyler Johnston (#31) in the net.

Lindgren said both are young and are gaining experience this year with the coaches flip-flopping them between games.

He said Cole did a great job against Cheshire on Saturday, Dec. 20. “They’re a tough team, they’re really good and we battled hard with them.”

Of Johnston’s performance against Guilford, Lindgren said, “Tyler played extremely well, he made some big stops.”

Of the team as a whole, Lindgren said, “Our schedule is tough, we have to come ready to play. Today (Tuesday Dec. 23) I don’t think we played our best. It was good in spots, but we struggled for the first couple of periods, It’s a good thing we were ahead 4-2 after the first 2 periods. We need to play better. Guilford battled, they have some good players, their goalie is a little inexperienced and we took advantage of that but, I thought it was a pretty even game even though we won 7-2.”

Boys Hockey: Dykun’s OT Goal Wins It For Amity against Notre Dame Fairfield

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Jan 102013
 

 

Amity’s John Crocker, John Uscilla and Brett McNeil celebrate a goal in the second period.

By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

MILFORD-Despite being outshot 48-19, the Amity hockey team still managed to defeat Notre Dame of Fairfield 3-2 Wednesday night in a non-conference game at the Milford Ice Pavilion. The winning goal was scored by Eric Dykun and it came with 1 minute, 10 seconds gone in overtime. With the victory, the Spartans posted their third win in a row and improved their record to 5-1.

The victory over Notre Dame was extra sweet as the Lancers are one of the few Division I teams that Amity plays this winter. On the other side of the rink, it was the second consecutive 3-2 overtime loss for the 1-5 Lancers, who have now dropped five consecutive contests. They also lost a similar one-goal heart-breaker last week to Watertown-Pomperaug.

After netting the game-winning goal, Dykun seemed almost embarrassed to talk about it.

He said, “It was a terrible shot. I just put it on net and it went in. I was really surprised to see it go in.”

The Lancers opened the scoring when Jake Novak banged the puck off the board behind the Amity net and it caromed out to Cam Berquinero, who was camped in front and he knocked it by Amity goalie Nick Nuzzolo at 5:01 of the first period. Notre Dame’s 1-0 lead lasted only 56 seconds. Christian LaCroix had been sent to the penalty box at 5:14 for slashing and the Spartans immediately cashed in on their power play opportunity. Brett McNeil took control of the puck in his own end. Skating along the right side, he brought it over the Red line. As he passed the face-off circle on the right, he dished the puck off to Adam Shea and he banged it into the net. It was Amity’s third power play goal in its last two games. (The Spartans cashed in on two power play opportunities in Saturday’s 4-3 win over Milford).

With teammate Patrick Flynn serving a two-minute penalty for hooking, the Lancers’ Greg Ferris fanned trying to dump the puck into the Amity zone. McNeil gathered in the puck at the Lancer red line, came in alone and beat Notre Dame goalie, Justin Krochko with a short-handed goal that put Amity on top, 2-1.

Amity held that lead throughout a scoreless second period, but the Lancers   recorded the game-tying goal only 19 seconds into the third period. Craig Hessenius’ shot from the right wing was deflected into the net by LaCroix. He is the Lancers top scorer, with five goals and eight points.,

“We knew that we had to play our A game to be successful tonight,” Amity Coach Gary Lindgren said, “We decided that we wanted to be conservative in front of our goal and try to frustrate Notre Dame by taking away their passing lanes. They outshot us 48-19 but we still won. Offensively, we wanted to put the puck on net and see what happened. Eric (Dykun) got off a nice shot in overtime and it went in.  I was proud of our effort tonight. We played hard and skill-wise, we played better. Our confidence is on the rise. As a coach, it was pleasing to see it. LaCroix is one of the best players I’ve seen this year. He can change the flow of a game so we wanted to pick him as he crossed into his offensive zone. Fortunately, for the most part, we were able to do that successfully.”

Despite making 46 saves, Nuzzolo insisted that there wasn’t a lot of pressure to make many of those saves, and then added, “I was able to clear a lot of their shots, but I had to come out and give myself an advantage by taking away the angle on other shots. I was also screened on a few shots so I had to be ready for deflections and redirected shots. They weren’t as easy to see and stop. Beating a Division 1 team is a big win for our confidence.”

The Spartans are now idle until Thursday, January 17 when they host Lyman Hall in a 5:45 p.m. Southern Connecticut Conference Division II clash at the Bennett Rink in West Haven.

 

 

Boys Hockey: Amity Bows to BBD in 2-1 Overtime Game

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Dec 262012
 

 

File photo from Spartans Dec. 16 game

By PHIL BRODSKY

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It was a long ride to Danbury Saturday for the Amity hockey team and an even longer ride home. The previously undefeated Spartans dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to the Brookfield/Bethel/Danbury coop team. The loss drops Amity’s record to 2-1 while the Ice Cats are now 3-0.

Neither team scored a goal during the first two periods. BBD finally broke the scoreless deadlock when Tim Leonard beat Amity goalie Nick Nuzzolo with just 53 seconds gone in the third period.

Amity Coach Gary Lindgren said, “They brought the puck in from the blue line and dumped it in front. Then, their guy (Leonard) squeezed the puck through Nick’s (Nuzzolo) pads.

 The score remained 1-0 until Amity’s Patrick Flynn netted an unassisted, game-tying goal at 8:53.

According to Lindgren, “It was a beautiful goal—Patrick’s first varsity goal. He broke loose. When their goalie (Luiz Dibble) went down to make the save, he went over him and roofed it.”

 With the game still tied at 1-1 after 45 minutes of action, it went into sudden death overtime. The extra session lasted only 2:13 as John Vitti scored the game winning goal. Jordan Warner assisted on both BBD goals.

“It was a fluke shot from in front. Nick made the original save and had the puck in his glove, but it popped out. It slid behind him and then skipped across the goal line. That was a heart-breaking way to lose, but they (BBD) are a good team with 12 seniors. They are big, strong and have a good goalie. They will be one of the Division II teams to beat in March,” Lindgren said.

He added, “It was a battle all game long and a good test for us. Both teams had chances to score, but both goalies were strong and made some great saves. It was an old fashioned, tight defensive game with clean, tight checking and very few penalties. This is the kind of game we’re going to play all season long. Even though we lost, I thought we played pretty well.  The game could have gone either way, but the gods of hockey just weren’t with us.”

The Spartans outshot BBD 27-25. Nuzzolo recorded 23 saves while Dibble, his Ice Cat counterpart, Dibble made 26.

 Despite the final score, Lindgren singled out the efforts of his third line, noting “Bubba Pignataro played well, back checked well, and made things happen. Brenden Ferrer and Kevin Ryan also fought hard and had some nice scoring chances. In addition, Ryan Hauser had a strong defensive game,” Lindgren said.

Amity holds its annual Alumni game on Wednesday starting at 5:45 p.m. at the Edward Bennett Rink in West Haven. The next regular season game is slated for Thursday, January 3when the Spartans host Trinity Catholic High of Stamford at 5:45 p.m.

Boys Hockey: Amity Comes From Behind to Defeat North Haven 3-2

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Dec 222012
 

File Photo from earlier game.

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NORTHFORD-Third period goals by John Crocker and Brett McNeil enabled the Amity hockey team to come from behind and nip North Haven 3-2 Thursday afternoon at the Northford Ice Pavilion.

Coming into the final session, the Indians held a 2-1 lead over the somewhat lethargic Spartans. With 6 minutes 32 seconds left to play, Crocker dug the puck out of a scrum in front of the net and knocked it home. Adam Shea and Ryan Hauser picked up assists on the game-tying goal. Just 70 seconds later (at 5:22) McNeil (set up by Dane Simone) banged in a power play goal that provided Amity with its final margin of victory. The game-winning score came with the Indians’ Vin Fasulo in the penalty box for tripping. McNeil had broken loose at mid ice and came in alone on North Haven goalie, Andrew Graziano. As McNeil let the puck fly, he was tripped by Fasulo and went crashing into the boards. Fasulo was still serving his penalty when McNeil netted his goal.

“This is a great win,” Coach Gary Lindgren said. “What we just did feels really good. We’re starting to jell. It was a great opportunity for us to work through a lot of early game frustration. To be perfectly honest with you, we got blown out in the first period and we’re lucky that we were able to hang around and come back later in the game. We caught as few breaks and more importantly, kept our composure, played harder and with more consistency as the game went on.”

As Lindgren said, the Spartans were totally outplayed in the first period and outshot 12-6. North Haven opened the scoring when sophomore defenseman Cameron Owens banged the puck home from then slot with 2:09 gone in then game.

With six minutes left in the first period, Dylan VanBramer broke free and came in alone on Amity goalie, Nick Nozzulo, who make a stick save of Van Bramer’s shot.   Three minutes later, the Indians blasted the puck off a goal post.

According to Lindgren, “We were flat in the first period and North Haven took it to us. We played scared and were just running around. I was very disappointed with our play in the first period. We looked like we were still on the bus. I think we were trying to do too much. Without Nick coming up big in the net, North Haven could have scored four or five goals in the first period. It was really frustrating to be put into that position. Fortunately, we finally were able to calm down later in the game.”

Things began to turn in Amity’s direction early in the second period. The Spartans got even when Eric Dykun (back in action after being sidelined by a concussion) snapped a shot from the right dot that sailed through the proverbial five-hole (the legs) of Graziano at 1:21. The goal was set up by passes from Shea and Zhang Liu.

The 1-1 deadlock was short-lived as Karl Anderson netted an unassisted goal at 4:41. Positioned in front of the crease, he backhanded the puck by Nuzzolo. The Indians hung onto that 2-1 lead until Amity’s third period rally, but the Spartans twice came c lose to scoring the equalizer during the second period. Early in that session, Graziano made a stick same of a shot by Shea. The rebound came right to Simone, but he fanned on the shot. With 40 seconds left, Shea had a break away but when he turned to position himself to take the shot, he lost his edge and fell to the ice.

Lindgren said, “I thought we started to play better during the second period and that was a nice goal by Eric Dykun. We worked harder and played smarter. Then, in the third period, Adam Shea put the puck in front for John Crocker, who put it home. On the game-winning power play goal, our guys (Dane Simone and McNeil) were in the right places at the right time. After we got the lead, our defense hung tough. I think we gradually wore them down.”

Winless North Haven (now 0-2) outshot the Spartans 23-17 but Nuzzolo recorded 21 saves. Graziano made 14 stops.

Looking back at his team’s ragged start, Crocker said, “We started off on the wrong foot. During the first period, we kept losing the battles for the puck, but we kept working hard and knew it would come around for us. By the third period, we started to play with more intensity. We began beating them to the puck and winning the battles.”

 Amity (now 2-0) journeys to Danbury on Saturday to play the Bethel/Brookfield/Danbury Icecats.