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Mar 292019
 

The Amity Spartans Boys Hockey Team attended its annual Banquet on Wednesday, March 27.

This event is an opportunity for the coaches and players to recognize their own for all the hard work they put in on the ice during the past season.

The Spartans made it into the states, but, like the girls’ team (which won the SCC Title) they were eliminated after the first round. We’re proud of the 2018-19 Spartans for all of their accomplishments and tip a hat to Head Coach Mike “Scooter” Richetelli and the assistant coaches for a job well done.

The following players were honored at the dinner.

The Hobey Baker Award for Character and Sportsmanship — Nelson Bordeleau #10

Most Improved Player — Justin Miller #4

Top Defenseman — Kenny Page #20

Top Offensive Player — Jason Csejka #18

Rookie Of The Year ‚— Caleb Marcin #6

Team Player: Unsung — Nelson Bordeleau #10

Bethany-Orange-Woodbridge Community ‚— Colin Hughes #8 and Ryan Miller #7

The Gerry Couden Coaches Award — Colin Hughes #8

Joey Ciancola Memorial Award — Kenny Page #20

We will miss the seniors: Csejka, Page, Hughes, Bordeleau, and Ryan Miller. But there is still a lot of talent to carry the team through next season.In

In addition, watch this: https://youtu.be/VXJAzgr8SS0

 

 

Boys Hockey: Are The Spartans Back On Goal?

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Feb 212019
 

The Amity Spartans went up against Tri-Town (9-1-8) in Enfield on Monday, Feb. 18.

After having only one win in the last 10 games, Amity really needed to ace this one.

Just 42 seconds after entering the ice Justin Miller made a goal, assisted by Jason Csejka and Nelson Bordeleau..

Tri-town answered with a goal at 9:49.

Less than a minute later Amity’s Csejka broke the tie, assisted by Cody White and Bordeleau.

First-Period Score: 2-1 Amity

Tri-town came back to the ice, sticks ablaze and broke the tie in 1:16.

Amity shot back 5 minutes later, taking back the lead with a goal by Colin Hughes, assisted by Ryan Miller.

Second-Period Score: 3-2 Amity

Nearly 109 minutes of game-play took place before anyone scored in the third period. That was Nick Kiwanis, assisted by Dylan Raver and Kenny Page.

Having Amity keep the lead for so long was too much for Tri-town and they fought back. Less than a minute later they added a point to the score, narrowing Amity’s lead to one point.

With the clock ticking down, Tri-town struck again with just 1:15 remaining, they tied it up.

The Spartans continued to shoot at goal, and with just 17 seconds left, Csejka broke the tie with the winning goal, assisted by Bordeleau and Caleb Marcin.

Final Score: 5-4 Amity

Are the Spartans back on goal? We certainly hope so. With just two games left to the regular season then Tournament play coming up next month, they need to rediscover that winning spirit they possessed at the beginning of the season.

You boys can do this! Just listen to the coach and remember everything you did in practice and apply it during the games. You can shock all the nay-sayers and take home all the marbles! WE Know You CAN!

Next up for the Spartans (9-9): The boys will battle a very tough Watertown-Pomperaug (14-2-3) in Watertown on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m.

Then Glastonbury (9-2-6) in Glastonbury on Monday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. — and that’s the end of the regular season.

The CIAC Championship Tournament begins on March 6.

 

Boys Hockey: Senior Day Was Comeback Day For the Spartans, Csejka Leads Team In Sweet Victory

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Feb 042019
 

The Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey team had a fantastic start to the 2018-19 season with seven consecutive victories, but, alas, that was followed by six losses.

Yesterday, as I walked into the Edward Bennett Ice Rink building, I felt confident that this day (Saturday, Feb. 2) Senior Day, was for sure the day they’d make their comeback.

After the Senior Day ceremony, the Spartans welcomed the East Haven Yellow Jackets to play.

In the first period, both teams played furiously, skillfully taking control of the puck, then intercepting and so on. Then, at 10:16 into the game, assisted by Kenny Page and Etan Moffett, Amity Senior Jason Csejka got a shot past East Haven’s goalie Logan Hamilton.

First Period Score: 1-0 Amity

The second period had nonstop action and a fair amount of penalties (3 for East Haven, 1 for Amity). But, there was no movement on the scoreboard.

Second Period Score: 1-0 Amity

Coach Richetelli must have said something right in the locker room during the break. When the Spartans came back out to the ice they were absolutely inspired. At 4:44 Nick Kiwanis slapped one into the net, unassisted, pulling the Spartans ahead to 2-0.

Nearly 10 minutes passed, with both sides relentlessly shooting at the nets, it was looking like Amity goalie Malachi Zurolo was going to earn his first shut out game. Then with 24.8 seconds remaining, the Yellow Jacket’s Alex Spears got one past Zurolo, assisted by Corey Benni.

The clock ticked down, but it wasn’t over yet, in the last 10 seconds, Csejka swooped in and made one final goal, assisted by Page.

Final: The Spartans Won 3-1, and with this victory, they also qualified for the tournament.

Don’t forget, I said they’d win this game. And I said they would be in the tournament long before anyone else ever noticed them. 

Saves: Amity’s Zurolo – 24, East Haven’s Hamilton – 43    (Wow, Amity, you guys weren’t shy about taking shots!)

Records: Amity 8-6, East Haven 6-1-8

Next Up For The Spartans: Amity hosts Lyman Hall a top rated DIII team, in West Haven on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 8:30 p.m.

 

Boys Hockey: Amity vs Guilford, Tough Game

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Jan 302019
 

The Amity Spartans were on the road in North Haven for a match-up against the Guilford Indians on Saturday, Jan. 26.

The Indians are a strong, tight team and Amity knew it was going to be a challenge. Yet, no matter what, it’s anyone’s game if you want it badly enough.

Guilford scored first at 6:24 into the game John DeLucia asst Jake Watrous

First-period score: 1-0 Guilford in the first 5:11 of the second period, Jack Dacey made a goal for the Indians, assisted by DeLucia.

Less than three minutes later Amity’s Justin Miller shot one past Guilford’s goalie, Alex Attruia, assisted by Nick Kiwanis and Jason Csejka.

At 12:55 Dacey made his second goal, unassisted for Guilford.

Second-period score: 3-1 Guilford

At two points behind, it still wasn’t too late for Amity to take this game. at 3:01 Csejka made a goal, assisted by Cody White and Kiwanis, filling everyone with hope.

But two minutes later Watrous assisted by DeLucia and Shea Thibault, scored for Guilford. Then, with 4:58 remaining in the game, Dacey netted his hat trick on an assist from DeLucia.

Final Score: 5-2 Guilford

Records: Amity 7-5, Guilford 11-2

Next Up for Amity: Wednesday, Jan. 30, Home game vs West Haven at 6:30 p.m. 

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: Spartans Keep On Keeping On, One Game At A Time

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Jan 062019
 

The Amity Spartans faced off against the North Haven Indians in North Haven on Saturday, Jan. 5.

It took a while for the first goal to sink into the net and that was 9 minutes in by Amity Senior Captain Jason Csejka, assisted by Caleb Marcin and Nelson Bordeleau.

Six minutes later, North Haven’s Donny Funaro tied the game, assisted by Domenic Biondi.

In the second period, Csejka struck again at 10:48, assisted by Cody White, pulling the Spartans to a 2-1 lead.

After returning to the ice, the Spartans wasted no time finding the net again – and it was a hat trick for Csejka, assisted by Connor Bath and Bordeleau.

Amity wrapped up the game with 5:07 remaining with a goal by Ryan Miller, assisted by Nick Kiwanis.

This was a sweet victory for the Spartans, marking their sixth consecutive win.

Records: Amity 6-0, North Haven 1-1-5

Next Up: On Wednesday, Jan. 9, the Spartans will be at Bennett Rink in West Haven for a duel with Notre Dame-West Haven (4-3), which just had a big win against Fairfield Prep in Overtime. Notre Dame is NOT going to want to lose to Amity. This will be the toughest match-up to date.

Bennett Rink is the home ice for both teams, but on Wednesday, Amity will be the visitor.

Remember what Coach Scooter Richetelli said, “Just Believe.”

I Believe our boys can do this! Of all the teams on the Spartans game Roster, Amity is the ONLY one that is undefeated.

 

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: Spartan Take Down D1 New Fairfield-Immaculate (NFI)

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Dec 142018
 

File Photo from 2018.

Other news agencies are not giving Amity any attention yet, but when they are in the state final, remember that Orange Live said they are “great this year” since before the season opener. I also said there would be a couple of stand out players, and so far, Jason Csejka #18, and Ed Martino #17 are two of the ones to watch.

The Spartans played NFI in Danbury on Wednesday and proved me right. (thanks, boys).

Going in, some may have thought they wouldn’t do well, but let’s take a look at what happened.

In the first period, both teams were able to keep one another from getting onto the scoreboard.

Just 1:46 minutes into the second period, Martino made a goal off an assist from Csejka.

In the third period, Csejka wasted no time and :13 seconds after returning to the ice, scored off an assist from Martino, pulling Amity to a 2-0 lead. Six minutes later, a stunned NFI came alive and they made their first and only goal, bringing the score to 2-1.

At 2-1, anything could have happened, of course, and to Spartans’ fans delight, with less than three minutes left in the game, Martino slammed one in, assisted by Csejka and Yes, folks, Amity defeated NFI 3-1.

 

On Saturday, Dec. 15, The Spartans will be on the road in Milford for a game against the Milford Co-Op at the Milford Ice Pavilion at 1 p.m. Don’t miss it, come and cheer on the Amity Spartans this weekend.

 

 

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.