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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.

Meet Your 2018-19 Spartans Ice Hockey Team

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Dec 072018
 

The 2018-19 Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey Team is already showing a lot of promise. On Wednesday evening the boys declawed the Masuk Panthers 11-1 in a scrimmage game in West Haven.

Tonight’s event will be much more telling, as the Spartans go up against three powerhouse teams in the Jackie Coyle Jamboree at Edward L. Bennett Rink at 6 p.m. West Haven, Notre Dame-West Haven, and NFI will give us an opportunity to see our boys in the most challenging experience on the ice so far.

On Wednesday, we saw how skilled our goalies were and the exceptional teamwork of our Spartans. The 2018-19 team is not afraid to shoot, grab the puck from their opponents, and put themselves out there. If we see that same spirit tonight, going up against some of the toughest teams in the area. I believe in the Spartans, and even though the Jamboree only gives you a taste of things to come, I think you will see some impressive action out on the ice tonight.

This season’s Amity Spartans includes some familiar names and a few new ones. Here is the 2018-19 Roster.

The three Senior Captains are Colin Hughes (8), Jason Csejka (18), and Kenneth Page (20).

The team includes two other seniors, Ryan Miller (7), and Nelson Bordeleau (10),

There are seven juniors this season, Cody White (13), Connor Bath (14), Ed Martino (17), Michael Lebreck (19), Nick Kiwanis (22), Sai Neelam (29), and Malachi Zurolo (31).

The sophomore players are: Dylan Raver (2), Justin Miller (4), Caleb Marcin (6), Tommy Schittina (11), Dylan Gherlone (15), Zack Cable (16), Jason Dittman (21), Ty Demaio (23), and Ty Cable (28)

There are two freshmen on the team this year: Ethan Moffett (9), and Michael Andreesen (30)

Head Coach is Mike Richetelli, who brought the 2014 Spartans to the state championship game. He’s assisted by Todd Dandelske, Jeff Buchter, and newcomer Jim Sokolske.

 

 

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: Csejka Leads Spartans To Victory Over East Haven

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Feb 042018
 

The Amity Boys Hockey Team was on the Road in East Haven on Saturday for a matchup against the East Haven/Old Lyme/Old Saybrook/East Hampton co-op.

On Wednesday, the Spartans played their first overtime game and kept up the momentum until the very end. They didn’t know they would have another OT game so soon.

First Period

Jason Csejka, whose proven his value time and time again throughout the season put Amity on the scoreboard at 13:56, assisted by Jordan Conn, and Jamie Blum. Yeah! Score 1-0 Amity

Second Period

At 9:12, Joe Consiglio tied the game at 1 on an assist from Zach Paquin. Scored 1-1.

Third Period

Both goalies did their jobs and kept anyone from scoring in the third. And the game went into overtime.

Overtime

The Spartans came out with a do-or-die attitude and fought hard in overtime. And it was Csejka who broke the tie, assisted by Colin Hughes and Jacob Silliman at 6:47. Amity Wins 2-1

Records: Amity 7-5-1, East Haven 6-6

(Photos Courtesy of Steve Conn)

Boys Hockey: Amity Gets Schooled By NFI

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Jan 212018
 

The Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey Team hosted the New Fairfield/Immaculate Mustangs for a non-conference game in West Haven on Saturday, Jan. 20.

Amity got off to a good start with a goal by Jason Csejka, assisted by Jamie Blum at 8:38 in the first period, and Spartans goalie Michael Halloway preventing NFI from getting anything past him. First Period score 1-0 Amity.

After that, it was all NFI, scoring two goals in the second period, while in spite of their best efforts, Amity could not catch up nor pass the visitors. Second Period score 2-1 NFI

The third period was even more devastating for Spartans fans as NFI scored two goals halfway through the period and another three in the final five minutes of the game. This was a tough, humbling, 7-1 loss for the Spartans, which Amity Coach Michael “Scooter” Richetelli calls, a “learning experience.”

Records: Amity 5-3, NFI 5-1-1

Next Up: Amity is on the road in Hamden on Sunday, Jan. 21.

Boys’ Ice Hockey: Amity Defeats West Haven 3-1

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Jan 122018
 

The West Haven Blue Devils hosted the Amity Spartans at Bennett Rink on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

First Period

The Spartans got onto the scoreboard first with James Blum’s goal, assisted by Jason Csejka at 11:03. This was a blow to West Haven, which had a full house (due in part to the ceremony to retire former Westie Rob Fumiatti’s jersey number that preceded the game.)

 

Second Period

West Haven’s Kevin Moriarty tied things up at 1:27 on an assist from Robbie Forleo; Then halfway through the period Amity’s Connor Bath assisted by Mike Miller and Joe Schittina pulled the Spartans ahead again. 2-1 Amity.

Third Period 

At 12:52, Amity’s Blum and Csejka teamed up again to score the third and final goal of the game.

Final: Amity 3, West Haven 1

Scoreboard

AMITY      1 1 1—3

W. HAVEN 0 1 0—1

 

Shots—Amity outshot West Haven 33-24

Saves—Amity: Tyler Cole 23; West Haven: Logan Cole 30

Records—Amity 5-1; West Haven 2-5.

Boys Hockey: Amity Defeats North Haven 4-1

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Jan 102018
 

The Amity Spartans Hockey Team hosted North Haven in West Haven on Saturday, Jan. 5.

First Period

Amity got things started with Jordan Conn’s goal, assisted by Connor Bath at 4:55. North Haven answered at 9:55 with a goal by Jamie Montesi, assisted by Jack Marottolo. Score 1-1

Second Period

Amity came out on fire with James Blum scoring on an assist from Jason Csejka at 0:09, then it was Csejka’s turn, he scored at 4:35, assisted by Colin Hughes and Michael Miller. Score 3-1 Amity

With the end of the game drawing near and just 3 minutes left on the clock, North Haven’s Coach decided to pull his goalie and get an extra player on the ice. At first it seemed to work and the puck stayed on Amity’s end of the rink. Then Csejka broke away and made one final, unassisted goal into the empty net at 13:35, securing a 4-1 victory for the Spartans.

Amity Coach Michael Richetelli was pleased with his team’s performance, considering back-to-back snow days kept them from being able to practice prior to the game. “Today was pretty good,” he said. “North Haven is a very good team, they were solid they hit the post a couple of times and Michael had some big plays for us. Overall we did a good job.”

Saves: North Haven: Jeremy Hickcox 28; Amity: Michael Holloway 29.

Amity outshot North Haven 32-30.

Records:  A 4-1, NH 2-3.

The Spartans play against the West Haven Blue Devils (as visitors) at the Bennett Rink on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Preceded by a special ceremony to retire the late Rob Fumiatti’s jersey number. Fumiatti, was wounded in the line of duty as a New Haven Police Officer. He also was a beloved Amity Hockey Coach.

Boys’ Hockey: Early Makes First Career Goal Against Milford

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Jan 052018
 

The Amity Spartans celebrate teammate Brian Early’s first career goal on Wednesday.

The Amity Spartans hosted the Milford Indians co-op hockey team (Foran/Law/Platt Tech) at the Edward L Bennett Rink in West Haven on Wednesday evening.

Coach Mike “Scooter” Richetelli’s boys came into this game with a mission — they were going to win. At 6:47 Brian Early (#28) made his first career goal, assisted by Jason Csejka (#18) and Jamie Blum (#17). The celebration was fantastic, not only for Early but also his teammates and Spartans fans. Csejka came flying in from the side and lept onto the group — this was a big moment for the entire team.

In the second period, Amity came out strong again with Csejka scoring a goal at 1:19, assisted by Blum. Then, at 4:21 it was Blum’s turn to add a point, assisted by Csejka. At 8:59, Joey Schittina made a goal, assisted by Early and Ken Page.

The Spartans ended the second period with a strong 4-0 lead.

A third of the way into the third period, it looked like the Spartans would be celebrating a shut-out until Milford’s Santiago Palacio was tripped while trying to make a shot and awarded a penalty shot.

With no one else on the ice but Palacio and Amity goaltender Michael Holloway, he took the shot and scored Milford’s only goal at 5:36.

The Spartans won 4-1, improving their record to 3-1. Milford’s record is 2-3.

Amity hosts North Haven at the Edward L Bennett Rink at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6. Come on down and cheer them on. It will be warmer inside than outdoors guaranteed!

 

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.