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.


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


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.



Boys Hockey: Spartans Defeat Icecats

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Dec 172017

The Amity Spartans Ice Hockey team hosted the BBD [Brookfield/Bethel/Danbury] Icecats at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven for its season opener on Saturday, Dec. 16.

This was the first game of the season, but we’ve seen the Spartans play a couple of times already and have been very impressed with their skill and focus.

During a scrimmage with Masuk on Dec. 12, the Spartans stayed ahead of the game, defeating their guests 6-3.

On Dec. 13 at the West Haven Jamboree, the Spartans played two 20 minute periods the first, against West Haven, which ended in a 0-0 tie. Both teams played hard and the goalies for each played their hearts out.

On Saturday, Dec. 16, The Spartans came on strong and showed what they were made of.

halfway through the first period, Colin Hughes (#8) made the first goal, assisted by Jacob Stillman (#6) and Connor Bath (#14).

About 2 minutes later, Chase Kozak (#23) scored, assisted by Nick Kiwanis.

Amity 2 – BBD 0

In the second period, Amity’s Connor Bath slammed one into the net on a power play, assisted by Jason Csejka (#18) and Ken Page (#20).

Nearly 8 minutes later, BBD’s Tanner Trew (#13) put the Ice Cats on the scoreboard on an assist from Spencer Abrams (#14)

Amity 3 – BBD 1

Just 59 seconds into the third period Jason Csejka scored on an assist from Colin Hughes (#8) and Brian Early (#28)

BBD scored the last goal of the game halfway through the period. Patryk Fancher (#25 made the shot on an assist from James McCarthy (#8).

Final= Amity 4 – BBD  2

Amity outshot BBD 37-16

BBD Goalie Stephen Fanning made 33 saves; Amity’s Michael Holloway made 14 saves.

The Spartans take on Daniel Hand at the Bennett Rink on Friday, Dec. 22, at 6:30 p.m.


Boys’ Hockey: Big Night For The Amity Spartans and Coach Gary Lindgren

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Jan 052017

Fresh off a trip to Germany where they played and won against three international teams, the Amity Spartans were back on the home ice in West Haven less than 48 hours after returning to the USA.

Amity (2-1) hosted Wilton (2-4) at the Edward L Bennett Rink at 6:30 p.m.

Nine minutes into the first period, Wilton scored. Amity’s Joey Schittina (11), tied the game with an unassisted goal at 12:37.

After the break, Amity was so hot in the second period that they melted the ice, Schittina started it up with a goal on an assist at 3:40; two minutes later freshman Edward Martino (10) scored on a power play.

Less than 6 minutes later, Colin Hughes (8) scored on an assist from Martino, bringing the lead to 4-1.

Thirty seconds later, Wilton answered with a goal, then another at 11:47 — score 4-3.

Three minutes later Jason Csejka (18) broadened the lead with an unassisted goal — score 5-3; and six seconds later he shot another one into the net, assisted by Colin Hughes (8).

In the third and final period, Roger Kergaravat (19), assisted by Schittina got one past the Wilton Goalie at 4:45 and then Csejka shot the final goal of the game unassisted at 10:11, when he did, the Amity coaches began congratulating Head Coach Gary Lindgren on his 200th career victory.

Amity goalie, junior Michael Holloway (29) did a phenomenal job in this game.

Final Score: 8-3.

Lindgen’s Big Accomplishment

Gary Lindgren began coaching the Amity Ice Hockey Team in 1999. Two of his former players, Brian Gonsalves, and Jeff Buchter now stand next to him as assistant coaches.

The victory on Jan. 4, marked Lindgren’s 200th career win, something he downplays because the game is about the boys who play it, not him.

Many former players were in the stands to watch the game and congratulate their old coach on his accomplishment in this, his final year as head coach.

Assistant Coach Mike “Scooter” Richetelli, who will take the head position next season, said it takes a lot of time and dedication for a coach to hit that milestone and Lindgren certainly has put in his time.

Congratulations to the boys on this sweet victory, and congratulations Coach Lindren on your 200th win!