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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 Ice Hockey: Zurolo Deflects 42 Shots From (D1) Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe

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Jan 182019
 

The Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey Team hosted Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe (D1) in West Haven on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. 

Amity knew that this was going to be a tough game, and they were ready to fight their hardest for a win. 

Everyone entered the ice with confidence, but the game went sideways rather quickly. In 3:10, Fairfield’s Rhys Davis shot one into the net, assisted by Kyle Mazza. And with barely enough time to get back into position, Fairfield struck again six seconds later as Brendan Carney struck like a cobra, assisted by Ashton Lewis and Finn Hoey. 

Amity made 22 shots, all of which were deflected by FWL’s goalie, Will Capalbo. 

First Period Score: 2-0 Fairfield

The beginning of the second period gave us a glimmer of hope. Just 4:33 after entering the rink, Amity’s Jason Csejka smacked one in past Capalbo, assisted by Nelson Bordeleau and Caleb Marcin. 

Almost five minutes later, Fairfield’s James Pisciotta scored, assisted by Carney and Lewis. 

Both teams kept shooting furiously, yet no more goals were posted until, 20.9 seconds before the buzzer, when Kevin Quinn got one past Amity goal tender Malachi Zurolo, assisted by Bobby Winter and Sam Swanson. 

Second Period Score: 4-1 Fairfield

We know that the Spartans often have a very strong third period, and even though six minutes passed before anything happened, Bordeleau scored on an assist from Csejka, and Amity had 9 minutes to tie or win the game, and boy, did they work at it. 

But, Fairfield pulled ahead even further at 9:32 with Carney’s goal, assisted by Lewis and Hoey. 

Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe handed Amity its second loss of the season (5-2). 

Head Coach Michael Richetelli said Fairfield has a really strong team.

“We played hard tonight, 22 shots in the first period, that shows how hard we worked,” he said. Even with the loss, he added, “We’re okay. The reason we put tough opponents in our schedule is so we can get better. We’ll be fine.” 

Saves: Zurolo, 42 stops for Amity; Capalbo 32 for FWL.

Records: Amity 7-2, Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe 6-1-2

Next Up For The Spartans: Amity is on the road on Saturday for a matchup against Westhill-Stamford (5-4) in Stamford at 4 p.m. 

NOTE: I believe the coach. I believe in this team. I KNOW they will come back, just as strong as they were at the beginning of the season. Their schedule isn’t going to get any easier, they still have West Haven, Hand, Guilford, and Cheshire to face (and second to Hand, Amity has most victories this season than any of them). Amity has what it takes to play in the State Championship Game. All we have to do … is Believe.

 

Boys Hockey: YES! Amity Spartans Take Down Notre Dame

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Jan 102019
 

Since the beginning of the season, I’ve said, don’t underestimate the Amity Boys Ice Hockey Team. I knew going into Wednesday night’s game that they were in for a battle with Notre Dame-West Haven, but they were good enough to come through with their perfect season intact.

Prior to the game I sent head coach Mike Richetelli a note stating, Notre Dame is NOT going to want to lose to Amity. They are going to play dirty and will spend a lot of time in the penalty box. Our boys would just have to get it done no matter how much ND pushed their buttons.

Of course “Scooter” already knew this, great coaches have great instincts, and the boys were ready too.

Well, the first period was very fast and very physical, during which Notre Dame racked up 3 penalties to Amity’s 1. And the first period was scoreless.

There was no way that Notre Dame was going to lose this matchup. The second period went on and on, still scoreless, then, with 15 seconds remaining ND’s Charlie Andriole scored the first goal, assisted by Ian Hayden.

Amity and ND had 2 penalties each in the second period.

When the third period rolled around, it was do-or-die for both teams and they would do whatever was necessary to win. (ND 4 penalties, Amity 2).

Amity was ready to show what they were made of and it only took 38 seconds for captain Jay Csejka to make an unassisted goal and tie the game.

The teams battled it out, and both goalies, Amity’s Malachi Zurolo and Notre Dame’s Connor Smith worked extremely hard.

Finally, with just 3:45 remaining in the game, Nelson Bordeleau broke the tie with the winning goal, assisted by Justin Miller.

The Spartans were able to hold Notre Dame off until the final buzzer, and there it was, Amity Won 2-1, still undefeated with 7 consecutive victories under their belts.

Zurolo was named player of the game after making 38 stops.

Next Up: Amity is on the road at the Northford Ice Pavilion for a game against Branford (4-2-1) on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 3:15 p.m.

A million thanks to Kristina Kaoud for the victory photos. 

 

 

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.