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.
This matchup did not begin the way we like. Oh, the boys played hard and outshot their opponents 10-6 in the first period yet, the game remained scoreless.
The second period was a different story, everyone on the ice battled like winners, both goalies had to work extra hard and finally, after nearly 11 minutes, Staples’ Brian Krawiec scored the first goal, assisted by JJ Stanford. The Wreckers lead Amity 1-0.
As the Zamboni groomed the ice, Amity coach Mike Richetelli has a heart-to-heart with his boys. “You’ve got to believe in yourselves,” he told them. “You’ve got to believe we’re not going to lose this game. Just believe.”
The third period started on a low note. With two Amity players in the penalty box, Krawiec took advantage of having fewer Spartans on the ice, and at 0:56 snuck one past Amity goalie Malachi Zurolo.
Amity fans’ hearts sunk, this is the last period. Could the home team win this game in just 14 minutes?
With one shot after another, the Spartans worked feverishly to get onto the scoreboard. Then, three minutes in, Jason Csejka took a shot, assisted by Cody White and Caleb Marcin, and slammed it past Staples’ goalie Dylan Mace.
The clock kept counting down, and it looked like Amity was going to take its first loss of the season. But the Spartans were not about to give up easily they kept shooting until, with just 21 seconds remaining, Nelson Bordeleau, assisted by White and Csejka made all the difference by sinking one into the net, tying the score and putting the game into overtime.
Eight minutes on the clock, and it was anyone’s game. Pucks flying, players racing across the rink, shooting for their lives and then just 1:26 into overtime, Amity’s Marcin, a Sophomore, stunned Mace by scoring the winning goal assisted by Ryan Miller and Jason Dittman. The entire team raced across the ice, piling onto Marcin.
Pure Amity elation as Mace beat himself up for letting that one get past him – He had nothing to be ashamed of. He played an excellent game and took just about everything Amity dished out with skill and grace.
Orange Live has believed in the 2018-19 Spartans since first seeing them during pre-season practice, and now other news organizations are catching up. You’ve just got to love these boys and their spirit.
Marcin was awarded the Hummel Brothers’ Player of The Game prizes.
Also after the game, little Noah Monroe, who recently suffered a loss in the family, received the game-winning puck.
Final Score: Amity 3, Staples 2
Records: Amity 4-0, Staples 1-3
Next Up for the Spartans — A HOME game against Newtown (3-3) on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 8 p.m.
The Spartans wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Just four minutes into the first period, Cody White made a goal on an assist from Ed Martino.
BBD answered 17 seconds later, with Eryk Fancher getting one past Amity goalie Malachi Zurolo. He was assisted by Patryk Fancher and Tommy Schiesser.
Amity’s Jason Csejka broke the tie with just seconds remaining, assisted by White.
First Period Score: Amity 2, BBD 1
Amity owned the second period, too. Just 2:31 after returning to the ice, Tyler Demaio scored on an assist from Tommy Schittina.
Second Period Score: Amity 3, BBD 1
The third period had plenty of action, but neither team was able to get one in until the clock was winding down.
With 1:43 remaining in the game, Csejka scored his second goal of the game, again assisted by White and Martino.
Final: Amity 4, BBD 1.
Amity outshot BBD by far, 40-19.
Both goalies worked tirelessly. BBD’s Alex Fernandes and Amity’s Malachi Zurolo did good work.
Records: Amity 3-0, BBD 1-1.
The Spartans have a 9-day break from competition during the holidays, during which they will have plenty of time to practice and perfect their moves.
They’ll return to their home ice on Saturday, Dec. 29 for a game against Staples at 1 p.m.
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!
Ranked No. 4 in Division II, the Spartans went up against the #1 Guilford Indians on Thursday, March 1.
Accustomed to being the top dogs, Guilford was first to score with Jake Watrous making a goal, assisted by Zach Woxland with 4:23 remaining in the period.
In the first two minutes, Woxland made an unassisted goal for the Indians and 10 minutes later, Amity answered with a goal by Jason Czejka assisted by Jamie Blum.
The Spartans returned to the ice one point behind, yet still determined to stay in the game.
But the Indians wanted to show why they are ranked #1. At 1:55 Jack Dacey scored for Guilford on an assist from Jack Ring. This was followed at 4:22 by John DeLucia’s goal, assisted by Ring. Then, at 6:59 it was Ring’s turn to score on an assist from DeLucia.
Now, with the score at 5-1, Amity really had to put it’s best foot forward, and defense had to step up its game. at 8:21 Joey Schittina scored on an assist from Colin Hughes, and two minutes later Jamie Blum added a point, assisted by Jordan Conn and Jason Csejka. That was good, but could the Spartans score two more points and tie the game in four minutes? It’s been done before.
With 56 seconds left in the game, and one Spartan in the penalty box, Coach Richetelli had to make a tough strategic decision — as he, and many coaches in this situation have done before, he pulled his goalie in order to get another man on the ice, knowing full well that the Indians would take advantage of an empty net.
Sure enough, and sadly for the Spartans, Guilford’s Joe Neleber raced across the ice with the puck and slammed it into the net, securing the 6-3 victory for the Indians and their advancement in the SCC tournament.
Next Up: The Spartans will play in the First Round of the CIAC State Tournament at the Bennett Rink in West Haven on Tuesday.
The game got off to a slow start, oh, everyone tried to score, but no one managed to get one past either of the goalies.
In the second period, Tri-Town was first on the scoreboard at 3:30 with a Zack Roy making a goal, assisted by Andrew Gaines and Jacob Ellis
Seven minutes later, at 11:11 Amity’s Joey Schittina tied the game, assisted by Jamie Blum and Jacob Silliman.
The third period saw a lot of furious action, with Amity far outshooting Tri-Town, yet it mirrored the first period with no advance in the score on either side.
In overtime, the teams had 8 minutes to make it or break it.
Both teams had about equal possession time, then, with just 2:49 remaining, Schittina magically tipped the puck into the net past a stunned Payton Emrick. This was Schittina’s second goal of the game. He was assisted by Michael Miller and Brian Early.
Score by Periods
Amity 0 1 0 1 Total 2
Tri-Town 0 1 0 0 Total 1
Congratulations to Joey Schittina for a job well done, and to the two goalies, Amity’s Michael Holloway and Tri-Town’s Payton Emrick, for all of their hard work throughout the game.
Next Up: Amity has three more games remaining in the regular season. Thursday, Feb. 22 Away vs Trinity Catholic at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 24, Home vs Watertown-Pomperaug at 3 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 26 Away vs Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe at 8 p.m.
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.
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The Amity Spartans Boys’ Ice Hockey team hosted the Hamden Green Dragons in a scrimmage game on Wednesday night.
Both teams played hard in the first period and Amity scored its’f first goal with less than a minute remaining in the half.
Amity Goalie Tyler Johnston did a phenomenal job stopping every shot that came his way.
The second half showed the Dragons coming back with a vengeance, firing shot after shot at goal tender Tyler Cole. Within the first few minutes they pulled ahead of Amity 2-1. At 19:21 they brought the score to 3-1.
Three minutes later, the Spartans narrowed the margin 2-3.
With 9 minutes to go, the Dragons continued their assault and got another goal — 4-2.
Two minutes later, they pulled even further ahead —5-2.
With 3 minutes remaining Amity scored again — 3-5. But the Dragons would have none of that and got another past Cole with just 1:35 on the clock — 3-6.
Not to be left behind, Amity scored the final game goal as the clock wound down from 32:09.
The Spartans may have lost this scrimmage 4-6, but they showed a lot of skill and teamwork throughout the game.
The 2016-17 Amity Spartans are faster and stronger this year. They are scheduled to take a trip of a lifetime to Germany on Dec. 28, where they will play against teams from around the world and have an opportunity to learn some new tricks.
Who knows, this may be the Spartans year…in March 2014, they battled for the state championship title, only to come in second.
Amity may be a force to be reckoned with this year with talented Freshman players, experienced goalies. and many determined teammates, including the Amity Spartans Football kicker.
This is Head Coach Gary Lindren’s last hurrah. Next year, Asst. Coach Mike “Scooter” Richetelli will take he reins.