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Boys Hockey: Cole Gives His All, Conn Prevents Shut Out In Final Game Of 2018

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Mar 122018
 

On Friday, March 9, the (#7) Amity Spartans Ice Hockey team went up against (#2) Watertown-Pomperaug in Milford for the D II CIAC Quarterfinals.

Just two weeks prior, on Senior night, Watertown defeated Amity 6-1, so with that and all of their moves fresh on the Spartans’ minds, it was time for the ultimate revenge match.

The State championship is something the Spartans had been striving for all season long and now, they could taste it. Watertown is fast, aggressive and skilled at playing keep-away with the puck, but, Amity is more than capable of working the ice, and that’s what they did.

First Period

Amity played hard, racing across the ice, keeping up with every strategic move Watertown put forth. The challengers fired shot after shot at Spartans goalie Tyler Cole, and he deflected every one with the speed and agility of a ninja.

For 15 minutes Amity held Watertown off and with Cole’s help ended the first period 0-0.

Second Period

After returning to the ice, both teams played fast and hard. There was fairly equal possession out there and things were looking good for our Spartans until Watertown’s Eli Rosen sneaked one in past Cole in the first 6 minutes of play, assisted by Nick LaBella.

Later, with just 2:28 remaining, Patsy Harris scored for Watertown on an assist from Hunter Shay.

Score 2-0 Watertown

Third Period

During the final period, it was do-or-die for both teams as Watertown continued to hammer Cole with shots, and Amity’s defense was working overtime, keeping the challengers from scoring. But Watertown was performing admirably as well. Then, with just 22 seconds remaining, Spartans’ Jordan Conn successfully prevented a shutout by getting a goal off an assist by Jake Silliman.

Sadly, this was the end of the road in 2018 for Mike Richetelli’s Spartans. Everyone, players, coaches, fans, family members and this reporter felt the devastation. Even so, we are so proud of the way our Boys have grown over the years, this year, in particular, was really impressive. Tyler Cole gave it everything he had and more and the entire team was there to back him up.

New head coach Richetelli’s goal was to get them into the CIAC tournament, which he did, Even though it ended too soon, there is nothing to be ashamed of. The 2017-18 Spartans had a Phenomenal season and we thank them for taking all of us along for the ride.

 

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 0-1 In Regular Season So Far

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Dec 222015
 

IMG_8349The Amity Spartans have a fast, talented team this year with many returning players, including Anthony Uscilla (16), Mac Deane (22), Jeremy Cable (14), Tyler Cole (30) and Tyler Johnston (31) to name a few.

On Monday, the boys went up against the Wreckers from the Staples-Weston-Shelton regional team with Goalie Tyler Cole from Orange at the net throughout the game.

Staples was first to score at 11:44 in the first period. Jesse Greenspun (14) on assists from Ryan Johnson (11) and Sam New (19).

Coming out in the second period, Staples’ Johnson quickly scored in the first :35 seconds on an assist from New.

Amity answered at 10:06 with Jeremy Cable smacking one in past Goalie Zack Bloom (30), on assists from Nicholas Gallucci (11) and #12 (name?)

Second period score, 2-1 Staples.

Staples came out strong in the third period too, with Johnson sneaking in a goal in the first :48 seconds — again assisted by New.

They followed that up with two more goals at 2:56 — New, assisted by Johnson and Billy Hutchinson (13) and 9:03 (Hutchinson, assisted by Sam Zaritsky (52) and New).

Amity fought back with a second goal at 12:00, scored by Jamie Blum (17), assisted by Michael Miller (9) and Zach White (13).

The Spartans lost this one 5-2.

Shots — Spartans – 37, Wreckers – 28

On Wednesday, the Spartans will go up against the North Haven Indians at 6:30 p.m. at the Edward Bennett Rink in West Haven [our home ice] — Guys, be aware that many of the Indians players were studying you at Monday’s game. 

Boys Hockey: Amity vs Glastonbury …. and the winner is …

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Jan 192015
 

IMG_1267The Amity Spartans went up against the Glastonbury Tomahawks Monday afternoon at the Edward Bennett Rink in West Haven.

Glastonbury quickly got on the board within the first 2 minutes with Matt Holdaway scoring on an assist from Tyler Maclean.

Less than 6 minutes later Holdaway slammed an unassisted goal by Amity goal tender Tyler Cole, giving Glastonbury a 2-0 lead going into the second period.

The Tomahawks wasted no time in the second period firing relentlessly on Cole. Shane Mack scored just 1:44 into the period, on an assist from Trevor Suydam. 38 seconds later, Maclean fired one in on an assist from Adam Yaeger.

The two teams battled it out passing, intercepting, shooting and finally, at 9:22 Amity’s Captain Kevin Ryan scored an unassisted goal, putting Amity on the board, bringing the score to 4-1 (Glastonbury).

In the third period Amity proved it had the stamina to keep up with Glastonbury, and the first 2/3 of play time, the goalkeepers on both teams did phenomenal jobs keeping their opponents from adding to their scores.

But Glastonbury could not be kept down. At 9:21 Zach McGrail scored on an assist from Suydam. Less than a minute later at 10:15 Yaeger also scored, assisted by Maclean and Holdaway.

Final Score 7-1 Glastonbury.

With 1:33 left in the game Jared Roy, assisted by Justin Catinazzo and Logan Underwood brought in the winning goal.

Amity Coach Gary Lindgren said he was sad, but not disappointed in the boys.

“We have a young team and they have a tough schedule,” he said. “They played hard and put a lot into it today. We have two more games this week.”

Of his team, win or lose, Lindgren said, “They’re working hard.”

 

 

Boys Hockey: Amity vs Guilford — Has Amity Found Its Stride Yet?

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Dec 242014
 

Zach Shelnitz #8 scored two goals in Tuesday's game.

Zach Shelnitz #8 scored two goals in Tuesday’s game.

The Amity Spartans Hockey Team is starting to get itself together. After playing hard against the powerful Cheshire team on Saturday and holding their own until the third period when Cheshire pulled ahead, they were denied a tie in the last 2 minutes.

On Tuesday, Dec. 23, with “the other Tyler” Sophomore Tyler Johnston (#31) in the net, Amity took on Guilford.

As in past games the opponent was first to score with Guilford’s Ryan Brand getting a goal, assisted by Jack Petrick and Chris Cafiero, just 2:27 into the first period.

Not to be outdone, Amity answered less than 2 minutes later, tying things up with Adam Moscato’s goal, assisted by Captain Kevin Ryan.

At 4:51 Ryan assisted Co-Capt. Zach Shelnitz in the tie breaking goal.

With Amity ahead by one, the Spartans came out for the second period meaning business.

Moscato scored an unassisted goal at 10:34, pulling the Spartans up further 3-1

Guilford’s Kevin Gaudio, assisted by Joe Neleber, got one past Johnston at 13:25.

The Spartans would have none of that, and less than 30 seconds later, Shelnitz, assisted by Ryan and Charlie Csejka scored his second goal of the game, bringing the score to 4-2.

In the third period, the Spartans dominated the ice, bringing in three goals: Ryan, unassisted at 5:55; Anthony Uscilla, assisted by Liam Caraciolo at 7:28; and Graham Hughes, assisted by Nick Gallucci at 8:15 – wrapping up the victory at 7-2

Amity outshot Guilford 27-26

Johnston made 24 saves while Guilford’s Kyle Dwyer had 20.

Records: Amity 1-1-1; Guilford 0-3

Coach Gary Lindgren is back this year after taking a break last season due to illness, but he is enjoying working with this young team and watching them grow with each passing game.

So far we’ve seen two goalies, Freshman, Tyler Cole (#30) and Sophomore Tyler Johnston (#31) in the net.

Lindgren said both are young and are gaining experience this year with the coaches flip-flopping them between games.

He said Cole did a great job against Cheshire on Saturday, Dec. 20. “They’re a tough team, they’re really good and we battled hard with them.”

Of Johnston’s performance against Guilford, Lindgren said, “Tyler played extremely well, he made some big stops.”

Of the team as a whole, Lindgren said, “Our schedule is tough, we have to come ready to play. Today (Tuesday Dec. 23) I don’t think we played our best. It was good in spots, but we struggled for the first couple of periods, It’s a good thing we were ahead 4-2 after the first 2 periods. We need to play better. Guilford battled, they have some good players, their goalie is a little inexperienced and we took advantage of that but, I thought it was a pretty even game even though we won 7-2.”

Opinion: Will The Amity Spartans Hockey Team Make Us Proud This Year?

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Dec 142014
 

IMG_7129The 2014-15 Amity Spartans Varsity Hockey Team had some big skates to fill following last year’s phenomenal season.

Sadly, with the graduation of the 2013-14 senior “stars” Goalie Brian Mosher, Adam Shea, Brett McNeil, John Uscilla and Keating Seymour, this is a rebuilding year, with a primarily young team and just five seniors.

Among those seniors are Dalton Luciani, Kevin Ryan and Zachary Shelnitz, whose names we often heard at last year’s games. They have the experience and are good team players, but can they carry the 2015 Spartans on to greatness?

Friday night’s scrimmage games at the Hockey Jamboree in West Haven proved underwhelming.

Last year Brian Mosher was so amazing that any goaltender who follows will have to work ten times as hard to even come close — although of the three who geared up in the $400 goalie padding, Freshman Tyler Cole #30 (Mosher’s old number) shows a lot of promise.

The boys showed spirit and drive and had some good passes but they will have to step things up a bit if they want to get anywhere this year.

Cheshire’s team was tight and blanked Amity 5-0, then Immaculate came out and defeated the Spartans 3-1.

I have faith in Coach Gary Lindgren and Asst. Coach Mike Richetelli and their abilities to pull this team together. Let’s just hope the boys can follow their directions.

Fingers crossed.

Who’s on the team?

Seniors

William Caracciolo, Dalton Luciani, Cristian Mortali, Kevin Ryan, Zachary Shelnitz

Juniors

Nicholas Gallucci, Graham Hughes, Timothy Johnston, Anthony Uscilla

Sophomores

Jeremy Cable, Charles Csejka, McGovern Deane, Nicholas DeGennaro, Tyler Johnston, Roger Kergaravat, Zachary White

Freshmen

Jamie Blum, Alexander Leyner, Tyler Cole, Jacob Silliman, Chase Kozak, Adam Moscato, Harrison Silver