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Boys Hockey: Still Undefeated, Amity Spartans Victorious Over Newtown

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Jan 032019
 

Amity’s Cody White slaps in his first of three goals in the first period.

The Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey team has had a stellar season so far, but we know that as time goes on, there will be a team that will keep them from having a successful outcome, but Wednesday, Jan. 2 was not that day.

Amity hosted Newtown in West Haven and fought as hard as ever for another win.

Just shy of six minutes into the game the Nighthawks’ Jeremy Larkin scored the first goal, assisted by David Brestovansky.

Well, that just wouldn’t do for the Spartans, and eight seconds after Newtown’s celebration broke up, Amity’s Cody White slipped one into the net, tying the game.

Mike Richetelli’s boys showed their true spirit, shooting one after another at Newtown’s goalie Matthias Paltauf and within 2:49 of his first goal, White scored again, assisted by Ken Page and Jason Csejka. But he wasn’t done yet. With just 1:58 remaining in the period, White got a hat trick, with the assistance of Michael Lebreck and Page.

First Period Score: Amity 3-1

Both teams returned to the ice for the second period and it took a while, with a lot of back and forth, then Csejka made a goal for Amity, assisted by Nelson Bordeleau.

Four minutes later, the Nighthawks’ Brestovansky scored on an assist from Andrew Gardener.

Second Period Score: Amity 4-2

Amity wasted no time going into the final period. Connor Bath had the crowd screaming as he shot one into the net just 10 seconds in, assisted by Nick Kiwanis.

More than ten minutes passed before Dylan Gherlone scored, assisted by Page and Lebreck.

It looked like a clean win for the Spartans when Newtown’s James Celentano got one past Amity’s freshman goalie Michael Andreeson with only 40.2 seconds remaining. He was assisted by Aiden Bepko.

The Spartans celebrated their fifth consecutive victory, by defeating Newtown 6-3.

Next Up: Amity is on the road at the Northford Ice Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 5 for a game against North Haven (1-1-4) at 8:30 p.m.

Coach Quotes: Head Coach Mike Richetelli took a moment to share his thoughts about the game.

“We wanted to give freshman goalie Michael Andreessen an opportunity to show what he can do, and he had his first win.”

“Cody White had a hat trick tonight in the first period. He had a very good game. Dylan Gherlone got his first career goal on a power play right at the end.” 

“We worked hard, we won each period, and that was the goal. We got a little chippy and although tempers are a part of the game, we have to stay out of the penalty box. That’s another goal to stay out of the penalty box and keep moving forward.”

“We had a lot of firsts. Everyone got their feet wet tonight, everyone got in and we had a great result, but there’s always still plenty to work on.” 

 

Just Believe — Amity Hockey Comes From Behind For A Remarkable Victory

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Dec 302018
 

 

The Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey team hosted the Staples Wreckers for its first HOME game of the season on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 1 p.m.

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.