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Sneak Peek: Boys Ice Hockey Preview

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Dec 012018
 

After watching one scrimmage game at the beginning of the Amity football season, I predicted that they would have a great season. And, well, I was right.

Friday night I sat in on the Amity Boys Hockey team’s practice session in West Haven to see if I could make some sort of prediction about their future this season.

Nobody was in uniform, so I haven’t a clue who anyone is yet, but I am pleased to say that the 23 boys on the 2018-19 team show a load of potential and I am very optimistic about this season.

It looks like we’ve got some real talent in the pool of three goalies and as far as the rest of the team – they’re fast with some sharp moves I do believe we will have three or four stand-out players as we have in the past few years.

Head Coach Michael “Scooter” Richetelli brought the Spartans all the way to the state championship game in 2014, after a stellar season. That team, which included notable members, Goalie Brian Mosher, Kevin Ryan, Adam Shea, and Brett McNeil, played their hearts out against Daniel Hand, which ended in a loss after Hand broke a 4-4 tie.

Out on the ice, Richetelli commands the boys’ attention and has a strong, yet kind approach to getting them to execute the plays he lays out. The assistant coaching staff has a new face this year, as longtime coach Brian Gonsalves has moved on to Daniel Hand. His replacement, John (I think) is older and has a long ice hockey history. He played at Fairfield Prep, then more recently coached at Masuk.

I’m excited about this year’s boys’ team and I can’t wait to see them in action at next Wednesday’s HOME scrimmage game.

There’s a lot happening with this team in December.

Today, the boys are in Westfield, Mass for a scrimmage game, then, on Wednesday, the 5th, they are HOME in West Haven for a scrimmage against Masuk at 7 p.m. followed by the West Haven Jamboree at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Let The Games Begin

Amity is AWAY for the first three games of the season: Wed., Dec. 12, Danbury Ice Arena vs NFI at 5:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 15, Milford Ice Pavillion vs Milford Coop at 1 p.m.; and Wed., Dec. 19, vs BBD at 7:40 p.m.

They get a holiday break, then return on Sat., Dec. 29, for a HOME  game vs Staples at 1 p.m.

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