This was a spirited game with a lot of action, but in the end the Sharks chomped the Blades 7-5.
1 2 3 F
Blades 3 2 0 5
WH/SH 2 3 2 7
The first period started off a bit shaky with West Haven’s Brooke McNabola making the first goal of the game on an assist from Jenna Hunt. McNabola struck again, bringing the score to 2-0.
Then it was the Blades’ Turn to show what they had. Haley Cable scored, assisted by Nadia DiNatale. Tess Csejka tied the game with an unassisted goal. Then Cable and DiNatale pulled the Blades into a 3-2 lead.
In the second period McNabola wasted no time in getting a hat trick off an assist from Taylor Nowak. Then it was Jenna Hunt’s turn with an unassisted goal, followed by Jianna Cohrs pulling the Sharks into a 5-3 lead.
Tess Csejka made her second unassisted goal and then Sammy Drane tied the game at 5-5 assisted by Sara Cable.
The third period belonged to West Haven. Nowak scored, assisted by Megan Froehlich, then Emilee Degrand rounded out the game with the final goal assisted by Jenna Hunt.
Next Up for the Blades are the SCC Semi-Finals at their Home rink in Hamden at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
1 2 3 F
Blades 0 0 2 2
Avon 0 2 1 3
in spite of some valiant efforts, neither team was able to score in the first.
The second period belonged to Avon, with with Mackenzie Gallinoto making the first goal, assisted by Kori Bartko and Sarah Murphy.
A little later, Shelby Little shot one in assisted by Gallinoto and Murphy. Avon left the ice with a comfortable 2-0 lead.
The Blades came out on fire with two unassisted goals, first by Caroline Cadelina, then Tess Csejka tying the game.
But Avon’s Murphy would have none of that, she hit the winning goal, assisted by Little.
The Blades lost this one 3-2.
Monday, Feb. 17
Boys Ice Hockey vs Tri-Town Home Bennett Rink 3:00 p.m. O.T 2-2 Tie
Girls Basketball vs Career Magnet Home at Amity 5:00 p.m. W 58-41
Girls Ice Hockey vs Avon-Southington-RHAM-Newington-Mills-Wethersfield,Away – Newington Ice Arena at 1:30 p.m. L 3-2
On Wednesday, Feb. 12, the Amity Spartans Wrestling team hosted the East Haven Yellow Jackets. Before the match, the senior wrestlers of the class of 2020 were recognized during a brief ceremony.
Plenty of fans came out to root for the Spartans as they took on a division rival, and joined in the celebration for seniors Alex Ablozhey, Brayden Esposito, Simon Flaherty, Claire Jackson, Liam Keylock, AJ Pocwierz, Bill Regan, and Ahmad Sileiman
Congratulations to our Seniors!
— by Mike Cala
Photos by Darren Johnson
The Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey Team has, as I have said since the beginning of the season, a lot of potential. A young team, they haven’t had a stellar season (4-10-2), but it isn’t the worst in school history either.
On Saturday, Feb. 15, the boys hosted the Cheshire Rams in West Haven. The Amity Army student fan base was at full capacity, and ready to support their Spartans no matter what the outcome.
I don’t know what was in the water head coach Mike Richetelli gave them in the locker room, but the Spartans came onto the ice with a spark we haven’t seen in quite a while. They played fast and hard with so much skill and enthusiasm for all three periods that everyone was at the edge of their seats for the entire game.
The first period went scoreless, but not for lack of trying on either side, and the second period had some exciting moments. Amity fans near the Cheshire net saw the puck go in and shoot out again like a rocket not once but twice, but neither “goal” was recognized by the refs. Still, life went on, and the Spartans continued to play just as hard until the buzzer.
Score at the end of two periods still 0-0.
Amity often loses steam in the third period, but that was simply not the case here. Everyone came out with renewed energy, a fighting spirit and their eyes on a victory.
The Spartans were relentless in their plan to keep the puck away from their end of the rink. Cheshire would get possession, then Amity would intercept it and pass it along to the opposite end of the ice.
Then it happened, Connor Bath (14) passed the puck to Dylan Gherlone (15), who passed it to Caleb Marcin (6) and GOAL at 6:35 in the third.
Now, all Amity had to do was hang onto this lead for 8:25 minutes. Could they do it?
Freshman goalie Brendan Smith (30) had some pretty sweet moves, keeping his eyes open and getting quite a workout, squatting, kneeling, diving and blocking whatever the Rams shot at him, no matter the angle.
The elation felt throughout the arena was palpable when the final buzzer sounded and the Spartans skated over to their adoring fans to celebrate the 1-0 shut-out victory against the glass.
Coach Richetelli left the locker room after the game with a smile on his face. “This is the team, I know they can be,” he said. “They played hard for 45 minutes [all 3 periods] and never let up. The third line came out and did a great job, making way for the first line to rest and come out and finish it off. It was a great game.”
Amity MUST WIN three (3) of the remaining regular season games. Can they make that happen? If they continue to play the way they did on Saturday, they can.
Join the Amity Army in cheering on the Spartans this month on Monday, Feb. 17 vs Tri-Town at HOME at 3 p.m.; Wednesday, Feb. 19 vs Glastonbury at HOME at 7:15 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 22 vs Watertown-Pomperaug at HOME at 1 p.m.; and finally, Wednesday, Feb. 26 vs Newtown AWAY at the Danbury Ice Arena at 5:30 p.m.
Boys Indoor Track CIAC Boys Class L Divisional Championship at Floyd Little Athletic Center-Field House
at 10:00 a.m.
Girls Gymnastics FCIAC Championships at Westhill High School-Main Gym at 10:00 a.m.
Competitive Cheerleading Cheerleading Competition – Sacred Hear University – Pitt Center at 10:30 a.m.
Girls Gymnastics FCIAC Gymnastics Championship at Westhill High School-New Gym at 11:00 a.m.
Boys Ice Hockey v. Cheshire Home – West Haven High School-Bennett Rink at 3:00 p.m.
The Amity Spartans Boys Swim Team hosted the Daniel Hand Tigers in Orange Monday night.
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