When I first saw the 2021 Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey team last Wednesday night (Feb. 10) I knew I was witnessing something really special.
Even with all the COVID restrictions and the lack of fans in the arena, I knew, and said, they had a lot of potential. They may have lost that first game, but I knew they would be okay, and they proved me right twice this weekend.
I looked forward to watching them play on Saturday, but a freak accident left me with a big tear in the cornea of my photo-shooting left eye. The bright lights and the strain of trying to shoot 250-300 photos was too painful and I had to skip it.
Thankfully, Coach Richetelli sent the score sheet so I could put something together for you.
Saturday, February 13
Amity vs Cheshire
Both teams hit the ice, pumped and ready to win, but it remained scoreless through the first period.
In the second period, both teams played fast and furious, then with 9:04 remaining Cheshire’s Damon Zurolo (7) got one past Amity’s goaltender Brandan Smith (30) on an assist from Will Gaudet (10).
The Spartans returned to the ice for the third period with their skates on fire. Within 38 seconds, David Brown (17) scored his first career goal as a Spartan, tying the game 1-1 on an assist from Niko Tournas (26).
At 7:29 Tommy Schittina (11) shot one in on a power play, giving the Spartans a 2-1 lead. or, even better, as CTHSHockey put it in their tweet, “Tommy Schittina gives Amity the lead with a point shot that had eyes. Puck must’ve passed eight skaters en route to the back of the net.”
Thanks for that description, CTHSHockey, it was absolutely poetic!
Then, to seal the deal, with just 1:03 remaining Justin Miller took advantage of an empty net. Amity wins! 3-1.
Saves: Amity’s Brendan Smith (Player of the Game) 33, Cheshire’s Amaan Chaudhry 13
Records: Amity 1-1; Cheshire 0-1
Monday, Feb. 15
Amity vs East Haven
The Amity Spartans hosted the East Haven Hornets at the Edward Bennett Ice Rink in West Haven on Monday, Feb. 15.
Amity wasted no time in getting this party started. Just 2:34 into the first period Tommy Schittina (11) scored the first goal on a power play assisted by Justin Miller (4) and Jason Dittman (21).
The Spartans did not disappoint in the second period. 2:01 after reentering the ice, Miller scored off an assist from Dylan Gherlone (15). Four minutes later, Schittina made his second goal of the game, assisted again, by Dittman.
With Amity ahead 3-0, East Haven stepped up its game and with 4:45 remaining in the second period, Duncan Rider (8) finally got one past Amity’s hardworking goalie Aiden Courtney (31), assisted by Dave Amatruda (21) and Rocco Piano (3). End of second, 3-1, Amity.
The third period had a lot of action, with both sides battling it out and doing their best to score.
With 2:57 remaining in the game, Niko Tournas (26) made an unassisted goal.
Just as we thought it was over, with 55 seconds left on the clock East Haven’s Chad Feola (7) sneaked one in, assisted by Dylan Ingram (68).
Final Score: Amity 4, East Haven 2