Boys Ice Hockey: Staples Defeats Amity 3-2 in Milford

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Dec 312017

The Staples Wreckers of Westport, hosted the Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey team in Milford Saturday afternoon.

The game got off to a slow start with a scoreless first period. Staples goaltender Zachary Bloom made 10 saves, Amity’s goalie Tyler Cole made 8 saves.

The Spartans were first to get on the scoreboard with Jason Csejka’s unassisted goal at 2:56 into the second period.

The Wrecker’s Sam New tied the game five minutes later with his own unassisted goal, then, within two minutes New got another one past Tyler Cole, assisted by Reed Caney and Brian Gray.

Period two: Staples 2-Amity 1. Saves: Staples 5, Amity 10.

Brian Gray got the third period going at 5:22 with a Staples goal, assisted by Matt Bidgood and Zach Stober.

Amity edged closer with Csejka’s second solo goal at 10:45, but that was as good as it got.

Unfortunately, for Amity, Colin Hughes (#8) was cited for checking from behind which led to his being kicked out of the game with just 2.5 minutes remaining and he’s banned from Wednesday’s game as well.

Staples won this one 3-2.

Amity Head Coach “Scooter” Richetelli said his team got off to a late start in this game. “They played well in the third period, but you have to play well throughout the game, not just 15 minutes.”

He added that he wasn’t upset with the outcome, just disappointed in the performance. “We have a lot to work on and we take one game at a time,” he said.

Records: Amity 2-1, Staples 3-1-0

The Spartans host Milford at the Bennett Rink in West Haven on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 8:30 p.m.



Boys Hockey: Spartans Go Into Overtime With the YellowJackets

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Jan 222015

IMG_1670The Amity Spartans Hockey Team (2-1-8) faced off against the East Haven YellowJackets (1-8) at the Bennett Rink in West Haven Wednesday night.

The game had a rough start for the Spartans, as have many match-ups this season, with East Haven’s Tyler Moss scoring a goal in the first 15 seconds on an assist from Joe Lorello. Then, 9:21 into the first period, the Easties hit again, this time with Zach Paquin scoring off assists from Nick Latella and Joe D’Albero.

Yellowjacket Goalie Devin Avena made 4 saves, while the Spartans Tyler Johnston made 14 saves.

In the second period the defensive players and goal tenders kept their opponents from scoring and the score remained 2-0 East Haven.

Avena made 8 saves and Johnston deflected 14 additional shots.

Amity came alive in the third period at 6:13 Nick DeGennaro scored the first Spartan goal off an assist from Liam Caraciolo.

With only 5:37 remaining in the third period, East Haven’s Mike Montesanto received a 5 minute penalty for boarding an Amity player.

(Boarding in ice hockey is a penalty called when an offending player pushes, trips or checks an opposing player violently into the boards of the hockey rink. The boarding call is quite often a major penalty due to the likelihood of injury sustained by the player who was boarded.)

With just two minutes left in the period Mac Deane passed the puck to Kevin Ryan, who tied things up at 2-2 and the game went into overtime.

In the third period both goalies made 8 saves each.

In overtime, it was do or die and both teams really needed a win to redeem themselves. After some fierce back and forth Amity’s Charlie Csejka passed the puck to Graham Hughes who made the winning goal at 1:02 to a thunderous roar from the Amity fans.

Head Coach Gary Lindgren stepped off the ice and said, “I’m smiling” before heading into the locker room where the Spartans were celebrating their sweet victory.

Asst. Coach Mike Richetelli said, “It wasn’t our best first period, but the message was pretty clear, shut it down, keep working, and play our best.  In the second period we played the most intensely that we’ve played all season. Even though we were down by 2 we had a nice edge and we had good momentum to go into the third.”

Of the final minutes, he said, “For us to get two goals after being down by two, showed a lot. And then for Graham get in there, it was a great hustle and a great effort in overtime and we were fortunate to have him be the first guy to make that play.”

“It’s a great feel good win for us. These kids work hard and they deserved this tonight,” Richetelli said. “We are very proud of what they did.”

Amity plays Scarsdale (NY) this Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Bennett Rink.

After that they have 8 more games, some of them against very tough opponents, until the end of the regular season on March 4.