Boys Hockey: Amity Freshman Goalie’s Ninja Moves Help With Cheshire Shut-Out

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Feb 162020

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?

You bet!

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.”

What’s Next?

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 Hockey: Amity Ties BBD on Saturday

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Jan 292020

The Amity Spartans played two periods of great hockey on Saturday, with first-time goalie Aiden Courtney in the net.

First Period

Amity was first to score with an unassisted goal by #27 Dom Harris getting past the Icecats’ first-time starting goalie Louis Alfidi with 3:08 left on the clock.

Second Period

The Spartans returned to the ice with a fighting spirit and Capt. Nick Kiwanis #22 scored on a power play at 1:37, assisted by Caleb Marcin #6.

At 8:18 the Spartan confidence was high when Connor Bath #14 shot one past Alfidi, assisted by Harris.

Third Period

Brookfield (BBD) Icecats had a lot of catching up to do and from the parent’s point of view, they made a lot of desperate moves trying to land the Spartans in the penalty box. There was a lot of dramatics on the ice, with Brookfield players falling backward when no one was around them, and crashing onto the ice without so much as a Spartan or hockey stick in their path. Yet it was done apparently out of the line of sight of the referees who called penalties against Amity players anyway. The unnecessary roughhousing was ridiculous as well. (But what do I know about Hockey rules?)

Halfway through the period, Kyle Boller scored for the Icecats on a power play.

Then at 10:51, an unfortunate “Not A Goal” call in the third period gave BBD its second point. What happened was contestable, and caught on video by the station filming it above the announcer’s box and in clear view from where I and several parents were standing.

Courtney clearly made a stop and all play had halted on the ice. When he moved to stand up, the puck magically appeared from under his waist (about 16″ from the goal line) and gently slid past the line and into the net. NOT A GOAL, right? Well, imagine our surprise when the Ref called it, and the announcer said “BBD Goal by #13 Bryce Wallace, assisted by #28 Anthony Britton. A power-play goal by Wallace.”


But it wasn’t contested, and those who witnessed the injustice of a non-goal had to forever hold their peace.

Sadly, with :30 remaining in the game, Boller made his second goal of the game, unassisted tying the score at 3-3.

The overtime period was fastpaced and filled with more dramatics, BBD ended up in the penalty box 3 times in those 8 minutes, Amity received one penalty.

To demonstrate just how desperate the opposition was, the formal score sheet listed one BBD player’s penalty with :22 remaining as “Too Many.”

No I’m not a parent, and I’m not supposed to have opinions on sports, but Amity was robbed because of the third period Not A Goal.

Coach Richetelli’s only comment was, “They (BBD) played the game. They came out and played the game.”

I will though, give credit where it’s due. Amity outshot BBD nearly 2-1 but Alfidi did an unbelievable job for his first time tending goal. I think he made 54 saves, maybe a couple more.

Of course, our own Courtney also worked really hard making about 27 saves (and one that he wasn’t credited with).

Boys Hockey: Amity Has Potential, But No Match For West Haven

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Dec 282019

On Thursday, Dec. 26, the Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey team was on the road in West Haven for a match-up with West Haven High.

The Undefeated Westies have a strategy: Make the first goal every game and keep going from there.

That is exactly what they did on Thursday, the first goal came in just 2:07 into the game; #2 at 6:57; #3 less than a minute later; and the fourth with just 4:11 remaining in the period.

In the second period, the Westies struck again at 9:55, putting them at 5-0. But, the Spartans were able to hold them back from advancing any further.

During the final period, both teams did their best, and the goalies worked overtime. Yet, once again, West Haven slipped in another goal halfway through the period, winning the game 6-0.

The Westies outshot the Spartans 44-18, so, if it wasn’t for the skill of Spartans goaltender Sai Neelam, the final result could have been so much worse.

Coach Michael Richetelli isn’t discouraged. He knows his boys have what it takes. “You can’t take the first 5 or 6 minutes of the game off, or it’s going to cost you,” he said. “We’re working on preparation, not just the day of the game, but during practices and all the time. Sai played great during both games and he had a lot of support at that end collectively. We’ll be okay.”

On Saturday, Dec. 28, the Spartans will play Staples at AWAY in Milford at 6 p.m.



Be A Part Of The 13th Annual Amity Hockey Golf Tournament

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May 242018

It may be hot, so take a tip from Tyler Cole and bring a water bottle to help cool yourself down.

The 13th Annual Amity (Ice) Hockey Golf Tournament will take place at Orange Hills Country Club, 389 Racebrook Road, Orange, on Friday, June 8.

Online registration is now live. Offline registration and sponsorship information is available using the links above.

  • 7:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00 a.m. Shotgun Start (Scramble Format, Soft Spikes, and Golf Apparel Required)
  • Boxed Lunch for each golfer on the course
  • Dinner and Raffle following completion of golf
  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Teams
  • Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin
  • Putting Contest, Hole in One Prize

All proceeds go to the 2018-2019 Amity Boys Ice Hockey team. Thanks for your support!

Sponsorship opportunities are available, but the deadline is TODAY.

Click HERE to Register

Boys’ Ice Hockey: Amity Defeats West Haven 3-1

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Jan 122018

The West Haven Blue Devils hosted the Amity Spartans at Bennett Rink on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

First Period

The Spartans got onto the scoreboard first with James Blum’s goal, assisted by Jason Csejka at 11:03. This was a blow to West Haven, which had a full house (due in part to the ceremony to retire former Westie Rob Fumiatti’s jersey number that preceded the game.)


Second Period

West Haven’s Kevin Moriarty tied things up at 1:27 on an assist from Robbie Forleo; Then halfway through the period Amity’s Connor Bath assisted by Mike Miller and Joe Schittina pulled the Spartans ahead again. 2-1 Amity.

Third Period 

At 12:52, Amity’s Blum and Csejka teamed up again to score the third and final goal of the game.

Final: Amity 3, West Haven 1


AMITY      1 1 1—3

W. HAVEN 0 1 0—1


Shots—Amity outshot West Haven 33-24

Saves—Amity: Tyler Cole 23; West Haven: Logan Cole 30

Records—Amity 5-1; West Haven 2-5.

Boys Hockey: Zack Shelnitz Gets A Hat Trick As Amity Battles Tough Undefeated Scarsdale

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Jan 242015


Graham Hughes #18, fires one in during a tough game against Scarsdale.

Even before skating onto the Edward Bennett Rink on Friday evening, the Amity Spartans knew that they had a battle ahead of them going up against an undefeated division 1 team from Scarsdale New York. 

The first period was a heartbreaker for Amity. The Raiders wasted no time posting on the scoreboard with Captain James Nicholas (#16) making his first of four goals at :33 on an assist from Devon Schell (#15). 

The Raiders showed Amity why they are undefeated, firing on Spartan goalie Tyler Cole (#30). Then, at 5:07 Stephen Nicholas (#17) scored, assisted by Sam Stemerman (#3). 

Less than 2 minutes later Stephen Nicholas added another point on an assist from Michael Roberts (#2); and a minute after that James Nicholas and Schell repeated their moves from the game’s initial point; just two minutes later James Nicholas got his hat trick on an assist from Dunkan Hindmarch (#5). Ending the first period at 5-0. 

Scarsdale Freshman Sam Seltzer (#1) made 5 saves; Cole made 12 saves. 

The second period action was fast and furious with Cole deflecting the puck on every shot until the duo of Nicholas and Schell got one past him at 9:15.

Four minutes later, Hindmarch scored for the Raiders on assists from Jonathan Schwartz (#29) and Blake Ruggert (#24), broadening their lead to 7-0. 

Finally, :48 later with only :32.1 remaining in the middle period, Amity Senior Zach Shelnitz (#8) snapped one in past a stunned Raiders goal keeper Gabriel Harousseau (#30). Amity fans saw it go into the net, Shelnitz saw it get by the goalie, but the two referees stopped to discuss it before making their call, which seemed to take forever. (See video on the Orange Live Facebook page). 

Spartans fans roared when the decision went their way. 

Second period score 7-1. 

Harousseau made 7 saves; Cole made 11. 

Unless you were in the locker room, you don’t know what the Spartans coaches said after they left the ice, but when the boys came back in the third period, they were on fire, playing a lot like the 2013-14 team. 

Skating fast and furious, passing, intercepting and shooting like they never have this season. 

Just 4:19 into the period, Nick DeGennaro (#5), scored for the Spartans, assisted by Dalton Luciani (#28).

To everyone’s amazement, Amity scored on a pass from Mac Deane (#22) to Shelnitz. 

A little more than 5 minutes later at 12:06 Scarsdale got its 8th and final goal, with Jake Zurkow (#11) scoring off an assist from Stephen Nicholas. 

With 2:14 remaining in the game, Shelnitz got a hat trick, assisted by Jeremy Cable (#14) and Kevin Ryan (#9). 

Scarsdale outshot Amity 40-22. 

With this 8-4 victory, they remain undefeated. 

Amity’s record is 2-1-9.

The Spartans play Guilford (3-5) in West Haven on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 1 p.m.  (In December, Amity defeated Guilford 7-2)

NOTE: Although I took all of this information directly off the official score sheet, a parent later informed me that Graham Hughes #18, got the middle goal that was credited in the article to Schelnitz…. With the assists going to #10 Tim Johnson and #22 Mac Deane. (I don’t know how the scorekeeper could get that wrong).

Boys Hockey: Amity vs Glastonbury …. and the winner is …

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Jan 192015

IMG_1267The Amity Spartans went up against the Glastonbury Tomahawks Monday afternoon at the Edward Bennett Rink in West Haven.

Glastonbury quickly got on the board within the first 2 minutes with Matt Holdaway scoring on an assist from Tyler Maclean.

Less than 6 minutes later Holdaway slammed an unassisted goal by Amity goal tender Tyler Cole, giving Glastonbury a 2-0 lead going into the second period.

The Tomahawks wasted no time in the second period firing relentlessly on Cole. Shane Mack scored just 1:44 into the period, on an assist from Trevor Suydam. 38 seconds later, Maclean fired one in on an assist from Adam Yaeger.

The two teams battled it out passing, intercepting, shooting and finally, at 9:22 Amity’s Captain Kevin Ryan scored an unassisted goal, putting Amity on the board, bringing the score to 4-1 (Glastonbury).

In the third period Amity proved it had the stamina to keep up with Glastonbury, and the first 2/3 of play time, the goalkeepers on both teams did phenomenal jobs keeping their opponents from adding to their scores.

But Glastonbury could not be kept down. At 9:21 Zach McGrail scored on an assist from Suydam. Less than a minute later at 10:15 Yaeger also scored, assisted by Maclean and Holdaway.

Final Score 7-1 Glastonbury.

With 1:33 left in the game Jared Roy, assisted by Justin Catinazzo and Logan Underwood brought in the winning goal.

Amity Coach Gary Lindgren said he was sad, but not disappointed in the boys.

“We have a young team and they have a tough schedule,” he said. “They played hard and put a lot into it today. We have two more games this week.”

Of his team, win or lose, Lindgren said, “They’re working hard.”



Boys Hockey: Amity Vs Wilton — Game Goes Into Overtime… and …

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Jan 162015

IMG_9204The Amity Spartans 1-1-5 faced off against Wilton 2-5 Friday night at Bennett Rink in West Haven.

This time around Amity’s Charlie Csejka was first to score with 9:25 left in the first period, and Wilton was scoreless.

It took quite a while, but finally with just 3:34 left in 2nd, Wilton’s Jameson Hill tied the game at 1-1.

Wilton came out like gangbusters in the third and David Craven scored in the first 13 seconds. One-upping Amity 2-1.

The Spartans  really needed this win, and Kevin Ryan came in and got one past wilton’s goalkeeper with 4:29 remaining, tying the game.

Now, with the score at 2-2 both teams were determined to win in overtime.

And … Kyle Jonas from Wilton slams one in to win the game 3-2.

Wilton outshot Amity 36-24.


The Spartans Play in Danbury Saturday, Jan. 17 at 4:10 p.m.


Boys Hockey: (2-1 Loss to Milford) Amity Faces North Branford Jan. 7

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Jan 072015

IMG_0156When the Amity Hockey team steps onto the ice tonight against North Branford, the “goal” is to prove they can play the game.

With only one win this season (Cheshire 7-2) one tie (North Haven 2-2) and three losses, and just 15 remaining games in 2015, they have to step things up if they are going to see tournament play.

At Saturday’s game against Milford at the Milford Ice Pavillion, David McLenithan, assisted by Jarred Butts got one past Amity goalie Tyler Johnston at 4:45 into the first period putting the Indians in the lead 1-0.

The Spartans came out stronger in the second period taking shots, and playing hard, but it wasn’t until there was only 4:26 remaining that Amity finally scored.

Jeremy Cable, assisted by Kevin Ryan and Dalton Luciani slid one in past the Indians goalie Sean Rowland, tying the game at 1-1.

In the final period, Milford’s Jonathan DePascale passed the puck to Jacob Comeau who scored the winning goal with 5:20 left in the game.

Milford 2, Amity 1.

Milford outshot Amity 27-23 and both goalies earned their keep, Johnston with 25 saves for the Spartans and Rowland with 22 saves for the Indians.

Amity’s coaches were not happy with their teams performance, noting they had a lot of missed opportunities.

Asst. Coach Mike Richetelli said they would work on their plays during Tuesday’s practice and it was time for the senior players to step up and lead.

Tonight’s game takes place at the Bennett Rink in West Haven at 6:30 p.m.

Amity Hockey Coach Will Be Honored At Relay for Life

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May 302014


Even as he battled cancer, Coach Gary Lindgren supported his beloved Hockey Team.

Even as he battled cancer, Coach Gary Lindgren supported his beloved Hockey Team.

Amity students, athletes, teachers, staff and parents all seem to adore Amity Hockey Coach Gary Lindgren

The soft spoken, caring coach found out he had cancer at the beginning of the Hockey season and battled the disease valiantly, just as his beloved Spartans Hockey Team fought to win the CIAC state title. Gary attended as many games as he could, even coming out to support his players during the tournament after undergoing chemotherapy treatments earlier in the day.

Before the season Gary appointed assistant coach Mike “Scooter” Richetelli as interim coach. As most Orange Live readers know, Richetelli was named SCC Hockey Coach of the Year and brought the Spartans all the way to the championship tournaments.

Richetelli and assistant coaches Todd Dandelske, Don Linley and Brian Gonsalves never gave up hope that Gary would return to the team full-time and stood by their head coach through good days and bad.

Gary’s wife, Laura was his rock and along with their daughters Erika and Carly offering him all the help and encouragement he needed to get through his ordeal.

Gary looked gaunt during the state championship game.

Gary looked gaunt during the state championship game.

How It Began

Nine months ago, Gary was playing softball in the playoffs of the over-50 league in which he played shortstop. A ball bounced up and hit him in the mouth, breaking his jaw and knocking out a tooth. His doctor noticed a bump on his neck that turned out to be a cyst.

Surgeons discovered a cancerous tumor in his lymph nodes on Nov. 20 which led to surgery in early December to remove 29 lymph nodes and his tonsils, all of which contained cancer.

Relay for Life

Gary is this year’s honoree at the BOW Relay for Life. He will be recognized at the opening ceremonies at 6 p.m.

The Relay committee is encouraging anyone who’s life was touched by Gary (athletes, fellow coaches, students, friends) to come out and support him on this very special occasion.