After having only one win in the last 10 games, Amity really needed to ace this one.
Just 42 seconds after entering the ice Justin Miller made a goal, assisted by Jason Csejka and Nelson Bordeleau..
Tri-town answered with a goal at 9:49.
Less than a minute later Amity’s Csejka broke the tie, assisted by Cody White and Bordeleau.
First-Period Score: 2-1 Amity
Tri-town came back to the ice, sticks ablaze and broke the tie in 1:16.
Amity shot back 5 minutes later, taking back the lead with a goal by Colin Hughes, assisted by Ryan Miller.
Second-Period Score: 3-2 Amity
Nearly 109 minutes of game-play took place before anyone scored in the third period. That was Nick Kiwanis, assisted by Dylan Raver and Kenny Page.
Having Amity keep the lead for so long was too much for Tri-town and they fought back. Less than a minute later they added a point to the score, narrowing Amity’s lead to one point.
With the clock ticking down, Tri-town struck again with just 1:15 remaining, they tied it up.
The Spartans continued to shoot at goal, and with just 17 seconds left, Csejka broke the tie with the winning goal, assisted by Bordeleau and Caleb Marcin.
Final Score: 5-4 Amity
Are the Spartans back on goal? We certainly hope so. With just two games left to the regular season then Tournament play coming up next month, they need to rediscover that winning spirit they possessed at the beginning of the season.
You boys can do this! Just listen to the coach and remember everything you did in practice and apply it during the games. You can shock all the nay-sayers and take home all the marbles! WE Know You CAN!
Next up for the Spartans (9-9): The boys will battle a very tough Watertown-Pomperaug (14-2-3) in Watertown on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m.
Then Glastonbury (9-2-6) in Glastonbury on Monday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. — and that’s the end of the regular season.
The CIAC Championship Tournament begins on March 6.
Both teams were pretty evenly matched, all are excellent athletes, but when the numbers were tallied, Amity edged out Hand 87-83.
Amity’s Winning Events
50-yard Freestyle: A- 23.47 Tyler Roy
100-yard Butterfly: A- 59.56 Tyler Roy
100 Freestyle: A- 51.75 Shiva Gowda
100-yard Backstroke: A- 57.76 Shiva Gowda
100-yard Breaststroke: A- 1:09.06 Brodey Lu
Hand’s Winning Events
The Amity Spartans were on the road in Milford for a game against the Foran Lions on Monday.
In the first half, Ali Bobi scored a goal assisted by Dean Saracino, giving Amity a 1-0 lead.
The second half saw some more action, with the Lions’ Caleb Tondora tying the game with a penalty kick.
The remainder of the game was all Amity: Austin Gilbride made an unassisted goal, 15 minutes later Arian Bobi also made an unassisted goal, followed by a second Ali Bobi/Dean Saracino goal just two minutes later.
Amity outshot Foran 18-4
The Spartans won 4-1
Records: Amity 2-1-0, Foran 1-2-0
The Amity Varsity Football team has a new coach, Craig Bruno, and with one very impressive 26-8 win under their handsome new jerseys, they give us hope for a successful season.
This year’s team includes 10 seniors.
#3 Daniel Beckwith, RB; #10 Jacob Lettick, WR; #22 Michael Young, WR; #30 Andrew Kimball, RB; #33 Gabriel Lipsitz, LB; #34 Brendan Messina, LB; #41 Brenna Dimauro, RB; #72 Ryan Biagetti, OL; #78 Justin Griffin, DL; and #89 James Van Hise, WR.
There are 18 Juniors.
#4 Jake Forchetti, WR; #5 Abyan Nawaz K/P; #9 Jamie Genovese, CB; #12 James Laubstein, QB; #13 Andrew Gnidula, LB; #20 Jack Figuly, CB; #25 Samuel Sachs, RB; #40 Alexander Ablozhey, WR; #42 Jeremiah Schmidtke, LB; #45 Nicholas Bevvino, RB; #50 Daniel Cavanagh, OL; #58 Joseph Digello, OL; #61 Sam Papelo, OL; #64 John Healey, OL; #73 Janek Olofsson, OL; #81 Nico Semmonella, WR; #83 Gabriel Morin, RB; and #85 Aedan Loynsky, WR.
Also 15 Sophomores
#19 Max Dempsey, QB; #28 Shaki Gray, SS; #46 Aidan Massa-Vaspasiano, LS; #52 Colby Fantarella, OL; #54 Anthony Olenechuk, LB; #55 Kyle Behnke, OL; #70 Laurence Lambiase, OL; #74 Carter Correia, OL; #76 Anthony Vega, OL; #77 Justin Miller, OL; #80 Daelyn Boscarino, WR; #82 Spencer Buynak, WR; #84 Jonathan Levit, WR; #86 Benjamin Iwaszkiewicz, WR; and #87 Ryan Buda, WR.
The team also includes one freshman who made the cut, #88 Eric Santangelo, LB.
For those who are not familiar with footballese here’s the magic decoder for the above mentioned Acronyms: K/P = kicker/punter; RB = running back; WR = wide receiver; OL = offensive lineman; LB = linebacker; QB = quarterback; SS = strong safety; CB = cornerback.
The Spartans got a jump on the Gaels with two runs in the first inning (Justin Hafle, pitching)
With Ben Lodewick on the mound and Pat Winkel behind the plate, Shelton only managed to get one run in. Amity leads 2-1.
The second inning was Amity’s time to shine, they added 6 runs to Shelton’s 1, pulling even further ahead. Second Inning score 8-2.
The Spartans didn’t score in the third, but Shelton added one. (score 8-3)
Amity saw a lot of action in the fourth, adding four more runs (Gaels’ Will Ciccone pitching) yet Shelton didn’t have any further success (Spartans’ Will Rotko pitching).
The game went on for two more innings (Shelton putting Mike Kennedy on the mound in the fifth) with no advancement on either side. Amity wins 12-3.
Amity 12, Shelton 3 (6)
AMITY 260 400 — 12 13 3
SHELTON 111 000 — 3 9 2
Amity: Pat Winkel went 3-3, 3 walks, 2 doubles, 3 runs, 1 RBI; Jack Nolan went 2-3, 2 runs, 3 RBI, 1 walk; Quinn Burke went 3-4, 2 runs, 3 RBI.
Shelton: Mike Kennedy 2 innings pitched, 2 walks, 2-4 1 run; Matt Hunyadi went 2-3, 1 walk; Will Ciccone pitched 1-4, 2 innings pitched, 1 hit allowed, 1 walk issued, no runs;
Record: Amity 3-2
(file photos by Marcy Winkel)
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.)
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.
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.
Of course, the scrimmages don’t count for the season, but from what I saw out on the ice in what resulted in a 6-3 “victory” for the Spartans, this year’s team, with its 11 seniors, promises to give fans something to cheer about.
Out and about at many Amity events, it’s clear that students adore former Hockey coach Gary Lindgren, and I don’t think that will ever change – he’s a lovable guy. But back in 2013-14 when Gary was battling cancer, his assistant coach Mike “Scooter” Richetelli stepped in and brought the boys all the way to the state championship game.
Richetelli, now the Head Coach, and most of the coaching staff are back, and the team is amazingly fast, aggressive and tight.
Unfortunately, the current roster hasn’t yet been posted to the CIAC website, and Amity’s new revamped site is still a mess (just my opinion). The Spartans play again tonight in the Jamboree at Bennett Rink (West Haven High School), taking the ice for 20 minutes against West Haven around 6:40 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. against Immaculate.
Richetelli said the team had a good scrimmage in Westfield, MA that gave them an early start and they did well on Tuesday. “We have 11 seniors and with their leadership, they’ll do what they’re supposed to do.” — (I wonder if any of those seniors were part of the excitement in 2014).
For the team’s first official game of the season, they’ll host BBD (Brookfield/Danbury and ?) at the Edward Bennett Rink in West Haven. this Saturday, Dec.16 at 6 p.m.
I encourage everyone to come out to cheer on the Spartans. Who knows, this could be another championship season in the making.
NOTE: Don’t forget the Girls’ Ice Hockey team, which always plays incredibly well, has three games this week.
Friday, Dec. 15 vs New Canaan Home at Rinks at Shelton 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 16 vs Lauralton Hall Home at Rinks at Shelton at 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 17 vs Masuk-Joel Barlow-Newtown-Oxford (Away) at Rinks at Shelton at 6:30 p.m.