Boys’ Ice Hockey: Spartans Spank Indians In Milford

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Dec 182018

Coming off of an awesome victory over NFI last week, the Amity Spartans Ice Hockey team was feeling confident and ready to go at their second regular season game on Saturday, Dec. 15.

This game against the Milford Indians at the Milford Ice Pavillion was reminiscent of televised NHL games in the 80s, with a ridiculous list of penalties in which the home team (Milford) accumulated 9 to Amity’s 7.

The game got off to a quick start with Amity’s Nelson Bordeleau getting one in just 3:52 into the first period, assisted by Cody White and Ed Martino.

About 8 minutes later Milford’s #14 (name unavailable) tied the game off an assist from #11 Kosh.

Martino quickly answered by scoring Amity’s second goal, assisted by Jason Csejka.

First Period Score: Amity 2, Milford 1.

Just 3:28 after returning to the ice, Tommy Schittina made a goal for Amity, assisted by Bordeleau and Justin Miller. Then 10 minutes and several shots later, White scored off a Martino assist, bringing the Spartans lead to 4-1.

Moments later both #20s, Amity’s Ken Page and Milford’s Ubaldi, were sent to their respective penalty boxes for roughing with only 50 seconds remaining in the second period.

Second Period Score: Amity 4, Milford 1

It took a while for the third period to get going since so many penalties were being handed out. In the first 10 minutes we saw slashing, cross-checking, high sticking, roughing, tripping and unsportsmanlike behavior. with players from both teams spending time in the box.

Finally, at 10:19, White scored off an assist from Csejka. It only took three minutes for Caleb Marcin to find the net, assisted by Csejka.

I hope you didn’t blink, because, within seven seconds, Dylan Raver swooped in and scored on White’s assist.

This was an exciting game, the Spartans really showed what they had to offer. With a 7-1 victory, the Spartans are now 2-0 for the season.

Amity Head Coach Michael Richetelli said Milford did its job and his Spartans had a great day. Many of the new, younger players got ice time and did very well.

Fans are recognizing that the Spartans are playing like a seasoned team that’s been together much longer than just a couple of games. We all have high hopes that we’ll see them go all the way to the states this year. Yes, they’re that good.

Come cheer the Spartans on to another victory at the Danbury Ice Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7:40 p.m. The Boys will be playing against BBD

Go get ’em Amity!


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.

Boys Hockey: Goalie Nick Nuzzolo Makes 39 Saves in 4-3 Win Against Milford

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Jan 062013


Amity vs Milford Jan. 5


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Sleep walking its way for the first 20 minutes of Saturday’s Southern Connecticut Conference Division II contest against Milford, the Amity hockey team finally awoke from its lengthy snooze and found itself on the short end of a 2-0 tally. After a yawn and a stretch, the Spartans rallied back with three goals in the final nine minutes of the second session and went on to nudge the Indians 4-3 at the Milford Ice Pavilion.

Winning Coach Gary Lindgren said, “Why we’ve had rough first periods is a good question that I haven’t found the answer to. All I know is we’ve been lack luster, tentative, and back on our heels. I’ve been very disappointed how teams have taken it to us and dictated the tempo early in the game. Today, we came out with no jump in our step and were just standing around. Finally came alive during the second period and caught some breaks. We have to find a way to get ourselves going in the first period.”

Trailing 2-0 (and outshot 17-5 during the first period) , Amity finally got onto the scoreboard when Brett McNeil dug the puck out of a scrum in front of the net (with help from Adam Shea) and flipped it over the outstretched glove of Milford goalie, John DePalma with 6 minutes, 25 seconds gone in the second period. That power play goal (which came with Rob Busky in the penalty box for hooking) cut Milford’s lead in half.

Nearly eight minutes later (at 14:20) Erik Dykun tied the game on another power play goal. It came with Ben Levallee also off the ice for hooking. The game remained deadlocked at 2-2 for only 23 seconds as Amity scored again. This time the Spartans caught a big break as Keating Seymour’s shot caromed off an Indian skate and sailed into the net to give Amity a 3-2 advantage.

“Finally, we came alive.  When we scored those two power play goals during the second period, I think we finally settled down and began to believe in ourselves.” added Lindgren.

At 3:50 of the third period, McNeill (assisted by Shea and Jon Crocker) netted what would prove to be the game winning goal. With his team trailing 4-2, Milford’s high-scoring junior center Zack White knocked the puck under the pad of Amity net minder Nick Nuzzolo to again make it a one-goal game. It was White’s second goal of the game, his ninth score and 18th point of the season. Despite a furious Milford finish, Nuzzolo and the Spartans hung on to clinch their fourth win in five games.

Despite the final score, Milford outshot the Spartans by a hefty 42-25 margin, requiring a busy Nuzzolo to make 39 saves. DePalma recorded 21 saves for the Indians.

 According to Lindgren, “Milford (now 3-2) is a good team. They kept coming at us. I like what Sal (Milford Coach Sal Follo) is doing and Zach White is a player. He went by three of our guys to score their second goal. I got worried when White scored again only four minutes into the third period, but our guys played with confidence. I took a time out and told them to be smart and to play conservatively. After that, we battled and Nick was outstanding in goal. He made a tremendous save with 30 seconds to go—it was the save of the game.”

Milford’s first goal came with only 19 seconds gone as Will Vitelli poked the puck past Nuzzolo. At 2:13, White beat three Amity defenders and drilled the puck into the upper right hand corner of the net. That unassisted goal gave his team a 2-0 lead.  Amity caught a huge break midway through the first period as a Milford shot hit off the post, popped up into the air and sailed just over the top of the cross bar.

The 4-1 Spartans return to the Milford Ice Pavilion on Wednesday to face the Division I Notre Dame of Fairfield Lancers at 6 p.m.

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