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Boys Hockey: Spartans Moving On In Tourny Play

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Mar 202021
 

The Amity Spartans Hockey team has had a challenging season, due in part to many of their would-be challengers’ COVID quarantine delays. The Spartans had a full schedule, like all other D2 teams, but could not play for a solid two-week period because of the SCC COVID safety protocols in place.

Games were suddenly canceled because a player on an opposing team tested positive, placing that entire team in quarantine and therefore making it so Amity could not play against them.

With intense practice sessions and encouraging words from their coaches, who never lost faith in the Spartans’ ability to win, the team stayed strong and when they finally did hit the ice again against actual opponents, they were ready.

This week, the boys went up against some of the top division players holding them off until the very end, never losing steam, and showing their skill and determination every time.

Amity vs Lyman Hall

On Monday, March 15, Amity played Lyman Hall at Bennett Rink, West Haven at 8 p.m.

No one wasted any time getting the game going, at 3:54 Amity’s Niko Tournas (26) scored the first goal assisted by Ben Qian (25).

It appeared that the Spartans would hang onto that 1 point lead into the second, but with just 3.2 on the clock Lyman Hall struck back, tying the score at 1-1.

Second period

Coach Scooter Richetelli must have given one hell of a talk in the locker room, because Amity came out strong and fierce in the second, and just 15 seconds in, Kyle Hummel  (18) broke the tie off an assist from Tommy Schittina (11).

But their mighty opponents didn’t let the jubilation last too long. at 2:22 they broke the tie and at 8:45 Lyman Hall took the lead.

Still focused, Amity struck back 7 seconds later with (11) tying the game, 3-3, assisted by (4).

Third period

As I watched from the stands, I marveled at how well the Spartans were playing, believing wholeheartedly that going up against one of the best teams in their division just made them stronger and want a win that much more.

In the third period, Amity broke the tie with Justin Miller (4) scoring on a power play, off an assist from Schittina (11) at 6:35 in.

A feeling of hope filled the stadium and it was looking good for Amity but then, with only 2:34 remaining in regular play, Lyman Hall tied it up at 4-4, forcing the game into overtime.

Overtime

It was do-or-die with 8 minutes on the clock, both teams pulled out all the moves but a power-play goal by Lyman Hall with just 1:18 remaining sealed the deal.

Final score, Lyman Hall -5, Amity – 4.

SCC 1st Round

Amity vs North Branford

Even with the messed up season they had to endure, the Amity Spartans were good enough to rank 7th in D2. They hosted North Branford at the Bennett Rink in West Haven for the first round of the SCC D2 tourney on Thursday, March 17 at 6 p.m.

North Branford struck first, wasting no time they scored in the first 24 seconds.

Although it took a while and after 10 more minutes of intense team play, Justin Miller, assisted by Ben Qian, tied the game at 10:49 with just 4:12 left before the buzzer.

First Period Score 1-1

Second-Period

Amity returned to the ice on fire.

At :57 Niko Tournas broke that tie and held onto the lead throughout the entire period.

Second-Period Score 2-1 Amity

Third-Period

Amity retained the lead in the third period and Brendan Smith’s masterful performance in the net prevented North Branford from getting a tie or taking the lead.

Then, just to seal the deal, with 1:11 remaining in the game, Caleb Marcin made an unassisted goal.

Amity Wins and moves on to the Quarterfinals!

NEXT UP

Amity will be on the road in Northford to go up against the #2 seed Sheehan on Saturday at 3 p.m.

GO SPARTANS!

Meet The 2021 Amity Boys Ice Hockey Team

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Feb 172021
 

For the past week, since I first saw them on the ice, I’ve not been shy about singing the praises of the 2021 Amity Spartans Ice Hockey Team.

Some of the names are familiar and they have been together for a while, but everyone seems to be in synch and they all play well together as a TEAM.

Head Coach Mike Scooter Richetelli already is proud of his boys and has only good things to say about their skills and sportsmanship. On and off the ice, they are a great bunch of guys.

The Spartans have two different uniforms, the white jerseys (shown here) are the HOME uniforms. The gray jerseys are worn at AWAY games.

That said, here is the roster for this year’s team:

2  Dylan Raver

4 Justin Miller  C

5  Dean Gatttinella

6  Caleb Marcin.  C

7  Nolan Smith

8  Caden Demaio

 9  Ethan Moffett

11 Tommy Schittina

12 Cam Delvecchio

13 Joe Carangelo

15 Dylan Gherlone

17 David Brown

18 Kyle Hummel

20 Cade Simone

21 Jason Dittmann

25 Ben Qian

26 Niko Tournas

27 Dom Harris

30 Brendan Smith. G

31 Aiden Courtney. G

Boys’ Hockey: Amity Spartans Show How It’s Done Twice This Week

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Feb 172021
 

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