Boys Hockey: 2015 Has its Fair Share Of Challenges For the Spartans

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Dec 312014

Coach Lindgren talks to the team during a time out.

Coach Lindgren talks to the team during a time out.

Amity Hockey Coach Gary Lindgren has a challenge before him in 2015, trying to make a young team into a force to be reckoned with on the ice.

With only 6 seniors on the roster this year, Amity is made up primarily of equal amounts of sophomores and freshmen (7 each) and just 4 juniors to carry over to the next season.

As a spectator at Monday’s game it was disheartening to hear the players from the opposing Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe team leave the ice after the first period laughing and trash talking our Spartans.

But, realistically, the Fairfield kids played hard and kept Amity’s goalie, Freshman Tyler Cole on his toes all three periods, while for Fairfield’s goalie, sophomore Mike Grace, it was pretty much a stress-free game.

Lindgren could throw in his hat at this point and just say, “there’s always next year.” but he simply states, “We didn’t play well, we didn’t do as good as we could, but with each game they learn from their mistakes and they’ll get better as time goes by.”

In the first period, Fairfield’s Jake Fuss got an unassisted goal by Cole at 5:17.

Soon after the start of the second period, Fairfield scored again with a goal by PJ O’Reilly, assisted by Wade Petro and Fuss at 1:22.

Then, with just 46 seconds left in the period Fairfield senior Matthew Roberts, assisted by Kevin Boldrighini and Zach Weinstein brought the score to 3-0.

With their confidence in overdrive, Fairfield came out in the final period with a vengeance and just :25 seconds in, Fuss made his second goal of the night, this time assisted by O’Reilly and Trevor Demitt.

Thanks to a nice move by Amity captain Zach Shelnitz who made an unassisted goal at 3:23 in the third period, the Spartans did not suffer a shut out.

The final score was 4-1 Fairfield.

Lindgren clearly was not happy with his team’s performance in this game, but did take a moment to comment on the freshman goalie who made 33 saves during the game. (Fairfield’s Grace made 13 saves). “Tyler worked real hard in this game. He had some nice saves,” Lindgren said.

The Spartans will play Milford at the Milford Ice Pavillion Saturday, Jan. 3 at 1 p.m.

Hockey Game Dedicated to Everyone’s Favorite Coach, Gary Lindgren

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Mar 212014

Amity Lady Spartans Basketball Sharpshooter Mikaela Schmitt rocked the school spirit at a pep rally for the Boys Hockey Team today.

The boys are going for the CIAC State Championship Title at Ingalls Rink. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Come out and Cheer the boys on.  Coach Gary Lindgren took ill at the beginning of the school year, but in spite of any difficulties, he has been there for his boys. Interim Coach Mike Richetelli has done a phenomenal job at bringing them this far, still, Gary Lindgren is  the beloved leader and the boys are dedicating this one to him and playing to win the first state championship since 2010.

Amity Boys Varsity Ice Hockey Bows to North Haven 7-4 In Season Opener

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Dec 192013

The Spartans celebrate Brett McNeil's first period goal.

The Spartans celebrate Brett McNeil’s first period goal.

The Amity Spartans have 9 seniors and 5 juniors on its 22-man hockey team this year and their experience is enough to make for an exciting season.

On Wednesday, the team hosted North Haven at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven. Both teams looked strong in the beginning and with just 2:26 left in the first period, the Spartans Senior Brett McNeil (#8) scored the first goal of the season with an assist from Zach Shelnitz (#14)

Less than 1.5 minutes later, North Haven’s Chris Lion, with assists from Phil Gauvin and Tyler Luedee, evened the score before the break.

North Haven came out with a winning attitude and within the first 42 seconds, Cameron Owens scored his first of two goals, with an assist from Mike Tantorski; 4 minutes later, Vin Falsulo, scored his first of three goals, assisted by Gauvin and Lion; then Owens, again assisted by Tantorski, scored his second goal; followed by Falsulo rounding out the second period with his second goal with an assist by Kyle Van Bramer.

After a pressure-filled period, McNeil came through with his second goal with just 56 seconds remaining in the second period, bringing the score to 5-2 North Haven.

The third period saw another quick goal by the Indians, this time Tantorski scored with an assist from Owens in the first 57 seconds after returning to the ice.

Coming on strong, Spartans Captain Keating Seymour  (#23) slapped one in past Indians goalie Andrew Graziano, unassisted; less than a minute later, Seymour was at it again scoring with an assist by co-captain Adam Shea (#5), bringing the score to 6-4.

But Fasulo wanted more and got one by Spartans goalie Brian Mosher (#30) at the end of the third period, sealing the victory 7-4

North Haven 1 4 2 — 7
Amity               1 1 2 — 4

Amity outshot North Haven 32-31

Amity’s Mosher made 24 saves; North Haven’s Graziano had 28 saves.

Records—Amity 0-1; North Haven 1-0


Boys Hockey: Spartans Defeat Sheehan 4-2

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Dec 162012

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Scoring early and scoring often, the Amity hockey team jumped out to a 3-0 lead halfway through the first period, but then had to hang on by its collective fingernails to defeat Sheehan 4-2 Saturday afternoon at the Edwards Bennett Rink in West Haven. It was the opening game of the season for both Southern Connecticut Conference Division II sextets.

“At times we were a little shaky, but we’ll take it,” Spartan Coach Gary Lindgren said.

With just a minute, 8 seconds gone in the game, Keating Seymour dug the puck out of a scrum in front of the Titan net and back handed  it across the goal line. Adam Shea and Dane Simone earned assists in that score. Less than two minutes later, left wing Ryan Hauser slid the puck to Shea, who camped in front of the net. He quickly turned, found the Titan goalie (Will Valleau) out of position, and banged it home, giving Amity a 2-0 at 2:50 of the first period. Kevin Ryan made it 3-0 when he picked up the puck behind the Sheehan goal, came around the net unchecked and stuffed it between the pipe and Valleau’s leg pad with 7:16 still left in the Spartans’ busy first period.

According to Lindgren, “We got off to a great start. Our first goal came on our second shift of the game.”

That 3-0 lead last exactly seven seconds. Sheehan won the faceoff after the goal and the puck skipped onto the stick of Cody Alpert and he topped a dribbler that skipped over the goal line at 7:23.

Lindgren added, “I was disappointed to see Sheehan score right after we got our third goal. We had a defensive break down and the Sheehan kid (Alpert) made us pay. I think we got a little complacent with the three goal lead, went into a little lull, began to coast, and let them stay in the game.”

At the start of the second period, Sheehan again won the face off. Alpert picked up the puck at mid ice, came right down the slot and beat Amity goalie Nick Nuzzolo with just eight seconds gone on the clock. That was the only goal of an otherwise uneventful second period. With 39 seconds left, Ryan came very close to finding the net, but his slap shot banged off a goal post and caromed off toward the boards.

Still leading 3-2, Amity added an insurance goal when Seymour ripped a slap shot from the left dot that sailed past Valleau at 6:18 of the third period.

“That goal was big. Before it was scored, Sheehan was just a bounce away from tying the score” Lindgren said. “Even though Sheehan had cut our lead back to only one goal, we kept our composure and controlled play during the second and third periods.  During the third period, we played smart. For the most part, we kept the puck in their end and wore them down.”

The Spartans outshot Sheehan by a hefty 46-18. While Valleau had a busy night, recording 42 saves. Lindgren admitted that Nuzzolo wasn’t tested very often by the Titans (making only 16 saves), but then added, “Nick came up big when he had to. Toward the end of the third period, he dove across the crease to make a huge save.”

Lindgren was especially pleased to note that all three of his lines had scored.

He said, “Our first two lines stepped up nicely and I thought our third line (Brendan Ferrar, Bubba Pignataro, and Ryan) really helped us tonight. For the most part, our defensive play was steady.”

The 1-0 Spartans are on the road Thursday to face North Haven in a 4 p.m. SCC inter-divisional game at the Northford Ice Pavilion.