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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

 

 

Boys Hockey: Are The Spartans Back On Goal?

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Feb 212019
 

The Amity Spartans went up against Tri-Town (9-1-8) in Enfield on Monday, Feb. 18.

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.

 

Boys Hockey: Amity vs Guilford, Tough Game

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Jan 302019
 

The Amity Spartans were on the road in North Haven for a match-up against the Guilford Indians on Saturday, Jan. 26.

The Indians are a strong, tight team and Amity knew it was going to be a challenge. Yet, no matter what, it’s anyone’s game if you want it badly enough.

Guilford scored first at 6:24 into the game John DeLucia asst Jake Watrous

First-period score: 1-0 Guilford in the first 5:11 of the second period, Jack Dacey made a goal for the Indians, assisted by DeLucia.

Less than three minutes later Amity’s Justin Miller shot one past Guilford’s goalie, Alex Attruia, assisted by Nick Kiwanis and Jason Csejka.

At 12:55 Dacey made his second goal, unassisted for Guilford.

Second-period score: 3-1 Guilford

At two points behind, it still wasn’t too late for Amity to take this game. at 3:01 Csejka made a goal, assisted by Cody White and Kiwanis, filling everyone with hope.

But two minutes later Watrous assisted by DeLucia and Shea Thibault, scored for Guilford. Then, with 4:58 remaining in the game, Dacey netted his hat trick on an assist from DeLucia.

Final Score: 5-2 Guilford

Records: Amity 7-5, Guilford 11-2

Next Up for Amity: Wednesday, Jan. 30, Home game vs West Haven at 6:30 p.m.