Boys Hockey: Senior Day Was Comeback Day For the Spartans, Csejka Leads Team In Sweet Victory

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Feb 042019

The Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey team had a fantastic start to the 2018-19 season with seven consecutive victories, but, alas, that was followed by six losses.

Yesterday, as I walked into the Edward Bennett Ice Rink building, I felt confident that this day (Saturday, Feb. 2) Senior Day, was for sure the day they’d make their comeback.

After the Senior Day ceremony, the Spartans welcomed the East Haven Yellow Jackets to play.

In the first period, both teams played furiously, skillfully taking control of the puck, then intercepting and so on. Then, at 10:16 into the game, assisted by Kenny Page and Etan Moffett, Amity Senior Jason Csejka got a shot past East Haven’s goalie Logan Hamilton.

First Period Score: 1-0 Amity

The second period had nonstop action and a fair amount of penalties (3 for East Haven, 1 for Amity). But, there was no movement on the scoreboard.

Second Period Score: 1-0 Amity

Coach Richetelli must have said something right in the locker room during the break. When the Spartans came back out to the ice they were absolutely inspired. At 4:44 Nick Kiwanis slapped one into the net, unassisted, pulling the Spartans ahead to 2-0.

Nearly 10 minutes passed, with both sides relentlessly shooting at the nets, it was looking like Amity goalie Malachi Zurolo was going to earn his first shut out game. Then with 24.8 seconds remaining, the Yellow Jacket’s Alex Spears got one past Zurolo, assisted by Corey Benni.

The clock ticked down, but it wasn’t over yet, in the last 10 seconds, Csejka swooped in and made one final goal, assisted by Page.

Final: The Spartans Won 3-1, and with this victory, they also qualified for the tournament.

Don’t forget, I said they’d win this game. And I said they would be in the tournament long before anyone else ever noticed them. 

Saves: Amity’s Zurolo – 24, East Haven’s Hamilton – 43    (Wow, Amity, you guys weren’t shy about taking shots!)

Records: Amity 8-6, East Haven 6-1-8

Next Up For The Spartans: Amity hosts Lyman Hall a top rated DIII team, in West Haven on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 8:30 p.m.


Boys Hockey: Former Amity Coach Takes New Team Up Against Spartans

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Jan 252019

For many years Brian Gonsalves worked alongside Mike “Scooter” Richetelli assisting Gary Lindgren coach the Amity Spartans Hockey Team. This year, he brought that experience with him as he took the helm at Daniel Hand, coaching the Tigers.

Daniel Hand was the one team on Amity’s season game schedule whose record most closely mirrored their own. So with those two factors the “away” game on Wednesday, Jan. 23 promised to be interesting.

Both teams came out ready to win, but Amity shocked everyone with its first goal in the first 10 seconds on the ice, thanks to Ryan Miller.

Halfway through the period Hand tied the game with a goal by Ethan Massey, assisted by Logan Massey. Just 90 seconds later, Griffin Fitzmaurice added a point assisted by Michael McKeon.

First Period Score: 2-1 Hand.

Amity came out strong in the second period with Cody White tying the game just 5:16 after returning to the ice.

Six minutes later, Hand struck back and reclaimed the lead with E. Massey’s second goal of the game.

Well, Amity Captain Jason Csejka would have none of that, and tied it up again in 23 seconds, assisted by Nelson Bordeleau.

With 27 seconds remaining Holden Prestash, assisted by Tatum Fitzmaurice, pulled Hand back into the lead.

Second Period Score: 4-3 Hand.

The final period belonged to the Tigers and included two Hat Tricks.

It wasn’t the most exciting action we’d seen on the rink, but Hand came alive 11:35 in with T Fitzmaurice’s goal, assisted by John Gagliardi and G Fitzmaurice.

Just 46 seconds later E Massey earned his Hat Trick, assisted by L Massey.

As the clock ticked down to one minute remaining, T Fitzmaurice scored again and got his Hat Trick.

Final Score: 7-3 Hand.

Records: Hand 10-1-1 ; Amity 7-4


Boys Hockey: Amity Out of SCC Tournament Following First Round Loss

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Mar 032018

Under the leadership of new Head Coach Michael “Scooter” Richetelli, the Amity Spartans earned a place in the SCC Tournament.

Ranked No. 4 in Division II, the Spartans went up against the #1 Guilford Indians on Thursday, March 1.

First Period

Accustomed to being the top dogs, Guilford was first to score with Jake Watrous making a goal, assisted by Zach Woxland with 4:23 remaining in the period.

Second Period

In the first two minutes, Woxland made an unassisted goal for the Indians and 10 minutes later, Amity answered with a goal by Jason Czejka assisted by Jamie Blum.

Third Period

The Spartans returned to the ice one point behind, yet still determined to stay in the game.

But the Indians wanted to show why they are ranked #1. At 1:55 Jack Dacey scored for Guilford on an assist from Jack Ring. This was followed at 4:22 by John DeLucia’s goal, assisted by Ring. Then, at 6:59 it was Ring’s turn to score on an assist from DeLucia.

Now, with the score at 5-1, Amity really had to put it’s best foot forward, and defense had to step up its game. at 8:21 Joey Schittina scored on an assist from Colin Hughes, and two minutes later Jamie Blum added a point, assisted by Jordan Conn and Jason Csejka. That was good, but could the Spartans score two more points and tie the game in four minutes? It’s been done before.

With 56 seconds left in the game, and one Spartan in the penalty box, Coach Richetelli had to make a tough strategic decision — as he, and many coaches in this situation have done before, he pulled his goalie in order to get another man on the ice, knowing full well that the Indians would take advantage of an empty net.

Sure enough, and sadly for the Spartans, Guilford’s Joe Neleber raced across the ice with the puck and slammed it into the net, securing the 6-3 victory for the Indians and their advancement in the SCC tournament.

Next Up: The Spartans will play in the First Round of the CIAC State Tournament at the Bennett Rink in West Haven on Tuesday.

Amity Boys Hockey Picks Up Speed

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Dec 262013

Captain Adam Shea (#5)

Captain Adam Shea (#5)

The Amity Varsity Boys Hockey Team lost its first game to North Haven 7-4 on Dec. 18,

But they followed that up with two consecutive wins within a week. The Spartans defeated Immacuate of New Fairfield 5-1 on Dec. 20 and then, this past Monday, Dec. 23 they blanked East Catholic 2-0.

Without line scores it is hard to write a re-cap of the games, but I am working on that.

The boys are slated to play two fun games at their home rink — West Haven High School’s Bennett Rink this weekend with the Holiday Tournament tomorrow, Dec. 27 (time to be announced either 1:30 or 4 p.m.) and the Alumni Scrimmage at 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29.

Amity has some incredible players again this year so come on out and cheer the team on this weekend and at least at home games for the remainder of the season.


Boys Hockey: Amity’s Season Ends With 2-1 Loss to Newtown

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Mar 072013

IMG_0287The Amity Spartans Hockey Team has played amazingly well all season long, so much so that it was the top seed going into the CIAC Division II state tournament.

The Spartans entered the rink at the Edward L. Bennett Rink Tuesday night for the opening round of the tourney against No. 17 Newtown with all the confidence and drive as ever.

After 10 minutes of intense play in the first period Amity’s Dane Simone scored the first goal of the game assisted by Keating Seymour and Adam Shea.

The Spartans held their 1-0 lead throughout the second period, that is, until the very last moment when Newtown’s Evan Isaacs scored with less than one second left in the period.

With the second round of the tournament on the line, both teams entered the ice in the third period with playing their A game on their minds. But it was Newtown’s Hayden Savoia who picked up a rebound and shot one in past goalie Nick Nuzzolo at 3:34, besting the Spartans 2-1 and holding that lead in spite of Amity’s best efforts.

In the last few seconds of the game it seemed as though Amity had tied things up with a second goal … but it didn’t count. The clock ran out, Amity’s season was over and Newtown advanced to the second round.

Amity Coach Gary Lindgren was understandably “down” after the game. “I’m just in disbelief. I thought we had a lot of control, we just couldn’t get another goal we needed in this game,” he said. “The kids played hard – there were a couple of breaks that Newtown took advantage of, I give them credit they fought hard. We outshot them 30-15,  I thought we had a lot of good chances, just had a hard time scoring.”

Of the state tournament, he said, “It’s unfortunate to end this way, we had high hopes of getting on a roll and at least getting to Yale and making it exciting for the boys. I’m very proud of them.”

Amity had a 31-17 shot advantage.

Newtown goaltender Patrick Mcloughlin made 30 saves, Amity’s Nick Nuzzolo finished with 15 saves.

Amity finished the season 13-8; Newtown is 12-10 and is scheduled to play the second round on Friday.