HOLY COW !!! What an amazing LIAHL playoff week our 16u AA team had. It all started on March 6th with the GNY Stars hosting the L.I.Edge. After splitting the season series 1-1 and finishing one point ahead of the Edge to eliminate them from State contention they looked for revenge against us and they came out strong but if not for Mike Marino our star goal tender who stopped 34 out of 36 shots against, we would not have had the opportunity to win the game in overtime. Right after killing off 3 minutes of an Edge power play to start the OT our Captain Bobby Farr scored the game winner with the assists coming from our assistant captains Joe Lachase and Daniel Apice sending the team to the championship game on Sunday @ Dix Hills vs the Rebels.
Coming into the game the Rebels were definitely the favorites they were undefeated in the LIAHL and especially since they had the home ice advantage. But The Stars started out strong and they were not intimidated playing probably their best hockey of the year, after coming close to beating them 3-2 and a 1-1 tie in the beginning of the year it was our time for revenge, the boys couldnt wait to get a shot at them again. The momentum swung back and forth as everyone was on the edge of their seats after every shot wondering when one of these boys would let one past them and once again it was the Mike Marino show stopping all 52 shots thrown at him. It was an amazing effort by him and also the Rebel goalie must get credit because he matched Mike and denied us 36 times.
It wasnt until the second sudden death overtime on a penalty that the refs had to call with 5 minutes left that our power play begun with Lucca Vicino passing the puck from the left side of the ice in the offensive zone back to the point man Ryan Murphy who made a nice move on the blue line to create separation and giving the puck back to Vicino who walked in just below the left face off circle and unleashed a perfect screen shot between the defenders legs that the goalie never saw the puck until it was in the back of the net. WE WIN WE WIN !!
Thanks to all the parents and coaches who all helped make this a most memorable season to not be forgotten now its off to state championships in Buffalo N.Y. story to be continued.......
The NY Stars 18UAA team is headed to Buffalo on March 15th to compete in the State tournament. Despite having a combined 3-1 record against the top 2 teams, the team finished in the 3rd spot in LIAHL due to inconsistent stretches during the season. That inconsistency left them 1 point out of one of the 2 coveted State tournament positions.
The team has gotten stronger as the season has progressed as evidenced by the above mentioned 3-1 record with the 3 wins all coming after the calendar turned to 2019. Those results proved beneficial as the puck "bounced" their way when due to a team dropping out, the Stars were next in line to fill the spot.
Let's see if second chances prove to be the best chances.
Good luck in States boys!!
The NY Stars PWAA team captured the LIAHL Tier II Championship on Sunday, March 3rd in a thriller by beating the Rebels by a score of 6-4. The Stars who finished 3rd in the division and just missed out on qualifying for the state tournament had a daunting task if they wanted to come out on top in the playoffs as they had to face off against PAL and the LI Rebels. They were unable to come up with a point in 4 contests against either of the two teams during the regular season.
The quest started with a resounding 4-0 victory over PAL in the semifinal which catapulted them into the championship game against the undefeated Rebels who had steamrolled Aviator 9-1 in their semifinal game. The team was cautiously optimistic as they knew that despite their losses to the Rebels, the games were relatively close.
The game didn't start well with their opponent jumping out to a 2-0 lead by the end of the first period but the coaching staff kept the players calm and reminded them of what they learned all year. The next goal scored by either team would be crucial to the outcome of the game and luckily for the Stars it came in the form of a Vinny Parente goal to cut the lead in half. His goal gave the team life and hope which paid off as a Michael Agafonov tally a short while later knotted the game at 2. The Rebels stopped the Star's momentum and responded with a goal of their own and but just as they did earlier the Stars counterpunched as CJ DiAgostino cashed in the equalizer with both squads heading to the final period with 3 goals apiece.
As the 3rd period began you could feel the tension in the building as the season came down to these last 15 minutes. The Rebels came out roaring to start and looked to dash any hopes the Stars had of keeping the game close at the end, however, the defense and goalie Alex Gargano staved off the early surge. That surge led to an offensive opportunity as defenseman James Lamantia broke up a play and flew down the left side where he was able to unleash a wicked top shelf wrister from the circle to give the Stars their first lead of the day and send the boisterous crowd into a frenzy. The cheers had just died down when the Stars struck again on a counter attack off of a beautiful breakout. It resulted in Michael Agafonov picking up a head of steam down the center of the ice with a nice touch pass from Christian Bianco at the red line and ripping a shot over the goalie's shoulder for his second of the game which gave the underdogs a 2 goal advantage. This time as the cheers were still going on, the Rebels came right back and cut the deficit to 1 with just under 10 minutes left to play in the game.
And what a ten minutes it was as most of the play was in the Star's defensive end as they fought off the furious Rebel's attack. You had a feeling it was just a matter of time that the game would once again be tied but with 3 minutes to go that fear was laid to rest as a Rebel player received the puck all alone on the doorstep only to be denied with a beautiful glove save by Alex Gargano. It was one of 23 shots he turned away in the last period(40 in the game) and at that point you could sense nothing else was getting by him. A CJ DiAgostino empty netter for his second of the game in the last half minute allowed the players and their faithful supporters to finally breathe a big sigh of relief and as the final buzzer sounded, a year of ups and downs finally came to a head in one big celebratory pile.
Congratulations to Coaches Zack Dobran and Dmitry Oleynik and to the parents and players for their hard work, dedication and commitment this season which resulted in this awesome achievement.
The NY Stars PWA team secured the LIAHL Tier III Championship in a hard fought 2-0 game against the PAL Sound Tigers. The Stars came in second place in the regular season which included at least one win over every opponent they faced in division play. However, they also lost to both of their playoff opponents so they knew the road would not be easy. The semifinal game was against the 3rd place Great Neck Bruins at Abe Stark and the Stars jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and never looked back as they skated to a 5-3 win.
The next and final hurdle would be a rubber match against the Sound Tigers who bested the Stars in the first game by a score of 3-1. The second game took place after the new year and the Stars came out on top in a squeaker by a score of 1-0. So due to the results of the first 2 games the anticipation was a low scoring, tightly played affair. The overflowing crowd was fired up for the boys with horns, cowbells and chants before they even took the ice. The game played out in the first as advertised as both teams didn't generate many premium scoring chances and when they did the goalies on both teams took care of business.
Eventually something had to give and give it did as 5 minutes into the 2nd period with the Stars shorthanded and the play in the Sound Tiger's zone, Joseph Ludovico took a low shot on the goalie who was unable to corral it. A generous rebound went right to Mason Hitt's stick and he tucked the puck past the goalie for a 1-0 Stars lead and an eruption of epic proportions from the stands and the player's bench. With plenty of game left, the Stars stuck to their game plan with fierce back checking and staunch defense. Halfway through the final period, the Stars gave their opponent an opening when a Sound Tiger player stole the puck and broke in all alone only to be denied by Aden Shimunov who feverishly back checked but in his denial drew a penalty resulting in a penalty shot. This was a pivotal moment to say the least and in this type of game, you had the feeling might be PAL's last chance to get things even. As the buzz died down to a whisper and with all eyes on Stars goalie Liam Conry, the opponent rushed in and fired his attempt only to be stoned by Conry. Jubilation from the Brooklyn crew and a big exhale! With that bullet dodged, the Stars went back to the methodical business of defensive pressure and counter attacking which would pay off a few minutes after the thwarted penalty shot as Mason Hitt converted another rebound in almost identical fashion as his first goal. That goal sealed their opponent's fate as a 2-0 lead with a few minutes to go felt insurmountable. And it was as that is the way the game ended with smiles, hugs and high fives by the adults and a sea of humanity on the ice by the players(and some of their PWAA cohorts who stayed to support)
Congratulations to Coaches Roman Radomiselski and Jay Ludovico for a great season and for all their hard work and effort to prepare this team for a tough playoff run and to all of the parents and players for a great season with an even better ending!
The NY Stars 16UAA secured a berth in the NY State Amateur Hockey Association tournament in a hard fought 2 game home and home battle against the Nassau County Lions. The 2 game format to determine the bid was not enough as both teams held serve at home forcing them into a 15 minute playoff to yield a winner.
The Stars earned the right to play in these games as a result of finishing in 2nd place in the LIAHL. They had a stellar 15-2-1 regular season record including a 13 game win streak which was buoyed by a stretch of games where they did not allow a goal in 6 straight league games. Amazingly the team, led by the tandem of goalies Michael Marino and Michael Grima only allowed 15 goals in 18 games for a minuscule .84 GAA. Coupled with the 6 goals a game they averaged for and you can see why they were so successful this season.
That success will only get you so far as they then had to fend off the outside challenge from the independent Nassau County Lions in the aforementioned 2 game "playdown" for States. The first game took place at Abe Stark on 2/16 and the opening period ended up scoreless as both teams fought through nerves in the attempt to gain the upper hand early. The pace started to pick up in the middle frame and finally the Stars broke through as Thomas Smith created his own scoring chance as he delivered a crunching check along the half boards which resulted in an odd man rush. Smitty took control of the puck at the opposing blue line, made a move around the defender and launched the puck into the net for a 1-0 Stars lead. They doubled their advantage on the power play when the patient passing of Joe Lachase and Ryan Murphy resulted in a Bobby Farr tip off of the Murphy point shot. The defense clamped down only allowing 2 shots in the final period and an extra goal for good measure was added. If at first you don't succeed try and try again as Daniel Apice who had a goal waved off a minute prior cashed one in from the slot on a pretty backhand pass from Bobby Farr. Game 1 to the Stars with a convincing 3-0 win with shutout honors going to Michael Marino.
With the Stars in the driver's seat, all they needed to do was tie to advance in game 2 on Sunday, 2/17 at Cantiague Park. Easier said than done as nobody expected Nassau County to go down without a fight. They quickly found themselves in a hole as the Lion's scored halfway through the first period. Just like the Stars did in game 1, Nassau County jumped out to a 2-0 lead as they converted on the power play in the 2nd period. Despite 29 shots and 5 man advantages, the Stars remained scoreless iheading into the final stanza. There was life for the visitors with 12 minutes remaining as Thomas Beach cut the lead in half with a power play tally. The Stars tried in vain to knot it up and despite keeping the Lions without a shot in the 3rd, they ran out of time so it was on to the 15 minute extra session which was not sudden death.
The Stars came out determined not to let this opportunity slip away. Their hard work helped them acquire a man advantage which in turn gave them an all important 1-0 lead as Bobby Farr came through once again on the power play. Three minutes later Jimmy Hennessy supplied some desperately needed insurance so the margin of error was not razor thin. The Stars ended up outshooting their opponent 16-4 in the extra session(55-20 combined on the day) en route to securing a 2-0 win to unleash pandemonium at the final buzzer and a trip to states which will take place in Buffalo in March.
Congratulations to the players and their families and to Coaches Mike Davie, Adam Diorio and Dillon Balsamo on a great season culminating in this wonderful achievement.
Special mention to managers Dan Apice and Joe Meehan for all their behind the scenes work and efforts in keeping the team informed.
Best of luck at States!!
The NY Stars Might White Team otherwise known as the Mighty Tighty Whities(by the coaches and parents) comprised of all first year players had a banner season. The tight knit group consisting of Ian Cheung, Connor Chin, Thomas Ludovico, Daniel McGloughlin, Theodore Pimanoff, Andrew Pryjmak and Philip Shapka were almost always out manned but never outworked.
Led by coaches Bo Pryjmak and Richard Cheung, the team traveled far and wide to display their passing, skating and one timer skills. They even found ways to sneak one past the goalie when they weren't looking.
Take a look for yourself at how much fun these boys had this season.
The NY Stars sent 4 players to the EJEPL 12U Diamond All Star game that was played on January 21st at Abe Stark. Defenseman Chris Astorino and forwards Michael Agafonov, CJ DiAgostino and James Lamantia were thrilled to be recognized and playing in their home rink added some extra excitement to the honor the boys received.
The home crowd was not disappointed as their Blue team rolled to victory over White by a score of 12-2. And our Stars were instrumental in the outcome while the trio of forwards contributed six points as CJ DiAgostino netted a pair of goals with assists on each from his fellow linemates. Meanwhile, Chris Astorino played his usual shut down "D" against the leagues best players while also chipping in with two assists. So kudos are in order to the "Fab 4" for a job well done!
The GNY Stars Bantam A team skated their way to the LIAHL Championship in thrilling fashion on Monday night in Dix Hills.
The GNY Stars are proud to be sending 2 teams to the NYS Tournament next month.