The objective of The Southern Connecticut Youth Hockey Organization, is to provide a well organized and supervised youth ice hockey program, which offers opportunities to children of all levels of skill and proficiency.
Keeping it real
With the start of 2017-2018 hockey season underway, the SCYH BOD would like to wish everyone a safe and fun experience. The season can seem like a long stretch at times and over the course of the next several months, there will be occasions when emotions can run high.
If there comes a time during the season where you need to voice a concern, please remember that all inquiries must start and end with the coaching staff. The coach will initiate communication with the appropriate person on the BOD, to begin working on a resolution.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and remember:
This is the time in the kids lives to have fun and enjoy the experience.
Please do not be the parent this sign was made for!
Enjoy the rest of the summer and we look forward to seeing you around the rink.
SQUIRT A FINIALIST IN CHC TIER III AND NORTHEAST REGIONALS
The Stars Squirt
The Southern Stars Squirt “A” team had a thrilling two weeks to cap off its season with a 9-2 record as they placed runner-up in both the CHC Tier III State Tournament in Danbury, CT and at the Northeast Regional in Waltham, Mass.
Congratulations to all team members on a fantastic, 40-13-3, season: Colin Scali, Josh Hackett, Logan Jones, Jason Anderson, Beckett Stenz, Alex Melillo, Teagan Garfield, Gunnar Pikul, Tyler Milrad, Annabel Raffin, Bruno Martone, Layne Jackson, Emily Krauss, Jonathan Vitka, Conor Benz, Patrick Conroy, George Guarracino. The team was coached by Steve Hetherman, Todd Jones and Tim Cooney.
The Stars opened play against Maine Coastal and skated off with a 5-2 victory before meeting Needham, Mass. in game two. The Stars exploded for a 6-0 victory and played it third game against the Manchester (NH) Flames. They won its third in a row, 3-1, and headed to the semifinals.
In the semifinals game against the Maine Breakers, the Stars gave up to early power play goals. Jones started the comeback with a goal and Hackett knotted the game with time running out in the second period.
The game was scoreless in period three, sending things to be settled in overtime. Conroy wristed the game winner in on the power play to complete the comeback and send the Stars to the finals.
Southern faced off against the Riverhawks in an All-Connecticut final and the two teams put on a show.
Conroy gave the Stars a 1-0 first period lead and the Riverhawks tied the game in the second period.
In net, Jackson played one of his best, making 30 saves in the game.
The Riverhawks scored a power play goal halfway through the first overtime to end the season.
The Southern Stars finished up the season with a thrilling come from behind 3 -2 OT win over the Greenwich Blues A team Monday night at the Northford Ice Pavilion. The OT win secured the CHC Teir 4 State Championship. The game started off sluggish for the Stars as the Blues put constant pressure on Stars goalie Reagin Gallagher. The pressure finally paid off as Andrew Woodworth scored top shelf off a feed from Robert Jolliffee at 11:12 of the first period.
The Blues continued to dominate play for much of the 2nd and after a Southern penalty the Blues capitalized on a goal from Robert Jolliffee from Nick Visconsi at 1:02. Slowly but surely the Stars started to win the races to the puck and the small battles. Southern continued to roll three lines which eventually took it's tool on the Blues. The hard work and fore-checking paid off when Hunter Hough found the back of the net off a beautiful pass from Cody White 9:02 into the 2nd period. A few minutes later Kyle Marcinko beat Blues goalie Joshua Davies to tie the game up at 2.
The rest of the 2nd and 3rd periods was dominated by Southern with many scoring chances and some hit posts along the way. After a up and down 7 minutes of over time Finn Sawitsky ended the game with a on the ice shot from the point that went through a crowd for the game winner.
The Stars finished the season 30-10-7 winning the CHC Teir 4 State Championship and the Fall Pre-season classic in Philadelphia. Many thanks goes to goalies Reagin Gallagher and Joseph Crisci along with D-men Kyle Marcinko, Finn Sawitsky, Aedan Conlan, Samuel Weinstein and Devin DeMarco.Completing the roster were fowards Cody White, Dominic Carfora, Kyle Kosh, Dylan Fortier, Deaglan O'Donnell, Tom Schittina, Matt Isenberg, Max Raffin, Hunter Hough, Richard Graf, Mike Ceneri, Anthony D'Agosto and Steven Lewis.
The Southern Stars Mite "B" team took home second place in the full-ice Smythe Division of the CHC Tournament.
The entire tournament was highlighted by outstanding goaltending, solid defense, and an attacking offense.
The Stars were 2-1 going into the Championship Game with 17 goals scored in their first 3 games. The Stars were able to score one goal in the Championship Game but it was not enough to get past a strong Yale "B" team.
Each coach and player gave the effort and the teamwork that was needed to cap off a great season of Mite Hockey!
The Southern Stars Squirt A-1 Team traveled to Aston, PA over the weekend to play in the EJEPL 9U Diamond Playoff Finals. The Stars finished top in their division posting a 13-2-1 record.
Leading up to this past weekend the Stars played in a few games where effort and teamwork seemed to fall short. Coach Mike Violano taking notice re-enforced what this wonderful game is all about. Working hard and doing it together. After making a few changes to the routine line assignments, a few games away from the EJEPL Playoffs, the dimming Stars would shine bright once again.
On Saturday, the Stars took on the Rhode Island Jr. Blues in the semi-finals. Scoreless over the first several minutes of the game, Brody DiNuzzo would look to get the Stars on the board when he picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone. After cutting through three of the Blues defenders, DiNuzzo found the back of the net giving the Stars a 1-0 lead and they never looked back. Goals from Nicky Stevens(2), Mathew Stevens, Michael Page, Camryn Beauvais, and Carter Reynolds would ultimately put the Stars in the Finals as the defeated the Blues 7-5.
On Sunday, the Stars would face off against the Long Island Arrows for the Championship. Over the season the two teams have met five times, splitting those games with two wins and a tie apiece. The most recent contest was a very hard fought game that ended in double overtime as a tie. This game wasn’t going to be much different. As both teams waited to take the ice, you could sense something great was going to happen. Perhaps “greatness” and that is exactly what Stars Centerman Mathew Stevens(MVP) displayed.
Stevens provided the Stars with all the offense they would need. Stevens determined to get the Stars on the board as he carried the puck around a few defenders and buried it in the back of the net. Stevens would do the same again, as his wrist shot found mesh giving the Stars a 2-0 lead. The Arrows wouldn’t go away easily. They found a way to get through the brick wall goaltender Bryan Hong built across the crease. Hong was absolutely brilliant over the three periods of play. With only a one goal lead the Stars back checking lead by Will Delvecchio, Trevor Lima, Danny Johnson, and defensive play from Ronnie Mastroni, Aiden Judge, Cameron Levy, and Connor Bunnell in front of Hong would prove to be too much as they shut down the offensive assault of the Arrows. As the clock made its way toward expiring, a last second shot from the point was turned aside by Hong. The Stars would storm the goalie and become the EJEPL 2016-2017 9U Diamond Champions.
Every player and coach on this team gave effort and the teamwork that was needed to bring home the championship. Congratulations Team.
Congratulations to Coach Vio and the Southern Stars Squirt A1 team! This past weekend the STARS took home the 9U division championship. More information will be posted as we receive updates.
Below is a message from the EJEPL Commissioner
On Feb 6, 2017, at 9:07 PM, Henry Lazar wrote:
Congratulation on your 9 U Championship. The team played hard all season and deserved their title. The final game was tight and well played for 9 year old’s.’
Pee Wee "B" Collects Silver Medal at Challenge Cup
Our Pee Wee "B" stars shined brightly as finalists at the 2017 Challenge Cup tournament held January 20-22 at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro, Mass.
The entire tournament was highlighted by simply outstanding goaltending by Ryan Lugo. Ryan, as well as relentless defense by Noah Grauer, Gabe Maus, Ethan Moffett, and Isaiah Phillips made things very difficult for teams facing the Stars.
Our Stars showed their presence early Friday with a convincing win over Peabody. Ending the contest with a 4-0 victory, with goals from Grauer, Austin Ashby, Jenna Johnson and Chloe Garguilo.
Friday's second game brought stiff competition from Wonderland, with a lone goal from Moffett to tie the game in the 2nd period. Despite a late push, the scoreless third period ticked by, and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
Saturday morning facing East Haven, in a physical contest, our Stars took control early, with goals from Caitlin Welch, Christian Douglas and Joey Carangelo. They kept the pressure on through the second, with another goal from Amanda Regina. Stars defense and solid goaltending kept East Haven on their heels the whole game and resulted in another 4-0 win.
With a 2-0-1 tournament record, and only one goal against, our Stars entered the semifinals in first place. Goals from Johnson and Amanda Regina provided an early lead, until Danbury was able to break through and tie the game. The tie was held through most of the second until Jimmy Revay found the back of the net late in the period. The third period brought more of the same, with goals from Carangelo and another from Revay, gave us a 5-2 victory, sending the Stars to the championship game.
The championship game facing Walpole was one for the ages. Both teams struggled to find an advantage and the first period ended scoreless. Walpole was able to capitalize on a deflection in the second period, and put the Stars down a goal for the first time in the tournament. The Stars worked to find an opening as the third period ticked by. Finally, with :09.3 seconds left in the game, Christian Douglas was able to get the puck by the Walpole goaltender, sending the game to OT. The five minutes of 4 on 4 was a back and forth, and expired with neither team breaking the stalemate. Moving to double OT, the teams faced 3 on 3 hockey. Two quick penalties put our Stars on a 5-3 penalty kill. With :02 remaining on the first penalty, Walpole was able to capitalize on the 2-man advantage and end the game with a 2-1 loss for the Stars.
Congratulations to our PWB Stars, you played like champions, and showed what it means to be a team. You all have shown that Stars shine brightest when they shine together. Keep up the good work!
From Left to Right. Michael Torre, Tye Battipaglia and Evan Smutney
The EJEPL U12 Diamond All Star game was played on 1-16-17. Representing the STARS was Michael Torre, Tye Battipaglia and Evan Smutney. Torre had 2 goals and 2 assists, Battipaglia had 1 goal and 2 assists, while Smutney capped it off with 3 assists. A solid effort by all three STARS in in a 9-8 in overtime team loss. Great job guys and congratulations on being chosen to represent SCYH. Keep up the great work.
The NewportChristmas Tournament Champion Pee Wee A1 (04) Team
The Southern Stars Pee Wee A1 team entered the Newport Christmas Tournament on December 27, 2016, with excitement and determination on the heels of a five-game unbeaten streak.
During the tournament the Southern Stars faced off against ECHO winning 8-0, beat a tough Newport Whalers team 4-3, and defeated a tenacious Framingham Jr Flyers team, 5-3. The win against the previously unbeaten Framingham team propelled the Stars to the Championship game showdown against the also Tournament-unbeaten South Coast Panthers.
In the Championship game the Stars faced off against the Panthers with both teams playing to win. Our Southern Stars set a high-energy pace for the game and punched in an early goal, further inspiring the team to give their all on the ice. The game continued to be challenging against the equally matched Panthers. The second period was full of action and the Stars were assessed penalties, allowing the Panthers to score on a 5 on 3 power play. Back at full strength the Stars answered with a goal and the board read 2-1 in favor of the Stars going into the third period. The energy in the rink was electric and tension filled as both teams vied for a victory. Mid-way through the final period the Stars sealed their fate as they scored their third goal which would also be the last in the Championship game.
As the buzzer sounded signaling the end of the game the rink erupted with cheers from the dedicated Southern Stars fans and players alike. The final score was 3-1. The game wasn’t an easy win but the kids displayed drive and determination throughout the entire tournament and their hard work paid off. The players, coaches and parents couldn’t be happier about bringing the Newport Christmas Tournament Pee Wee Tier 3 trophy home to the Milford Ice Pavilion.
The Southern Stars Pee Wee A1 team returns home on January 8, 2017 and currently have a 23-7-3 record and is ranked 19th overall in the CHC.