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SQUIRT “A” RETURNS TO THE ICE AND PICKS UP TWO MORE WINS
George Guarracino in game action.
MILFORD, CT. – The Southern Stars Squirt “A” team returned to the ice after the Thanksgiving break and picked up a pair of wins against Greater New Haven (4-1) and West Hartford (2-0).
The Stars improved to 22-5-2 on the season and closed out the EJEPL regular season with a 14-2-0 record and at least a share of first place.
On Saturday afternoon, Southern faced-off against the Warriors. The game opened up slow as neither team to generate much offense in the first period.
Trailing, 1-0, the Stars finally woke up and peppered the Warriors goaltenders with 14 second period shots.
Patrick Conroy fired a shot from the blue line that deflected off a New Haven player and into the back of the net to tie the game, 1-1. With nearly 7:00 left in the second frame, Bruno Martone picked off a clearing pass and wristed a shot that beat the goalie stick side for a 2-1 lead.
Alex Melillo then scored a pair of third period goals to put the game away. His first came off a rebound from Jonathan Vitka. Logan Jones also assisted.
Emily Krauss went the distance in goal, making 15 saves for the win.
On Sunday, the Stars locked up with the Wolves of West Hartford and in an entertaining game from the start, skated off with an impressive 2-0 win.
The teams skated to a scoreless first period and only five combined shots. Again, it was Southern waking up in the second period as they fired 19 on goal the rest of the way.
With less than a minute left in the second period, Josh Hackett found the back of the net with a sneaky shot that went five-hole. Melillo and Conroy each collected assists on the goal.
The game stayed close through the third before Vitka finally got one to touch twine. The play was set up from an excellent effort by Jones, who carried the puck deep into the zone before finding Vitka in front. Conroy picked up his second helper on the goal.
Layne Jackson made seven saves for the shutout and was aided by a great defensive play with time running out by George Guarracino. He broke up a 2-on-1 with a strong back check and stick in front of Jackson.
The Stars return to the ice this weekend against Central CT and West Haven.
Logan Jones with Alex Melillo trailing in game action.
MILFORD, CT. – The Southern Stars Squirt “A” team had a very solid weekend with a pair of wins against the Great New Haven Warriors, 6-0, and then the Stamford Sharks, 2-1.
The team is now 20-5-2 overall and has a 13-2-0 mark in EJEPL play. The Stars sit in second place overall with a chance at the top spot.
Southern wasted little time getting things going against the Warriors the team scored three first period goals to take a commanding lead.
Alex Melillo netted the first goal of the game while Jonathan Vitka popped in the next two goals. Logan Jones played set up man on all three Stars goals.
The team kept the pedal down in the second period as Jason Anderson netted a power play goal and Tyler Milrad scored the fifth of the game.
Josh Hackett wrapped up the scoring with a third period marker.
Bruno Martone, Teagan Garfield, Annabel Raffin, Melillo, Hackett and Milrad all added assists in the game.
Layne Jackson was perfect in net, making all eight stops he was called on and recorded the shutout.
Against Stamford, the Stars were looking to avenge an early season loss and both teams put on a show in a great game.
The Stars opened the scoring early in the first when Gunnar Pikul fired a shot from the blue line that deflected off Hackett and feel to the stick of Jones. He wasted little time lighting the lamp for the goal.
The Sharks evened the score midway through the second when they scored a power play goal.
With both teams having chances to score, the Stars finally earned the go ahead goal late in the period. Patrick Conroy took the puck three-quarters of the ice to allow the team to change. Conroy then skated in and out of the Sharks team before dancing into a scoring lane and ripping a wrist shot into the net for the game winner.
Emily Krauss went the distance in goal and played a strong game with 11 saves.
The team will break for the holiday before returning to the ice on Saturday, December 3 against the Warriors for the final time this season.
SQUIRT Ať PLAYS TWO TOUGH GAMES; EARNS SPLIT AT MIP
Annabel Raffin in game action.
MILFORD, CT. – The Southern Stars Squirt “A” team played another solid weekend against two strong opponents and skated away with a split this past weekend. The Stars fell to the Wonderland Wizards, 2-1, before thrilling the home crowd with a 5-4 come-from-behind win on Sunday against the North Shore Coyotes.
Southern opened the weekend against the Wizards and played a tight checking, solid game. The home team opened the scoring when Annabel Raffin banked a pass to Tyler Milrad. He then lit the lamp for a 1-0 lead.
The teams battled into the third period before the Wizards finally solved Stars goalie, Layne Jackson. After tying the game, Southern again applied pressure but couldn’t get another past the visiting goaltender. Wonderland scored the eventual game winner with time winding down.
On Sunday, the Stars came out and played a solid game from the start, but could not solve the Coyotes goaltender. Down, 2-0, in the second period, Bruno Martone broke up a Coyotes charge and fed Logan Jones. He skated the puck in the zone and slide a perfect pass to Josh Hackett, who scored the Stars first of the game.
North Shore proved up to the test as they rattled off the next two goals to take a 4-1 lead in the final 8:00 of the game. And then the Stars found its scoring.
Jonathan Vitka slammed a Hackett rebound home to make it 4-2 and give a little momentum back to the Stars.
Milrad scored on a perfect back hander that went off the post and into the cage to close the gap to one. Alex Melillo picked up the lone assist on the goal.
With the score, 4-3, the referee dropped the puck and after a scrum off the draw, Patrick Conroy raced down the boards and fired a wicked wrister into the back of the cage to send the fans into a frenzy.
The teams traded chances in the final few minutes as goaltender Emily Krauss saved her best for last with two point blanks stops that kept the game tied.
With less than a minute to play, the Stars gained the zone and Conroy picked up a loose puck and fed George Guarracino, who fired a puck on net. Vitka wacked at the puck, before Hackett poked home the game winner with just 35.6 second on the clock.
Southern improved to 18-5-2 on the season and has an impressive 12-2-0 EJEHL mark.
SQUIRT A CONTINUES STRONG PLAY WITH TWO MORE WINS THIS WEEKEND
Jonathan Vitka in game action
MILFORD, CT. – The Southern Stars Squirt “A” team continued its strong play and came away with two impressive victories this weekend. The Stars traveled to Peabody, Mass. on Saturday afternoon and came home with a 4-3 win against the North Shore Coyotes and then on Sunday dispatched The Whalers, 5-2, in Cromwell.
Southern now boasts a 17-4-2 overall record and a 11-2-0 mark in the EJEHL.
Against the Coyotes, Patrick Conroy struck early in the game with an unassisted first period marker and the Stars never looked back or gave up the lead.
Jason Anderson then knocked home a rebound to give the Stars a 2-1 first period advantage. Jonathan Vitka and Alex Melillo each collected helpers on the goal.
Melillo converted a Beckett Stenz feed in the second period to extend the Stars lead to 3-1 heading into the final frame.
Anderson put the game away with his second of the night and eventual game winner.
Emily Krauss and Layne Jackson split the game in goal and combined for 20 saves in the victory, including 10 stops in the third period.
On Sunday, the Stars jumped all over their hosts with four first period markers.
Conroy again opened the scoring with a wrister over the goalie’s shoulder. Logan Jones and Josh Hackett picked up assists on the goal.
The line of Jones – Hackett – Vitka wasn’t done as they scored two more times in the period with a relentless forecheck that created problems for the Whalers defense.
Hackett extended the lead when he scored off a scramble in front. Jones and Conroy added assists.
Vitka then got in on the fun as he fired a puck past the goalie to give the Stars a 3-0 midway through the first. He collected a Bruno Martone pass and unleashed a wrist shot in the cage.
Melillo netted a fourth goal as he came off the bench and broke-up a clearing attempt to spring him on a breakaway. Melillo wasted little time before he scored on a nifty move in front of the goal.
After a shaky second period that saw the Whalers gain a little life with two goals of their own, the Stars settled down and allowed only four third period shots against.
Teagan Garfield closed out the scoring with about 5:00 minutes to play when she took a Melillo feed and lifted a back hander over the fallen Whalers goalie.
Jackson and Krauss again split time in the net and made a combined nine saves for the win.
Newington, CT- It took nearly three overtime periods to determine the 2016 U16 CHC State Champions. In a rematch from last season’s 2015 CHC state finals game, the STARS found themselves in a dog fight with a tough U16 Wonderland Wizards team. The Wizards scored first and held a 1-0 lead at the break. The STARS tied it up late in the final period 1-1, but neither team could put the game away. It wasn’t until the third overtime that the STARS Alex Mozian found a way to score against a solid Wizards goalie to win 2-1. The Wizards were relentless in keeping up the pressure on STARS goalie Ryan Wilson but he would not break. The STARS will head to Nationals in the spring of 2017. Best of luck as the team will now break up and go on to play for their respective High School teams.
The STARS U18 team also played for the CHC state championship game today. The STARS played a gritty Hamden team and found themselves down 3-0 at the first break. The STARS came out flying after the break and scored four unanswered goals to take a 4-3 lead, but Hamden would not quit. A Power Play goal tied it up late to send the game into overtime. Hamden won the face off and ended the game quick.
Best of luck to the U18 STARS who will be moving on after this year. On behalf of the entire organization I would like to thank you for your hard work and dedication while you were a Southern STAR. Your professionalism and accomplishments are unmatched and you will be taking many great memories with you. You should leave with your heads high knowing that you accomplished what only many skaters dream about. You made some friends for life along the way and your coaches have instilled discipline and a work ethic that will help you in whatever path you take in life.
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Sacred Heart Mens Hockey season opens Saturday 10-15-16
SHU Men's Hockey
Sacred Heart University men's ice hockey team is now playing at the wonderful Webster Bank Arena. This is a great place to watch very competitive Division I hockey. On Saturday, October 15 we kick off our home season against 2014 National Champion Union College at 2pm.
All season long we are doing a promotion for youth hockey teams. If any youth hockey players come to Webster Bank Arena wearing their team jersey they will receive a $2.00 youth ticket with the purchase of a regular priced adult ticket.