KREISER’S KORNER (January 2006)
ROLLER HOCKEY RACES HEAT UP AS NEW YEAR BEGINS
The races for first place and playoff positions in the 2005-06 Floral Park Screaming Eagles roller hockey season are heating up as the New Year begins.
In the Junior Division, the V&A Gourmet Deli Monarchs and the Ciro’s Pizzeria Sound Tigers entered the second half of the schedule tied for first place with 5-3-0 records. The Sound Tigers pulled even at the break with a 4-1 victory over the Monarchs, thanks to a goal and two assists by Joe Penteck. The Monarchs cashed in three power-play goals to back a 21-save performance by Desmond Zantua, who allowed only a power-play goal by Kevin Dunbar.
In the wildest game of the season in any division, the Green Gardens Phantoms outlasted the Floral Park Motor Lodge Americans, 13-12, leaving both teams at 3-5-0 before the holiday break. Mike Watts grabbed the division scoring lead at the break with a spectacular seven-goal performance, and Ryan Oswald had four goals and three assists. The Phantoms needed every one of those goals to hold off the Americans, who scored three times in the final 1:45. Bryan Collins fueled the Americans’ comeback with seven goals, giving him a division-high 20. Tim McQuade added three goals and set up six others. One night earlier, the Phantoms had an easier time, breezing to an 11-5 victory over the Americans. Joey Chalmers had two goals and set up three more for the Phantoms, who also got three tallies from Henry Hughes and two each by Watts and Oswald. Collins and McQuade had two goals apiece for the Americans.
The Monarchs showed they can put the puck in the net as well by routing the Americans, 11-5. Dunbar scored five times, while Andrew Gateson and Matt King each connected twice and Tyler Perge chipped in with three assists. Collins had a hand in all six Americans’ goals, scoring four and setting up the other two.
The Phantoms and Sound Tigers split a pair of run-and-gun affairs, with the Sound Tigers avenging a 10-5 loss with a 7-6 victory. In the Sound Tigers’ victory, Penteck scored five goals and Matt Watts had three assists to help their team rally from a 2-0 deficit and then hold off a late Phantoms charge. Chalmers had three goals for the Phantoms. In the earlier meeting, Oswald had four goals and two assists, while Watts scored twice and set up four tallies. Mike Mulhall also had a pair of goals. Kevin White had two goals and two assists for the Sound Tigers.
In the Bantam Division, The Equipment Room Flames reached the break in first place with a 9-1-2 record, thanks to a come-from-behind 4-4 tie with the Long Island Checker Cab Pirates in their final game before the holidays. Two late goals by Andrew Viscusi gave the Flames the tie after three goals by Patrick O’Grady and one by Joe Setaro in the second period had put the Pirates ahead, 4-1. In their previous meeting, it was the Pirates (6-1-2) who made up a three-goal deficit, rallying for a 6-6 tie. O’Grady’s shorthanded goal with 7:48 remaining in regulation, his third tally of the game, capped the Pirates’ comeback. Division scoring leader Garrett Conti had four goals for the Flames, and Brandon Franklin added two goals and three assists.
In the first tie of the season, the Con-Kel Landscaping Hawks and the Floral Park PBA Wolfpack battled to a 4-4 standoff. Each team led twice before the Hawks tied the game for good with 14:08 remaining in regulation on a goal by Thomas Monahan, who also had two assists. The Wolfpack got goals from Michael Tangredi, Steven Prizzi, Ryan Grant, and Kevin Korol.
Earlier, the Hawks handed the Pirates their only defeat, winning 4-2. Michael Carleo had two goals and two assists for the Hawks, who jumped off to a 3-0 lead and got a sharp 21-save performance from Conor Power. The Pirates got even in their next meeting, winning 4-1 behind three goals and an assist from McCarthy and a goal and two assists by Max Devane. The undermanned Pirates used a stifling defense to limit the Hawks to just 13 shots on goaltender Andrew Setaro. In their third meeting, the Hawks made up a three-goal deficit in the third period, but O’Grady’s power-play goal in overtime gave the Pirates a 7-6 win. Monahan scored all three goals in the third period for the Hawks to force the OT, but O’Grady’s fourth of the game gave the Pirates the win.
the Wolfpack has struggled, they tested the first-place Flames twice. The Flames
needed three third-period goals to take home a 5-2 win, and Conti’s goal with
5:10 left in regulation gave them a 3-2 victory. Grant and Carrie Mulhall scored
for the Wolfpack in the 3-2 loss.
In the Pee Wee Division, the North Fork Bank Bulldogs grabbed first place at the break by winning their final game, a 5-2 triumph over the Carriage Trade Insurance River Rats. Matt Szala and Paul Doherty each scored twice for the Bulldogs, who got a 21-save effort in goal by Dominick Roberge. Scott Naab and Conall Ryan scored for the River Rats, who at 6-4-1 are third, three points behind the Bulldogs (8-3-0).
The Bulldogs’ victory atoned for an earlier 5-4 loss to the Rats. The lead changed hands three times before Dylan King’s goal with 3:45 left in regulation gave the Rats the victory. Zach Chilelli had a pair of goals for the winners, while Szala had three for the ‘Dogs.
The DePhillips Sports Mighty Ducks kept the pressure on the Bulldogs with a 7-4 victory over the Red Door Real Estate Barons. The Mighty Ducks hit the break with a 7-3-1 record thanks to a goal and five assists by division scoring leader Timmy Conway and three goals by Logan Pietroforte. Peter Shevlin added two goals for the Ducks, while Adam Cieslewicz and Timmy Drake each had a pair for the Barons.
The Gebhardt’s Restaurant Bandits helped cost the Mighty Ducks first place with a resounding 9-3 victory. The Bandits led 3-2 after two periods, then broke open the game with six unanswered goals in the third period. Chris St. Clair scored three goals and added two assists for the Bandits, while Conor Vidasolo and Kevin D’Amico each scored twice. The Bandits didn’t fare as well against the Bulldogs in their final pre-break game, Szala had four goals and Doherty added two in the Bulldogs’ 7-2 victory
Earlier, the Barons helped themselves by routing the Bandits, 8-3. Cieslewicz led the way with four goals and three assists, and Drake added a pair of goal, while Michael Meegan and Ryan Perge also scored for the winners. Vidasolo scored twice for the Bandits.
only tie game of the season, the Mighty Ducks and River Rats battled to a 4-4
draw. The Rats spotted their rivals a 2-0 lead, scored the next three goals,
then went ahead 4-3, only to see Conway score his third goal of the game with
6:20 remaining in regulation to earn the draw. Naab had a pair of goals for the
In the Squirt Division, where only four points separate first and last place, the Associated Foods Wolves took over first place before the break with a 4-3 victory over the TNT Liquidators Falcons. Adam Su’s third goal of the game, with 6:45 remaining, proved to be the game-winner. Matt Sweeney had a pair of goals for the Falcons and Stephen St. Clair added one. The win left the Wolves with a 6-4-1 record and 13 points, one more than the Falcons (5-4-2).
The Allstate Insurance Crunch ended the 2005 portion of their schedule on a positive note by beating the Commerce Bank Robins, 5-2. Jason Reed took over the division goal-scoring lead by scoring four times, giving him 24, and Joseph Buonocore added a goal and two assists. Conor Quail and Anthony Calo scored for the Robins.
The Robins (4-6-1) had won their previous game, beating the Wolves, 5-2. Logan Pietroforte had three goals as the Robins broke away from a 2-2 tie, and Calo added a pair to back Thomas Sullivan’s 14-save effort in goal. Su scored twice for the Wolves.
Earlier, the Falcons rallied for a pair of late goals to beat the Robins, 4-3. Sweeney tied the game with 3:01 to play in regulation, then got the game-winner with 2:08 remaining. Jason Scheer also had a pair of tallies for the Falcons, while Pietroforte, Calo, and Liam Halloran tallied for the Robins.
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KREISER’S KORNER (November 2005)
SCREAMING EAGLES HOCKEY OFF TO FAST START
The ninth season of Floral Park Screaming Eagles Hockey is under way, and terrific performances on both offense and defense highlighted the early action.
In the Junior Division, the V&A Gourmet Deli Monarchs got off to a fast start, winning three of their first four contests behind the offensive firepower of Kevin Dunbar and Andrew Gateson, who combined for 13 goals in the three victories. Dunbar had four goals and Gateson had two and two assists in a 10-2 victory over the Green Gardens Phantoms. Ryan Oswald had both goals for the Phantoms. Dunbar had a goal and assist in a 3-2 squeaker over the Phantoms. Dunbar and Gateson each had a hat trick in 8-2 victory over the Ciro’s Pizzeria Sound Tigers.
The victory over the Sound Tigers avenged the Monarchs’ only loss, a 7-0 whitewash in which goaltender Desmond Zantua stopped all 19 shots he faced. Joe Penteck fueled the offense with three goals and a pair of assists, while Kevin White added a pair of goals.
The Floral Park Motor Lodge Americans also got off to a good start, winning two of their first three contests. Alex Korol and Bryan Collins each had a pair of goals in a 6-4 comeback win over the Sound Tigers, a game in which the Americans overcame a 4-2 deficit. Collins, Korol, and Justin DiCristafalo each had two goals and Tim McQuade added a goal and three assists in a wild 9-6 victory over the Phantoms. Joey Chalmers had a pair of goals for the Phantoms.
In the Bantam Division, the L.I. Checker Cab Pirates rolled to victories in their first three games behind an impressive offense. The Pirates got two goals apiece from Kevin McCarthy, Patrick O’Grady, and Gregory Geisperger in an 8-2 victory over the Floral Park PBA Wolfpack. Michael Tangredi and Raymond Saccone scored for the Wolfpack.
O’Grady scored five times in a 7-3 victory over The Equipment Room Flames. McCarthy added a goal and two assists, while Garrett Conti scored twice for the Flames. The Pirates made it three wins in as many games with a 6-4 victory over the Wolfpack. McCarthy led the way with two goals and two assists, and goaltender Andrew Setaro made 23 saves to hold off a late rally, as the ‘Pack fell behind 6-1 before scoring three goals in a two-minute span.
The Flames got their offense in gear with a pair of victories each over the Wolfpack and the Con-Kel Landscaping Hawks. Conti had a three-goal night in a 6-3 victory over the Wolfpack, and added three more tallies and two assists in a 7-3 win in the return match. Ryan Grant had a goal and an assist for the ‘Pack.
Goaltender Michael Ost was the star in the Flames’ 7-0 victory over the Hawks, stopping all 20 shots for the shutout. James D’Amico had three goals in that game and three more in the return meeting, a 7-3 victory. Michael Carleo scored twice for the Hawks, and Thomas Monahan had a goal and an assist.
The Wolfpack got their first win by edging the Hawks, 4-3. Carleo had a pair of goals for the Hawks, but Tangredi’s second of the game with just over 11 minutes to play proved to be the winner. Conor Doyle preserved the win with 23 saves.
In the PeeWee Division, the DePhillips Sports Mighty Ducks got off to a fast start, winning five of their first seven games to grab the early lead. Timmy Conway scored four times in the Ducks’ season-opener to lead his team to a 4-2 victory over the North Fork Bank Bulldogs, then added four more in an 8-4 win over the Carriage Trade Insurance Agency River Rats. Scott Naab had a pair of goals for the River Rats.
The Rats avenged that loss by beating the Mighty Ducks twice. Naab had four goals and Conall Ryan added two goals and an assist in a 10-7 goalfest. Naab had two goals and an assist and Ryan and Erik Jakob also scored in a 4-3 victory. Conway had a pair of goals and Peter Shevlin had one for the Mighty Ducks.
The Gebhardt’s Restaurant Bandits got their first victory with a 6-5 thriller over the Red Door Real Estate Barons. Connor Vidasolo tied the game at 5-5 with 6:59 remaining, then gave his team the victory by scoring his fourth goal of the night, with 1:56 remaining in regulation... Adam Cieslewicz had four goals for the Barons.
The Barons also fell to the Bulldogs, 4-2, as Matt Szala scored three goals for the winners. The Barons got their first victory with a 5-2 win in the rematch. Cieslewicz scored twice and goaltender Kevin Troy stopped 18 shots.
added five goals in the Bulldogs’ 8-6 win over the Rats. The Bandits also rode a
five-goal performance by Chris St. Clair to a 6-3 victory over the River Rats.
A.J. Chilleli had two goals for the Rats.
In the Squirt Division, the four teams were separated by just two points after six games, the closest of the four divisions.
The Associated Foods Wolves showed just how up and down the division is. The Wolves were shut out, 2-0, in their opener by the TNT Liquidators Falcons, but bounced back to roll over the Allstate Insurance Crunch, 9-1. Adam Su had five goals for the Wolves and Nicholas Felicetti added a pair.
After shutting out the Wolves, the Falcons followed up with another shutout, blanking the Commerce Bank Robins, 8-0.Matt Sweeney had five goals and a pair of assists for the Falcons, and Nicholas Donohue posted his second consecutive shutout.
The Crunch handed the Falcons their first loss in a 3-2 thriller. Matthew Monahan’s goal with just 55 seconds remaining in regulation time gave the Crunch the win.
The Robins, who struggled to score in their early games, found their scoring touch in an 8-4 victory over the Crunch. Logan Pietroforte led the way with five goals and an assist, offsetting four goals by the Crunch’s Jason Reed. Pietroforte continued his sharpshooting with three more goals in a 6-0 victory over the Wolves. Thomas Sullivan stopped 11 shots for the shutout.
first tie of the season, the Falcons and Robins played to a 3-3 draw, with
Pietroforte notching the tying goal with 2:45 left in regulation. The Falcons
played to another draw the next night, 1-1 with the Wolves. Jason Scheer gave
the Falcons the point when he scored with 6:59 left in regulation. Felicetti had
given the Wolves the lead when he scored just 2:21 into the game.
The Floral Park Screaming Eagles Clinic, under the direction of coaches Mike Vitsentzos and Steve St. Clair, provides younger players with a chance to learn hockey skills each week in a less-competitive environment.
The Golden Touch Rampage includes: Nicholas Bonomo, Calum Gribbin, Carolyn Hieb, Shane Malone, John McDermott, Michael McGovern, Colin Meyers, Ryan Scheer, Shane Spitz, Christian Stribula, and Kevin Wu. The Equipment Room Panthers include: Sarah Albertson, Grace Calo, Timothy Cleere, John-Michael Clyne, Thomas Conway, Jack Farnan, Liam Gribbin, Liam Glynn, Andrew Haneman, James Hieb, and Michael Viscovich.