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.
SQUIRT AŁ POSTS BACK-TO-BACK SHUTOUT WINS OVER WEEKEND
Emily Krauss in game action!
MILFORD, CT. – The Southern Stars Squirt “A” team has won a number of ways this season and this weekend it was goaltending and defense as they defeated Darien, 4-0, and South Windsor, 6-0.
The two wins improved the Stars to 9-0 on the season and were the third and fourth shutouts of the young year.
Emily Krauss and Layne Jackson split the two games with each picking up a victory. It was Jackson closing the door on Darien while Krauss locked down the game against South Windsor.
The Stars have limited their opponents to shots and chances as Patrick Conroy, Bruno Martone, George Guarracino, Gunnar Pikul, Beckett Stenz and Annabel Raffin have been nearly unbeatable on the back end.
On Saturday, Colin Scali opened the scoring with a nifty goal in the first period that held up for the game winner while Jonathan Vitka lit the lamp with back-to-back goals. Logan Jones closed out the scoring with a third period tally.
Jason Anderson, Conor Benz, Stenz, Conroy and Jones all recorded assists in the game.
The Stars came back on Sunday with another solid effort at South Windsor.
Vitka again collected two goals in the game, including the game winner. He scored the first on a wicked wrister from the high slot and the second from in close as he and line mates – Hackett and Jones – were relentless on a goal line scramble.
Tyler Milrad then scored to extend the lead and Conroy, Jones and Teagan Garfield closed out the scoring in the third period.
Alex Melillo and Hackett each collected two helpers in the game while Martone, Vitka, Milrad, Garfield and Jones all added an assist.
Southern is back on the ice Saturday at Warwick, RI to battle the Rhode Island Junior Blues and then travels to Stamford to face-off against Darien on Sunday morning.
SQUIRT AŁ CONTINUES TO FIND WAYS TO WIN WITH PAIR OF VICTORIES
TYLER MILRAD IN GAME ACTION
MILFORD, CT. – The Southern Stars Squirt “A” team continued to find ways to win with a 5-2 victory against Greater New Haven and then an exciting, 3-2, come-from-behind win against the Rhode Island Jr. Blues.
The pair of wins extended the Stars to 7-0-0 on the season as they continue to hold the top spot in the EJEPL 10U Futures standings.
On Saturday, the Stars battled the Warriors at the Northford Ice Pavilion and Patrick Conroy gave Southern a 2-0 first period lead they would not surrender on two perfect shots that beat the GNH goalie.
The Stars managed to hold off the Warriors with stingy defense, solid goaltending and enough offense for the win.
Logan Jones, Josh Hackett and Colin Scali all scored third period goals in the game to seal the victory. Conroy also chipped in a pair of assists in a four-point effort.
On Sunday, the Stars locked horns with the Jr. Blues from Warwick, RI at the Milford Ice Pavilion. The home team put a solid effort for all 45 minutes, but had a tough time solving the Blues net-minder.
Southern out-shot its opponent in the game, 48-10, and needed some late game heroics from Tyler Milrad to skate off with the victory.
Beginning the third period and trailing, 1-0, Milrad netted his first of the game off a scramble in front of the goal to tie the game.
The Blues stormed back with a goal of its own to make it 2-1.
Southern evened the game at 2-2 after Jonathan Vitka fed Milrad, who tucked in his second of the game from in close.
With 2:20 on the clock, Rhode Island took a penalty and with the man advantage Milrad completed the hat trick with a perfect deflection off Conroy’s shot from the point. The goal gave the Stars its first lead of the game.
Conroy finished with three helpers in the game and seven points on the weekend while Alex Melillo and Teagan Garfield also added assists.
Layne Jackson and Emily Krauss split the game and combined for eight saves.
Southern is back in action on Saturday, when they host Darien at the Milford Ice Pavilion. The game starts at 2:10 pm. The Stars will also travel to South Windsor for a game on Sunday.
2016 SCYH U14 and U19 Teams take a break from pre-season White-Maroon game
SCYH U14 Girls hit the ice with power and enthusiasm to kick off their season with a White and Maroon Scrimmage. Joined by their fellow lady Stars of the U19 team, both squads joined in on this season opener with plenty of family and friends cheering them on. The U14 girls closed out the opening weekend with a big 6-0 WIN against Shoreline Sharks White. Go Stars!
SQUIRT “A” CONTINUES HOT START WITH VICTORY AGAINST GREATER NEW HAVEN
MILFORD, CT. – The Southern Stars Squirt “A” team continued to record early season wins with an impressive, 8-2, victory against the Greater New Haven club at the Milford Ice Pavilion.
The Stars improved to 5-0 on the season and moved into first place in the EJEPL 10U Futures Gold division.
After falling behind, 1-0, in the first period, the Stars kicked its offense into gear and pounded the Warriors with 19 second period shots and five goals.
Alex Melillo started the scoring followed by goals from Jason Anderson and Logan Jones. Tyler Milrad and Teagan Garfield also added goals in the period.
Jones’ game winner showed the type of team the Stars are as he crashed the net and swept the puck in an opening from his stomach. All game, the Stars showed a willingness to attack the goal and make life hard for the Greater New Haven defense.
In the third period, Garfield got her second off a nice deflection from a Patrick Conroy feed before the Warriors netted its second of the game.
Annabel Raffin then scored her first of the season after pinching from the blueline and firing a Melillo feed into the back of the net.
Jonathan Vitka closed out the scoring with his third of the season.
Melillo finished with a playmaker, collecting a goal and three assists while Milrad and Garfield each has three points. Conroy had a pair of assists and Bruno Martone, Josh Hackett and Colin Scali all chipped in helpers.
In net, Layne Jackson and Emily Krauss again stood strong as they combined for 10 saves. Beckett Stenz, Gunnar Pikul again provided solid play from the blue line while Conor Benz continued to buzz on a line with Anderson and Scali.
The Stars return to the ice with a pair of games next weekend against West Haven Blue Devils and Greater New Haven Warriors.
Coach Steve Hetherman took the Pee Wee A and Squirt A teams to NJ this past weekend, to open up the season at the EJEPL showcase. Both teams were unbeaten throughout the tournament and left a positive impression with the rest of the EJEPL league.
The Southern Stars Pee Wee A (05) team took to the ice this weekend at the U11 EJEPL showcase in Seawell, New Jersey. The Stars skated well and the hard work paid off as the team went undefeated 4-0.
The Team opened the season with a 2-1 win over the Red Bank Generals (NJ) on Friday afternoon. They continued their winning streak with 4-3 victories over the Greater NY Stars and the NYC Cyclones on Saturday. They wrapped up the showcase on Sunday with a strong 7-0 win over the Brewster Bulldogs (NY). It was an impressive display of teamwork and all contributed to the team's success. Way to Go Stars!
Squirt A team makes solid impression at EJEPL tournament
Goalie Layne Jackson in Tournament Action
SQUIRT “A” TEAM KICKS OFF SEASON WITH SWEEP AT EJEPL SHOWCASE
MT. LAUREL, N.J. – The Southern Stars Squirt “A” team kicked off its season in impressive fashion with four straight wins at the Igloo Ice Rink in Mt. Laurel, NJ.
The team earned hard fought victories against Greater New Haven (CT), Bowie Bruins (MD), Long Island Gulls and the Protec Ducks (NJ).
The Stars opened the showcase against a familiar face in the Warriors from Greater New Haven and skated off with a 6-0 victory behind two goals apiece from Alex Melillo and Jonathan Vitka.
Colin Scali and Tyler Milrad also netted goals in the victory while Layne Jackson and Emily Krauss each made two saves in the combined shutout.
The line of Jason Anderson, Conor Benz and Scali was consistently on the puck and creating offense during the game.
In Game Two, the Stars met the Bowie Bruins and came away with a thrilling, 6-5, overtime victory. Josh Hackett provided the heroics in OT as he netted the game winner – his second goal of the game.
Hackett buried a perfect cross-ice feed from Patrick Conroy sending the maroon and white to victory.
Anderson, Conroy, Melillo and Scali also scored goals in the game. Jackson and Krauss were again solid in net as they combined for 15 saves.
In the nightcap on Saturday, the Stars met the Long Island Gulls and blanked the birds, 3-0.
Logan Jones provided all the offense the team would need with a second period goal on a twisted wrister that beat the goalie clean.
Melillo and Hackett added goals to insure the victory while Jackson went the distance between the pipes and made 18 saves for his first complete shutout of the season.
In the final game of the weekend, Southern prepared for battle against the Protec Ducks and really saved the best for last – coming from behind to sweep the showcase.
The Ducks netted a pair of goals in the first and second period and held a 4-0 lead with 15 minutes to play. Then the Stars took over.
Hackett picked up a clearing pass from Anderson and went the distance, lighting the lamp and pumping life in the Stars.
Then while killing a penalty, Bruno Martone fired a shot that beat the Ducks stopper and cut the deficit in half. The goal came off a perfect pass from George Guarricino and a huge face-off win from Melillo.
Trailing, 4-2, Melillo netted his fifth of the weekend on a nice shot from the slot to leave the Stars needing one.
With less than 3:00 to play in the game, Teagan Garfield broke up a Ducks rush and sprung Melillo on a breakaway and he did not miss, sending the Southern fans into a frenzy while knotting the score at 4-4.
The comeback was capped off with the Stars killing off another Ducks power play and less than 2:00 to play. Milrad intercepted a pass and buried a shot into the back of the cage for the second shorthanded goal of the game and the lead.
Krauss was solid in net, playing the whole game and finishing with 20 saves for the win.
Gunnar Pikul, Beckett Stenz, Annabel Raffin, Conroy, Martone and Guarricino provided “rock’em sock’em” defense all weekend and made a number of solid plays in their own end to keep the puck out of danger.
On the offensive side of the puck, all nine forwards contributed with strong play and kicked off the season the right way.
With the start of a new hockey season set to begin, 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 then begin 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.