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Wings MS 2008-2009 GC News February 27, 2009 Article
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Wings Middle School Team Wins Two

The Garden City Wings Middle School Ice Hockey team registered two wins over north shore rivals Cold Spring Harbor and Manhasset during the first weekend of February. The Middle School Wings have a 10 - 5 - 1 overall record as they head into the final months of play of the '08 - '09 winter season.

On February 7, the Wings faced off against the top ranked Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks at the Iceworks rink. The Seahawks struck first with one goal in the first period as both teams started slowly. The second period ended with the score tied at 3 - 3 after the Wings eighth graders went to work. Ryan Costigan scored once on an assist from Chris Arena, who also scored an unassisted goal. Defense Mark Brady scored with the assist from Matthew Greco. Unfortunately the Wings lost three players during the second period. Liam FitzGerald, a spirited seventh grade defense, was forced to leave the game due to a knee injury, Adam Hartog, a hard working seventh grade goalkeeper, left with equipment problems and John White, a speedy seventh grade center, was sidelined for the remainder of the game with intestinal difficulties. Although they did not score during this game, the determined work by two seventh grade forwards has buoyed the team all season long: Joseph Giarraputo has earned the highest points per game average of all seventh graders while Tim Michel has the highest plus / minus and highest shooting percentage of all seventh graders. In the third period, both teams battled end to end. Forward Ryan Costigan scored a power play goal with an assist from Mark Brady after an interference penalty left the Cold Spring Harbor squad a man down. Eighth grade forward Jack Worstell added what proved to be the game winning goal with three minutes left. Less than one minute later, the Seahawks scored, making it a one goal game. The Seahawks then mounted several sustained attacks and soon pulled their goalie in an attempt to tie the score. Eighth grade goaltender Zachary Bostrom, with the tireless aid of seventh grade defense Shawn Post and sixth grade defense Ken Nygaard, stymied the Seahawks furious attacks as the game ended with a 5 - 4 win in favor of the Wings.

On February 8, 2009 the Wings met the Manhasset Indians at the Pt. Washington rink. Both teams were tentative during the early part of the first perio d but the game heated up as the Wings scored first on an unassisted goal by forward Chris arena, the first of his three goal "hat trick" in this game. The second Wings goal resulted from the efforts of the "dynamic duo" of Gregory Gardner and Matthew Borges. These sixth grade forwards combined for three goals and two assists during this game. The game took a decidedly physical turn during the second period with multiple punishing body checks administered by both teams. All six of the penalties assessed during this game were evenly distributed to both teams during the second period. Defense Mark Brady opened the scoring for the Wings in the second period with an unassisted goal. Chris Arena, playing in a defense position, added his second and third goals of the game, with the second on an assist from center John White, who had recovered from Saturday's game. Matthew Greco tallied a goal with the assist of sixth grader Jake Quattlander, who plays both forward and defense. The Indians scored twice and the second period ended with the Wings ahead 6 - 3. The lack of depth on the Manhasset bench, the sustained physical play by both teams during the second period and the determined defense of the Wings, led by goalie Zachary Bostrom and defense Liam FitzGerald and Shawn Post, combined to take its toll as the Wings shut out the Indians in the third period. Hard skating by sixth grade forward Liam Gribbin placed him "on the doorstep" of a goal several times during this game and has earned him the highest plus / minus rating of all sixth graders for the season. The resolve of forward Tyler Biscone to "go to the front of the net on the attack" has earned him a .667 shooting percentage, the highest of all eighth graders on the team. Seventh grade forward Conor Gallagher has continued to improve during the course of the season. On a beautifully executed passing play from the center ice drop, center Greg Gardner scored twelve seconds into the third period with assists from Ryan Costigan and Chris Arena. Skillful passing from both corners of the attack zone resulted in a goal by Jake Quattlander with assists from eighth grade forwards Matthew Greco and Robert Welch. A hard wrist shot by Ryan Costigan, which struck the net just beneath the cross bar, completed the scoring as the Wings surged to a 10 - 3 victory.

The Wings Middle School team welcomes new players for our spring season. If you are a boy or girl currently in grades FIVE through SEVEN and are interested in playing competitive ice hockey with the Wings from April through June you are encouraged to join. Please visit our website at: www.gcwings.org and click on the Middle School Coach link and leave your contact information. GO WINGS!!


The Garden City Wings Middle School Ice Hockey team

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