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Suffolk Takes First Lighthouse Cup

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Long Island high school All-Stars from Suffolk County defeat Nassau County's All-Stars 11-0



Suffolk County All-Stars
The first annual Lighthouse Cup between the high school All-Stars of Suffolk County and Nassau County finished with Suffolk reigning supreme by the score of 11-0. Playing in front of hundreds of family and friends at the Nassau Coliseum, following the Islanders-Carolina Hurricanes game on Monday, Suffolk County put on a dominating performance, scoring eight goals in the second period to pull away from Nassau County. Islanders forward Jon Sim dropped the ceremonial first puck.

"We knew that our team had a lot of firepower," said Suffolk head coach Mie Zguris, "and that we were solid defensively and in goal. We picked a group that we thought would suit us best for this hockey team. Nassau had a competitive team, but our boys played hard for the win."

Suffolk goaltenders Patrick Catania and Ryan Cummings combined for the shutout, while Sean Collins scored a goal and added three assists. James Murphy totaled a goal and two assists and Nicholas Barbera totaled three assists. Two-goal scorers for Suffolk included CJ Gordon, Greg Cartwright, Kevin Tiefenwerth and Christian Cangro.

"We started picking this team in September," said Zguris. "We scouted games all through October, and by November the team was selected. It was a good group of kids."

Nassau County All-Stars
Monday's competition was not the first of its kind. The Long Island high school All-Star game was formerly known as the Vytra Cup. This was the first year in which the Islanders sponsored the event, serving as the conclusion to Long Island Hockey Fest.

"Anything that's touched by the Islanders turns to gold," said Zguris. "We're very happy with the way everything was organized. I personally want to thank them very much. On behalf of Suffolk County, I think they did a wonderful job."

The game was even through one period with Suffolk leading 1-0. Suffolk got on the board first with 4:10 left in the first period, while on the power play. After Nassau failed to clear the puck, Suffolk captain Joshua Hamlett threw the puck down low to Tiefenwerth. The forward, who plays at St. Anthony's, fed a pass to Cartwright for a bang-bang play.

The second period was a completely different story as the Suffolk County All-Stars took control of the game with eight goals during a 15-minute second period.

During the middle frame, Murphy and Gordon tallied two goals, while Ryan Gay, Cangro, Hamlett and Cartwright each tallied one.

Cangro scored the game's most exciting goal with a nifty inside-out move on the Nassau defense before distributing the puck into the goal for an 8-0 Suffolk lead.

Suffolk tacked on two more goals in the third period, with the tallies going to Collins and Gordon.

Slapshots
Vincent Bianco won the game's the MVP for Nassau County…Team MVP for Suffolk County went to Greg Cartwright…During the first period intermission, the Suffolk JV All-Stars squad won the scrimmage against the Nassau JV All-Stars…Suffolk's team was coached my Mike Zguris, Paul Chieco, Tom Collins and Frank Pasquale. Charlie Brown served as Suffolk's team liaison…Nassau was coached by Bill Clark, Sal Crescione, Joe Trimarchi and Bob Yuengling. Bill Alonge was Nassau's team liaison.

 
SUFFOLK
Goaltenders
1 Patrick Catatania
29 Ryan Cummings

Defensemen
22 Ryan Gay - 8 Dan O'Donoghue
3  John Delorenzo - 13 James Kelly
17 Patrick Martin - 16 Ryan Seward

Forwards
23 Kevin Tiefenwerth - 19 Greg Cartwright - 9 Joshua Hamlett
21 James Murphy - 24 Sean Collins - 11 Nicholas Barbera
12 James Napoli - 14 Christian Cangro - 7 Stephen Castriota
15 Keith Catalano - 10 Michael Lyons - 4 CJ Gordon

Alternates
Kyle Catalano
Vincent Granice
Michael Keenan
John Layton
Michael Speer
Tim Zimmerman


NASSAU
Goaltenders
30 Matt Crescione
1 Chad Ohriner
2 Brendan Dinkelmeyer

Defenseman
28 Derek Blatchley - 27 Alex Caruso
3 Matt Cascio - 5 Jack Mulvaney
6 Charlie Giordiano - 13 Sean Regan

Forwards
11 Vincent Bianco - 26 Brett Roeske - 16 Sean Gelbanks
4 Taylor Belviso - 20 Greg Dolan - 9 Matt DeMartini
23 John  DeFeo - 10 John Mendocino - 23 David Craig
18 Matt Ginsberg - 8 Corey Sigadel - 24 Lyle Oldmixon

Injured
Jason Cranmer

Alternates
David Brown
Jeff Dolan
Patrick Lasher
Paul Molinari
Paul Tyree




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