For the second straight year Marcello Risi took the duties as coach for the Richmond Hill Stars Atom team. The majority of the group is pretty much the same as last year’s team with the exception of a few new faces.
With its first shot at south simcoe gold the team headed out to Alliston on Friday night to play its first game vs. Beeton. After allowing a goal midway through the first the Stars pulled together and played very well defensively to shut Beeton down for the remainder of the half.
After both teams exchanged scoring chances in the second, this game look like it was sure to end as a 1-0 loss. But with pressure deep in Beeton zone and less than a minute remaining a pass from Anthony Bastianello found its way through to Christian Lepone who then made no mistake in putting the ball past Beeton goaliekeeper to tie the game up at one.
The Shelburne Shooters were next, and after moving up 1-0 early in the first the Stars saw that lead diminish shortly after. Marcello’s team bounced back and moved one up on Shelburne as Adam Iaboni just got his first of the tourney.
The second period was owed by the Shooters. After scoring three unanswered goals it looked like the Stars would need to work extra hard to get back into it. With just a few minutes to play and the pressure on, Stars forward Peter Basile took a 2 minute penalty for High Sticking. Although the Stars got within one on a shorthanded goal by Christian Lepone his third of the tournament time did eventually run out and the game went down in the books as a 4-3 loss.
In its last game of the Round Robin the Stars knew that they have already been eliminated from the gold medal game as the Shelburne Shooters upset Beeton in a 2-1 game earlier in the day. A win from the Stars would have team tied for second in their division. In order to have them move into the bronze medal game they would need to score more than 9 goals and not allow any in return. Was this possible for Marcello’s team? Only time would tell.
It was 4:00pm and the Stars stepped onto the floor in front of a winless Innisfil team. The game was on its way and it didn’t take long at all for the Stars to strike. By the time the first half was over the Stars were already up 6-0. In the second period they added 5 more unanswered goals to defeat the Innisfil Wave 11-0. The team was on its way to the Bronze medal game vs. Bradford.
This game was probably the most intense game of them all. Although the game was a little chippy at times it was packed with end to end action. Both teams fought hard but in the end it was the BOYS in GREEN who came home with the Bronze. The Stars had defeated the Bradford Blues in a real tight game 4-3.
This team is full of talent and we encourage you all to come support them this week at the Metro Cup held in Richmond Hill on June 24-25.
Congratulations to the players and the coaching staff on your Bronze medal VICTORY!!!
Players: Adam Iaboni, Steven Giacometti, Christian Lepone, Peter Basile, Paul Pitassio, Max Golod, Evan Nitchov, Frankie Caparelli, Matteo Messina, Joseph Saunders, John Saunders, Marcus Risi, Elliot Tang, Anthiony Bastianello, Lucas Lamanna, Guiliano Johnston
Coaches: Head Coach - Marcello Risi, Assistant - Sergio Iaboni, Assistant - Alfie Messina