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RECAP: Team Inn Invitational

By DLG 12/10/2018, 6:00pm EST

15U, 16U and 18U in MI for Weekend Showcase

The Esmark Stars Midget teams (U18, U16 and U15) were in action  this past weekend (Dec. 7 - 9), at the HoneyBaked Hockey / Team Inn Invitational Showcase in Fraser, MI.

The U15 Stars opened the showcase with a 3-2 overtime win over the Nashville Jr. Predators '02 squad on Friday.  On Saturday, the U15 Stars posted their second win of the showcase with an impressive 7-1 win over the PAL Islanders out of Long Island, NY, in a n early afternoon game. They dropped their Saturday night game suffering a tough 3-2 loss to the Sno-King Jr. Thunderbirds (Seattle, WA) U16 squad in an overtime/ shootout, following a 2-2 tie at the end of regulation and through five minutes of 3-on-3 overtime hockey. The U15 Stars would also drop their final game of the event, falling to HoneyBaked (Detroit, MI) Hockey's U15 squad 4-3 in overtime. Following the TeamInn Showcase, the U15 Stars record now stands at 19-9-2-3.

The U16 Stars posted a 4-0-0-0 record at the event. They opened with a 3-2 win over the Jersey Hitmen on Friday.  On Saturday, they picked up two more "W's" with wins over the PAL Islanders, 2-1. and the Islanders Hockey Club, 6-0.  They then closed their showcase with a 6-4 win over the Boston Jr. Bruins, on Sunday. The unblemished showing at the Showcase upped the Stars U16 record to 19-12-2-2.

The U18 Stars also posted a 4-0-0-0 record at the event. The Midget Major squad opened the Showcase with a 4-1 win over South Florida Hockey Academy on Friday.  On Saturday, they posted wins over the Boston Jr. Bruins, 6-3, and, the Islanders Hockey Club, 4-1.  The Stars closed the showcase with a 3-1 win over the South Shore Kings. The four wins at the Showcase pushed the Stars U18 squad's overall record to 28-8-1-1.

Stars Set For HoneyBaked / Team Inn Invitational

By DLG 12/06/2018, 10:15pm EST

18U, 16U and 15U in Motor City for Showcase Action

The Esmark Stars Midget teams (U18, U16 and U15) will be in action  this weekend (Dec. 7 - 9), as they return to Fraser Arena in Fraser, MI, for the HoneyBaked Hockey / Team Inn Invitational Showcase. 

The Derek Gaworski led U15 Stars open with a game against the Nashville Jr. Predators '02 squad on Friday, Dec. 7, with a 4:15 p.m. opening face-off.  They return to action twice on Saturday. First up is an 1:10 p.m. game against the PAL Islanders '03.  Then later in the evening, 7:10 p.m., the U15 Stars face Sno-King Jr. Thunderbirds '02.  The Stars close the showcase with a Sunday game against HoneyBaked '03, 11:25 a.m. The U15 Stars enter the showcase with an overall record of 17-9-2-1.

Yuri Krivokhija and the  U16 Stars open the event against the Jersey Hitmen on Friday, Dec. 7, with a 6:15 p.m. opening face-off.  They return to action twice on Saturday. First up is an 11:25 a.m. against the PAL Islanders.  Then later in the early evening, 5:25 p.m., the U16 Stars face the Islanders Hockey Club.  The Stars close the showcase with a Sunday game against the Boston Jr. Bruins, 11:15 a.m. The U16 Stars enter the showcase with an overall record of 15-12-2-2.

Dave Kosick and the U18 Stars open with a game against the South Florida Hockey Academy on Friday, Dec. 7, 2:10 p.m. opening face-off.  They return to action twice on Saturday. First up is an morning tilt, 9:10 a.m., with the Boston Jr. Bruins.  Then later in the afternoon, 3:10 p.m., the U18 Stars face the Islanders Hockey Club.  The Stars close the showcase with a Sunday showdown with the South Shore Kings, 1:10 p.m. The U18 Stars enter the showcase with an overall record of 24-8-1-1.

"This is an outstanding event with great scouting presence," said program general manager Dave Kosick.  "And it gives us a chance to play against predominantly East-coast based teams that we do not see often."

Esmark Stars Recap, ECEL Holiday Classic

By DLG 12/03/2018, 10:30pm EST

Stars Enjoy Connecticut Weekend

All three Esmark Stars Midget teams (U18, U16 and U15) were in action this past weekend (Nov. 30 - Dec. 2) at the ECEL Holiday Classic in Northford, CT. 

The U15 Stars skated to a perfect 4-0-0-0 record at the event. They opened play with a clash against the Boston Advantage on Friday, Nov. 30, and skated to a 5-2 win.  They return to action twice on Saturday, Dec. 1, and recorded wins over the West Coast Renegades, 6-1, and Elite Hockey Academy, 5-0.  The Stars close the showcase on Sunday with a perfect record with a 5-1 win over the New Jersey Jr. Titans. With their showing at the ECEL Holiday Classic, the U15 Stars improved their overall record of 17-9-2-1.

The U16 Stars skated to a 2-1-0-1 record in Connecticut. They opened the event with a 1-0 shutout win over the Boston Advantage on Friday.  They return to action twice on Saturday and dropped a tough 4-3 decision to the New Jersey Jr. Titans and a 4-3 overtime loss to Canadian powerhouse Hill Academy. The Stars closed their showcase with a 3-2 overtime/shootout win over Elite Hockey Academy. The U16 Stars record stands at 15-12-2-2 after the Showcase.

The U18 Stars skated to a 3-1-0-0 record at the ECEL Showcase. They opened the event with a 6-2 win over Canadian-prep school Hill Academy on Friday, Nov. 30.  They returned to action on Saturday and earned a split, as they defeated the New Hampshire Avalanche, 4-3, and dropped a tough 4-2 decision to the New Jersey Jr. Titans.  The Stars closed their showcase with a 2-1 win over the Boston Advantage on Sunday morning. The U18 Stars overall record improved to 24-8-1-1.

All three Esmark teams return to action this weekend, Dec. 7-9, at the Team Inn Invitational hosted by the HoneyBaked Hockey Club in Fraser, MI.

Esmark Midget Teams Set for ECEL Holiday Classic

By DLG 11/27/2018, 8:15pm EST

15U, 16U and 18U in CT for Weekend Showcase

The Esmark Stars Midget teams (U18, U16 and U15) will return to action this weekend (Nov. 30 - Dec. 2) at the ECEL Holiday Classic in Northford, CT. 

The U15 Stars open with a clash against the Boston Advantage on Friday, Nov. 30, with a 5:00 p.m. opening face-off.  They return to action twice on Saturday. First up is an 8:10 a.m. game against the West Coast Renegades.  Then later in the evening, 7:00 p.m., the U15 Stars face Elite Hockey Academy.  The Stars close the showcase with a Sunday tilt against the New Jersey Titans, 1:20 p.m. The U15 Stars enter the showcase with an overall record of 13-9-2-1.

The U16 Stars also open the event against the Boston Advantage on Friday, Nov. 30, with a 3:10 p.m. opening face-off.  They return to action twice on Saturday. First up is an early-morning game, 8:00 a.m. against the New Jersey Jr. Titans.  Then later in the afternoon, 3:30 p.m., the U16 Stars face Hill Academy.  The Stars close the showcase with a Sunday game against Elite Hockey Academy, 8:00 a.m. The U16 Stars enter the showcase with an overall record of 13-11-2-1.

The U18 Stars open with a game against the Hill Academy on Friday, Nov. 30, 7:00 p.m. opening face-off.  They return to action twice on Saturday. First up is an 1:30 p.m. game against the New Hampshire Avalanche.  Then later in the evening, 7:10 p.m., the U18 Stars face the New Jersey Jr. Titans.  The Stars close the showcase with a Sunday morning showdown with the Boston Advantage, 8:10 a.m. The U18 Stars enter the showcase with an overall record of 21-7-1-1.

"The ECEL Holiday Classic provides a great opportunity for scouts in the New England Region to see our Midget teams in action," said program general manager Dave Kosick.

Geregach Selected Number Two Star by NAPHL

By DLG 11/22/2018, 12:00pm EST

18U STARS DEFENSEMAN RECOGNIZED

The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) has announced that Dustin Geregach, a defenseman with the Esmark Stars U18 team, was selected as the Apex Learning Virtual School Peak Performer U18 Number Two Star - Defenseman for the month of November.

The award was based upon player performance at the third NAPHL event of the 2018-2019 season which took place in Dallas, TX, Nov. 10-12.

Geregach, a junior at Montour High School,  (6’0"/180 lbs.), recorded seven points (2G, 5A) and was a plus 6 in four games in Dallas, and helped lead the Stars to a 3-1-0-0 record at the league's third regular season showcase.

With the seven points, Geregach is now tied for second in league scoring among defenseman. For the season, he has recorded 10 points (2 goals and 8 assists) in 12 NAPHL games and overall, 21 points (6 goals and 15 assists) in 30 games for the Stars U18 team.

"Dustin had a super weekend showcase," said Esmark 18U head coach Dave Kosick. "His play in both ends of the ice was outstanding ... and this recognition was well earned."

After each NAPHL league event, the league's central scouting staff selects top performers (three stars), for the 15U division, as well as the 16U and 18U division for events in which they participate, for offense, defense and goaltending.

The NAPHL's 18U AAA High Performance Division, in which Esmark participates, is comprised of four regular-season events leading up to its Championship Tournament, the Dixon Cup Playoffs.

The next 18U NAPHL event of the 2018-19 season, and the final regular season event of the season, will take place from Jan. 19-21, 2019, in Troy, MI.

Now in its tenth season, the NAPHL is composed of Midget Major (18U) and Midget Minor (16U & 15U) teams from across North America that compete at the Tier I level.

The NAPHL provides an organized and competitive experience with an unrivaled scouting presence guaranteed to benefit all of the participating student-athletes and programs and has established itself as the premiere training ground for development and exposure.

Not only have players in the NAPHL gone on to play in the National Hockey League (NHL), they received recognition from NHL Central Scouting each year, dozens receive scholarships to NCAA Division I schools and hundreds more have been drafted and tendered by North American Hockey League (NAHL) and United States Hockey League (USHL) teams.

The NAPHL, which is sanctioned by USA Hockey, is designed to maximize the exposure of all the participants through the NAHL's high-profile recruiting events that attract hundreds of college, junior and professional scouts.

For more information on the NAPHL, visit www.naphl.com.

Esmark Stars Recap, Nov. 17 - 18

By DLG 11/22/2018, 11:30am EST

U18 AND U16 HOST SKIPJACKS AAA

This past weekend, Nov. 17-18, the 16U and 18U Esmark Stars AAA Hockey teams returned to the friendly confines of Pittsburgh Ice Arena for a weekend showdown with the USPHL's Skipjacks AAA Hockey Club.

The Stars and Skipjacks U16 squads split the spirited weekend series as the Skipjacks upended the Stars 6-2 on Saturday and Esmark returned to the win column on Sunday with a 5-3 win. The two-game series split leaves the U16 Stars with an overall record of 13-11-2-1.

The U18 Stars picked up a pair of home wins (4-0 and 4-1) over the Skipjacks 18U squad. The pair of wins improved the 18U Stars overall record to 21-7-1-1.

Danny Mitchel recorded a shutout, stopping all 34 shots he faced, in the 4-0 win on Saturday. Gio Palumbo (1 goal and 1 assist), Corbin Ragno, Raman Yerameichyk and Jackson Dobbs each found the back of the net. Ty Stewart and Matsvei Kurylovich each recorded a pair of assists and Will Studt and Dustin Geregach each added a helper.

On Sunday, Parker Rey backstopped the Stars stopping 33 of 34 shots he faced to get the win in goal. Jackson Dobbs (1 goal, 2 assists), Ty Stewart (1G, 1A), Gio Palumbo (1G, 1A) and Cole Ferri  recorded goals; and Dustin Geregach and JT Schmizzi picked up assists.

The U15 Stars were idle this weekend. Their overall record stands at 13-9-2-1.

All three Stars Midget teams are off for the Thanksgiving weekend.  They return to action the following weekend, Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, at the ECEL Holiday Classic in Northford, CT. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

By DLG 11/22/2018, 12:00am EST

The Esmark Stars AAA Hockey program would like to extend the warmest wishes to all for a safe and happy Thanksgiving Holiday!

We would also like to take a moment to send a special "thank you" to all of the men and women in uniform who serve us around the world!

Esmark Preview - Nov. 17 & 18

By DLG 11/15/2018, 6:00pm EST

Stars Set to Host Skipjacks AAA Hockey Club at 18U and 16U

The Esmark Stars Midget U18 and U16 teams return to the friendly confines of Pittsburgh Ice Arena with a weekend home stand against the Skipjacks AAA Hockey club, Nov. 17 & 18.

Fresh off a road trip to Dallas, TX, for the NAPHL's third showcase of the 18-19 season, both the U16 and U18 squads will entertain one of the USPHL's and east coast's premier squads.

The U16 Stars, who will bring a overall record of (12-10-2-1) and a home record of 2-1-0-0 into action, will faceoff against the Skipjacks, on Saturday (Nov. 17) at 7:20 p.m. and then again on Sunday (Nov. 18) at 1:00 p.m.

The U18 Stars, who will bring a overall record of (19-7-1-1) and a home record of 1-0-0-0 into action, will faceoff against the Skipjacks, on Saturday (Nov. 17) at 3:40 p.m. and then again on Sunday (Nov. 18) at 8:00 a.m.

Both games are free admission and fans are encouraged to come out and watch the Stars and Skipjacks in great local hockey action.

Esmark Stars Recap, Nov. 9 - 12

By DLG 11/15/2018, 5:45pm EST

U18, U16 AND U15 TEAMS IN NAPHL ACTION

This past Veteran's Day Weekend, Nov. 9 - 12, the 15U, 16U and 18U Esmark Stars AAA Hockey teams returned to the ice for the third North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) Showcase of the 2018-19 season, in Dallas, TX.

The U15 Stars skated to a 2-2-0-0 record at the event.  They opened the showcase with a pair of shutout wins on Friday, as they skated to past CarShield AAA (2-0) and the Sioux Falls Power (1-0). Liam Varmecky (with an assist to Yahor Ramanau) and Alex Keller (from Alex Radchenko) depositing pucks into the net in the win over CarShield AAA; and Connor Quish, with Keller picking up the assist, tallied the lone marker in the 1-0 win over Sioux Falls. Nathan Dickey earned both wins in goal, turning aside all 18 CarShield AAA and 29 Sioux Falls shots he faced. The Stars dropped a 5-1 decision  to the Rocky Mountain RoughRiders on Saturday. Connor Quish recoded the lone Stars goal on the power play, with Shane Miller getting the assist.  The U15 Stars closed out the showcase dropping a tough 2-1 decision to Meijer AAA on Sunday.  Andreas Portugallo scored the Stars goal with Alex Keller and Cam Szazynski getting assists.

The U15s, who will enjoy a nice Thanksgiving break before returning to the ice Nov. 30 at the ECEL Holiday Classic in Northford, CT, concluded the NAPHL 15U season with a record of 6-5-0-1. Their overall record now stands at 13-9-2-1.

The U15 Stars also qualified for and will be participating in the NAPHL U15 Dixon Cup Playoffs which will be held in Troy, MI, Jan. 18-20, 2019.

The U16 Stars, who would skate to a 1-3-0-0 record at the Dallas NAPHL event, opened the Showcase with a 6-3 win over the Arizona Bobcats on Saturday. Dominic Dezort paced the Stars scoring a pair of power play goals, while Ryder Brophy had a goal and an assist. Ty Ulanowicz, Eddie Pazo, and Daniel Pronin also tallied goals. Jake Kazan and Luke Reiser recorded assists. Connor Strobel earned the win in goal.

In their second game on Friday, the U16 squad dropped a hard fought 4-3 decision to the Dallas Stars Elite thanks in part to a phantom goal call.  Dezort, Alex Walker and Ulanowicz scored the Stars goals. While Reed Troutman recorded a pair of assists and Brophy and Kazan each picked up one assist.

The 16Us would come up on the wrong end of a 6-2 decision to Meijer AAA on Sunday, as Brophy and Dezort recorded the Stars goals while Owen Hixon picked up an assist.

The Stars closed out the Dallas Showcase dropping a a 3-2 decision to CarShield AAA on Monday. Hixon and Walker scored the Esmark goals and Matt Traczynski, Pronin, Dezort and Daniel Baranowski added assists.

The U16 Stars NAPHL Showcase record now stands at 6-5-0-1 and their overall record at 12-10-2-1. The U16s return to the home confines of Pittsburgh Ice Arena this weekend (Nov. 17 & 18) to host a weekend series with the USPHLs Skipjacks AAA Hockey Club.

The U18 Stars, who would skate to a 3-1-0-0 record at the Dallas NAPHL event, opened the Showcase with a 12-0 win over the Arizona Bobcats on Saturday. Matsvei Kurlovich recorded a hat-trick and a pair of assists and Dustin Geregach scored one goal and added four assists to each pace the Stars with five points. While Will Studt and Tyler Stewart each scored a pair of goals, and added an assist, and Gio Palumbo (1 goal, 2 assists) and Cole Ferri (3 assists) all recording three point efforts. Also getting on the scoresheet were: Corbin Ragno (1 goal, 1 assist), Jackson Dobbs (1 goal), Blake Rossi (1 goal, 1 assist), JT Schmizzi (2 assists), and Louis Poprocky, Andrew Jacobs, Raman Yerameichyk, Alexi Mance, Anton Kozitskiy and Billy Rapone recorded one assist each. Danny Mitchell earned the shutout and win in goal for the Stars.

On Sunday, the Stars skated to a pair of wins, recording a 2-1 overtime shootout win against CarShield AAA. Yerameichyk scored the lone regulation time goal for Esmark with Jacobs getting the assist. Gio Palumbo scored the game winning shootout goal. Parker Rey earned the win in goal stopping 31 of 32 shots he faced in regulation and overtime as well as two shootout shots. The Stars returned to the ice Sunday evening to face the Madison Capitols and skated to a 6-3 victory. Tyler Stewart scored a pair of goals to lead the Stars. Geregach, Schmizzi and Kurylovich each scored a goal and added an assist to record two-point nights. Studt tallied the other Stars goal. Rapone and Yerameichyk each recorded a pair of assists while Jacobs, Kozitskiy, Palumbo, Dobbs and Rossi each recorded an assist. Mitchell earned the win in goal and improved his NAPHL record to 6-0-0-0.

The Stars closed out the event looking for a win, and a perfect 4-0-0-0 record at the Showcase, but ran into a hot Meijer AAA team and dropped a 3-1 decision. JT Schmizzi scored the lone, unassisted, Stars goal in the third period to cut the deficit to 2-1. But Meijer would record a late shorthanded goal to get the win and final margin of victory.

The U18 Stars NAPHL Showcase record now stands at 7-5-0-0 and their overall record at 19-7-1-1. The U18s also return to the home confines of Pittsburgh Ice Arena this weekend (Nov. 17 & 18) to host a weekend series with the USPHLs Skipjacks AAA Hockey Club.

Esmark Preview - NAPHL Dallas

By DLG 11/08/2018, 9:15pm EST

ESMARK'S U18, U16, AND U15 RETURN TO NAPHL LEAGUE ACTION

The Esmark Stars Midget (U18, U16 and U15) teams return to NAPHL action this upcoming weekend, Nov. 9-12, as they travel to Dallas, TX, for the third NAPHL league showcase of the 2018-19 season.

The U15 Stars, who will bring a NAPHL record of (4-3-0-1) into action, will face CarShield AAA (MO), Nov. 9, 8:00 a.m.; Sioux Falls Power AAA (SD), Oct. 21, 2:00 p.m.; Rocky Mountain RoughRiders (CO), Nov. 10, 10:00 a.m.; and Meijer AAA (MI), Nov. 11, 7:00 a.m., in Dallas.  Their current overall record stands at 11-7-2-1.

The U16 Stars, who will bring a NAPHL record of (5-2-0-1) into action, will face Arizona Bobcats, Nov. 10, 9:00 a.m.; Dallas Stars Elite (TX), Nov. 10, 7:15 p.m.; Meijer AAA (MI), Nov. 11, 3:15 p.m.; and CarShield AAA (MO), Nov. 12, 8:00 a.m., in Dallas.  Their current overall record stands at 11-7-2-1.

The U18 Stars, who will bring a NAPHL record of (4-4-0-0) into action, will face Arizona Bobcats, Nov. 10, 1:00 p.m.; CarShield AAA (MO), Nov. 11, 9:15 a.m.; Madison Capitols (WI), Nov. 11, 5:15 p.m.; and Meijer AAA (MI), Nov. 12, 11:15 a.m., in Dallas.  Their current overall record stands at 16-6-1-1.

For the 2018-19 season, the Stars teams will participate in the NAPHL'S High Performance Division.  The league schedule will see the 18U and 16U High Performance Clubs at four events (Showcase I, Blaine, MN, Sept. 20 -23, 2018; Showcase II, Blaine, MN, Oct. 20-22, 2018; Showcase III, Dallas, TX, Nov. 10-12, 2018; Showcase IV, Troy, MI, Jan. 19-21, 2018; and the NAPHL Dixon Cup Playoffs, Troy, MI, Feb. 15-18). While the U15 High Performance squad will play at three league events (Showcase I, Blaine, MN, Sept. 20 -23, 2018; Showcase II, Blaine, MN, Oct. 20-22, 2018; Showcase III, Dallas, TX, Nov. 9-11, 2018; and the NAPHL Dixon Cup Playoffs, Troy, MI, Jan. 18-21, 2019.

In addition to the Esmark Stars U18 squad, the NAPHL 18U High Performance Division, includes: CarShield AAA (St. Louis, MO); Everett Silvertips Elite (Everett, WA); Madison Capitols (Madison, WI); Meijer AAA (Lansing, MI); Rockey Mountain RoughRiders (Denver, CO); Sioux Falls Power (Sioux Falls, SD); and Valley Forge Minutemen (Valley Forge, PA).

In addition to the Esmark Stars U16 squad, the NAPHL 16U High Performance Division, includes: Alaska Oilers (Fairbanks, AK); CarShield AAA (St. Louis, MO); Everett Silvertips Elite (Everett, WA); Madison Capitols (Madison, WI); Meijer AAA (Lansing, MI); Rockey Mountain RoughRiders (Denver, CO); Sioux Falls Power (Sioux Falls, SD); and Valley Forge Minutemen (Valley Forge, PA).

In addition to the Esmark Stars U15 squad, the NAPHL 15U High Performance Division, includes: CarShield AAA (St. Louis, MO); Everett Silvertips Elite (Everett, WA); Meijer AAA (Lansing, MI); Rockey Mountain RoughRiders (Denver, CO); and Sioux Falls Power (Sioux Falls, SD).