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Weekend Recap: Sept. 26 - 27

By DLG 09/28/2020, 7:00pm EDT

Stars Upended by Blue Jackets in Weekend Sweeps

The Esmark Stars U15 and U16 squads traveled across I-70 for a pair of games with the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets in Columbus, OH, this weekend (Sept. 26 & 27). 

The Blue Jackets swept both levels, as they upended the U15 Stars 3-1 and 3-2, and the U16 Stars 6-1 and 2-1.

The games, originally scheduled for Pittsburgh, were shifted to Columbus to comply with the Pennsylvania Governor's original executive order that placed a limitation on amount of people allowed for an indoor activity.

The U16s dropped a one-sided affair on Saturday, 6-1.  Brody Simko scored the lone Stars goal, with assists from Chase Williams and Milan Levcenko.  Blaise Becker suffered the loss in goal.

On Sunday, the Stars dropped a heartbreaker, 2-1, as they fought back from an early 2-0 deficit, putting a pair of goals in the net in the second period ... only to have one of the goals disallowed because the Blue Jacket goalie dislodged the net prior to the puck crossing the goal line.  Chase Williams scored the Stars goal, with assists going to Brody Simko and Milan Levcenko. Nikita Volski suffered the loss in goal.

The pair of weekend road losses leaves the U16 Stars with an overall record of (4-4-0-0).

Meanwhile, the U15 Stars dropped a 3-1 decision to the Blue Jackets on Saturday evening.  Davis Phanco scored the lone Stars goal with Alexander Thomas collecting the assist. Andrew Krakora suffered the loss in goal, stopping 24 of 27 shots he faced.

On Sunday, the U15 Blue Jackets skated to a 3-2 win in a tight contest, as the Blue Jackets collected the game-winning goal on the backend of a 5-on-3 powerplay late in the third period.  The Jackets had three power play opportunities, including the 5 on 3,  in the third period alone, while the Stars did not receive a man advantage power play in the entire game.

Billy Kiray III led the offense with a goal and an assist. Zachary Wilcox scored the other Stars goal. And Joshua Coffee, Caden Lindo Canfield and Reid West picked up assists. Ian Amaranto suffered the loss in goal, turning aside 25 of the 28 shots he faced.

The pair of weekend road losses leaves the U15 Stars with an overall record of (4-5-0-1).

The U18 Stars, who were scheduled to face the U18 Blue Jackets this past weekend as well but had their games with the Blue Jacket postponed, and the U12 AAA Stars enjoyed an off-weekend.

Weekend Preview: Sept. 26 - 27

By DLG 09/25/2020, 3:45pm EDT

Stars 16U and 15U in Columbus to face Blue Jackets

The Esmark Stars U15 and U16 squads will be in Columbus, OH, this weekend (Sept. 26 & 27) to face the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets.

The U15 Stars (4-3-0-1) and U15 Blue Jackets (3-4-0-0) will square-off at 7:20 p.m. Saturday evening at the Easton Chiller.  The two squads will close the weekend with a 8:10 a.m. opening face-off at the Chiller North on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the U16 AAA Stars Midget Minor club (4-2-0-0)  will open the weekend series with the Blue Jackets (4-2-1-0) on Saturday with a 8:20 p.m. face-off at the Chiller North. They close the two-game tilt at the Chiller North on Sunday with a 9:55 a.m. face-off.

The U18 Stars (4-2-0-0) were scheduled to face the U18 Blue Jackets this weekend as well, but the games have been postponed.

The U12 AAA Stars (2-4-0-0) will enjoy an off weekend.

Weekend Recap: Sept. 18 - 20

By DLG 09/22/2020, 1:15am EDT

Stars Midgets (18U, 16U & 15U) Open League Play; U12s also in Action

This past weekend (Sept. 18 - 20), the Esmark Stars AAA Hockey program had four teams in action.

The U18, U16 & U15 Midget teams opened their respective 2020-2021 NAPHL league schedules in Blaine, MN, while the 12U Pee Wee Major team played four games in Columbus, OH.

The U15 Stars opened NAPHL league play with a 1-0 shutout of Michigan Hockey Advancement Friday morning.  Joshua Coffee scored the game's lone goal with a little over three minutes remaining in regulation. Braden Burkey picked up an assist. Ian Amaranto started the game in goal and stopped all 11 shots he faced. Andrew Krakora came on in relief in the third period after starter Amaranto was injured, stopping all four shots he faced to complete the shutout and earn the win in goal.

Later on Friday, the Stars dropped a tough 4-3 overtime / shootout decision to the Janesville Jets AAA squad. Zakary Wilcox scored a pair of goals and Nathan Burlando added a goal, while Billy Kiray III picked up a pair of assists. Andrew Krakora suffered the shootout loss in goal, stopping 33 of the 36 shots he faced in regulation and 3-on-3 overtime, as well as the first shot he faced in the sudden-death shootout. Janesville would win the shootout, and game, in the second round of shots.

On Saturday, the Stars rebounded with an offensive explosion, skating to a 9-2 win over the Colorado Springs Tigers.  Billy Kiray led the offense collecting a three-goal hat-trick.  Luke Yost (2G, 1A) added a pair of goals, while Joshua Coffee, Alexander Thomas and Caden Lindo-Canfield each added a goal and an assist, and Nathan Burlando a goal in the win.  Braden Burkey picked up three assists, while Zakary Wilcox collected two assists, and Robert Kelly, Chantz Watkins, and Reid West each picked up an assist. Andrew Krakora earned the win in goal, stopping 18 of the 20 shots he faced.

Esmark's U15 squad closed the opening NAPHL showcase on Sunday dropping a tough 3-1 decision to the the Minnesota Walleye.  Alexander Thomas scored a power-play in the first period to knot the score at 1-1 with an assist to Joshua Coffee. But the Walleye would score a pair of third period goals to get the win. Andrew Krakora earned the win in goal, stopping 25 of the 28 shots he faced.

With the 2-1-0-1 showing at NAPHL I, the U15 AAA Stars overall record improves to 4-3-0-1.

The U16 Stars opened the long weekend with a  7-1 win over the Arizona Bobcats Friday morning. Sebastian Vogt scored a three-goal hat-trick to pace the Stars scoring attack. Milan Levcenko added a pair of goals and Brody Simko (1G, 1A) and Joseph Pankowski each added a goal.  Chase Williams picked up a pair of assists, while Zachary Hixon, Shane Kozlina, Liam McClain, Logan Scanlon, and Tristan Lloyd each added an assist.  Blaise Becker earned the win in goal, stopping 17 of the 18 Bobcat shots he faced.

Later on Friday, the Stars would drop a 2-0 decision to the Minnesota Magicians Elite.  Nikita Volski suffered the loss in goal, stopping  15 of the 17 shots he faced.

On Saturday, the U16 Stars picked up a 5-1 win over Meijer AAA.  Brody Simko scored a three-goal hat-trick to pace the Stars scoring. While Logan Scanlon (1G, 1A) and Joseph Pankowski each scored a goal. Shane Kozlina (2A), Milan Levcenko, Zachary Hixon and Tristan Lloyd earned assists.  Blaise Becker earned the win in goal, stopping 17 of the 18 shots he faced.

Esmark's U16 closed the NAPHL showcase on Sunday with a 2-1 overtime/shootout win over the Minnesota Blue Ox.  Zachary Hixon knotted the score at 1-1 with four minutes remaining in regulation with assists to Austin Peterson and Chase Williams. And following a scoreless 3-on-3 overtime, Milan Levcenko would send the Stars home with a win, scoring in the second round of the sudden death shootout.  Nikita Volski earned the win in goal, stopping 40 of the 41 shots he faced in regulation and overtime.  He also stopped both Blue Ox shooters he faced in the shootout.

With the 3-1-0-0 showing at NAPHL I, the U16 AAA Stars overall record improves to 4-2-0-0.

The U18 Stars (1-1-0-0) open NAPHL league play with a 3-1 win over the Arizona Bobcats on Friday.  Defenseman Yahor Ramanau, Liam Varmecky and Zachary Stoner each scored a goal.  Egor Busygin, Hunter Fairman, Cole Mitchell, Shane Miller, Regan Kallis and Michael Felsing each earned an assist. Nathan Dickey stopped 13 of the 14 shots he faced to earn the win in goal, as the Stars outshot the Bobcats, 42-14.

Saturday morning the Stars would drop a tough 2-1 decision to Michigan Hockey Advancement.  Michael Felsing scored the Stars lone goal, a shorthanded goal, with assists from Brayden Morgan and Cole Mitchell. Ethan Isaly suffered the loss in goal, turning aside 18 of the 20 shots he faced in goal, as the Stars outshot MHA 42-20.

Saturday evening, the Stars returned to the win column with a 3-1 win over the Colorado Springs Tigers.  Liam Varmecky, Hunter Fariman and Michael Felsing scored for the Stars. Justin Mettrick, John Camp, Zachary Stoner and Dominic Dezort earned assists.  Nathan Dickey earned the win in goal stopping 30 of the 31 shots he faced.  For the game, Esmark outshot Colorado Springs, 33-31.

Esmark's U18 squad closed the NAPHL showcase with a 8-1 win over Canadian Prep School TRC Academy.  John Camp and Dominic Dezort each scored a three-goal hat-trick and added a pair of assists to collect five point games, with Camp scoring a pair of power-play goals and Dezort a shorthanded goal.  Michael Felsing (1G, 4A) and Miles Morris also scored goals for the Stars. Liam Varmeck (2A), Yahor Ramanau, Robbie Aranos, and Regan Kallis added assists.  Nathan Dickey earned the win in goal, turning aside 23 of the 24 shots he faced.

With the 3-1-0-0 showing at NAPHL I, the U18 AAA Stars overall record improves to 4-2-0-0.

Meanwhile, the U12 AAA Stars traveled to Columbus, OH for four games.

The U12 Stars dropped a pair of games, 9-5 and  3-0, to the 2008 Indy Fuel on Saturday.

In game one, Alex Patsilevas scored a three-goal hat-trick to pace the Stars offense.  Ryan Crouse (1G, 1A) and Sean Goodman also scored goals for the Stars, who had three goals waved off.  Chase Secriskey picked up a pair of assists.  Corbin Holt suffered the loss in goal.

In game two against the Fuel, Gio Scally would suffer the loss in goal, stopping 27 of 30 shots he faced in a 3-0 shut-out loss.

On Sunday, the Stars and Ohio AAA BlueJackets split a pair of games with the Blue Jackets winning 5-2 and the Stars taking game two 5-4.

In the 5-2 loss to the Blue Jackets, Alex Patsilevas and Ryan Crouse scored goals and  Gavin Grant and Chase Secriskey picked up assists.  Corbin Holt suffered the loss in goal. 

In the 5-4 win over the Blue Jackets, Ryan Crouse paced the offense with a three-goal hat-trick. Joe Moore III and Connor Stivers also scored goals.  Alex Patsilevas (3A), Chase Secriskey (2A), Gavin Grant, and Sean Goodman earned assists.  Gio Scally earned the win in goal, stopping 24 of 28 shots he faced in goal.

With the 1-3-0-0 four-game weekend, the U12 AAA Stars overall record dropped to 2-4-0-0.

Weekend Preview: Sept. 18 - 20

By DLG 09/17/2020, 12:05pm EDT

All Esmark Stars AAA Teams in Action

The Esmark Stars AAA Hockey program will have all four teams in action this upcoming weekend.

The Stars Midget teams (U15, U16 and U18) will all be in Blaine, MN, Sept. 18-20, to kickoff 2020-2021 NAPHL (North American Prospects Hockey League) league play.

The U15 Stars (2-2-0-0) open NAPHL league play with a pair of games on Friday. First up is Michigan Hockey Advancement (0-1-0-0), 8:30 a.m.  Later that day, the Stars will face-off against the Janesville (WI) Jets (0-0-0-0) at 2:30 p.m. On Saturday, the U15 Stars face the Colorado Springs Tigers (0-2-0-0) with a 2:00 p.m. opening face-off.  Esmark's U15 squad closes the NAPHL showcase on Sunday with a 7:30 a.m. game against the Minnesota Walleye (0-1-0-0).

The U16 Stars (1-1-0-0) also open NAPHL league play with a pair of games on Friday. First up is Arizona Bobcats (0-0-0-0), 10:00 a.m.  Later that day, the Stars will face-off against the Minnesota Magicians Elite (0-0-0-0) at 6:30 p.m.  On Saturday, the U16 Stars face Meijer (MI) AAA (0-0-0-0) with a 10:45 a.m. opening face-off.  Esmark's U16 squad closes the NAPHL showcase on Sunday with a 11:00 a.m. game against the Minnesota Blue Ox (0-0-0-0).

The U18 Stars (1-1-0-0) open NAPHL league play with a 12:00 p.m. face-off against the Arizona Bobcats (0-1-0-0) on Friday. The U18 Stars return to action on Saturday for a pair of games.  First up is Michigan Hockey Advancement (5-0-0-0) at 8:30 a.m.  Later that day, the Stars will face-off against the Colorado Springs Tigers (0-3-0-0) at 6:00 p.m.  Esmark's U18 squad closes the NAPHL showcase on Sunday with a 9:15 a.m. game against Canadian Prep School TRC Academy (0-0-0-0).

Meanwhile, the U12 AAA Stars will travel to Columbus, OH for four games this upcoming weekend, Sept. 19 & 20.

The U12 Stars (1-1-0-0) will square-off with a pair of games against the 2008 Indy Fuel AAA (0-0-0-0) on Saturday.  Game times are set for 12:30 and 5:20 p.m. at the Chiller Ice Works.

On Sunday, the Stars and Ohio AAA BlueJackets (1-1-1-0) U12 squads will hook-up in a double header.  Game times are set for 8:00 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. at the Chiller North.

Recap: Esmark Stars Sept. 12 - 13

By DLG 09/16/2020, 1:15pm EDT

U12 and U15 Stars split series'

This past weekend (Sept. 12 & 13), the Esmark Stars AAA Hockey 12U team kicked-off the 2020-2021 season with a trip to Cleveland, OH, to face the Cleveland Barons.

On Saturday, the Stars skated to a 7-1 win.  Alex Patsilevas (2G, 1 A) and Joseph Moore III each found the back of the net twice, with both of Patsilevas' goals coming on the power play and one of Moore's goals coming while the Stars were shorthanded.  Chase Secirskey (1G, 3A), Ryan Crouse (1G, 1A) and Canyon Hines (1G, 1A) also scored goals. Sean Goodman added an assist.  Giovanni Scally stopped 24 of 25 shots he faced to earn the win in goal.

On Sunday, the Barons flipped the script, skating to a 4-2 win in a very physical game.  Chase Secriskey (2G) scored both Stars goals, each on the power play. Alex Patsilevas (2A) and Ryan Crouse added assists.  Corbin Holt suffered the loss in goal, allowing 3 goals in the 37 shots he faced.  The Barons would add an empty net goal to close the scoring.

Meanwhile, the U15 AAA Stars split their weekend series with the Rochester Americans.

On Saturday, the Americans skated to a 4-2 win. Nathan Burlando and Caden Lindo-Canfield scored for the Stars. Robert Kelly, Jonathan Burkhart and Chantz Watkins picked up assists. Ian Amaranto suffered the loss in goal.

On Sunday, the Stars picked up a 3-2 win and split of the weekend series.  Caden Lindo-Canfield (1G, 1A), William Kiray III and Rory Shegan Siniawski scored for the Stars.  Lindo-Canfield's tally came on the power play.  Alexander Thomas (2A) and Chantz Watkins picked up assists in the game.  Andrew Krakora stopped 19 of the 21 shots he faced and earned the win in goal.  The weekend split evens the Stars U15 squad's record at 2-2-0-0.

The U16 and U18 AAA Stars enjoyed an off weekend.

Esmark Stars U12 Set to Open Season

By DLG 09/11/2020, 12:30am EDT

Stars and Barons Pee Wee Major Squads Set for Weekend Series

This upcoming weekend (Sept. 12 & 13), the Esmark Stars AAA Hockey U12 club will kick-off their season with a trip to Cleveland, OH, to face the Cleveland Barons and begin the 2020-2021 regular season.

On Saturday, Sept. 12, the Pee Wee Major squads will face-off at 7:30 p.m. at the OMB Arena in Strongsville, OH. 

On Sunday, Sept. 13, the two 2008 squads close the weekend series with a 9:20 a.m. start in Strongsville.

The Stars Midget teams (U15, U16 and U18), will all enjoy the weekend off.   All three midget teams opened the season last weekend splitting a two-games series in Cleveland with the Barons.

Recap: Esmark Stars Sept. 5 - 6

By DLG 09/09/2020, 11:00pm EDT

Stars and Barons Split

This past weekend (Sept. 5 & 6), the Esmark Stars AAA Hockey program kicked-off their 36th season with a trip to Cleveland, OH, as the U15, U16 and U18 Stars took to the road to face the Cleveland Barons and begin the 2020-2021 regular season.

The U15 Barons skated to a 3-1 win over the Stars to kick-off the triple header on Saturday.  Robert Kelly scored for the Stars and William Kiray III earned the lone assist.  Ian Amaranto suffered the loss in goal, turning aside 25 of the 28 shots he faced.

On Sunday the Stars  returned  the favor as Caden Lindo Canfield scored a late third period goal and Esmark's U15 squad earned their first win of the season, 1-0.  Davis Phanco and Robert Kelly picked up assists. Andrew Krakora earned the win and shutout in goal, stopping all 29 shots he faced.

At the U16 level, the Barons captured a 2-0 shutout win on Saturday.  Blaise Becker suffered the loss in goal, stopping 29 of 31 shots he faced.  On Sunday, Esmark's U16 squad picked up their initial win of the season as they skated to a 5-0 shutout win over the Barons.  Brody Simko, scored twice, Milan Levcenko added a goal and an assist, and Joe Pankowski and Liam McClain each added goals.  Shane Kozlina recorded three assists, and Zach Hixon, Sebastian Vogt, Jacob Meier and Austin Peterson each added an assist. Blaise Becker evened his record and earned the win and shutout in goal, stopping all 36 shots he faced.

The U18 Stars opened the weekend series with a 4-2 win over the Barons.  Shane Miller and Dominic Dezort each scored a goal and an assist. Yahor Ramanau and Keith Smilowitz each added a goal. Michael Felsing recorded a pair of assists, and Justin Mettrick and John Camp added assists. Nathan Dickey earned the win in goal stopping 14 of the 16 shots he faced.  On Sunday, the Barons turned the tables and skated to a 3-2 win.  Hunter Fairman and John Camp scored goals for the Stars. Michael Felsing, Dominic Dezort and Cole Mitchell picked up assists. Ethan Isaly suffered the loss in goal, stopping 10 of 13 shots he faced. 

The U12 Esmark Stars enjoyed the weekend off.  They open their 2020-2021 season this weekend, Sept. 12 & 13, in Cleveland against the Barons.

Esmark Ready to Kick-Off 36th Season

By DLG 09/03/2020, 6:30pm EDT

Stars and Barons Midget Squads Set for Weekend Series

This upcoming weekend, Sept. 5 & 6, the Esmark Stars AAA Hockey program will kick-off their 36th season with a trip to Cleveland, OH, as the U15, U16 and U18 Stars teams take to the road to face the Cleveland Barons and begin the 2020-2021 regular season.

On Saturday the U15 squads will get things started at 3:00 p.m. The middle game of  Saturday's triple-header will feature the Stars and Barons U16 squads, with a 5:30 p.m. opening face-off.  The Midget Major, U18, squads will bring the day to a close with an 8:00 p.m. tilt.

On Sunday, Sept. 6, the U15 squads get the day started with a 9:45 a.m. start.  The U16s then take to the ice for a 12:15 p.m. clash.  The U18s will close the weekend series with a 2:45 p.m. face-off.

The games will be played at the Barons Bus Arena in suburban Cleveland.

The U12 Esmark Stars will enjoy the weekend off.  They open their 2020-2021 season the following weekend, Sept. 12 & 13, in Cleveland against the Barons

Stars Add Former Player / Pro to Coaching Staff

By DLG 09/01/2020, 6:30pm EDT

Nilan Nagy Joins Staff as Skills Coach

The Esmark Stars AAA Hockey Organization are proud to announce the addition of former Stars player Nilan Nagy to their coaching staff.

Nagy, who will be working as a skills coordinator / coach with all of Esmark's teams, was an assistant captain of the 2007-08 U16 Stars and helped lead the club to the USA Hockey National Championships.

After midget hockey, Nagy went on to play a season for the Traverse City North Stars of the NAHL and the following season with the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL.

Post Junior hockey, he played Division I Hockey for four years at Holy Cross University. 

After graduating from Holy Cross, Nagy spent a couple of seasons in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) with the Alaska Aces and Wheeling Nailers.

He then moved on to play professional hockey in Europe and spent the past four seasons with Újpesti Torna Egylet (UTE) in Budapest, Hungary in the Erste Liga.

The Covid-19 Pandemic has kept Nagy States-side. 

"We are delighted to add Nilan to our staff," said Stars General Manager Dave Kosick. "His progression from Midget hockey through the NAHL and USHL to NCAA Division I Hockey and then professional hockey is a great story."

"He will be able to not only work with our players on their hockey skills," Kosick added.  "But perhaps more importantly, he will be a great resource for our players and organization to discuss and understand the nuances of the pathways from amateur hockey to Junior, Collegiate and Professional hockey."

Pazo Signs Tender with Danbury

By DLG 06/23/2020, 1:45pm EDT

18U Forward Commits to NAHL Club

Pittsburgh, PA - The Esmark Stars AAA Hockey Club of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) are pleased to announce that 18U forward Edward Pazo has signed a North American Hockey League (NAHL) tender agreement with the Danbury (CT) Jr. Hat Tricks.

A native of Jefferson Hills, PA, the 17-year old junior at Thomas Jefferson High School has skated for the Stars for a pair of seasons.

During the 2019-20 season, Pazo (6'3", 200 lbs.) registered 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists) in 16 regular season NAPHL games and 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists) in five NAPHL Dixon Cup Playoff games for the U18 AAA Stars. Overall, Pazo registered 92 points (33 goals, 59 assists), including 13 power play goals and a +57 plus/minus rating on the season in 62 games played, helping lead Esmark’s Midget Major squad to the Mid-American District Championship and a spot as District Champions in the 2020 USA Hockey 18U Tier I National Championships.

During the 2018-19 season, Pazo registered 16 points (6 goals, 6 assists), including 3 power play goals, in 15 NAPHL regular season games and 7 points (1 goal, 6 assist) in four NAPHL Dixon Cup Playoff games for the Stars U16 AAA squad. Overall, Pazo registered 57 points (25 goals, 32 assists), including 3 power play goals, in 53 games played for Esmark.

"With Ed's size and production, quite a few teams had expressed interest in securing his junior rights," said Esmark 18U head coach Dave Kosick. "His shot velocity combined with his net front presence and ability to find scoring chances will certainly give him an opportunity to flourish at the next level."

Pazo is the seventh player from the 2019-2020 U18 AAA squad to sign a tender with an NAHL club and the eighth overall Esmark Stars U18 player to sign a Junior A tender for the upcoming 2020-2021 season. He joins teammates Alex Walker, forward, Wichita Falls Warriors; Lane Ruffner, defenseman, Wichita Falls Warriors; Ryder Brophy, forward, Lone Star Brahmas; Connor Strobel, goaltender, Johnston Tomahawks; Dustin Geregach, defenseman, Johnston Tomahawks; and Tyler Stewart, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs, who all had previously signed NAHL tenders for this upcoming season, as well as Danny Mitchell, goaltender, who signed with the Worcester Jr. Railers, of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL).

The Jr. Hat Tricks skated as the Wilkes Barre / Scranton, PA, Knights last season but have relocated to Danbury beginning with the 2020-2021 season.  The team, which will remain in the NAHL's Eastern Division, will play out of the Danbury Arena. Former NAHL standout Billy McCreary is the Jr. Hat Tricks head coach.

In addition to the Jr. Hat Tricks, the NAHL East Division also includes: Jamestown Rebels (Jamestown, NY), Johnstown Tomahawks (Johnstown, PA), Maine Nordiques (Lewiston, ME), Maryland Black Bears (Odenton, MD), New Jersey Titans (Middletown, NJ), and Northeast Generals (Attleboro, MA).