2007 Empire State Games Men's Recaps


DAY 4 : Central 8, Adirondack 7       Central wins Silver Medal

In-depth Game Report      

First quarter:
Adirondack scored the first and only two goals of the first quarter to take the 2-0 lead into the second quarter. Scoring were John Olsen and Matthew Crimmins.

Second quarter:
Central outscored ADK 3-2 in the second quarter to bring the game to within one goal. Scoring for Central were Fetterly with 2 goals and Luke Cometti. McKinney and Bradman scored the ADK goals. One more goal for Central and Western will be assured either the bronze or the silver.

Third quarter:
Each team scored two goals in the third quarter bringing the score to 6-5 Adirondack. Leading the scoring for Central is Fetterly with 3 goals and for ADK is Olsen with 2 goals and D'Amario with 2 assists.

Fourth quarter
Central scored three goals to ADK's one to win the game in the final quarter and to win the Silver medal for the games. As a result Western also wins the Bronze medal with a 3-2 record.

Box Score . . . Game on Sunday - 07/29 at 10AM . . . Courtesy Coach Paul Wilson, SportsFive.net

DAY 3 : Long Island 12, Central 7

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First quarter:
Central took the opening face-off with a technical win, but it didnít help as neither team scored a goal on their first offensive possession. With 7:57 remaining, Long Island attackman, Jeff Cohen received a penalty for slashing giving Central a man up. Tim Rommel drove to the cage, causing the defense to slide up which gave Rob Grimm an opportunity to come from behind the cage and catch a high pass for the open goal.

On the ensuing face-off Long Island won on a technical and took the ball down to their offensive end where Brian Smalley took a hard shot from the outside, goalie right, and placed his shot hip side off stick. During the next face-off the ball stayed loose for a number a seconds and key ground bal by Mike Poppleton gave Central the ball. John Greely passed the ball inside to Zac Guy who took a step and shot the ball behind his back on a hard top shelf shot past AJ Fiore. Central took a 2-1 lead.

Long Island won the next face-off when Zach Pall picked up his own ground ball After a couple of time around the outside, Long Islandís attack struck again. Tom Palasek had the ball behind and looked to an open Connor English who was sitting on the crease waiting for a hard feed.

With the score tied at two, long stick Jake Smith of Central took the ball down and placed a hard shot on Steven Rastivo, but Rastivo came up with the save. On the clear attempt Central had strong pressure and forced Long Island to call a time-out to keep the ball. With less than 0:03 on the clock, Matthew Gibson backed the ball into the restraining line and after a plant and spin, put a blazing side-arm shot to the upper right corner. The first corner finished with Long Island ahead 3-2.

Second quarter:
The beginning of the second quarter started with the assessment of a three-minute non-releasable stick penalty on Long Island attackman Jeff Cohen. Central began with the ball but Long Island defenseman Keenan Oschwat intercepted a pass by John Greely and took the ball all the way to the other side of the field and scored a point blank man-down goal for Long Island. On the next face-off Long Island won on a technical and quickly passed the ball back to the restraining line and Matthew Cannone. Cannone ran the ball straight to the cage to score Long Islandís second man-down goal.

Long Island won the next face-off and brought the ball down to their offensive end behind the cage to remove some time from the clock and release the penalty. Centralís Ryan Barber gets a flag down push and Long Island was even, but not for long. Just as Barber was being released, John Conneely received another flag for slashing.

Long Island was able to work out a double man-down situation and at 8:00 everyone was all-even. At 6:57, Centralís Rommel and Fetterly were assessed slashing and off sides penalties. Central worked out the first off-sides penalty but Long Island scored during the slashing penalty. Cohen and Gibson ran down in parallel towards the goal and Gibson passed the ball across to Cohen who took a hard shot from the twenty yard line.

Less than two minutes later Central scored taking the score to 6-3 in favor of Long Island. Centralís John Greely made his second assist of the game on a back to front feed to Luke Cometti. Cometti fired the blazing side arm shot stick-side high past Rastivo. Long Island scored again 0:40 later when Brian Smalley drove in from goalie left and shot stick side low on goalie AJ Fiore. Long Island was up 7-3 lead going into halftime. The last three minutes of the half were back and forth play with Long Island taking 2 shots (1 on cage) and Central taking 6 shots (3 on cage).

Third quarter:
Central began the third quarter man-up as Jeff Cohen was assessed another slashing call at the conclusion of the second quarter. Only 0:25 into the quarter, Rob Grimm found Zac Guy on the opposite side crease. Grimmís pass was low, but Guy dropped down and caught the ball at his feet and finished the goal to take Central to 7-4. On the next face-off Pall picked up his own ground ball and brought the ball down to Cohen.

Palasek took a shot that missed wide and Jeff Cohen picked up the ground ball and had a quick shot past Fiore. Long Island won the next face-off with Pall picking up another of his own groundballs. The next goal was at 6:49 as McDonough fed from the outside to Conneely on the inside during an extra-man opportunity.

The next face-off found Conneely picking up the ground ball and running down to the restraining line where he found Jeff Cohen open on the twenty yard line. Cohen placed a hard side-arm shot and scored his third of the game. Central won the face-off on a technical, but could not capitalize.

Long Island received an unsportsmanlike conduct and a crosscheck penalty and Central received an unnecessary roughness. At 4:09, Long Island was assessed a slash penalty but Central could not capitalize and lost the ball only 20 seconds into man up. After the clear, Central received a slashing penalty before the Long Island penalty was released. Central got the ball back and attempted to stall out their penalty.

With 2:20 remaining and Central stalling for the penalty the score was 10-4 Long Island. Three penalties were assessed At 1:55; an unsportsmanlike conduct for Long Island, a hold for Central and a slash for Central. Central got the ball after the penalties and scored as Greely stepped into the slot and scored. The score after three quarters was 10-5 Long Island.

Fourth quarter
Almost five minutes passed penalty free at the top of the fourth quarter before Mike Fetterly (Central) was called for slashing. Long Islandís Francis McDonough shot an outside side-arm into the upper corner at 6:01.

At 5:09 and after after two more Long Island penalties, Centralís Rob Grimm fed back to front to Zac Guy who scored his third of the game on double man-up. The ensuing face-off was won on a technical by Central and after going back and forth for a couple minutes, two more penalties were given, one for each team. An offside call (Fetterly) and an unnecessary roughness for Long Island. Central received the ball and Rob Grimm scored one of his own from a Greely assist. The final goal of the game was scored with 0:17 remaining in the game when Long Islandís Daniel Savage scored.

At the face-off Mike Poppleton and Zach Pall took all twenty of the draws. Each athlete was 10/20. Additionally eight draws were decided by technical, with each player winning four that way.

In the cage AJ Fiore played the entire game for Central facing 21 shots and recording 9 saves (43%). John Carroll and Steven Rastivo split time at the half for Long Island. Carroll faced 10 shots with 6 saves (60%) and Rastivo faced 9 shots with 6 saves (67%).

Overall the game was a great example of hard work and dedication. At the same time, it was a game that got out of hand. In the beginning of the game the penalties were few and far between, with the officials allowing the kids to play, but as the game moved on it became apparent that they were getting out of hand and that is when the penalties started to mount.

With this victory Long Island takes the Gold medal. The games on Sunday are still important to many teams in the running for the Silver and Bronze medals.

Box Score . . . Game on Saturday - 07/28 at 6:30 . . . Courtesy Coach Paul Wilson, SportsFive.net

DAY 2 : Central 11, Western 8

In-depth Game Report      

First quarter:
Six different athletes scored the six different goals during the first quarter as the two teams found themselves tied at 3-3. The first three shots that Central took were all their three goals, while Western's were more spread out.

Second quarter:
The second quarter was full of back and forth scoring. Rob Grimm and Zac Guy were 1g-2a and 2g-1a respectively and are leading the Central team. Pierotti leads the Western team with 2g along with Norris with 2a. Overall, it is a close game that looks like it will go down to the wire. Central scored the 6th go-ahead goal with only 0:07 left on the clock.

Third quarter:
Central outscored Western 2-1 to increase their lead to two (8-6). Zach Guy 3g-2a leads Central, while Pierotti 2g leads Western.

Fourth quarter
Central continued its offense winning 3-2. Central scored the first three goals of the final quart with goals from Fetterly, Greely and Guy. Rich scored at 1:22 and Resetarits at 0:33 for Western. Overall Central played a good pased game and in the end it payed off for them. Central remains undefeated at 3-0 and Western falls to 1-2.

Box Score . . . Game on Friday - 07/27 at 4:45 . . . Courtesy Coach Paul Wilson, SportsFive.net

DAY 2 : Central 13, New York City 7

In-depth Game Report      

First quarter:
NYC scored the first two goals of the game and controlled most of the pace of the quarter. Central scored a late goal with 0:18 remaining to bring the game back within one goal. Fetterly scored the lone goal for Central, while Margolis and VanBourgondien scored for NYC. NYC led the shooting with 14 shots to Centrals 6.

Second quarter:
Central scored the first two goals of the half to take the 3-2 lead, but NYC came back strong with three of their own for the 5-3 lead at halftime. The best goal of the quarter came as VanBourgondien beat a double team on the outside to score with NYC man-down at 2:13. Fetterly added two more in the second quarter and has scored all of the Central goals in the first half. Central picked up the shooting in the second quarter leading 10-6.

Third quarter:
Central exploded in the third quarter scoring 7 goals and holding NYC to 1 double-extra-man goal. Central scored all seven goals in the last 5:00 of the quarter. Scoring two goals each were Barber, Ianzito and Grimm. Fetterly added one more to make his game total four.

Fourth quarter
Central added three more goals in the fourth quarter to cement their win and move their record to 2-0 going into their game with Western in the afternoon session. Fetterly added his fifth goal as he led all scorers in the game.

Box Score . . . Game on Friday - 07/27 at 9AM . . . Courtesy Coach Paul Wilson, SportsFive.net

DAY 1 : Central 11, Hudson Valley 6

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First quarter:
After Hudson Valley scored the first goal of 2007 Games, Central came back to score the next two. After a late extra-man opportunity the score was 2-1 after the first. Scoring for Central were Cook (1g), Fetterly (1-1) and Rommel (1a). Scoring for Hudson Valley were Morell (1g) and Ferguson (1a).

Second quarter:
Central scored three goals in less than 1 minute with three quick fast-break type goals. The first coming off a quick back and forth play with the shot on the crease. The second after a goalie save with the loose ball on the crease and the final coming off a face-off fast-break where the drive came all the way around the back of the cage. Central continued their streak from the first quarter and scored seven straight before Hudson scored their two goals of the quarter. Each of the goals were scored by different players for both teams.

Third quarter:
Each team scored two goals in this back and forth quarter. For Central Fetterly (2g-1a) and Grimm (2g) lead the pack while for Hudson Valley Marasco (3g) leads his team. Although there were four penalties in the quarter no one scored on extra-man.

Fourth quarter
Central added two more goals in the final quarter to cement their win. Leading the charge for Central was Mike Fetterly who ended the game with 4g-1a.

Box Score . . . Game on Thu - 07/26 at 3 PM . . . Courtesy Coach Paul Wilson, SportsFive.net