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Holy Cross hockey cruises past Iona

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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Holy Cross forward Steven Cacchioli knew that his team needed to be more aggressive.

Having dropped two consecutive games, the team was desperate to get back on the winning side, and Cacchioli, a captain, blamed the team’s recent losses on a lack of aggression.

So, he stepped up and drilled two goals to lead the Knights to a 3-1 win over Iona Prep on Jan. 11. The Knights (CHSHL 5-4-0) were dominant through the game, resulting in a 33-23 shots-on-goal advantage.

“We wanted to get to a quick start. We didn’t want them getting momentum,” Cacchioli said. “We knew we were the better team and we wanted to take it to them.”

At the end of the first period, the Knights were in a tough position, but Cacchioli’s aggressive shot selection paid off.
Tied at 1-1, the Knights Vincent Cennamo was sent to the penalty box and Iona Prep (CHSHL 1-10-1) was on a 5-on-4 power play.

Despite the disadvantage, Cacchioli was able to steal the puck, stick handle through defenders and net a goal with 59 seconds remaining in the first period, giving the Knights a 2-1 lead.

“He (Cacchioli) played fantastic today,” coach Kevin Leonard said. “He played really well and took some good shots.”

The Knights stayed aggressive and with just 18 seconds into the second period, forward Joe DeMarco scored a goal, expanding the lead to 3-1.

“We wanted to dictate the pace, we did a good job ending the period and starting off strong,” Cacchioli said.

The Knights controlled the puck through the rest of the game and didn’t allow Iona to score again.




Sports Star: Theodore Gallucci, forward, St. Francis Prep, hockey team

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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Name: Theodore Gallucci
School: St. Francis Preparatory School
Grade: Senior
Sport: Hockey
Position: Forward/ Center

Theodore Gallucci is a senior forward on the St. Francis Preparatory High School hockey team. Gallucci has helped the team to a 3-1 record, as of Jan. 6. He scored a goal in the team’s most recent game against Xaverian, on Dec. 27, helping his team to win, 4-3. While being a productive member of the team, Gallucci maintains a 92 percent academic average and has been an active member of the school’s Model United Nations organization since his sophomore year. The organization holds conferences to talk about real issues with foreign countries and allows students to meet with other schools’ Model UN groups. Gallucci also knows American Sign Language, which he uses to communicate with his grandparents, who are deaf. Gallucci has already been accepted to Iona College, but has not decided where he will enroll.

Why do you play hockey?
“I had been playing roller hockey for about 11 or 12 years. Right before high school my mom encouraged me to play ice hockey. I ended up making the team and I wasn’t that good, but worked hard. I chose hockey over other sports because it appealed to me.”

If you couldn’t play hockey in the future, what would you do?
“If I couldn’t do hockey I would try to be involved in something else, maybe crew (rowing) or anything that involves a team. It gives you a chance to bond with people. It’s fun and it’s good to see your team succeed.”

What is your favorite class?
“I enjoy a lot of things. I like AP European History and CAD (Computer Aided Design) class. It’s a lot of architecture and design. You have a lot of options and you can get creative with it.”

What did you learn from being on the Model UN?
“It brought me out of my shell. I used to be a shy person, and being in the Model UN I am more comfortable speaking around people. I also learned how to research things better.”

Is it hard to balance both Model UN and hockey?
“I play hockey at least twice a week and I have a meeting with model UN once a week. It gets tight sometimes.”

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Players take to the ice for midnight hockey in LIC

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Charles Osborn


While most people are getting ready to settle in for the evening, Mark West, 35, checks his pads and tape, and laces up his ice skates for an 8:30 p.m. hockey game.

West, a graphic designer by day, plays ice hockey with the Red Hawks, one of the many adult hockey teams that play late at night at the City Ice Pavilion in Long Island City.

West lives in Brooklyn, but has been playing hockey since he was a teenager in Hillsboro, New Jersey, where rinks are not nearly as difficult to come across as in the city. So he goes at night once a week to enjoy the sport of his youth, despite the awkward timing.

“If you put on skates and try it, you know why,” West said. “You fall in love with it instantly.”

The adult hockey leagues bring men of all ages and backgrounds, almost all of whom work full-time, to play night ice hockey, with games that start as late as 10 p.m.

Teams are broken into divisions according to relative skill level, with Division 1 representing the facility’s elite and Division 4 catering to those who are not as competitive.

But experience doesn’t matter so long as you fit into the accepting, respectful culture.

The players’ rabid desire to skate, pass and shoot is what binds them, and is what keeps a fraternal atmosphere in the facility.

“Everyone who plays in the league is friends with almost everyone else,” said Patrick Jones, the adult hockey coordinator at the facility. “Each division is highly competitive, some more than others, but everybody is mostly focused on development and ice time.”

Most of the players’ backgrounds are completely different. But when they are on the ice they all become hockey players.

“It’s interesting to see investment bankers playing on the same team with guys who can hardly afford equipment,” Jones said. “Everyone feels at home here.”

The league costs $4,845 for a 10-game season, which includes a single elimination playoff for those teams skilled enough to make it. The matter of equipment is as fraternal as the sport itself — much of it is donated and shared throughout the hockey community.

“We make this gear available to customers at no cost and encourage brand new players to come skate in our gear before committing to the sport,” Jones said.

The men play for the fun of it, and for the opportunity to prove to themselves that they are the best in their division. There are no big contracts and at least on most nights, no fans. But occasionally a girlfriend may appear.

Nina Iyala, whose boyfriend, Steven Williams, plays on the Red Hawks, recently attended a game to cheer on her man. The couple is from Rockland County, but Williams was asked to play in Queens by a friend.

“They love hockey so much they jumped at the chance,” she said.

Nick Raz, an electrician who also plays for the Red Hawks, came to play midnight hockey from Rockland County as well. He returns home at 11:30 p.m. after games.

“We all try to play as much as we can, which usually works out to about four times per week,” Raz said. “I’m going to play until my knees give out.”