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The Royals showed no signs of rust coming off a two-week period between games, the longest hiatus of the 2012-13 regular season. In a repeat of the season-opening weekend for Long Island, the Royals shut down the New York Saints with wins of 9-3 and 6-2 last weekend to maintain their status as the only unbeaten team in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League.

The Saints had come into the series with double the amount of wins from last season, but the Royals potent offense proved to be too much for both of their goaltenders. The Royals lit up Matt Lipsky for eight goals in two periods in Saturday's contest at Dix Hills Ice Arena, proving that their top line of Anthony Koslow, JT Hall and Jake Bichko is the best in the MJHL. Hall had a hat trick in the first period to send the Royals into the locker room with a 5-1 lead they never relinquished. He also earned Mutual of Omaha Player of the Game honors. 

Long Island's defense kept the home crowd excited, killing four penalties in the second period. The second frame also ended ended with defenseman Eric Jacobsen's first goal of the season, a penalty shot he lifted over Lipsky's right shoulder. 

Backup goalie Trevor Von Kampen saw more action than he had all season for the Royals, making 15 saves in 30 minutes of work after coming on in relief of starter Corey Cairo. Tyler Stark also entered the game in net for the Saints in the second period and stopped all but one of the nine shots he faced in 20 minutes.

Both teams quickly made the trip up to Monsey, N.Y. on Sunday morning for the second game of the weekend home at home series. Royals goals from Bichko and Kyle Twining as well as Saints scores from Michael Gillespie and Tyler Garcia created a tie score in the final minute of the second period. With the threat of suffering their first loss of the season, Bichko and Andrew Veglucci set the Royals' offense in motion. Both scored less than a minute apart to make 4-2 heading into the third period.    

Royals defenseman Jeremy Beger scored in the third period for his second goal in as many games, while Corey Cairo finished the 6-2 victory with 28 saves. The Royals outshout the Saints 42-30, with Stark making 36 saves for Pete Gillespie's Saints.

   The New York Junior Titans will face the Royals in a pair of games at Dix Hills Ice Arena. Saturday's game is scheduled for 8:50 p.m. and puck drop for Sunday's contest will be 2 p.m. The Titans are second in the Mullen Division with 18 points and an overall record of 9—4, which also makes them the second best team in the MJHL. 

Saturday night will be Pink the Rink night at Dix Hills Ice Arena. Players from the girl's hockey team, the Lady Islanders, will be collecting a $5 admission for fans to raise money for breast cancer research.


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The Metropolitan Junior Hockey League has announced the three  “Stars of the Week” selections for the opening weeks of the season.

Week of 9-23-12

3rd Star    Anthony Koslow - Koslow, a second year player for Head Coach Ken Hoey and the Long Island Royals picked up 8 points (3G 5A) over three Long Island victories in the MJHL Kickoff Showcase, making the Royals a perfect five for five to begin the 2012-2013 season. After a quiet weekend against the Saints, Koslow picked up 2 points (1G 1A) against the Cyclones, 3 points (2G 1A) against Walpole and registered 3 assists against Cranston. "Kos had a great weekend for us," commented Hoey. "Since his great play in the Junior National Tournament last year, it seems like his confidence is growing every week and it is showing in his play.",

Honorable Mention:  Michael Cartwright

Week of  9-20-12

1st Star  Jake Bichko - Bichko paced the Royals MJHL leading offense with 6 points (5G 1A) over the weekend in keeping the Royals perfect on the year with victories over the Metro Moose (4-3) and the rival New Jersey Rockets (7-4), registering a natural hat trick against the Rockets. The Melville native registered the game winning goals for both games and added a pair of special teams goals to his season totals as his big weekend vaulted the forward to the top of the MJHL scoring leaderboard.

Honorable Mention:  Corey Cairo  &  JT Hall

Week of 10-8-12

Honorable Mention:  Jake Bichko,  JT Hall  & Zach Zaroba

Posted in: Team News
09

One month into the 2012-13 season, the Long Island Royals have played more games this season than any team in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League. They have yet to lose a single one.

The Royals continued their scoring assault during their three wins in Hudson New Hampshire's Cyclones Arena. They outshot their opponents by a combined margin of 101-52. All three wins were earned in different fashion including a shutout, one-goal margin and double digit scoring afternoon. 

Each team had a season low two power plays in the Royals' 7-0 win against the New Jersey Renegades on Friday. Anthony Koslow and JT Hall assisted on the first two goals of the second period that blew the game open. Both finished the game with three assists while Jake Bichko registered a hat trick by scoring two goals against Renegades starter Luke Frawley and the other one against Ben Wykosky.

Corey Cairo continued to be a workhorse in the net for Long Island, making 11saves in the shutout. Patrick Cavanuagh saw late game action for the second time this season, steering away three more Renegades shots.   

The Central Penn Panthers were the next team to fall to the Royals, surrendering goals to three different players in a 3-2 Royals win. A goal by Panthers' Dominic Brenza tied the score midway through the second period, but Zach Zaroba's unassisted goal late in the second period proved to be the difference in the game. 

Cairo had 16 saves out of the 18 shots he faced to preserve the win.

Yesterday's 11-3 victory came against the winless Washington Junior Nationals, who were coming off a 7-1 thumping against the New York Metro Moose. Much like

Saturday's shutout, all of the Royals' goals came in the first and second period. 

The Nationals scored two out of their three goals on the power play and had trimmed the Royals' lead to 4-3 with two scores by Sean Devarennes. But Long Island put the puck behind Nationals goaltender Michael Devynck for their 10th straight win to stay atop the league and Mullen Division. Zaroba had a game high three assists and had two goals. Kyle Twining and Bichko had a pair of scores each. Bichko continues to own the league scoring title with 17 goals.

The Royals' 11 goals were the highest total by the Royals since the second game of the season when they defeated the New York Saints in a road contest on September 16. 

The Royals will host the Saints on October 20 at Dix Hills Ice Arena in a rematch of the season opener. 

Story by Kevin McCall

Posted in: Team News
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Saturday evening October 27th the Long Island Jr. Royals will Pink the Rink to help bring awareness and raise donations for Breast Cancer Awareness month.  

Players from the girls ice hockey teams Lady Islanders will be on hand to collect a $5 admission from fans to watch  the Jr. Royals take on the New Jersey Titans in a Metropolitan Junior Hockey League game.   Raffles and other fund raising items will be available.

Special attraction between the first and second period will feature a shoot out event with players from the Lady Islanders 12U team.

Posted in: Team News
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One week ago forward Jake Bichko led the league in scoring as a member of an undefeated Long IslandRoyals team. Bichko and his team remain in the same position after two more wins this weekend. 

Bichko's stellar weekend began when he scored the game-winning goal in a 4-3 win against the New York Metro Fighting Moose on Saturday. The contest was a back and forth affair until the third period when forward JT Hall scored a goal fewer than three minutes into the final frame. Moose forward Derek Caruso put one past Royals goalie Corey Cairo to make it 3-2 about seven minutes into the third, but Hall assisted on the game's final two Royals goals that followed. 

The New Jersey Rockets hung around in yesterday's battle of unbeaten teams at Dix Hills Ice Arena. The Rockets had beaten previously undefeated New Jersey Titans on the road late Saturday night, but showed no signs of jet lag yesterday afternoon. The team's dynamic duo of Jeremy Bracco and Nolan Aibel connected for a short handed goal to break a scoreless tie after Aibel fed Bracco. The Royals countered quickly with four goals of their own however. 

The scoring barrage began when Hall slapped a goal past Rockets goalie Josh Creelman. Bichko then scored his first of his four goals off a feed from Royals defenseman Mike Cartwright during a power play. When Bichko scored the Royals' fifth goal on a breakaway late in the first period, Rockets Head Coach Bob Thorton had enough. He pulled Creelman, who did not register a single save, in favor of backup goalie Josh Sarlo.   

Sarlo was able to keep the Rockets in the game but he surrendered two more scores to BIchko, one in each period, that ended up handing New Jersey its first loss of the 2012-13 season.

The Mutual of Omaha's Player of the Game was awarded to Jr. Royals Jake Bichko.

The Royals sit atop the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League with 14 points and will go for their eighth consecutive win on Friday when they face the New Jersey Renegades.

Story by Kevin McCall


Posted in: Team News
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After the first two weeks of the season the Long Island Royals sit atop the Mullen Division as one of the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League's five unbeaten teams. 

Head Coach Ken Hoey's squad enjoyed blowout wins of 6-2 and 7-0 against the Northern Cyclones and Walpole Express respectively. The team wrapped up their three game set in Aston, New York by edging the Cranston Reds 4-3 yesterday. 

The Royals have shared the wealth on offense, as nearly every player on the roster has at least one goal in the team's five regular season games. Six different players scored in Friday's win against the Cyclones with Zach Zaroba racking up three points (one goal, two assists). The six Royals scores came off 23 shots they fired at Cyclones goaltender Tanner Saucerman. Corey Cairo on the other hand stopped 10 of the 12 shots he faced.

Forward Jake Bichko's hat trick highlighted Saturday's shutout win against Walpole. Joe Maguire assisted on two of Bichko's three scores in the game. Anthony Koslow also scored a pair of second period goals to put the game out of reach for the Express. 

In the Royals' closest game this season the team found itself trailing 1-0 fewer than five minutes into the game after a quick goal by Reds forward Paul Filippone. The equalizer came nearly 30 seconds later as Bichko fired his sixth goal of the season off a feed from Koslow, who had three assists in the game. 

Filippone proved to be a thorn in the side of the Royals unbeaten streak, as he scored the Reds' second power play goal of the game to even the score at three with fewer than seven minutes remaining in regulation. JT Hall came to the rescue however, as he scored the game winner for the Royals with Koslow and captain Mike Cartwright picking up assists. 

Long Island's undefeated mark will not be put to the test again until Saturday night when the Royals face off against the 2-1 New York Metro Fighting Moose.

........Kevin McCall  9/24/12


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Long Island Royals Head Coach Ken Hoey was concerned about his team's ability to score goals coming into this season. But the Royals mix of returning talent and new starters seemed to have little to no trouble finding the net as they opened their 2012-13 season with a pair of victories against the New York Saints. 

The Royals outscored the Saints by an inflated margin of 14-2, which included a 3-1 win at home Saturday night and an 11-1 victory yesterday at Sport-O-Rama in Monsey, New York. 

Dix Hills Ice Arena was packed for Saturday's season opener, as the Royals honored members of the 2011-12

squad nicknamed 'The Little Engine That Could' in a pregame ceremony. Returning players presented the Town of Huntington officials and rink manager with their silver medalist banner, which will eventually be hung in the team's new locker and video room. 

The Royals dominated in front of the home crowd and an early goal from forward JT Hall got the team going early in the first period. Robert Colyvas extended the lead to 2-0 less than two minutes into the second period, but Saints forward Joseph Noonan responded quickly with a score of his own. Colyvas put away the game- winner with five minutes to go.

Kyle Twining broke out in yesteday's contest, registering a hat trick and assisting on both of Joe Slevin's goals. Seven of the Royals' 11 goals came in the third period within a 10-minute time span. Cole Maier put the lone goal in the net for the Saints, who are currently 0—2. 

Corey Cairo stopped 37 out of 39 shots he faced in net this weekend and Trevor VonKampen had six saves during the final nine minutes of yesterday's victory. 

Seven different players scored the Royals' 14 goals in two days. This barrage of goals early in the year has proved that the team could grow from the 'Little Engine That Could' to a force to be reckoned with in the Mullen Division. We'll see if they can continue their attacks on the net when they host the Northern Cyclones on Friday in Aston, Penn.

This season Mutual of Omaha has sponsored the Jr Royals both on and off the ice.  Each game a Mutual of Omaha Player of the Game will be noted.   On Saturday the Mutual of Omaha Player of the Game was the Jr Royals Robert Colyvas who scored two goals to lead the Royals to the win.   Sundays Mutual Of Omaha's player of the game goes to Kyle Twining.

Story by Kevin McCall
Posted in: Team News
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The Junior Royals are pleased to announce Joshua Hirsch and Kevin McCall have joined the broadcast team for the 2012-13 season. 

Jsohua is the play by play announcer for the Grand Prairie Airhogs baseball team in Grand Prairie Texas who play in  the American Association League.    Joshua also has hockey experience as being the play by play announcer for the Texas Brahmas Hockey Team in the Central  Hockey League.    A native of Long Island and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Joshua is a great addition to the Jr Royals staff.

Kevin also from Long Island, he graduated from Ithaca College  and did a season with Major League Baseball,  United Kingdom.  He was also a reporter and play by play announcer for WICB Radio broadcasting the  Ithaca College Team games.    Kevin was editor of the Ithacan, the Ithaca College newspaper and was responsible to oversee the weekly coverage of the 23 college teams.

The Jr. Royals are proud to have Joshua and Kevin join the staff and look forward to their on and off air contributions. 


Posted in: Team News
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The Long Island Junior Royals will now call Dix Hills Ice Rink their new home.   The lockers were placed into the new junior locker room that will include a separate video review / off ice classroom.   

Posted in: Team News
02

The Jr Royals defeated the Rochester Ice Hawks tonight to qualify for the USA Hockey Tier III National Finals.   The Ice Hawks were in their ninth straight Jr A Nationals had swept through their first four games moving into the semi-final round.
The Royals were  down 4-2 in the third period when they got two quick goals from JT Hall to tie the score.    With four minutes left in regulation Matt Goldberg worked into the slot and got his second goal of the day by roofing one to put the Royals up 5-4.   JT Hall got his third when he stripped the defense and scored on a empty net to put the game away.
Royals goalie Corey Cario stopped 48 of 52 goals including several outstanding saves during the last minute of the game.

The local Star Tribune newspaper had this paragraph about this game. "Tonight, at 6 p.m., the Rochester Ice Hawks are playing host to the hated Long Island Royals, in the U.S. Tier III Junior Hockey tournament semifinals at the Rochester Rec center. (Good seats available at the door.) A victory puts the Hawks in the noon Tuesday title game against the winner of the Billings-Atlanta game."

The Royals will meet Atlanta tomorrow (4-3-12) at noon for the USA Hockey Tier III National Championship.

Click here to see the local television newscast reference the Royals game.

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