Posted on January 15, 2013 at 8:39 AM by Johnz
Erasing any memories of their first loss of the season back on Dec. 1, the Long Island Royals earned four more points with the help of defenseman Joe Maguire and rock solid goaltending from Corey Cairo. Long Island picked up two wins against
the New York Fighting Metro Moose this weekend in a home-at-home series. Game 1 was a 5-4 overtime decision, while goals from four different players in yesterday's game vaulted the Royals to a 4-1 victory.
Ken Hoey's squad maintained their perfect mark in Dix Hills Ice Arena with Saturday's win. The Moose outshot the Royals 31-24, but the spectacular play of Corey Cairo in net and an overtime score from Maguire proved to be the difference in the contest.
Zach Zaroba fired two goals past Moose goaltender Joe Santiago, the first coming on a power play midway through the first period. Forward Paul Vella cut the Long Island lead to one with the first two scores for the Moose before Moose forward James Bobb tied the score at three at the 7:08 mark of the third. Jarett Meyer responded to Zaroba's second goal with an equalizer of his own to send the game to overtime for the second time in three games for the Royals.
Royals forward Kyle Twining finished the game with a team high two assists.
Sunday's game in Brooklyn opened with a scoreless first period before the Royals offense rattled off three straight goals in more than four minutes in the second period. Jake Bichko led off the scoring spree with his MJHL best 35th goal of the season and ended with a short handed goal by JT Hall, which was his 25th.
Hall also assisted on a goal by Maguire with one minute to go in the game after Vella was sent to the penalty box for tripping. The assist gave Hall 49 points this season, which is good enough for fifth in the league.
Cairo was 90 seconds away from earning the shutout when CJ Totillo scored his 10th of
the season for the Moose lone goal. Cairo stopped all of the other 26 shots he faced in his 26th game this season.
The matchup with riddled with penalties, including two bench minors for Moose Head Coach Craig Doremus. The Royals had 12 penalties of their own to go alongside the Moose 16.
The Royals go into this weekend's two game set as winners of six of their last seven games. They will face off against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights in Pennsylvania.
Story by Kevin McCall
Photos by Joe Bichko