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The Long Island Royals hosted their first Ronald McDonald House Championship Game in Dix Hills Arena last night, defeating the Empire Junior Hockey League's New York Apple Core 4-1 to earn the trophy. 

While the event was an exhibition game for both sides, the Royals showcased their lineup depth and got offensive power and stingy defense from younger players.  

Royals forward Joe Bonsignore scored the first of Long Island's four goals halfway through the first period to send the team into the locker room with a 1-0 lead before the game's only intermission. Forward Zachary Shields got hot midway through the second period, scoring off two deflections in a five-minute span to extend the lead to 3-0. 

Apple Core would show signs of life a little later in the period, snapping an 0 for 14 power play drought on a goal from forward Nolan Pues. Shields completed the natural hat trick a few minutes later however with a shot that sailed past Apple Core backup goaltender Christoph Mutschin. Shields was named Player of the Game.

Bonsignore and Shields came into yesterday's matchup with four goals between them all season. Long Island used all three goalies in the contest with Corey Cairo playing the first five minutes. Patrick Cavanaugh split the rest of the game with Trevor von Kampen, who surrendered the only Apple Core goal. Royals defensemen Mike Cartwright, Brandon Keating, Chris Zaverdas and Chris Calandra kept the Royals lead in tact with a bruising forecheck throughout the evening. 

Admission to the game was a suggested donation of $10 with all proceeds going to the Long Island Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park, N.Y. New York Community Foundation, Astoria Federal Savings and Capital One Bank partnered with the charity to sponsor the game.

Head Coach Ken Hoey and the rest of the Royals will look to seize the Mullen Division crown with two-game series against the New Jersey Junior Titans this weekend at Howell Ice World.

Story by Kevin McCall


Posted in: Team News
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Depth and resiliency have been pillars of the Long Island Royals 2012-13 season, and last weekend's series sweep of the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Knights was no different. The Royals won the games by scores of 5-1 and 4-2 respectively with spectacular performances from their backup goaltenders and a wide array of scorers. The team currently sits atop the Mullen Division and the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League with a record of 26-3-0 and 52 points.  

The Royals took an early lead in the first game of the weekend Jan. 19 with an unassisted goal by forward Joe Slevin. Forward Anthony Koslow extended the Long Island lead to 2-0 with a power play goal that was his 11th score of the season. Knights forward Justin Higgs responded by scoring on a feed from forward Chandler Yakimowicz to make the score 2-1. 

One goal would be as close as the Knights would get to earning their ninth win of the season however, as goalie Nathan Gliedman let Royals shots by forwards Jake Bichko, Andrew Veglucci and Koslow slip past him. Bichko's goal was his league leading 37th of the regular season. 

Patrick Cavanaugh made 23 saves to secure his first victory this season. 

Slevin struck first again with his seventh goal of the season in Sunday's game as the first period wound down and forward JT Hall opened up the second period with his 26th goal of the year, but the Knights were quick to pull even. A hooking penalty on defenseman Joe Maguire and a roughing call on forward Joe Bonsignore came back to haunt the Royals, as both calls resulted in two Knights goals with the man advantage in a span of six minutes. Defenseman Joe Cashman and forward Dustin Mattern scored one goal each on feeds from Yakimowicz. Hall and Bichko then rattled off two straight scores within 20 seconds of each other to extend Long Island's winning streak to five games. 

Royals goalie Trevor Von Kampen preserved the two-goal lead, making 36 saves on 38 shots while playing in a game for the first time since Nov. 25. Daniel Ernandes stopped 28 of 32 for the Knights. 

Ken Hoey's squad extended its winning streak to five games heading into a busy final month of the regular season. The team has one last contest against the Knights on Saturday in Scraton, Pa., to complete its four-game road trip. 

Article  by Kevin McCall


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The Ronald McDonald House  Long Island Cup Championship Game will be held at Dix Hills Ice Arena on Feb. 6th at 8:20pm.

The yearly event that benefits the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island  has all four Long Island Junior Teams compete for the RMH Cup.     Earlier in the season the Jr. Royals defeated Suffolk PAL 2-0 putting them in the final.   Applecore then defeated the Metro Moose 4-1 to set the final two.

Come on down and watch two of the best compete in their only matchup of the season. 

Long Island Jr. Royals vs. New York Applecore 

Tickets are $5 will all proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.

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WELCOME OUR NEWEST SPONSOR

The Jr. Royals are proud to welcome our newest sponsor ROAR Sport Drink.  ROAR’s Andrew Zambratto, Vice President of Sales, has offered to provide the new sport drink to our Jr Royals, Lady Islanders, and Rebel players for select home game weekends and special events. 

                  "Roar is the latest, highest achievement in peak-performance sports drinks.  Crafted for fast assimilation and long-lasting energy, it replenishes the body and mind, sharpening focus, quickening muscular response.

                  We’ve selected vitamins and minerals proved to boost metabolism and blended them with pure coconut water for its detoxifying effect.  Roar is naturally healthy, great tasting nutrition – a sports drink with a very big kick.”

                  The market for an alternative choice is always there, one step beyond the usual, looking for the next big thing: they’re the front-runners, the style-setters...

                  ROAR -- for the generation that demands more."

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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

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The Metropolitan Junior Hockey League has announced the lineups for the All Star Weekend  the weekend of Jan 26th.   Nine Jr Royals players and Head Coach Ken Hoey have been selected to participate in the event.

Coach Hoey has been selected as the Head Coach for All Star game Team Metropolitan.

Congratulations to the following players. 
Jake Bichko
Corey Cairo
Mike Cartwright
Mike Fogarty
JT Hall
Anthony Koslow
Joe Maguire
Zach Zaroba
Chris Zaverdas - A

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Thank you to the players and parents that helped out at Buddy Skate 2012.

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For the tenth consecutive year Buddy Skate  was held on Saturday evening at the Dix Hills Ice Rink.    Players and families from the Long Island Rebels, Long Island Jr Royals, Lady Islanders, and the Dix Hills Junior Synchronized Skating Team hosted over 50 students, siblings and families from the Genesis School for Autistic Children and Special Needs Students from the Half Hollow School District for a night of ice skating, food and fun.

This was the second year the event was sponsored by Mutual of Omaha who not only sponsored the event  but also arranged for  the Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom Experience who brought an 8 week old lion cub, an owl, a black and white lemur, and ten foot boa that were a big hit with all attending.

On the ice the students enjoyed the skating assisted by the experienced skaters in a safe setting.    With parents pinned to the glass watching and taking photos it was great fun for all.    A student mom wrote in a thank you note “I wanted to thank you for a wonderful event and a fantastic experience last night! My son, who started off protesting and didn't even want to get on the ice, had the best time and didn't want to get off!.......”

The students all had a great time. Thanks to all the players for not only taking the time to make a difference but to really caring, and it showed. From tying skates to  helping kids skate, you were great. The event would not have been possible without the help of so many people.  Mark Keating and the Mutual of Omaha staff,  The Tedaldi Foundation, Salpinos Italian Deli, Matt Napels and the Dix Hills Ice Rink staff, Erin Sparacio from Genesis School, Debbie DiFillipo from Half Hallow School District, Rebel/Jr Royals Coaches Tony Colombo and Ken Hoey,  Tony Ambrosio Jr. Royals Team Videographer, Players and parents Long Island Rebels, Long Island Junior Royals, Lady Islanders and the Dix Hills Synchronized Figure Skaters.

 There are so many  more to thank I would not know where to begin, on behalf of the students and their families... thank-you.   There were many special moments with new friends made, we all got more than we could ever give. 

Check back for the Buddy Skate 2012 video that I will post in a few days.


Posted in: Team News
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ALUMNI JR ROYALS  DEFENSEMAN RUSLAN PEDAN COMMITS TO BEMIDJI STATE UNIVERSITY

 
Ruslan Pedan, a star Janesville Jets defenseman, has accepted a Division 1 scholarship offer to play hockey at Bemidji State University in Minnesota.  It is anticipated that Pedan will enroll and start playing hockey in the 2013-14 academic year.   Ruslan was a member of the 2010-2011 Long Island Jr Royals team that won the MJHL Championship.
 
The Bemidji State Beavers currently play in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) conference.  
 
Ruslan is originally from Moscow, Russia, and moved to the United States almost three years ago to live out his dream of playing college hockey.  After the 2011 season with the Long Island Jr. Royals, Pedan played last season with the NAHL's Springfield Jr. Blues under Coach Joe Dibble.  Pedan followed Coach Dibble to Janesville. 

 "This scholarship is what I have been thinking about and waiting for the last three years," said Pedan.  "Bemidji State has a great hockey program and I am very excited to be going there."   

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