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The Long Island Royals continued their flair for late game heroics with 5-4 victories against the New York Applecore and North Jersey Avalanche over the weekend. Shootout goals by Nick Tarasco and Sammy Soifer, respectively, vaulted the Royals to one point behind the Avalanche for first place in the Mullen Division to conclude October.
By picking up the two extra points the Royals now have a total of 20 points and an overall record of 9-5-2 this season.
Ken Hoey's squad leaped ahead of local rival Applecore 2-0 on goals down in front from Matt O'Shaughnessy and Joe Bonsignore. Zachary Shields assisted on both scores. Zane Katz quickly responded for New York with a goal of his own to make it 2-1 after the first period. James Sharpe gave the Applecore its first lead of the game at the 3:36 mark of the third period with his fourth goal of the season, but Brett Rooney's wrister on the stick side of Christoph Mutschin tied the score again.
With Long Island playing its second consecutive shutout in front of the Dix Hills crowd, Rooney forced sudden death by burying another goal in the fifth round. Corey Cairo made a pad save on a shot by Ricky Eberhart to open the sixth round before it was Tarasco's turn to shoot. Tarasco cut to the left and forced Mutschin to a sprawl out in front before whacking the puck over the goal line for the Royals' second shootout win in as many games.
Defensemen Brandon McLennan and Dylan Fogarty were able to hold off the Applecore power play throughout the contest and Cairo outdueled Mutschin in net by making 26 saves in his 11th game of the season.

 Soifer's second game-winning goal in three games ended a game in which the Royals were outshot 42-29. Facing the best team in the Mullen Division, Long Island lit up their opponent for three goals in the first period from unexpected forwards. Harry Wilmerding, Matthew Araujo and Martin Greenberg scored on Avalanche netminder Jordan Bustard. None of them had found the back of the net in the last five games. Rocky Covello propelled the Avalanche with two out of their three unanswered goals in the second period to send the Royals into the locker room facing a 4-3 deficit.
After three killed Avalanche power plays, Anthony Koslow sent the game into overtime with a goal at the 15:14 mark of the third period. The shootout went to a 2-2 stalemate when Soifer stepped up to center ice as the ninth man. Soifer put the puck through the five hole on Bustard, who has a 1.71 GAA this season, for his second game-winning goal in three games. Cairo closed his pads on a shot by Nicholas Brown to send the Royals out of Ice House Hackensack with their third straight shootout win and second consecutive 5-4 victory.
Cairo was named the third MJHL Star of the Week after stopping 12 of the 14 shots he faced in the last two shootout wins.
“Corey was the backbone of our team this weekend,” said Royals Head Coach Ken Hoey said. “He made so many of those ‘how did he do that?’ type saves that really kept us in the games this weekend.”
The Royals won't have a chance to capture their fourth straight win until Saturday, November 16, when they host the Hartford Junior Wolfpack at 8:50 p.m. at Dix Hills Ice Rink.

 

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 The RMH-LI Cup is the most prestigious junior hockey tournament in the Long Island / New York City area featuring the four most storied junior programs: New York Apple Core, PAL Jr. Islanders, Long Island Royals and Metro Moose. The teams will square off to have their team name engraved on the treasured RMH-LI Cup all for a great cause! All proceeds for this event will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island – a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children. - See more at: http://rmhlicup2013.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1089305#sthash.uSWfaESh.dpuf
Each year the Jr. Royals players participate in a community service project for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island located in New Hyde Park.   Last week all of the players were at the house and we were told there were several items (such as paper towels) that the house was in need of
 
If you don’t know what the Ronald McDonald House is or what they do, you are lucky.    When a child is hospitalized and scared, the love and support of family is as powerful as the strongest medicine a doctor can prescribe. The Ronald McDonald House is a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children undergoing critical medical treatment in area hospitals. A two-minute walk from the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York, the House provides a comfortable and supportive environment, helping families through their most difficult time.  The house is known as “The House That Love Built”.   

 The following is a wish list of items the house needs now and on a daily basis.    Starting this Saturday evening and for the next two weeks we will have a donation box in the lobby of the Dix Hills rink.   We are asking all players and families to bring in an item on the list each time they come to the rink.  Lets fill the box several times over.

Join the Jr Royals team in a fundraiser for the house, just go to RMH-LI Cup website  http://rmhlicup2013.kintera.org  and register under the Jr Royals team.

Wish List

Pantry Items – Cereal, Rice, Cooking Oil, Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables and Potatoes, Canned Gravy, Baked Beans, Jelly and Jam, Peanut Butter, Mayonnaise, Tea Bags, Cake Mixes and Frosting, Cookie Mixes, Pasta Sauce, Keurig K-Cups (coffee and tea), Snack Foods (individual serving chips, pretzels, cookies)

Cleaning Supplies – Paper Towels, Liquid Hand Soap, Disinfecting Spray, Ajax, Soft Scrub, Brillo/SOS, Glass Cleaners, Furniture Polish, Disinfecting Wipes, Bathroom Cleaners, All Purpose Spray, Sponges 

Kitchen Supplies – Diswashing Liquid (bottles), Dishwasher Liquid/Tablets, Dish and Hand Towels, Oven Cleaner, Aluminum Foil, Saran Wrap, Large Garbage Bags (black), Paper Towels, 7 oz. Plastic Cups, Aluminum Pans, Plastic Utensils, Dish and Hand Towels, Measuring Cups (1 and 2 Cup), Cookie Sheet Pans

Linens – Shower Curtain Liners (white or clear), Bed Pillows (standard size, white only), Pillow Protectors (standard size, white only), Bath Mats (terry-looped, white only), Hand and Face Towels (white only)

Electrical Items – Hair Dryers, Alarm Clocks, Vacuums

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Player of the Game #28 Sammy Soifer

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The Long Island Royals vaulted into third place in the Mullen Division with a 5-3-2 overall record after blowout wins against the New York Saints and defending Keegan Cup champion New Jersey Rockets. In between the 6-1 and 5-1 victories, Ken Hoey's squad also suffered a 6-5 loss to the New York Fighting Metro Moose at Dix Hills Ice Rink, ending the team's regular season home winning streak at 12.

Long Island was able to take advantage of an early switch in net for the Saints on Saturday, as Phil Babb replaced goalie Tyler Stark after just one period. With the Royals leading 1-0 after a Matt O'Shaughnessy goal, Joe Bonsignore added to the Royals lead early in the second period by putting the puck past Babb on the power play on a feed from Nick Tarasco. The goal was the first of three power play scores in the period for the Royals, who never looked back in their first contest of the season against the Moose. Corey Cairo preserved the shutout by making 15 saves and Ian Wallace stopped seven shots before letting up a goal by Christopher Rovero with six seconds remaining in the game.

There was very little even strength hockey in Sunday's matchup when the Royals hosted the New York Fighting Metro Moose. Cairo drew the first penalty of the game and Moose captain Steven Leonard gave the Moose an early 1-0 lead. Leonard scored again 10 minutes later, but a Tarasco tip in put the Royals on the board. Anthony Koslow did not play in the game, but new offensive power emerged on the Royals second and third lines. Matt Araujo and Chris DeAngelis scored their second goals of the season and Noah Wild netted his first. O'Shaughnessy and Tarasco teamed up on one more scoring play in the final seconds of the second period to pull the Royals ahead 5-3, but Long Island would not score again. The Moose charged back with a three goal run capped by an Owen Frizalone goal on the power play at the 14:46 mark. Leonard got the assist his to give him three points on the afternoon. 

By the time the final horn sounded the Royals were 2-for-14 on the power play while the Moose converted on three of their 11 man advantages in the 6-5 affair.

An O'Shaughnessy hat trick gave the Royals a 5-1 win in a rare weekday game against the Rockets on Tuesday in Dix Hills. The game was closely contested in the first two periods, as Vladimir Linchuk scored on a breakaway in the second period to tie the score and the Rockets defense killed off a penalty for nearly five minutes. Koslow penetrated the New Jersey defense and added a goal of his own to put the Royals ahead 2-1 at the end of the second period with help from O'Shaughnessy and Tarasco. Brett Rooney and O'Shaughnessy both scored in the third and Cairo made 21 saves to seal the win.

O'Shaughnessy continues to lead the MJHL with 13 goals, while his line mate Tarasco has the most assists in the league with 12 in 10 games this season.

The Royals will play three games in as many days during the Columbus Day weekend at the MJHL Kickoff Showcase in Hudson, N.H. Their first matchup is against the host Northern Cyclones at 5:20 p.m. Saturday. Long Island will then travel to the Breakaway Ice Center in Tewksbury, Mass., to face off against the Cranston Reds and Philadelphia Little Flyers on Sunday and Monday, respectively. 

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Scoring duo emerges and goalie returns for Long Island in division showcase by Kevin McCall

Matt O'Shaughnessy and Anthony Koslow broke out for the Long Island Royals at the MJHL Central Division Showcase last weekend at the Ice House in Hackensack New Jersey. The two top-line wingers combined for eight of the Royals 11 goals in the four games and 13 points in the opening showcase of the 2013-14 season.

 The Royals followed three straight losses, two of which were by a single goal, with a 3-1 win Sunday against the Hartford Junior Wolfpack.
The weekend also marked the return of goaltender Corey Cairo to the Royals. Cairo played 40 games between the pipes for Long Island last season and posted a .900 save percentage.

O'Shaughnessy and Koslow ignited the Royals power play with scores in the first 25-minute half of Friday's contest against the New York Fighting Metro Moose, but the Moose had built an early three goal lead and eventually earned a 6-2 victory. Dominic Lamanno made 13 saves in net for the Moose, which outshot the Royals 29-15.

Cairo made his season debut against the defending Keegan Cup champion New Jersey Rockets on Saturday and was tested throughout the game. Koslow netted his third and fourth goals of the season before Rockets defenseman Daniel Tetzlaff tied the game at two with 4:25 remaining. Cairo helped keep the game deadlocked  in overtime and finished with 24 saves, but couldn't stop a shot from New Jersey forward Mitchell Crenshaw in the shootout that made it 3-2 in favor of the Rockets.

 Later that night the Royals faced off against a new Mullen Division opponent, the Brewster Bulldogs, in a see-saw affair. Forward Joe Bonsignore, Koslow and MJHL First Star of the Week Nick Tarasco helped build a 3-2 Royals lead in the first half. Brewster regained a one-goal advantage with strikes from forwards Christopher Hagan and Zachary White in the second period, but Koslow scored on a feed from O'Shaughnessy to tie the score at four. Brewster forward Andrew Schauer netted the game-winner just 15 seconds later and the Royals fell to the Bulldogs 5-4.

 O'Shaughnessy finished the contest with a pair of assists to give him four for the weekend. He is currently tied with Cranston Reds forward Michael Pesola for the MJHL scoring lead with seven goals. Brewster remained unbeaten on the season with the win.

 The Royals held the Wolfpack scoreless until the 15:32 mark of the second half of Sunday's matchup and a pair of goals by O'Shaughnessy helped Long Island hold on to a 2-1 lead. An empty netter by Bonsignore in the final minute sealed the third Royals win of the season, a game that ended 3-1. Cairo stopped 21 shots by the Wolfpack to earn his first victory of the 2013-14 campaign.

 Long Island sits in fourth place in the Mullen Division with a record of 3-2-0-2. The Royals will face off against the New York Saints at 7:30 p.m. Saturday before hosting the third place New York Metro Fighting Moose at 2 p.m. Sunday in Dix Hills Ice Arena for Pink the Rink night.

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Royals tame Wildcats for first wins of 2013-14 season
by Kevin McCall

A combination of returning and new players powered the Long Island Royals to two victories in three games against the Jersey Wildcats to open the 2013-14 regular season.

 The Royals began their run toward a third consecutive Mullen Division title with a disappointing 7-6 shootout loss to Jersey on Sept. 14 at Aspen Ice in Randolph, N.J. But Ken Hoey's squad charged back with a 5-1 win in its home opener Saturday before taking the rubber game of the series 6-5 on Sunday. A different goaltender started in net for the Royals in all three games.  

With the Royals facing a 4-3 deficit heading into the third period of the season opener, forwards Brandon McLennan and Matt O'Shaugnessy scored on Gennaro Anzevino within the first minute of the final period of regulation to put Long Island up 5-4. After Ryan Muscatella put the Wildcats ahead forward Joe Bonsignore sent the game into overtime with his first goal of the season, which came unassisted at the 17:56 mark. The contest moved into a shootout after a scoreless overtime period and Muscatella fired the puck past Royals goaltender Ian Wallace for the game-winner. Muscatella finished with a game-high three goals while Royals defenseman Brett Rooney dished out three assists. 

 O'Shaughnessy and Nick Tarasco proved to be a lethal combination of forwards on Long Island's top line when the team hosted the Wildcats on Saturday in Dix Hills. Tarasco had a hand in all three first period goals, assisting on the first and third and scoring the second on Anzevino. Rooney added a power play goal in front of the net for the Royals to put the team up the 3-0 after the first frame. Each side scored in the second period, but Royals goalie Sal Lauretta didn't let anything go by him for the remainder of the game. He stopped 17 of the 18 shots he faced in his first start of the season.  

The Royals' victory at the Dix Hills Ice Arena was the 12th consecutive regular season win at home dating back to the 2012-13 season.

 Five goals in the final period of Sunday's matchup in Randolph helped the Royals rebound from a slow start. In a penalty-ridden second period, forward Chris DeAngelis connected with forward Harry Wilmerding to cut the Wildcats' lead to 3-1. Forward Anthony Koslow assisted on two goals for O'Shaughnessy, who finished the game with three, but the Wildcats made the contest interesting with a power play score from Gage Malinowski with two and a half minutes to go. John Burgdoerfer was able to seal the win in net for the Royals down the stretch.

 The Royals have still not lost in regulation this season, as the team is taking a 2-0-1 record into this weekend's MJHL Central Division Showcase at the Ice House in Hackensack. The four showcase games will include a matchup against the two-time defending champion New Jersey Rockets.

 You can catch the Royals in their next home game at 2 p.m. October 6 when they face off against the New York Metro Fighting Moose in another Mullen Division matchup.


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The Long Island Jr Royals player of the game for Saturdays home opener was #97 Nick Tarasco.   Nick led the Royals to a 5-1 win over the Jersey Wildcats with 2 goals and 2 assists.

 

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