2008 National Championship Team

 

LONG ISLAND JUNIOR ROYALS 2007-2008

USA HOCKEY 

JUNIOR B

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

 

 

MET  League Emile Francis Division Champions

MET League Northern Conference Champions

MET League Season "Terry Scott Cup" Champions

MET League Playoff "Keegan Cup" Champions

USA HOCKEY NATIONAL CHAMPIONS TIER III JUNIOR B

   

SEASON RECORD

Wins - 47        Loss - 7        Tie - 0

THE TEAM THAT WOULD NOT BE DENIED

In April 2007 the Long Island Junior Royals held their first tryouts.  As a MET League "New" team they did not draw a lot of attention or outside talent.    Head Coach Gerry Higgans selected his team from players mostly from Long Island.   Some of his players had never played Tier 1 travel hockey, some were too small for other junior teams and a goalie that had already been cut from another junior program.  They had no jerseys, they had no team locker room, but they had a coach that had the vision to structure his game plans around the players talents.  Things began to click from the first game, the players strengths matched perfectly they played like they would not be denied, like they knew they were supposed to win.

Early in the season Coach Higgans took on assistant coach Thomas Collins, father of player Sean Collins.  Coach Collins played D-1 at RPI and brought another set of talents to the bench.  Joe Rifice was then brought on as the third coach.   When the team was told to expect to a have a rough first few years with losing records they would just look at each other and raise eyebrows as they could tell there was magic brewing.

The season stands in the books for all to see.  The Junior Royals scored more goals in the regular season than any other MET team while the defense gave up less goals.  The Royals first goalie, Joe Reagan had been snubbed as an all-star selection though he had the best save percentage and lowest goals against average in the league.   When the league other coaches passed up on Joe  they did not know they had given the Royals their battle cry, it was their goalie honor. The Royals made their opponents pay all year finishing the regular season 37 wins and 5 losses and no overtime or tied games.  With 254 goals scored for and on 85 goals scored against the Royals led the league in all the statistical categories.   Joe Reagan finished the season with an amazing .943 save percentage and six shutouts.

The Royals won the "Terry Scott Cup" as the MET League season winner and then won four straight including the Championship game vs. the Northern Mass. Cyclones to capture the MET League "Keegan Cup".  It was not the last time the Royals would see the Cyclones.   With the National Championships  less than two weeks away Coach Higgans held extra practices and said nothing but "we can win this all".  They players did what he asked and believed.

At the Nationals the first game vs. the Phil. Jr. Flyers was a tough one but the Royals came out on top by one goal.  They then won the second game guaranteeing that they were in the crossovers.  They then lost focus and lost the next game to the N.H. Monarchs.  After this loss the staff would not let the boys forget who they were playing next and that if they lost the season was over and they were going home.   Friday morning the Boston Junior Bruins favored to win the National title were on the ice and between a determined Royals team and the national championship.  The Royals came out fast and hard scoring quickly dominating the game and easily defeating the Bruins 6-1.

The National Championship Game was a all MET League affair against the Northern Mass. Cyclones.  The coaching staff knew the Cyclones were a formidable opponent and the Royals needed a 110% effort one more time.   With the stands packed with Royals parents and friends and hand painted signs hanging from the railings they Royals team showed one more time they would not be denied.  A few minutes into the first period with the Royals on a 5-3 penalty kill Nick Barbera stole a pass in his zone and with two Cyclone players on his back hit the top corner to go up 1-0.  At the start of the second period a slap shot from Kevin Antonik found an open corner of the new and put the Royals up 2-0.  Three minutes later Vinnie Scaccia put the Royals up 3-0.   The Cyclones fought back to 3-2.   With four minutes left in the game Devin Laviano banged one in and moved the score to 4-2.  Laviano hit an open net at the buzzer to make the final 5-2 sending the National Championship Trophy to Long Island, New York.

The 2008 Junior Royals finished the season with new jerseys, no locker room, and the National Championship trophy.   They boys proved what they knew all along, they were the team that would not be denied.

The Metropolitan Junior Hockey League selected the following for awards at their annual meeting.

                                                           J. Rifice       N.Rossi     M.Smith      J.Aprile

 

MET LEAGUE END OF YEAR AWARDS

COACH OF THE YEAR - Norm Walker Awards - Gerry Higgans - LI Royals

GOALIE OF THE YEAR - Joe Reagan - LI Royals

OFFENSIVE DEFENSEMAN - Nick Rossi - LI Royals

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER - Joe Reagan - LI Royals

PRESIDENT'S SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD - 2007-08 Long Island Royals



LYRICS FROM  THREE DAYS GRACE

You'd said we'd never get this far
You said your words, we've played our parts
Said your two cents now
It's my turn
So, sit down, shut up
Are you ready?

So, you think you know how this story goes
Are you ready for this?

Sit down, are you ready for this?
Shut up, are you ready for this?
Stand up, are you ready for this?
This game
Are you ready?

 

 

 

2008 LONG ISLAND JUNIOR

ROYALS REAM ROSTER

 

    NARDI,  Stephen
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 2
Position: D
Height: 6'-0
Weight: 170
Hometown: Massapequa, NY
Shoots: Right
Year of Birth: 1991
 

 

  DeMaio,  Michael
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 5
Position: D
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 185
Hometown: Hauppauge, NY
Shoots: Right
Year of Birth: 1990
 
 
    LAVIANO,  Devin
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 7
Position: F
Height: 5-9
Weight: 160
Hometown: Hicksville, NY
Shoots: Right
Year of Birth: 1990
 
 
    APRILE,  Jonathan
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 8
Position: D
Height: 6'-3
Weight: 210
Hometown: Glen Head, NY
Shoots: Left
Year of Birth: 1990
 

 

  SACHMAN,  Steven
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 9
Position: F
Height: 5-11
Weight: 175
Hometown: Medford, NY
Shoots: Left
Year of Birth: 1991
 

2008 MET League All Star Selection

    JURASITS,  Nikolai
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 10
Position: F
Height: 5'-10"
Weight: 175
Hometown: Northport, NY
Shoots: Right
Year of Birth: 1988
 
 
    Barbera,  Nick
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 11
Position: F
Height: 6-0
Weight: 175
Hometown: Kings Park
Shoots: Left
Year of Birth: 1990
 

2008 MET League All Star Selection

    SMITH,  Michael
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 12
Position: D
Height: 6'-2
Weight: 195
Hometown: Merrick, NY
Shoots: Right
Year of Birth: 1990
 
 
    LAZARUS,  Max
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 14
Position: F
Height: 5'-7
Weight: 170
Hometown: Queens, NY
Shoots: Left
Year of Birth: 1990
 

 

  VITSENTZOS,  Alfred
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 15
Position: D
Height: 6-3
Weight: 215
Hometown: Floral Park, NY
Shoots:  
Year of Birth: 1990
 
 
  LUKENOVICH,  Michael
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 16
Position: D
Height: 5'-9"
Weight: 195
Hometown: Deer Park, NY
Shoots: R
Year  of Birth: 1988
 

2008 MET League All Star Selection

  MONTGOMERY,  Adam
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 17
Position: F/D
Height: 5-10
Weight: 165
Hometown: Manhasset, NY
Shoots: Left
Date of Birth: 1990
 
 
     RIZZO,  Nick
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 18
Position: F
Height: 5-8
Weight: 160
Hometown: St. James, NY
Shoots: Left
Year of Birth: 1989
 
 
    Sparks,  Brad
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 19
Position: D
Height: 6-1
Weight: 175
Hometown: Brookhaven, NY
Shoots: Left
Year  of Birth: 1990
 

 
    RIFICE,  Jamie
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 21
Position: D
Height: 5-11
Weight: 175
Hometown: Deer Park, NY
Shoots: Right
Date of Birth: 1989
 

 

    COLLINS,  Sean
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 24
Position: F
Height: 5-7
Weight: 155
Hometown: Port Jeff Station, NY
Shoots: Right
Year  of Birth: 1990
 

2008 MET League All Star Selection

    AMRHEIN,  Bobby
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 25
Position: F
Height: 5-10
Weight: 215
Hometown: Malverne, NY
Shoots: Left
Year of Birth: 1990
 

 
    ROSSI,  Nick
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 26
Position: D
Height: 5-11
Weight: 180
Hometown: Smithtown, NY
Shoots:  
Date of Birth: 1989
 

2008 MET League All Star Selection

2008 MET League Offensive - Defenseman Award

    ANTONIK,  Kevin
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 27
Position: D
Height: 6-2
Weight: 185
Hometown: Central Islip, NY
Shoots: Right
Year of Birth: 1991
 

 
    SCACCIA,  Vincent
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 28
Position: F
Height: 5-5
Weight: 165
Hometown: Smithtown, NY
Shoots: Left
Year of Birth: 1990
 

 
    RULLO,  Dominick
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 29
Position: F
Height: 5-10
Weight: 205
Hometown: Oceanside, NY
Shoots: Right
Year of Birth: 1991
 
 
    GOMIELA,  Zach
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 34
Position: G
Height: 6'-1
Weight: 190
Hometown: Rockville Centre, NY
Shoots: Left
Year of Birth: 1991
 

 

    REAGAN,  Joseph
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 35
Position: G
Height: 5'-9
Weight: 185
Hometown: Yonkers, NY
Shoots: Left
Year  of Birth: 1990
 

2008 MET League Goalie of the Year Award

2008 MET League MVP Award

 

 


           

 

NATIONALS SCOREBOARD UPDATE

 

Friday   3/28/08  Semi-Final Game

Royals 6 - Boston Jr. Bruins  1

The Junior Royals ranked as second seed going into todays game played the first seed and home team Boston Jr. Bruins.   The Royals scored first two minutes into the game with a goal by Bobby Amrhein.  The Bruins tied the score ten minutes later only to go one down again when Steve Sachman scored unassisted.

Two minutes into the second period the Bruins were awarded a penalty shot.  Royals net minder Joe Reagan stopped the shot and the Royals came right back with a quick goal  by Steve Nardi to go up 3-1.   The Royals never looked back and with the  near perfect game of goalie Joe Reagan (who stopped 24 of 25 shots) the Royals move on to the Championship Game vs the Northern Mass Cyclones (who won in overtime vs the NH Monarchs).

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Thursday   3/27/08

Royals 2 - Monarchs  4

The Junior Royals took the first loss of the Nationals series today vs the NH Monarchs.  In a game filled with penalties the Royals dropped to second seed within the bracket with todays loss.    The Royals will move on to the semi-finals on Friday morning against the Boston Jr. Bruins. 

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Wednesday   3/26/08

Royals 7 - Whalers 1

The Junior Royals took on the Hampton Roads Whalers today in game #2 of the Junior B  Nationals.  The Whalers are the league winners of the Continental Hockey League Junior B level.

The game was physical from the start and the Royals showed two minutes in what was to come.    Steve Nardi blasted a slapshot into the corner to go one up and the Royals never looked back.

With two goals each from Nick Barbera and Vinnie Scaccia and a near perfect game by goalie Joe Reagan (28-29) the Royals look on to game #3 vs. the  Jr. Monarchs.

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Tuesday   3/25/08

Royals 3 - Phil Flyers 2

The Junior Royals opened the Junior B Nationals today vs. their MET League Southern rivals the Phil. Junior Flyers.    The Royals who were the away team came out in their red jerseys and the Flyers came out in black.

At the 8:01 mark in the first period the Royals got on the board with a power play goal from Nick Barbera.   

Two minutes later  the Flyers had a 5 on 3 power play and tied the score. 

The Royals came out in the second period in their home white jerseys.

Four minutes into the second period Royals Steve Sachman hit the top corner putting the Royals up by one.   With four minutes left in the second period the Flyers again were awarded a 5-3 power play and found a hole in the Royals defense again tying the score.

The third period was wide open end to end hockey with Royals Vincent  Scaccia hitting the top left corner putting the Royals up for good.

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Long Island Junior Royals

Metropolitan Junior Hockey League

2007-2008

Season Winner / Terry Scott Cup

Playoff Winner / Keegan Cup

 

 

 

After securing the Terry Scott Cup with the MET League best overall record (37-5-0-0) and the best goals for and goals against average ( GF 254 / GA 85) the Jr. Royals focused on the MET Leagues prestigious Keegan Cup that is awarded to the playoff champions.   The Royals advanced to the "Frozen Four" playoffs that were hosted on Long Island at Superior Ice Rink.

On Saturday the Royals met the NJ Titans from the southern division.  The Titans took the lead and held it at 3-2 with two minutes remaining in the game.  Royals Steve Sachman found the net tying the score with two minutes left in the game.  With 19 seconds left on the clock Sachman struck again putting the Royals up 4-3 and advancing them into the Championship game.

In the second game of the day the Phil. Jr. Flyers were defeated by the Northern Mass. Cyclones  4-3 making the championship game a Northern Team Showdown.   The Royals played the Cyclones four times in the regular season splitting with them 2-2.

On Sunday the Junior Royals came prepared to keep the Keegan on Long Island.   Just three minutes into the game Sean Collins  found the spot and put the Royals up by one.   About two minutes later Royals Nick Barbera got loose infront and showed why he is the team high scorer putting the Royals up by two.

At the start of the second period the Cyclones got on the board but lost the one goal separation when a few minutes late Devin Laviano scored to put the Royals up by two again.

In the third period at the 10 minute mark the Cyclones again brought it back to one goal difference.  Four minutes later the Royals Dominick Rullo did what he does sp well and put it back to two. 

With thirty second to go in the game and their net empty the Cyclones went on the attack.  Eddie Saxer of the Cyclones caught the upper corner closing the separation to one again.  The Cyclones could not hold the pressure and Sean Collins popped out of the crowd with the puck putting one into the empty net as the buzzer sounded.  

Final score Royals 5 - Cyclones 3

 

The Junior Royals move on to the Junior B Nationals as the first seed from the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League.

 

     

 

 

ROYALS TAKE FIRST STEP

TOWARDS MET LEAGUE

KEEGAN CUP

The Long Island Junior Royals hosted the Walpole Express this weekend in MJHL semi-final action.    The League leading Royals took the first game from the Express 6-2.   The second game of the three game series was Sunday afternoon at Syosset Iceworks.  Walpole played with determination to stay alive going ahead 1-0 and then 2-1 but the Royals showed once more that the first year team wants it all.  The Royals won the game with a final score of 8-4.    The Royals advance to the MJHL Championship Final four.   The MJHL Championship games will be a frozen four format with two semi-final games Saturday and the Championships on Sunday.   The Championship series will be played next weekend (March 15-16) at Superior Ice Rink.

Come see the top four teams in the MJHL battle it out for the Keegan Cup.  

 

 

ROYALS CLINCH SPOT

IN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

The Royals defeated a trio of MJHL South teams at the Met League's President's Weekend Showcase at Iorio Arena in Walpole, MA winning 5-1 vs. Washington, 4-2 vs. Central Penn and 5-2 vs. the New Jersey Rockets.    The Royals, who still have three games to play, lead the closest team by two points in the MJHL standings and thus cannot be caught.   For the achievement, the 35-4-0-0 Royals  earn an automatic bid to USA Hockey's Jr. B National Championship.

 

 

YOUTH HOCKEY NIGHT

LI Royals 5 - Suffolk PAL 4

Two of the top rated Junior Teams in the Metropolitan Hockey League faced off Tuesday evening at Superior Ice Rink.  Over five hundred youth hockey players and fans turned out for the "Youth Hockey Night" organized by Mr. Dave Smith.

Private and corporate sponsors donated raffle prizes including Ranger and Islander Tickets, autographed game jerseys, and much more.

The large crowd was treated to a fast paced junior B game. 

The Royals got on the board in the first period with PAL fighting back with four unanswered goals.    The Royals came back from the 4-1 deficit to win the game 5-4.   

The Royals now have a strong hold on first place in the North Conference - Emile Francis Division with a league record of  28-4.    In 32 league games the Royals have given up only 62 goals and scored 202 goals. 

The Junior Royals thank the following sponsors for assisting in

"Youth Hockey Night"

 

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Junior Royals Participate

In "Buddy Skate"

Genesis School For Autistic Children

BUDDY SKATE VIDEO

On Sunday December 30th players and families from the Junior Royals Team participated in Buddy Skate 2007 hosted by the Long Island Rebels. The players assisted the Genesis students in one on one peer contact helping them ice skate in a safe environment.   The Buddy Skate program was started to break barriers and develop relationships with groups that otherwise may not have much contact,     The Junior Royals were honored  to participate at this years event.      For additional information reference prior Buddy Skates

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Battle of Long Island

Royals vs Suffolk PAL 

Edward J. Walsh Memorial Game

 

The Long Island Junior Royals remembered a long time fan and family member Saturday evening at Syosset Iceworks.     Through donations from friends and family they were proud to honor his memory in a game that he loved.

Mrs. Walsh along with daughters Karen and Lori dropped the puck for Royals Assistant Captain (and grandson of Mr. Walsh) Jamie Rifice and Suffolk PAL (and friend) Dan Healy.

Sincerest thanks from his family, and the Long Island Junior Royals Hockey Team to all who came out tonight in his honor.

 

 

 

Two teams with the best winning percentage in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League  met  this weekend at the Royals home rink Syosset Ice Works.      The Royals entered the weekend with a 23-4-0-0 record and Suffolk PAL was close behind with a 23-4-0-1 record.  After 28 league games the two teams that play in the same division were separated by one point.

In the first game on Saturday evening Suffolk PAL got on the board in the first period with a goal from PJ McCadden.  The Royals came back to tie it with a goal from Devin Laviano at  11:22 of the second period.    Vinnie Scaccia put the Royals up by one with a shot from the point but a short time later PAL tied it up with another goal from PJ McCadden. 

In the third period Steven Sachman stole a pass on a shorthanded press and put the Royals up by one.  PAL pressured in the third but the Royals got one in the empty net ending the game with a 4-2 win.

Family and fans we present once again Sunday morning ready for junior hockey action.   The Royals goy on the board first  when Steven Nardi banged one in with the assists going to Nick Barbera and Nick Rizzo.   The second period was scoreless until Patrick McNally with fourteen seconds left put one past in the back of the net to tie the score.

End to end action pushed the third period into s shootout.  The Royals Nick Rossi put the Royals up again until PAL's  Joseph Malley tied it once again.

With less than two minutes left in the game Royals Devin Laviano snuck one in putting the Royals up for good with the final score being 3-2.

 

BREAKAWAY HOCKEY MAGAZINE

November 2007

Junior B hockey may be all new to the Long Island Royals, but the club has had little trouble acclimating itself so far.

 

In fact, the newest member of the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League is not just surviving its introduction to Met League play, but thriving. The Royals spent much of their first month atop the league standings and still lead the Emile Francis Division.

 

More impressively, the Royals spent part of the month as the No. 1 Junior B team in the country, according to www.juniorhockeyrankings.com.

Not too bad a debut for a first-year outfit, to say the least.

 

But, the freshman success the Royals are experiencing is not a case of beginner's luck, to hear others tell it.  Suffolk PAL coach Jim Wright has been around the Met League for awhile now and has become adept at judging good teams as opposed to hot starts. He puts the Royals firmly in the good-team category.   "Their start has been incredible," Wright admitted. "And, it's no fluke. They have always had a good program. They have had a lot of success at their level and they have added some new players."

 

The Royals have added players that may have been wearing PAL sweaters this season. The two organizations call Long Island home and are separated by just eight miles. There is a healthy – and intense – rivalry that already exists between the two organizations and will only be intensified by the Royals' addition to the Met League ranks.

 

"They are a well-coached team, a disciplined, hard-working team" Wright said, speaking highly of Royal boss Gerry Higgins. "I know a lot of the players because I have had the opportunity to coach them. It's a team that should be respected right off the bat."

 

That's a lesson that other Met League teams are learning in short order. The Royals already have 12 wins and averaging almost seven goals-for per outing. In 14 games, they have allowed just 23 goals.

 

The Royals ripped the Junior Titans at the Columbus Day Showcase, walking away with a 5-0 victory. It was the Junior Titans' first regulation loss of the season and the only time this year that the club has been shut out.

Titans coach Dustin DePalma was clearly impressed, although he stressed that his team was a little flat in that particular contest.

"They have good team speed and they shot the puck; they are not shy," DePalma said. "They are not interested in scoring pretty goals. They will shot the puck and make something happen."

 

Offensively, the club is four lines deep and Higgins is religious about rolling his lines. Still, Nicky Barbera has 10 goals in the first 12 games and Steve Sachman has nine. Devin Laviano has eight goals and two other players – Sean Collins and Vincent Scaccia – have already tallied seven.

"I believe, right now, that I have four equal lines and I pride myself on rolling them," said Higgins. "A player like Nicky Barbera could be a top-three or -four scorer in this league if I gave him more playing time."

But, as good as the Royals have been on the offensive side of the puck, they have made their mark defensively, which has surprised even Higgins.

 

It seems that when the Royals held tryouts they could only find three established defensemen. So, Higgins started tinkering and moved a number of forwards onto the blue line. Then, he spent much of the preseason stressing the fundamentals of the position to the new defenders, as well as establishing a defensive mindset among every remaining forward.

"I want my defensemen getting involved with the forwards, but I also stress to my forwards that they have to come back into the defensive zone and help out there," Higgins said.

 

The team has clearly adopted their coach's own-zone mantra, and the converted forwards – Nick Rossi, Kevin Antonik, Jamie Rifice and Mike Demaio – have not missed a beat in their new roles.

It also obviously helps the new defensemen to have a pair of solid goaltenders as the last line of defense. And, the Royals clearly have that luxury.

Joe Reagan has been one of the biggest stories through the first two months of the Met League season. In his first eight games, Reagan had a goals-against average that was below 0.50. Even after absorbing a 6-4 loss to PAL last week, Reagan was still sporting a miniscule 1.25 GAA and a sterling .948 save percentage after facing 174 shots in his nine appearances.

 

And, it's not like Reagan is some unknown commodity riding a hot month. According to Ramapo Saints' coach Brian Gallagher, Reagan, a '90, played Bamtam hockey in the Saints organization. Rockets coach Bob Thornton said Reagan tried out for his club this summer, but did not have a showing that suggested he would be an elite Met League goalie.

 

But, Higgins knew what Reagan was capable of and that carried the day in the end.   Higgins coached Reagan in 2005 and the Royals went to the Nationals after upsetting Syracuse in the States. At the time, Syracuse was ranked at least 20 spots ahead of the Royals and the Royals were down to 10 men because of injury by the time the final game in the state tournament rolled around.

Yet, the Royals found a way to win, thanks in large part to Reagan.

"He was like a brick wall," Higgins recalled. "I think he had more than 50 saves before we even went to OT against Syracuse. And, now, he is playing that way for me again."  As good as Reagan has been, the Royals other goalie has been just as good. Zach Gomiela, a '91, has been nearly as good. Gomiela is sporting a 2.33 GAA and .932 save percentage.  "Zach has been really consistent for me," Higgins said. "I try to alternate my goalies as much as I can. I'm very comfortable with either goalie in there."

 

So far, at least, the Royals, as a whole, have also found their comfort level in the Met League. If the early returns are a good indication, it's the rest of the league, and not the Royals, that may have to make the adjustment to the new kids on the block.

 

Royals  Take Three  Wins In Four Days

Nov. 18, 2007

Three games in four days against division leading rivals makes a team show what it’s made of.  The Junior Royals did that and more taking all three games and putting them into the win column. 

Thursday evening the Royals visited Suffolk PAL for their second meeting this year.   The first period was a scoreless draw with each team waiting for a break.  In the second period the Royals struck first on a goal from Robert Amrhein  with a second goal thirty seconds later from Vinny Scaccia.   PAL chased back in the third scoring two goals to tie the score.  Two minutes later Scaccia struck again to put the Royals up by one.    With a few minutes left in the game Devin Laviano  put a breakaway in the back of the net to put the game away 4-2. 

Saturday evening the Royals hosted the  North  Conference  - Bill Jennings Division Leaders The Walpole Express .   Coming into the weekend the Express had a season record of  14-4-0-2.    The Royals welcomed the Express to Long Island with a flurry of goals  and a final score of 6-0 in favor of the Royals. 

Sunday morning the Express wanted revenge and scored one goal in the first and one in the second to have a 2-0 lead going into the third period.  The Royals put on a push and three minutes into the third period Nick Rossi put in the first of the Royals goals.    Four minutes later Adam Montgomery scored a power play goal to tie the score.   At the ten minute mark Ben Kramer gave the Royals the lead that lasted to the buzzer.

The Junior Royals now have a league record of  18 wins and 3 losses.   They have the highest  number of goals scored in the MET League  (137) and the lowest number of goals allowed (33).  The Royals goalies are both rated in the top  five based on GAA with Joe Reagan listed at #1 with an amazing  .955 save ratio and a 1.20 GAA. 

 

Royals Re-assert Themselves in MJHL North
November 19, 2007

The Long Island Royals came out ahead during a scheduling quirk that pitted the MJHL North's top three teams against one another across a week's time.  The  round-robin-type schedule began Suffolk PAL sweep the Walpole Express in two thrilling games, 7-6 and 5-4 on Nov 10-11.

But then, the Royals defeated PAL, 4-2, in a well-played weeknight affair. Vincent Scaccia, who scored twice in the game, netted the critical go-ahead marker six minutes intho the third period, just after PAL had battled back to tie the game at 2-2. Devin Laviano, who earned an assist on Scaccia's game-winner, got an insurance tally in the game's final minute.

The Royals then continued the recent slide of the Express by defeating them 6-0 and 3-2 in a pair of games Nov 17-18. A four-goal second period outburst opened up a previously scoreless game on Saturday. Adam Montgomery had two goals during the period. Steve Sachman totaled three assists in the game. Joe Reagan was brilliant once again, stopping all 28 shots he saw.

A determined Royals team gutted out the Sunday win. Behind 2-0 entering the third period, the Royals got life from Nick Rossi with a goal in the period's third minute. Then, Montgomery popped in a power play goal to tie the game. Ben Kramer completed the scoring a few minutes later with an even-strength goal from Robert Amrhein and Dominick Rullo.

The 3-0 run against the MJHL North's top teams lifted the Royals to 18-3-0-2, good for first place in the Emile Francis Division.

 

 

October 8, 2007

Royals Goalies Are Golden

In a three game showcase series this past weekend the Royals goalies allowed only two goals in three games.    Joe Regean shut out the New York Saints and the (6-1) New Jersey Titans  while Zach Gomiela held the Valley Forge Minutemen to two goals. 

In Game One:  Vincent Scaccia got the Royals on the board first at 11:15 of the first.   Five minutes later Stephen Sachman added another to put the Royals up 2-0 at the half cut.

The Royals came out run and gun in  the second half  scoring five more goals.  Sean Collins got the first one minute into the period.  Mike Lukenovich hi the corner from the point two minutes later.  Jamie Rifice then scored two more with Mike Smith adding the last one to finish off the New York Stars 7-0.

The Royals scored four power play goals and killed off ten short handed including a two minute 5-3.

Sean Collins and Vincent Scaccia each  had one goal and two assists.  Jamie Rifice had two goals. 

Royal goalie Zach Gomiela started the second game of the showcase vs. the Valley Forge Minutemen.  Gomiela stopped 26 of the 28 Minutemen shots leading the Royals to a 4-2 win. 

Game Three:  Joe Regean was back in net for the Royals against the southern division leading New Jersey Minutemen.  For his third straight start Joe was perfect in net stopping 22 shots for another notch in his shoutout belt.  The Royals scored four goals in the first period (Scaccia, Sachman, Rifice, Barbera) to jump out infront.   Steve Sachman scored one more in the second to close the door on the Titans in a 5-0 shutout.

The Royals lead the league is least amount of goals against (9)  and second in the league in goals scored  (50)  (although they have played 2 less games than the leading team).

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The Junior Royals hosted a 3-0 Northern Cyclone team this past weekend.  The Cyclones outscored the Royals on Saturday night to a score of 5-2. 

 

Sunday morning the Junior Royals came out fast out shooting the Cyclones and shutting them down in the offensive zone.  With a superb job in net by Royals goalie  Joe Reagan the Royals took the second game 7-0.  (more  weekend game recap)..........................

 

 

The Long Island Junior Royals opened their 2007-2008 season this past weekend with two games vs. the Troy Junior Eagles.   The Junior Royals team has been inactive for the past fifteen years and was reactivated this year by Royals President Rich McGuigan.

The Junior Royals swept the Troy Eagles in two games played at Syosset Iceworks.  more.............

 

 

July 21, 2007

The Junior Royals will feature a logo designed by Mr. David Kramer  on their home and away jersey for the 2007-08 season.