2011 MJHL Championship Team

 

 

LONG ISLAND JUNIOR ROYALS 2010-2011

METROPOLITAN JUNIOR HOCKEY 

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

 

 

 

MET  League Mullen  Division Champions

MET League Northern Conference Champions

MET League Playoff "Keegan Cup" Champions

USA HOCKEY NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALIST

 

   

SEASON RECORD

Wins - 48        Loss - 6        Tie - 0

 

 

Long Island Royals Show Versatility in Heading to Nationals

March 24, 2011
By Tom Robinson
Special to USAHockey.com

The method does not matter for the Long Island Royals.

Greg Cartwright setting up goals for Frank DiChiara led the way to a Metropolitan League Mullen Division regular-season title. DiChiara-to-Cartwright became the favored way to produce goals with the Keegan Cup, awarded to the league’s playoff champion, on the line.

Defense carried the Royals into the championship game, which was won on an early offensive outburst. Long Island’s multiple weapons beat the Central Penn Panthers 2-0 in the semifinals and the Palm Beach Hawks 13-3 in the finals in a span of less than 24 hours.

“It just that we’re an all-around team,” Cartwright said. “It just depends on the type of team we play against. We have the skills to play defense, to play offense; whatever it takes to win a game.”

The Royals used a tight, defensive approach against Dowd Division champion Central Penn, which allowed the second-fewest goals in the 25-team league.

A more open style worked just fine against Palm Beach, which was second to Long Island in goals scored during the regular season.

Long Island killed off eight power plays in the semifinals, when Brendan Jones made 30 saves in his shutout.

Vasiley Zelepukin scored shorthanded 24 seconds into the second period and DiChiara added an unassisted goal later in the period.

“Every game is the same against them,” Long Island coach Ken Hoey said of Central Penn. The Royals also beat the Panthers 2-0 at USA Hockey Nationals last year.

Cartwright had a hat trick and the Royals had a 6-0 lead just 8:12 into the championship game.

“I told them not to let off,” Hoey said. “You don’t want to embarrass a team, but it’s a league championship, so you don’t want to let anybody back in the game.

“I just said, ‘Keep getting the puck deep. Make them go the length of the ice for their goals.’”

Cartwright finished with four goals and three assists while DiChiara had six assists.

“They were looking to double-team me all over the ice, which would leave Greg open,” DiChiara said. “I just moved the puck to Greg because I knew he can put it in the back of the net as well as anyone.”

The seven-point game completed a big Keegan Cup tournament for Cartwright. He was the league’s Player of the Week after putting up back-to-back, five-point games the previous weekend.

“Usually when they see me and Frank out, they try to target us,” Cartwright said. “I was getting open and Frank was seeing me.”

Cartwright finished the playoffs with seven goals and 15 assists in six games. That came after he put up 27 goals and a league-record 63 assists in 37 regular-season games.

“He’s one of the best players I’ve seen at controlling the puck in the other team’s zone,” Hoey said. “They just couldn’t get the puck off of him and it seemed Frankie was getting him the puck and everything was going in.”

DiChiara, a 17-year-old, set regular-season records with his goal scoring. He established Metropolitan records for goals (57) and points (102). He averaged three points over the 34-game schedule. He scored goals in the first five playoff games before turning strictly to assists in the final while finishing Keegan Cup play with six goals and 14 assists.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder’s regular season featured seven hat tricks. He had a nine-point effort (four goals, five assists) against the New York Saints in December and an incredible eight-point night (six goals, two assists) in a 9-8 loss to the Junior Titans Nov. 18 for the 13th win in the Titans’ 20-0 start.

Cartwright centers the line with DiChiara on the left and Vinny Caliguiri on the right. The line produced the most goals in Metropolitan League history. DiChiara and Cartwright finished 1-2 in the scoring race and Caliguiri took fifth with 22 goals and 50 assists.

The Royals are part of the 18-team field at the USA Hockey Junior B Nationals, set for Friday through Tuesday at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Mass. They will be trying to give the program its second national title in four years. Long Island followed up its Keegan Cup title in 2008 by winning a national title.

               

MET LEAGUE END OF YEAR AWARDS

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER -   Frank DiChiara

HIGH SCORER AWARD -   Frank  DiChiara

 

HOCKEY NIGHT IN BOSTON

 END OF YEAR AWARDS

COACH OF THE YEAR  -   Ken Hoey 

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER -   Frank DiChiara & Greg Cartwright

 

ROYALS CAPTURE KEEGAN CUP

For the second time in four years the Jr Royals captured the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League Championship taking home the prized "Keegan Cup" .  

The Royals finished the season with a 31-6 season record winning their division and moved into the first round of playoffs vs. the New Jersey Rockets in a best of three game series.   The Royals finished the Rockets off in two games (5-2, 8-2)and moved into the second round.

The next best of three game series was vs Suffolk PAL.  The Royals once again finished off the series in just two games (8-4, 6-3) qualifying them for the Keegan Cup frozen four and a Nationals Tournament spot.

The first game of the Keegan Cup series was vs the Dowd Division Winner Central Penn Panthers who finished the regular season with a 32-2-3 record.   Royals goalie Berndan Jones stepped up to shutout the Panthers earning the Royals a win with a final score of 2-0.

The Keegan Cup Championship matched the Jr Royals vs the Palm Beach Hawks.  The Royals came out of the gate flying putting up three goals in the first 90 seconds the first by Greg Cartwright with just :31 seconds on the clock.   The Royals offensive machine never stopped putting up a total of 13 goals to win the cup.

 

KEEGAN CUP PHOTOS HERE

 

SEVEN ROYALS SELECTED FOR ALL STAR WEEKEND

Seven members of the Jr. Royals 2010-2011 team were selected to represent the MET League North at the 2011 MJHL All Star Weekend.

Congratulations to:  Tyler Young, Sean Keating, Anthony Reagan, Frank DiChiara, Vincent Caligiuri, Nick Innella (not in photo),  and Greg Cartwright (not in photo).

 

JUNIOR ROYALS RECORDS BROKEN BEFORE WINTER BREAK

Frank Dichiara (’93 birth year) has broken the Jr. Royals season scoring record held by Stephen Castriota who in the 2008-2009 season in 42 games scored 39 goals with 29 assists. Frank this season in just 24 games has scored 44 goals and has 32 assists. Frank is currently the top scorer in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League this season with the next closest being eleven goals behind.

Greg Cartwright (’91 birth year) has broken the Royals assistrecord previously held by Nick Barbara who had 34 assists in 07/08. Greg in just 24 games so far this season he has 19 goals and 48 assists. Greg is currently the second highest point leader in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League (behind Frank) with the next closest assist being twelve points behind.

Rounding out the line with DiChiara and Cartwright is Vincent Caligiuri (’93 birth year) who is listed at sixth in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League top scorers list with 14 goals and 33 assists.

 

October 24th 2010

ROYALS SHUTOUT SUFFOLK 5-0

The first game of the season between the cross town rival Royals & Suffolk was played at The Rinx today with the Royals coming out with a 5-0 win.

Sean Keating started in net for the Royals stopping all 34 shots with 8 power play kills and a penalty shot added on.   Keating frustrated the Suffolk shooters who could not find a hole all game.

The Royals offense once again dominated the play.  Although out shot by Suffolk 34-26 the Royals cashed in for three power play goals and two even up.   Captain Greg Cartwright  and Frank DiChiara each had a goal and an assist and defenseman Anthony Reagan  had two goals with  Brown adding another. 

2010-2011 JUNIOR ROYALS ROSTER

Head Coach - Ken Hoey

Asst Coach -  Tony Colombo

Asst Coach -  Valeri Zelepukin

Asst Coach -  Boris Bykovski

 

    CARTWRIGHT, Michael 
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 2
Position: D
Height: 5-11
Weight: 175
Hometown: Coram, NY
Year of Birth: 1993
 

 

  BROWN,  James
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 3
Position: D
Height: 6-0
Weight: 190
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Year of Birth: 1993
 
 
 
    SEWARD, Russell
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 4
Position: D
Height: 5-10
Weight: 225
Hometown: Pt. Jeff Station , NY
Year of Birth: 1992
 
 
 
    ESPOSITO,  Steven
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 5
Position: F
Height: 5-7
Weight: 160
Hometown: Astoria, NY
Year of Birth: 19933
 
 

 

  ZAVERDAS,  Chris 
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 6
Position: D
Height: 6-0
Weight: 175
Hometown: Commack, NY
Year of Birth: 1994
 
 

 

    HALL,  James
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 7
Position: F
Height: 5'-10"
Weight: 170
Hometown: Lake Grove, NY
Year of Birth: 1993
 
 

 
    DICHIARA,  Frank
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 8
Position: F
Height: 6-1
Weight: 210
Hometown: Ronkonkoma, NY
Year of Birth: 1993
 
 

2008 MET League All Star Selection

2008 MET League MVP Award

2008 MET League High Scorer Award

2011 Hockey Night In Boston  MVP Award

 

    MANASTRYLI, Oleg 
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 9
Position: D
Height: 5-9
Weight: 165
Hometown: Smithtown, NY
Year of Birth: 1993
 
 
 
    YOUNG,  Tyler
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 10
Position: F
Height: 5-9
Weight: 160
Hometown: Sayville, NY
Year of Birth: 1993
 
 

2010 MET League All Star Selection

   STONE,  Harris 
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 11
Position: F
Height: 5-9
Weight: 165
Hometown: Roslyn Estates, NY
Year of Birth: 1993
 
 
 
  JANKETIC,  Matt
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 12
Position: D
Height: 6-0
Weight: 160
Hometown: Northport, NY
Year  of Birth: 1983
 
 

 

   CROCKETT,  Matt
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 13
Position: F
Height: 5-10
Weight: 155
Hometown: Huntington, NY
Date of Birth: 1994
 
 
 
     ROGGEMANN,  Tim

 

Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 14
Position: F
Height: 5-8
Weight: 160
Hometown: Yaphank, NY
Year of Birth: 1992
 
 
 
    PEDAN,  Ruslan
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 15
Position: D
Height: 6-0
Weight: 175
Hometown: Smithtown, NY
Year  of Birth: 1994
 
 
 
    INNELLA,  Nick
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 16
Position: D
Height: 5-8
Weight: 155
Hometown: Port Washington, NY
Date of Birth: 1991
 

 

    SUDANO,   Corey
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 17
Position: F
Height: 5-9
Weight: 145
Hometown: Great River, NY
Year  of Birth: 1992
 

 

 KOSSOWSKY,  Alex
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 19
Position: D
Height: 5-9
Weight: 165
Hometown: Levittown, NY
Year of Birth: 1990
 
 
    REAGAN,  Anthony 
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 22
Position: D
Height: 60
Weight: 200
Hometown: Yonkers, NY
Date of Birth: 1993
 
 
2010 MET League All Star Selection
   MARKOPOULIS,  Spiros
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 23
Position: F
Height: 6-1
Weight: 200
Hometown: New Hyda Park, NY
Year of Birth: 1992
 
 
    ZELEPUKIN,  Danny
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 26
Position: F
Height: 5-11
Weight: 175
Hometown: Smithtown, NY
Year of Birth: 1993
 
 
 
    BAVARO,  Matt
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 27
Position: F
Height: 5-10
Weight: 165
Hometown: Old Bethpage, NY
Year of Birth: 1993
 
 
 
    CALIGIURI,  Vincent
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 28
Position: F
Height: 5-9
Weight: 170
Hometown: Shoreham, NY
Year of Birth: 1993
 
 

2010 MET League All Star Selection

    CARTWRIGHT, Greg
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 91
Position: F
Height: 5'-10
Weight: 175
Hometown: Coram, NY
Year  of Birth: 1991
 

2010 MET League All Star Selection

2011 Hockey Night In Boston  MVP Award

    JONES, Brendan 
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 31
Position: G
Height: 6-1
Weight: 185
Hometown: Farmingville, NY
Year of Birth: 1993
 
 

 

    KEATING, Sean 
 
Current Team: LI Junior Royals
Jersey Number: 35
Position: G
Height: 5-10
Weight: 170
Hometown: Smithtown, NY
Year of Birth: 1994
 
 

2010 MET League All Star Selection