2012 USA Hockey Tier III
National Championship
Silver Medal Team

SEASON RECORD  42 - 12 - 1

This page is dedicated to the National Championship Roster players, coaches and injured players that could not attend that made this happen.

This Royals team was the "Little Engine that Could"... all I can say is that it was simply AMAZING. To play a round-robin with just 14 skaters is difficult enough.... to do it in a National Champion Series is even more pressure, but to make it to the National Championship final game.... I don't know what to say. I am extremely proud of our MET League teams... and the irony that it was a MET League team and a former MET League team (Atlanta) in the finals.... man, you can't write a script this well. By Saturday morning the other teams, who thought both our teams would go 0-3, were asking themselves, how do you beat these fast, skilled, smart and well-coached MET League teams. The Royals knocking off Helena, the defending champs, was a shot heard around the country. Kenny and staff were simply brilliant... they knew exactly what they had, and how to play every game. While they gave up lots of shots, it was all perimeter shots and I think in nearly every game, the Royals got as many if not more, quality chances. The finals boiled down only to what was left in the tank.... the boys were spent and gave it everything they had. We've won this tournament before, beaten these leagues before... but I was never more proud of team than I am of THIS Royals team. No complaints.... no issues.... just a bunch of very quiet, hard-working, short-staffed, young men who has a mission.    Glen Hefferan, President AMHL

ONE GOAL SHORT OF A TIER III NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 

After a disappointing one goal loss to Atlanta in the USA Hockey Jr Tier III National Championship Game the Jr. Royals players returned home with some extra items.   Not only did they have silver medals, a trophy and a banner but many of the players had been approached by scouts from Colleges, NAHL and USHL teams.    Coach Hoey said "Several of the boys were given offers and invitations to colleges and team camps for next season, it was nice to see the boys efforts were being rewarded."   Coach Hoey expects many additional offers from scouts will come in the next week or two.  "Our boys received a lot of attention from the scouts at Nationals,  we were the underdog here, a young team with a very short bench and the boys played their hearts out making it to the biggest stage, the National Finals.   I'm very proud of our players and staff for everything we accomplished."Coach Hoey said "Our job is to move the boys on to college or higher levels of hockey, not necessarily to win titles, today we did both very well."     In their last locker room meeting after the National Championship loss Coach Hoey spoke to his team knowing that most of the players will not be here next year.   After congratulating and thanking every player for their hard work he told the boys "We will be back here again".  After being in the Nationals for three straight years including four of the past five,  they will be.

Junior Nationals / Royals Upset #1 Seed 

In Game #1 of the National Championship today in Rochester Minnesota the Long Island Jr Royals played the 2010 Jr A National Champions Helena Bighorns.   Helena who is currently ranked #1 at the Jr A level by Junior Hockey Rankings was also the #1 seed from the America West Junior Hockey League.
The Jr Royals had transportation problems getting to the game today with several players not being able to make it so Coach Hoey had just 14 players on the bench. One of those players was LI Rebels Alumni Brendan Jones who started in net for the Royals. The game started with Helena on the attack causing Jones to make several acrobatic saves.  Back to back penalty kills wore the Royals down and frustrated the Bighorns only to have the (Rebel alumni) Jake Bichko put one in the back of the net  to go up 1-0.    
The  Royals team was giving up bodies blocking shots and taking big hits to keep Helena away from the net.    Towards the end of the second Royals Assistant Capt. Brendan Keating  found a hole  to make it a 2-0 game. In the second period the Royals the short bench was starting to wear down and Helena's constant pressure final paid off making the score 2-1 where the send period ended. The Royals could smell a big upset and came out in the third all fired up.  Bodies were given up to block shots and sacrificed to make a last second pass.   Jones in net was giving a show with save after save being highlight quality.  With a few minutes left in the third Helena again went on a power play with Jones shutting the door on several cross ice plays.   With less than minute left in the game Helena pulled the goalie to go 6 on 5 when JT Hall stripped the defense and buried and empty net for the final score Royals 3 - Helena 1. The Royals were outshot 48 to 18.  A lot of credit has to go to the Jr Royal players for working so hard but the player of the game once again is Brendan Jones for stopping 47 of 48 shots.
 

ROYALS WIN SEMI-FINAL GAME VS HOME TOWN ICE HAWKS 

The Jr Royals defeated the Rochester Ice Hawks tonight to qualify for the USA Hockey Tier III National Finals.   The Ice Hawks were in their ninth straight Jr A Nationals had swept through their first four games moving into the semi-final round. The Royals were  down 4-2 in the third period when they got two quick goals from JT Hall to tie the score.    
With four minutes left in regulation Matt Goldberg worked into the slot and got his second goal of the day by roofing one to put the Royals up 5-4.   JT Hall got his third when he stripped the defense and scored on a empty net to put the game away. Royals goalie Corey Cario stopped 48 of 52 goals including several outstanding saves during the last minute of the game. 
The local Star Tribune newspaper had this paragraph about this game. "Tonight, at 6 p.m., the Rochester Ice Hawks are playing host to the hated Long Island Royals, in the U.S. Tier III Junior Hockey tournament semifinals at the Rochester Rec center. (Good seats available at the door.) A victory puts the Hawks in the noon Tuesday title game against the winner of the Billings-Atlanta game." The Royals will meet Atlanta tomorrow at noon for the USA Hockey Tier III National Championship. 


Members of the  2012-2013 
USA Hockey Tier III Silver Medal Team

#2  Michael Cartwright / Def / Team Captain

 #4  Michael Porcello / Def

             #6 Brendan McGovern / Forward

 #7  Jake Bichko / Forward

 #8  JT Hall / Forward / Team Asst. Capt.

 #9  Andrew Veglucci / Forward

 #11  Andrew Green / Forward

 #12  Matt Janketic / Def

 #15  Anthony Koslow / Forward / Def

  #17  Matthew Goldberg / Forward

 #18 Daylin Frantin / Forward

  #19  Christopher Zaverdas / Def

 #21 Vincent Monfredo / Forward / Asst Capt

 #22 James Mehalakes / Forward

 #23 Adam Goldstein / Forward

    #25  Brendan Keating / Forward / Asst Capt.

 #26  Joseph Napoli / Forward

 #27 Trevor Jones / Defense

 #33 Brendan Jones / Goalie

 #34  Corey Cairo / Goalie

 Ken Hoey / Head Coach

 Tony Colombo / Assistant Coach

 Benoit Hogue / Assistant Coach

This page is dedicated to a courageous, dedicated group of great guys.    The 2011-12 Jr Royals team...........


Short Bench, Big Heart