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JR. ROYALS UPSET #1 SEED JR. A HELENA 

March 30th.......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  Rebel 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.    
A few seconds into the second period Royals Assistant Capt. Brendan Keating  found a hole  to make it a 2-0 game. In the second period the Royals short bench was starting to wear down and Helena's constant pressure final paid off making the score 2-1 where the period ended. The Royals could sense 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.   Brendan Jones  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 an 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.      Several NAHL and USHL teams were present and expressed interest in Royal players.
The Royals play game two today (3-31) against the Great Lakes Junior Hockey League #1 Seed Chicago Bulldogs.

To follow the Jr Royals in Rochester Minnesota check their web page at www.liroyalsjrs.com or watch the games live at  www.fasthockey.com   


Posted in: Team News
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REBELS ANNOUNCE 2012-2013 COACHING STAFF
The Long Island Rebels are pleased to announce the coaching staff for the 2012-2013 season........   
Pre Travel Mites            Dennis McGovern
Mites                                Mike Porcello
Squirt Minor                    Kevin Young
Squirt Major                    Dennis McGovern
PW Minor                        Mike Porcello / Assistant Ken Hoey
PW Major                        Kevin Sparling / Assistant Dan Talia
Bantam Minor                Tony Colombo
Bantam Major                Tom Cartwright / Assistant Don Scarpato 
Midget 16U A                    Dan Talia
Midget 16U AA                Kevin Corey
Midget 18U AA                Joe Bichko 
Posted in: Organization News
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In the Cheel Arena, Postdam NY, the Long Island Rebels Midget 16 team opened the 2012 NY State Championship facing off against the Monroe County Eagles.  The game opened with both teams sizing each other up for almost the entire first period.  Rebels net minder Trevor VonKampen was tested early, turning away everything that was thrown at him.  The Rebels started heating things up as the period drew to a close. With 16:39 gone the Rebels broke the ice as Marc Aureliano finished off a nifty pass play from Joe Posillico and Nicolas Nici.  That would end the first with each goalie facing 9 shots.  At the start of the second the Rebels began to turn it up a notch and at 5:44 in the Rebels would tally again this time by Tyler Rifice from Chris Callandra and Matt O'Shaughnessy.  The scoring in the second would end there as the Rebel defense fought off a 5 on 3 in the waining minutes of the second.  Heading into the locker room for the between period ice cut the Rebels had managed to hold on to the 2-0 score.  Returning to start the third Long Island must have been pumped up by the stellar defensive killing off the 2 man advantage. It was time for the offense to take charge.  Rifice netted his second of the game on assists from Joe McGuire and O'Shaughnessy and just 29 seconds later Aureliano would get his second with another assist going to McGuire.  At the horn, the Rebels found themselves on the top side of a 4-0 shutout.

The afternoon game would not fair as well for the Rebel squad.  The Rebels drew the Dynamos from Clifton Park in the nightcap game.  Earlier in the season the Rebels faced CP and came up on the short end of a 5-1 score.  The Dynamos got on the board early, blasting a shot off a nice pass with just 2:31 expired.  The game was fast paced and after the early tally, Rebels goalie Patrick Cavanaugh settled in and turned away shot after shot.  It was not until the third period with 4:23 left would CP register the second and final goal of the game. Cavanaugh would face 29 shots overall and the loss put the Rebels in a wait and see mode as their hopes to make the crossover were resting with their fellow Eastern Zone team the Westchester Vipers.  A win by the Vipers, who earlier had taken down the Dynamo, would all but eliminate the Rebels.  As the first day closed, Monroe County did what the Rebels had hoped and downed the Vipers 7-2.  The Long Island squad now controls their own destiny, tied with Monroe, the Vipers, and the Dynamo, the Rebels will try to seal the deal as they take on the Westchester team on Saturday.  A win over the Vipers will guarantee at least a second place finish in their round robin division and a trip to the semi-finals.  GO REBELS!! 

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The Long Island Rebels completed the New York State Championship round robin today with a win and a loss in the final day of the round robin.  Coach Kevin Young led the boys to a 3-1 record placing them in the second position of their seeding bracket.  The only loss for the 97 team came at the hands of the talented St Lawrence Thunder.  

The morning game was as expected, the Rebels and the Thunder played a high paced, action packed game in what may prove to be a preview of the state finals.  The pace was fast and the play end to end with the first 16 minutes ticking by and no score on the board.  Reports of an "Awesome" game were heard all the way to Long Island as Rebel fans awaited the nail biting outcome.  16 more minutes burned off the clock finding the Thunder up 1-0 at the cut.  Although the Rebels had out shot St. Lawrence, they could not find the back of the net and wound up dropping the opener to the First place Thunder 5-0.  

Returning to rink later on in the day the Long Island boys found themselves faced with a "win and your in" situation entering the night cap pitted against the Camillus Cougars.  Rebel pride came through in a big way as the squad quickly posted a 3-1 lead heading into the second period.  Up 5-1 at the start of the third, drama was soon to unfold.  Perhaps the Cougars felt a sense of urgency, or perhaps frustration was starting to show but the first 6 minutes found the Rebels net minder on the back end of a few vicious hits.  With ten minutes left in the 5-1 game Camillus crashed the net injuring Galiczewski and taking him out of the game.  With the Cougars on a power play, Kevin Young called on Alex Gallose to close it out.  Alex plays on the Rebels Bantam Minor team and was a last minute state approved entry to the 97 team.  Camillus wasted no time in testing the goalie, quickly ripping two vicious shots both of which were turned away.  The flurry sparked the Bantam team as they finished the round robin like they opened it, burying four more goals in the final minutes putting the Cougars down 9-1. 

The Rebels are now only two wins away from the state championship crown.  Sunday morning will find them facing their LIAHL rival the Long Island Edge.  In league play this season the Edge holds a 2-0 advantage.....but this is the state championship!!!!! 

GO REBELS!!!!!

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At 6:00 AM on a snowy Friday morning, in Clinton NY,  The Rebels 97 Bantam team opened the New York State Championship and got off to a bang.  As the first few minutes of the game went by, Kevin Young and the boys showed why they finished first seed in the East.  Up 5-0 with only six minutes gone it looked like the Rebels would cruise to an easy opening victory.  Midway through the second, the Rebels were holding a comfortable 5-1 lead.  The squad from Clinton hung tough, fighting back in the third, and with the help of several bad penalties taken by the Rebels, they were able to close to within one as Clinton netted their fourth goal with 23 seconds left in the game.  The Rebels were able to hold on as Clinton elected to keep their net minder in place and not put out an extra skater. As the last seconds ticked off the clock, The Rebels would find themselves posting the first win in the 2012 tournament.

The Bantams were back at it at in the afternoon, this time facing a strong Tonawanda team who took the ice for the first time in the states.  Once again the Rebels jumped out to a quick lead, going up 4-1 in the first.  Kevin Young must have been experiencing flashbacks of the morning game as Tonawanda was able to close the gap as the second period ended 4-3 Rebels.  The third period was filled with back and forth action but once again, at the final buzzer, the 97 Rebels had posted another W in the win column finishing off Tonawanda 6-4.  

The Rebels face St. Lawrence Saturday morning and finish the round robin against Camillus later on in the day.  Go REBELS!!!!

The 97 Bantams as well as the Rebel organization would like to say a very special thank you to Alex Gallose and his family.  Alex has demonstrated the true meaning of team spirit and dedication by joining the 97 squad just days before the states started.  At the last minute, the state bound Rebels were in danger of attending the tournament with only one goalie, Alex stepped up and is on the bench in the event he is needed!  THANKS!!!!!

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