Hauppauge, N.Y.-- It was a busy weekend for P.A.L. Jr. Islanders teams with the U-18, Empire and Premier divisions all seeing action. The Empire division team found success with back-to-back 8-4 wins over the Frederick Freeze while the U-18 and Premier had splits for the weekend.
Games kicked off Friday with the Premier team taking on the Boston Jr. Bruins. Premier players Matthew Crockett and Matt McMorrow scored to give the Jr. Islanders a 2-1 victory.
Saturday games included an Empire victory over the Frederick Freeze (8-4), an U-18 defeat (8-1) at the hands of the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs and disappointing 4-0 loss for the Premier team against the Jr. Bruins.
The Empire and U-18 teams would square off again on Sunday. The Empire players continued to dominate the Freeze. Posting another 8-4 win while the U-18 team rebounded to win 4-3 over the Jr, Monarchs.
The entire P.A.L. organization wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
Hauppauge, N.Y.—The P.A.L. Jr. Islanders general manager Ron Kinnear and head coach Ed Galiani are proud to announce the commitment of goaltender Brendan Leahy to Providence College.
The Massachusetts native joined the Jr. Islanders for their inaugural season in the United States Premier Hockey League. The USPHL is focused on development and Leahy’s success is a testament to the quality of the league, the P.A.L. Organization and his skill.
The 6-foot-2, 210 lbs. goaltender joined the Jr. Islanders after being released from the USHL. He helped the team rebound from a disappointing 1-8 start, pulling the team within two points of contention.
“We strive to move players onto the next level and help them fulfill their dreams of playing collegiate hockey,” said head coach Galiani. “It’s with mixed emotions that we say goodbye to Brendan. He’s been an asset to our team and it’s difficult to lose your top goalie mid season. However we wish him much success with Providence.”
Leahy will join the Friars beginning in December. This marks the third NCAA division I commitment from the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders this season. Fellow teammates Brandon Fusaro (Army) and Tommaso Bucci (Mercyhurst) had previously committed.
The entire P.A.L. organization congratulates Brendan Leahy on his division I commitment to Providence College in the Hockey East.
The P.A.L. Jr. Islanders Extend Commitment to Community
Haupaugge, NY— The P.A.L. Jr. Islanders continue their commitment to the community of Long Island with the Ronald McDonald House charity game.
The P.A.L. Jr. Islanders continue to follow in the footsteps of their partner organization, the New York Islanders, with the Ronald McDonald House charity. Players will participate in a charity game on December 3, against the Metro Moose.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated and players are raising money through pledges the Ronald McDonald House Cup- Long Island website.
The Ronald McDonald House Long Island Cup is a prestigious tournament featuring four pillars of Long Island junior hockey. The New York Apple Core, Metro Moose, Long Island Royals and the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders will square off to claim the cup and raise funds for RMH.
The Jr. Islanders have a long -standing tradition of service on Long Island. “Players have a strong connection to the community,” said Ron Kinnear, general manager. “It’s part of growing up, to see people hurting and making a difference."
Players also participated in the “Walk-a-thon” in support of Bethpage Children’s hospital.
“For many players on the team this is home. It’s where they grew up,” said Bryan Price. “It’s great to be able to help the community by doing what we love, playing hockey.”
Puck drops on December 3, 2013 at 7pm. The event will be held at Iceworks skating facility. The P.A.L. Jr. Islanders Empire team takes on their divisional rivals the Metro Moose with hopes of advancing to the RMH-LI Cup finals on January 7 at Bethpage Community Park.
“Anytime there is a sense of competition, as athletes our players want to win,” said Kinnear. “This year players have the opportunity to compete, not only on the ice, but online as well.”
“It’s a great event and we couldn’t be happier to be a part of it,” said Kinnear. “It’s this type of atmosphere that makes you realize what a fantastic organization RMH and P.A.L. Jr. Islanders are.”
Players will continue their regular season with the Crocodile Cup in Estero, Fla. “One of the great things about hockey is the travel,” said Kinnear. “Players will face steep competition amongst the sunshine at the tournament and it will be a good scale to judge the readiness of our team.”
Hauppauge, N.Y.— To the P.A.L. Junior Islanders organization
being active in the community is a way of life. The organization continues to
push the envelop on and off the ice, developing skilled athletes and dedicated
P.A.L. players participated in the annual Pride in Athletics
for Life Walk-A-Thon with proceeds benefitting the Stony Brook Children’s
hospital. “It’s a good time and great to see the entire community involved,”
said defenseman James Mazza. “This is our local community and our home. We want
to be a part of it.”
Members of the Pride in Athletics for Life organization and
the New York Islanders street team joined the Jr. Islanders. “The New York
Islanders are always dedicated to the community,” said GM Ron Kinnear. “They
bring support and joy to our community.”
Members of the USPHl the P.A.L. Junior Islanders U16, U18,
Empire and Premier divisions travelled to Marlborough to participate in the
Junior Bruins Shootout. The heavily scouted showcase featured some of the top
talent in North America.
“The only way for players to improve is to play the top
competition,” said Kinnear. “This is true on every level and essential to
building the top contenders.”
Kinnear knows what it takes to build a championship roster;
the 2009 Suffolk Juniors (now P.A.L. Jr. Islanders) captured it all with the
national championship win.
The Premier team is under the direction of former
All-American Eddie Galiani. Galiani is no stranger to success and acknowledges
his team has some growing pains to under go. “We’re still working out the
kinks, but the level of talent and the work ethic will yield success,” said
Galiani. “As an organization we pride ourselves on our development process.
This is part of development.”
“It’s about finishing the game,” said forward Mike Sweeney.
“There is a lot of talent on our team and when we put it all together we’re
going to be powerful contenders.”
Sweeney’s sentiments were echoed by his fellow teammates Max
Cobb and Tyler Whitney. “We have to put in a full 50-60 minutes,” said Cobb.
“It’s a group of great guys with each guy working to earn his spot.”
The Junior Islanders look to build when they host the Boston
Junior Bruins at The Rinx. “It’ll be great to play a game in front of our
hometown crowd,” said Michael Leone.
For more information on the P.A.L. Junior Islanders visit www.paljrislanders.com or follow the
teams on twitter @palislanders.
The P.A.L. ice hockey program is built on teaching players about life, teamwork, commitment and the game of ice hockey. Based on those values it is no surprise that this year's Walk-A-Thon was a tremendous success.
Youth P.A.L. ice hockey players of all ages came out to the Rinx in Hauppauge on a beautiful Sunday morning. Players came prepared to raise as money to help assist Stony Brook University Medical Center and their Children's Hospital.
The Stony Brook Children's Hospital offers the most advanced pediatric specialty care in our region thanks to the 140-plus pediatric specialists available in 30 different specialties. There is a special bond between the P.A.L. hockey program and the Stony Brook Children's Hospital as both are built on helping the youth of our area.
Take a look at the photo gallery of Sunday's incredible event.
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Hauppauge, N.Y.-- THe P.A.L. Jr. Islanders travelled to Conencticut to take on their first league opponent, the Connecticut Yankees. The showcase style exhibition game had the Islanders come out on top with a 6-2 win.
Playing in the top tier of the United States Premier Hockey League, the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders finished a week-long training camp in Midland, Ontario, before taking on the Yankees. Through practice and team building activities the first-time linemates had instant chemistry.
"It's the first time a lot of the guys are playing together," said Forward Jared Morris. "It went well, I think."
Head coach Eddie Galiani echoed the sentiment, praising his teams initial efforts and defensive approach.
The Jr. Islanders had goals from Schiavo, Morris, Sweeney, Mazza and McMorrow.
The Islanders are next in action against the New Jersey Hitmen. Catch all of the Jr. Islanders action by following us on twitter @PALJrIslanders.