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St. Anthony's meets St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute for state hockey title

The St. Anthony's hockey team poses for a

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When the Friars had their backs against the wall, that was when they were at their best.

Down a game in the postseason, just bounce back and win the next two.

That’s how the St. Anthony’s hockey team captured its fifth consecutive CHSAA championship when it beat Monsignor Farrell, 4-1, in Game 3 of its best-of-three series.

 “We put ourselves in a situation where we had no...

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East Islip's Vuolo honors father in special way on ice

East Islip hockey player Jared Vuolo skates during

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Before he takes the ice, Jared Vuolo writes 'DAD' on his stick. There's so much meaning behind that for the East Islip center, who goes above and beyond for everyone he knows.

At 13 years old, Vuolo lost his father, Ralph, to a sudden heart attack while the two were playing video games at his house.

Since, Vuolo has honored his father in every which way he can.

"He always said...

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Quinn lets his game do the talking for Ice Falcons

Joe Quinn is the type who doesn’t speak very much. The left wing lets his actions do the talking.

But it doesn’t go unnoticed by his teammates and Levittown-Hicksville coach Tom Carroll.

“We joke and say we have to put quarters in to make him talk,” Carroll said. “‘Where’s the slot?’ we ask him. He looks up and smiles at you.”

Quinn doesn’t take it personally and he’s been smiling...

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Bulldogs' hockey going at teams in 'Waves of Four'

Brenden Lloyd isn't just a one-man show for the Bellmore-Merrick boys’ ice hockey team.

What makes the Bulldogs a juggernaut this season is that they come at you in "Waves of Four", Lloyd said.

Meaning Bellmore-Merrick is four lines deep in its attack. There's nothing better than that from Bulldogs coach Chris Patten's perspective.

"We don't rely on just one guy," Patten said....

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Dump and chase still working for Long Beach boys ice hockey

Long Beach hockey player Kieran Hurley.

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The Long Beach way of playing boys ice hockey is very simple.

"We like to get the puck deep and get it behind the other team's defensemen," Marines' 16th year coach Joe Brand said. "Just forecheck real hard and take that puck back."

In other words, Long Beach plays the dump and chase game. And who can argue with that? The Marines (12-1-1) are currently in first place in the small school...

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Nassau’s four best boys ice hockey teams prepping for postseason push

Massapequa's Luc Corso applies some pressure to Long

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There’s nothing better than this time of the year for Syosset coach Jason DePierro.

“As we get toward the end of the season, you’re working extra hard in practice to compete for a county championship,” DePierro said. “This is what you play for.”

The Long Beach, Bellmore-Merrick and Massapequa boys’ ice hockey teams can preach those same words as DePierro and the Braves. One of those...

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Speed atop the Suffolk hockey league with St. John the Baptist, Smithtown-Hauppauge

St. John the Baptist's ice hockey team, front

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When St. John the Baptist and Smithtown-Hauppauge take the ice, the game plan is to play fast. There’s no in-between.

And it’s worked.

The Cougars are in first place at 14-2-1-1 with 30 points and Smithtown-Hauppauge is right behind them in second place (14-3-0-1) with 29 points in the Suffolk County High School Hockey League.

“Smithtown is going to give us our biggest challenge...

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Portledge girls ice hockey team protecting its own zone

It begins and ends with the defense for the Portledge girls’ ice hockey team. “We are first and foremost a defensive team,” Portledge coach Phil Hills said. “The girls get that. Everybody has to help out in the defensive zone.” When everyone helps out, it makes life so much easier for goalkeeper Emily Appenzeller, who has allowed only five goals in seven games. The terrific play of the Melville...

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Friars looking forward to strong finish on ice

Matt Martino of St. Anthony's hockey. (April 1,

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It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.

That’s the approach coach Jeff Stelmok is preaching to his St. Anthony's hockey club this early in the season.

St. Anthony’s (2-2-1), the four-time defending CHSHL ‘A’ Division champions, isn’t off to the best of starts. Yet, Stelmok doesn’t want anyone to be discouraged.

“It’s a matter of us sticking to our game plan, running it, and...

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