posted on November 24, 2015
The LI Royals Bantam Major led by Coach Tony Colombo had a successful campaign at the 2015 Bauer World Invitational held in Chicago, IL on November 6-8. The team was runner-up in the 24 team 2001 AAA Vapor division losing a nail biting championship game 3-4 in overtime. Along the way they defeated teams from Illinois, California, Colorado, and Texas for an overall record of 6-1 with a goal differential of +16.
The Bantam Major’s focused offence was led by Nicholas Ceccarini with 17 pts (13G, 4A) followed by Brandon Avezov (10 pts) and Matt Anastasio (9 pts) with the blue line attack coming from Dylan Murtagh (7 pts). A solid defense led by Marc Mayer and team captain John Buckholtz frustrated the opposition letting goaltenders Vincent Salgado and Shane Drew keep them at bay with a combined GAA of 1.71.
The team’s success was crowned with team assistant captain Nicholas Ceccarini being named the 2001 Vapor Division co-MVP.