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PAL Junior Islanders Take USPHL 14U Premier Minor Title

By Mike Klein, 03/05/17, 7:30PM EST


Wayne, NJ (March 5, 2017)- The PAL Jr. Islanders claimed the 2017 USPHL High Performance Youth 14-and-under Minor Premier Division title by knocking off the New Jersey Rockets 5-2.
PAL earned their spot in the finals with a tense 5-4 overtime win over the Westchester Express in Saturday’s early semifinal game. In the late game, the Rockets skated past the Jersey Hitmen to advance.
The 14-and-under Major Premier title marks the third USPHL title in the history of the PAL Jr. Islanders organization. Long considered the powerhouse program on Long Island, PAL youth hockey teams have produced scores of players across the NCAA with many of them continuing into professional hockey. NHL players such as Chris Higgins and Keith Kincaid, as well as 2009 Hobey Baker Award winner Matt Gilroy, have passed through the PAL program on their way to stardom.
With the 14-and-under titles coming just one week after the organization’s 18-and-under championship, it is no secret that the future of hockey on Long Island looks bright as ever.