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12U Tier I - NY State Champions




14U Tier I - NY State Champions

12U Tier I - NY State Finalist




19U / 16U / 12U Tier I - NY State Finalist




16U Tier I - NY State Champions

National Quarter-Finalist (Boston, MA)


14U Tier I - NY State Champions

National Quarter-Finalists (Boston, MA)




14U Tier II - NY State Champions

National Championship Runner Up (Dallas, TX)




12U Tier II - NY State Champions




14U Tier II - NY State Champions





Nikki Kirchberger - Buffalo State College 2016

Haley Porterfield - Chatham College 2018

Emma Ruggiero - Buffalo State College 2019

Megan Reukauf - Buffalo State College 2019

Madeline Komer - Buffalo State College 2019

Grace Page - SUNY Canton 2019

Brianna McFall - Oswego State 2019

Tatum Walber - Potsdam State 2019

Brynn Wopperer - Norwich University 2020

Allyson Barlow - Stevenson University 2020

Maeve Christ - Holy Cross 2020

Bridgid Keane - William Smith 2020

Kayla Kopinski - Buffalo State 2020

Emily King - SUNY Cortland 2020

Claire McCarthy - SUNY Cortland 2020

Ally Edwards - SUNY Cortland 2020

Brianna Colucci - UMASS-Boston 2020

Kira Herkey - Buffalo State 2021




USA Hockey Nationals Website Article – March 15, 2017:

New York District: Another Quick Goal Starts Things Off

By Russell Jaslow, 03/15/17, 2:45PM MDT

Syracuse Nationals undone by fast start


Last year, the USA Hockey Girls Tier I 14U New York District Tournament title game started with a goal right off the opening faceoff. The Syracuse Nationals scored that goal en route to a double overtime victory. In 2017, it was Syracuse that was the victim of a quick goal. This time, the Buffalo Regals used that goal on their way to a 3-1 win.

Buffalo scored about as quickly as you can — nine seconds after the opening faceoff by Abby Ruggiero.

Over three minutes later, Nicole Tulowiecki tied the game on the power play. That was it for scoring until midway through the third when Emma Roland netted the game winner. Roland ended the tournament as the goal leader with seven in six games.

Buffalo coach Tom Ruggiero described the goal: "Fortunately, one of our better players, Emma Rolland, picked up the puck in the neutral zone and the Syracuse defenseman gave her too much time and space. We've been talking to her because she has a hard shot. She brought it over the blue line with some time and space and she just let it rip and it beat the goalie."

Abby Ruggiero scored an empty netter to clinch the game.

"Very intense," Ruggiero said of the game. "Could have gone either way. Both teams deserved to win this today. Congratulations to the Syracuse Nationals. Fortunately for our girls, this is a dream come true. I'm at a loss for words, frankly."

Buffalo beat Syracuse in the round robin portion, 5-3, as the Regals went undefeated on the weekend.

“The girls from the very beginning have played hard,” Ruggiero said. “Nothing would surprise me with this group. I think they are looking to go all the way."

They will be looking to do that at the USA Hockey Girls Tier I National Championships in Rochester/Macomb, Michigan, from April 6-10.
District Champions


14U: Buffalo Regals
16U: Rochester Youth Hockey
19U: Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles




Article on USA HOCKEY Nationals website:


Buffalo Regals Show Girls Hockey is Growing

03/19/2015, 8:45am MDT
By Tom Robinson - Special to USAHockey.com

The girls who recently completed their time with the Buffalo Regals put a lot into the program.

They’re also getting a lot of it.

Six of the eight girls who graduated from the Regals’ 19U team this season have made commitments to continue playing hockey at the NCAA Division III level, all at State University of New York schools. Emma Ruggiero, Megan Reukauf and Maddy Kromer will all continue playing together at Buffalo State while Brie McFall heads off the Oswego State, Grace Page goes to Canton and Tatum Walber to Potsdam.

Tom Ruggiero, the association’s girls’ travel director for the past three seasons, arrived in the program with his daughter, Emma, for the 2010-11 season. The group Emma played with has been a big part of the Regals’ growth.

As a 14U team in 2012, they broke through by completing a series of dramatic wins to finish as USA Hockey Tier II national runners-up. At the time, the Buffalo association only had their 14U team and one older Tier II team. In the years since, the Regals have ascended to Tier I and, instead of seeking to fill teams on a year-to-year basis, have built teams at each age level: 19U, 16U, 14U, 12U and 10U.

“We had a good first year, and we started adding teams from there,” Tom Ruggiero said. “A lot of good things, a lot of coaches and, fortunately, we’ve had a good run building up the program.

“You never know how long it’s going to last, but it’s a good opportunity and a good situation for a lot of girls, and we’ll keep it going as long as we can.”

Ruggiero coached the 16U team to a Tier I New York state title and national quarterfinal appearance in 2014. The Regals also won the state Tier I 14U title last season.

He coached the 12U and 19U teams this season, which joined the 16U squad in giving the Regals three state runners-up on the Tier I level. Next season, he will lead the 14U team.

When the tryouts are done and the Regals set their 17-player Tier I rosters, Ruggiero has options for the remaining girls..

“Every team had to make cuts,” Ruggiero said of the Cheektowaga-based program. “The good thing with the girls’ game is that other organizations do have Tier II teams. You never know on any given year who’s going to have a given age group. The numbers aren’t always there to fill all those teams.

“At the same time, we have an idea who’s going to be stronger and can make recommendations. At the end of the day, we want the girls have a place where they want to play. Most of the coaches in the area, we have a relationship with and talk back and forth.”


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Article from USA Hockey Nationals website:


Alaska Icebreakers claim title with late game-winner (Game Recap)

04/02/2012, 9:30am MDT
By John Trachina

McKINNEY, Texas -- Megan Kubichek knew she was in a lot of pain, but she was determined not to let her season end sitting on the bench.

With about seven minutes remaining in the USA Hockey Tier II 14-and-Under National Championship game, in which her Alaska Icebreakers team was tied 1-1 with the Buffalo Regals, Kubichek’s stick got stuck in the boards and the butt-end jammed her in the stomach, just below the ribs, leaving her writhing on the ice in pain for several minutes. 

But after a little recovery time on the bench, Kubichek declared that she was ready, got back on the ice and wound up scoring the game-winning goal with just 1:53 left to clinch the title.

“I don’t know, it could be some internal bleeding, but I’d trade that for a game-winning goal every day,” said Kubichek, who was sporting a raised red welt the size of a puck after the game. “It hurt really bad but I did not want to be sitting on that bench, I wanted to get out there.”

Added Icebreakers coach Luther Brice: “She rested there for a little bit, basically took a stick in the gut from getting it stuck in the wall there, but as soon as she said she was ready, we got her back out on the ice, and I’m glad we did.”

As for her dramatic game-winner, her second goal of the tournament, Kubichek displayed impressive patience with the puck after picking up a rebound in front of Buffalo goalie Maddy Utz, then lifted a point-blank wrist shot into the upper right corner.

“It’s all just a blur,” she said of the winner. “But I do remember, Dynnea [Bezona] took a shot and there was a rebound, and I saw the goalie was leaving her upper shoulder open and I thought, ‘I can do this, I’ve done this so many times before in practice,’ and so I just went for it and I got it.”

Combined with a first period goal by Mackenzie Sylvester and 17 saves from Sabrina Nichols, victory was sweet for the Icebreakers.

“It’s a great feeling,” acknowledged Brice, whose squad finished with just one defeat, a 3-2 setback to the Montgomery Blue Devils in round-robin play. “It was our goal from the beginning of the season, and having made the game was great, but the girls really dug deep and wanted to win it this year. It was very exciting, right down to the wire today with two minutes to go. It seems like this whole tournament, it’s been a lot of close games all the way through it.”

“It feels amazing, the feeling of winning and knowing that you’ve worked your hardest and that it paid off in the end,” added Kubichek. “Starting eight months ago, we’ve been working up to this moment and this game, and we did it. We worked our butts off and it just feels great.”

For Buffalo, which overcame multiple obstacles en route to the New York state championships just to qualify for nationals, the thrilling final game capped off their silver medal-winning season nicely. 

“It’s not disappointing at all. The girls played hard, we’ve never been more proud of them,” said Regals coach Tom Ruggiero. “The other team scored one more goal than us, late, and we were right there. We had some good looks, the girls should be happy, their heads should be held high. That was fantastic. I’ve never needed the scoreboard to know how well we played or if we were the better team. Tomorrow, we win this game, I think.”

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