The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club will be having an open tryout for 2017-18 season at Florida Hospital Center Ice.
The tryouts are Friday April 28th from 7:30-10:00 pm and Saturday April 29th from Noon-3:00 pm. Tryouts are open to 1997-2001 birth years.
The Tampa Bay Juniors play in the USPHL and will be fielding teams at the Elite and Premier levels. For more information contact:
Garrett Strot firstname.lastname@example.org
By Brett M Bruneteau and TBJ Staff
The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club is proud to announce its affiliation with the NCDC's South Shore Kings. "South Shore was one of the two teams we were hoping to get an affiliation with," said Head Coach Brett Strot, "They are a first class organization and with us having a team at the premier level now this will only help in our recruiting of top talent."
The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club have officially moved to their new home, The Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel. The State of the art facility will be the home for TBJ for the remainder of this season and many seasons after.
The facility will have 4 sheets of ice and a mini rink. The main rink, called Busch Gardens Rink, will hold about 500+ fans and will be the home rink for TBJ. It also will feature an olympic size rink and the 4th ice sheet will also be converted for roller hockey, ball hockey, basketball and volleyball.
"This will be an amazing setup for our program, said Head Coach Garrett Strot, along with locker rooms for both teams we will have a turf track right behind our locker room for sprint training along with a skills area for our off ice program. The rink will also have a weight room and a players lounge for the team."
Florida Hospital also will have a full time staff at the facility for injury care and prevention.
The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club is proud to announce it is joining up with Saddlebrook Sports Performance to work together for off ice training. "Saddlebrook is a world class resort, said Coach Brett Strot, they have a great facility with a 50 yard turf field where we can do our sprint training. Plus it allows us to enjoy the Florida weather in the winter."
Also Chris May and his staff will be working with the players on plyometrics and explosiveness along with the sprinting. Saddlebrook Sports Performance works with many professional players during their off seasons and will be a huge resource for the Tampa Bay Juniors.
The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club are proud to announce that Strive Athletic Club will serve as the teams home for weight training and off ice training. "Strive gives our players a first class weight training facility, said Coach Garrett Strot, all of our players are members there and gives them a chance to use the facility any time they want."
by Irwin Fletcher
The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club have 9 players on their roster from the State of Minnesota, leaving the “State of Hockey” for “Hockey Paradise” to help further their hockey careers. Players Ryan Vlaisavljevich (Woodbury, MN), Curtis Hansen (Prior Lake, MN), Chase Jungels (Edina, MN), Nick Hames (St Louis Park, MN), Gabe Heifort (Bemidji, MN), Jory McWilliams (Bloominton, MN), Nathan Nelsen (Hopkins, MN), Johnny Ferguson (Minnetonka, MN) and Peter Celetka (Prior Lake, MN) all decided to leave the Land of 10,000 Lakes and come to the Tampa area to play for the Tampa Bay Juniors HC and to play in the tough USPHL Southern Division.
Co Head Coaches Brett and Garrett Strot both are from Minnesota and use their connections there to help recruit players to come south. “I still live in Minnesota in the summers,” said Garrett Strot,”so most of my recruiting is from there and with many tier 2 junior teams having camps there it makes it easier to see these players multiple times. Minnesota has I feel the greatest pool of talent and we will always have our core of players come from there.”
But what makes these players want to leave a hockey hotbed for the 80 degree winter weather? “The weather is part of it,” joked Brett Strot, “but in reality it’s the training that our program does that brings these players south. We really focus on the speed of hands, feet and mind.”
“Coming from the situation I was in at my high school, coming down and a chance to play for Garrett and Brett was an easy decision for me,” said Team Captain Ryan Vlaisaljevich, “Garrett saw me my junior year in Minots camp and showed interest in me right away. Best decision I could’ve made.”
“The competition is great in the USPHL South.” Said Curtis Hansen, “You have to work hard for everything, every game is a dog fight. You can’t go into the game thinking you’re just going to win because if you go into the game with that mindset you won’t win. Anyone can beat anyone which has been proven already this season.”
“I like how we get a taste of a different style of hockey.” Said Jory McWilliams, ‘We don’t know any other players here or know anything about them. Up north I know someone on every team.”
“The players that come down here enjoy the program we run and the play in the USPHL,” Said Garrett Strot, “It’s great giving players from Minnesota another option for their development and gives them exposure to many schools, and with the opening of the Florida Hospital Center Ice we have a second to none training set up.”
Look for the “State of Hockey” to “Hockey Paradise” pipeline to continue.
by D Dunn
The Tampa Bay Juniors USP3 Team finished their season on a high note with a 2-1 win over the Daytona Racers at the Florida Hospital Ice Center Sunday. Will Kromer would get TBJ going with his 1st goal of the season assisted by Xander Pivovarnik, who ironically scored his 1st goal of the season in Saturday's 3-2 loss. Peter Celetka (Frankich, Haynes) would put TBJ up two with a power play goal at 9:35 of the first. Daytona would cut the lead in half but that would be all the scoring for the game.
The 2nd and 3rd periods saw both teams go back and forth but Severin Coralla made the lead hold with 34 saves. This marks the last game for a USP3 Team in the TBJ Organization. Next season Tampa will field a Premier Team along with keeping its Elite Team and drop its USP3 Team.
Elite goes on road for first round of playoffs
The Tampa Bay Juniors Elite team will start its playoffs on the road next weekend in Fort Myers. TBJ finished 5th in the standings and will face the Florida Eels at the skatium in a best of 3 playoff. The playoffs start Friday 2/17 at 8:00 pm and Saturday 2/18 at 8:30 pm. Game 3 if necessary will be Monday 2/20 at noon in Fort Myers
by D Dunn
The Tampa Bay Juniors USP3 team swept the Florida Eels this past weekend for their first sweep of the season in the home and home series. The wins were led by the Jacob Haynes, Logan Cline and Peter Celetka line as the trio combined for 20 points over the weekend.
Saturday saw Tampa win 6-4. After the Eels jumped to a 2-0 lead, Haynes (Cline, Geer)would pull TBJ within one. It wouldn't hold as Florida would jump to a 4-1 lead. Before the 2nd period would end Haynes (Marquardt, Cline) and Celetka (Mulholland , Cline) would score power play goals to make it 4-3. In the third period TBJ would tie it and take the lead for good with goals by Haynes (Celetka, Marquardt) and two by Max Mulholland (Cline, Celletka). Perry Giannino made 25 saves for the win.
In the rematch, once again TBJ would fall behind but after Chase Jungels second of consecutive goal gave TBJ the lead they never looked back. Once again led by the Haynes, Cline, Celetka line the three combined to score 3 goals in the second period as Tampa pulled away. Nick Panfen, Zack Parker and Mulholland all would score as TBJ completed the sweep with an 8-4 win. Goalies Michael Doherty and Severin Corallo combined to make 37 saves in the win.
Elite Drops Two too Eels
The Tampa Bay Juniors Elite Team dropped 2 games over the weekend to the Eels 7-3 and 4-3. The 2 losses put TBJ one point behind the Eels for home ice in the first round of the playoffs. Both teams have 3 games left including the season finally Sunday February 12th at the Florida Hospital Center Ice.
01/22/2017, 4:00pm EST
By Mike Klein
The United States Premier Hockey League is proud to recognize the Southern Stars from the Elite and USP3HL divisions. The players represent the top players in their respective divisions as chosen by the coaches and are grouped geographically, with one team playing for Georgia and Florida-based teams (Team Florida), and the other representing teams from Virginia and North Carolina (Team Piedmont).
Forwards: Zach Boyle (Florida Eels), Clayton Boyd (Florida Eels), JS Robidoux (Florida Eels), Jordan Court (Florida Eels), Curtis Hanson (Tampa Bay Juniors), Mason Ledbetter (Tampa Bay Juniors), Jory McWilliams (Tampa Bay Juniors), Gabriel Vanier (Palm Beach Hawks), Matias Weir (Palm Beach Hawks), Daniel Luyten (Atlanta Jr. Knights), Ivan Bukshevanny (Atlanta Jr. Knights), Evan Schreiber (Atlanta Knights)
Defensemen: Ryan Vlaisaviljevivh (Tampa Bay Juniors), Nicholas Magill-Dill (Florida Eels), Josh Weakland (Atlanta Knights), Saxon Greene (Tampa Bay Juniors), Cole Uzzell (Atlanta Jr. Knights), William Briere (Palm Beach Hawks)
Goaltenders: Nolan Greene (Florida Eels), Gabe Heifort (Tampa Bay Juniors)
Forwards: Noah Madey (Atlanta Jr. Knights), Adam Hulsey (Atlanta Jr. Knights), Matthew Gagnon (Atlanta Jr. Knights), Adam Zimmerman (Tampa Bay Juniors), Trevor Bednarek (Florida Jr. Blades), Saxon RJ Zebley (Florida Jr. Blades), Tyler O’Mara (Florida Jr. Blades), Gavin Medina (Florida Jr. Eels), Kellen Crowther (Florida Jr. Eels), Steven Malbeuf (Palm Beach Hawks), Raphael Maltais (Daytona Racers), Paul Rigolni (Daytona Racers)
Defensemen: Barry Groesch (Florida Eels), Jonas Hostovecky (Florida Jr. Blades), Cullen Rush (Atlanta Jr. Knights), Jesse Stepp (Atlanta Jr. Knights), David Israel (Palm Beach Hawks), Devon Rodriguez (Florida Jr. Blades)
Goaltenders: Cayden Bailey (Florida Jr. Blades), Dustin Read (Atlanta Jr. Knights)
Congratulations to all selected players.
by D Dunn
The Tampa Bay Juniors HC opened their new home with a resounding sweep of the Palm Beach Hawks this past weekend 8-2 and 9-0 and extended their winning streak to 8 games. It also marked the first games played at the Florida Hospital Center Ice, a 5 sheet facility in Wesley Chapel.
In Game 1 Jory McWilliams (Mason Ledbetter, Ryan Vlaisavljevich) would score on the first shift and the first shot of the game to christen the new facility for the Elite Team. McWillams would get his 2nd of the game along with goals from Donald Alchin and Curtis Hansen to put TBJ up 4 by the end of the 1st period.
Ledbetter and Alec Murano would score 2nd period goals and Hansen and Parker Elvy would finish the scoring for TBJ in the 3rd. Goalie Gabe Heifort made 17 saves in the win.
In game 2 Austin Simpson (Nathan Nelsen) would put Tampa up 1-0 and that is all TBJ could get by Palm Beach goalie in the 1st period. That all changed in the second when Tampa exploded for 5 goals led by new comer Nathan Nelsen's 2 goals. McWilliams, Jayce Dorman and Saxon Greene would also score in the 5 goal outburst. The 3rd period saw Tampa continue to dominate as Murano, Dillon Scammon and Nick Hames would all score. Another new comer, Nicolas Redmond would get the shutout in his first game with TBJ.
USP3 loses two close ones
The USP3 team would drop 2 close games by 2-1 and 6-4. In game 1 Luke Zimmermann would score the 1st goal for TBJ in the new Florida Hospital Center Ice history, and goalie Perry Giannino would make 38 saves for TBJ but it wasn't enough in the tough 2-1 loss. Game 2 Sunday saw each team share goals as Peter Celetka, Spencer Geer, Zack Parker and Adam Zimmermann all would score but Palm Beach would get an empty net goal to seal it 6-4.
by D Dunn
The Tampa Bay Juniors Elite team swept a home an home series with the Palm Beach Hawks over the weekend 6-2 and 4-1. With the sweep TBJ has extended their unbeaten streak to 6 games.
Saturday Tampa started strong with first period goals by Parker Elvy (Jayce Dorman, Nick Hames) and Tommy Yore (Austin Simpson, Dillon Scammon) to give TBJ a 2-0 1st period lead. Palm Beach fired back in the 2nd period scoring 2 goals in the first 2:29 of the period to tie it 2-2. Tampa would settle down and Mason Ledbetter (Jory McWilliams, Ryan Vaisavljevich) would score before the end of the period to give Tampa the lead once again.
In the 3rd period Tampa would pull away with back to back goals by Nick Hames, Dorman and Nick Panfen would assist on the 1st one and Craig Campagnolio and Elvy would get helpers on the second one. Ledbetter (Vlaisavljevich) would finish the scoring with a power play goal. Gabe Heifort made 20 saves for the win.
The rematch would be Sunday in Palm Beach with the home team playing very stingy defensively. Despite Tampa getting 26 shots on goal in the first period the score remained scoreless after 1. Palm Beach would score :59 seconds into the second period and make that one goal lead hold up going into the 3rd.
Finally TBJ would break through with a goal by Nick Panfen (Curtis Hansen, Donald Alchin), his first of the season, tied the game at 1-1. Less than a minute later Hames (Saxon Greene, Ledbetter) would give TBJ the lead. Mason Ledbetter (Hansen, Alchin) would score too put TBJ up two goals and then ledbetter got his 2nd of the game finishing off Palm Beach with an empty net goal. Perry Giannino, a Palm Beach Resident, made 32 saves in his Elite debut for the win.
New Rink Opening
Saturday's game marked the last game the Tampa Bay Juniors will play at the Ellenton Ice Arena. The team is moving to the brand new 4 sheet Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel. TBJ will debut there Saturday 1/21 and Sunday 1/22. The USP3 will play at 9:00 am both days and Elite at noon both days.
by D Dunn
The Tampa Bay Juniors Elite Team had a very strong showing in the USPHL Winter Showcase this past weekend in Marlboro, MA going 4-0. TBJ defeated the NY Aviators 9-1, Bay State Breakers 3-0, Boston Jr Bruins 5-4 and the Jersey Hitmen 3-2.
TBJ opened the showcase with a 9-1 win over the Aviators. After the first half of the game TBJ held a 3-1 lead but exploded for 6 goals in the second half. Leadin the way was new comer Alec Murano who had 2 goals and an assist in the game. Donald Alchin also got into the act with 4 assist to help lead the attack. Gabe Heifort picked up the win.
In game 2 TBJ would face a hard working Bay State team winning 3-0. Saxon Greene, Mason Ledbetter and Jory McWilliams each scored and Curtis Hansen assisted on all 3 goals. Goalie Nate Andersen got the Shutout making 17 saves.
Game 3 saw TBJ start slow verse the Jr Bruins falling behind 2-0 at the half. After the Jr Bruins made it 3-0 12 seconds into the second half, TBJ woke up with 2 goals by Ledbetter 3 1/2 minutes apart. Saxon Greene, McWilliams (2) and Hansen all would get assist. Ryan Vlaisavljevich goal (Tommy Yore, Alchin) at the 8:19 mark of the period would finally tie it for TBJ. With 3:49 to go in the game Boston would take the lead again on a goal to put TBJ back down one. With TBJ taking a 5 minute major penalty they would have to play shorthanded the rest of the game but Hansen (Greene, Heifort) would score shorthanded to send the game into overtime.
In OT Tampa still had to kill of the penalty and did led by Parker Elvy and Jayce Dorman. After a scoreless OT the game went into a shootout where both Ledbetter and Murano scored and Heifort stopped both attemps to seal the come from behind victory.
The last game of the showcase saw TBJ take on the Jersey Hitmen. It was an unusual game in that the Zamboni was not working and both teams had to play on ice that already had a game played in front of them. The bad ice didn't deter Tampa as they jumped to a 2-0 lead on goals from Greene (Yore, Austin Simpson) and Dillon Scammon (Vlaisavljevich, Nick Hames). Jersey would come back and tie the game but at 13:40 Simpson (Greene, Yore) would net the game winner.
With TBJ going 4-0 in Boston they now moved into 4th place of the Southern Division.
USP3 Knocks off Junior Bruins
The USP3 Team defeated the Jr Bruins 6-3 in the Winter Showcase going 1-3 despite playing some of there best hockey of the season. In the win TBJ jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Max Mulholland (Dan Duncan) got things started for Tampa 4:31 into the game. Luke Zimmermann (Mulholland, Vargas) put TBJ up two and then Mulholland (Duncan, Patrick Brower) struck again to give Tampa a 3-0 lead at the break.
TBJ kept up their strong play as Spencer Geer gave TBJ a 4-0 lead :39 seconds into the period. Tanner Frankich (Peter Celetka, Mulholland) would extend the lead to 5-0. Boston was not going away as they would score 3 straight goals to cut the lead to 5-3. Duncan (Jacob Haynes) would restore order with a goal and his 3rd point of the night to seal the victory. Mulholland would finish with 4 points (2g 2a) and Andersen would have 20 saves for the win.
by D Dunn
The Tampa Bay Juniors HC Elite team defeated the Florida Eels Saturday night in Fort Myers. TBJ killed off 7 power plays, including a 2 minute 5 on 3 PP for the Eels.
After a scoreless first period the Eels would take a 1-0 lead 1:25 into the period but Johnny Ferguson (Tommy Yore, Craig Campagnolio) would tie it 1:30 later. With the period winding down Jory McWilliams would score on a pretty tic tac toe play from Mason Ledbetter and Curtis Hansen to give TBJ the lead going into the 3rd period.
Ledbetter would score 1:57 into the 3rd with assist from linemates McWilliams and Hansen to give TBJ a 3-1 lead. Then the Eels would get a 2 minute 5 on 3, but TBJ penalty killers and goalie Gabe Heifort held strong to kill it off. The Eels would score later but Heifort made the lead stand up for the victory.
The win pulled TBJ whithin 1 point of the Eels and 2 from Atlanta for the 4th spot in the division. TBJ plays next week in the Winter showcase at the Germain Arena in Fort Myers.
by D Dunn
The Tampa Bay Juniors Elite and USP3 Teams split their series this weekend with the Palm Beach Hawks. Both teams would win Saturday night 8-3 and 4-3 respectively, but both would take it on the chin Sunday at Palm Beach.
Gabe Heifort was the winning goalie for the Elite team Saturday and Austin Simpson led the weekend with 3 goals. Jayce Dorman would chip in 2 goals on the weekend along with Curtis Hansen (2g 1a). Mason Ledbetter had 1 goal and 3 assist on the weekend. Next up for the Elite team is this Saturday in Fort Myers with a big game verse the Eels.
The USP3 Team would also win game one in the series 4-3 led by a goal and 2 assist for Peter Celetka who just returned from an injury back in September. Perry Giannino would get the win making 48 saves in his return to his home town. Patrick Brower also would had a goal and an assist in the game. The USP3 Team next plays in Daytona next Sunday.
Tampa Bay Juniors USP3 defenseman Spencer Geer was named player of the week for defensemen in the USPHL. Geer on the weekend versus Atlanta had 2 goals and an assist. Geer is currently on a 4 game goal scoring streak.
by D Dunn
The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club just finished the Islander HC Showcase in North Andover, MA this past weekend with the USP3 team going 2-1-1 and the Elite team going 2-2.
The USP3 Team started off the showcase with a 4-3 ot win over the Ironwood Yoopers. Game 2 saw TBJ take on the north division leading Islander Hockey Club. Tbj would again go to overtime but this time they would fall short 3-2.
Game 3 saw TBJ face another top northern team, the Jersey Hitmen. The game would be tied 2-2 after the first half buy New Jersey would score the only goal in the second half for the 3-2 win. TBJ would bounce back though with a resounding 9-1 win over the West Sound Warriors. Adam Zimmerman and Kyle Vargas would lead the way with 4 points each over the weekend. (Zimmermann 3 goals 1 assist, Vargas 1 goal 3 assist) Bryce Starling also had 3 goals with Casey Bahl and Luke Zimmermann also chipping in 3 points each.
The TBJ Elite team would open with the PAL Islanders. After taking a 4-0 lead to the half TBJ poured it on in the second to win 7-1. Chase Jungels led the way with 2 goals. In game 2 TBJ would lose a tough one 3-2 to the Syracuse Stars despite outshooting the Stars 20-13 in the second half as TBJ bid to tie it fell short.
Game 3 was a wild one verse the Rochester Monarchs. Rochester would take a 3-1 lead into the break but TBJ would come storming back with 4 straight goals led by Curtis Hansen's hattrick. But Rochester wasn't done either, scoring 2 goals late to tie it before Tommy Yore scored the game winner with 29 seconds left to give TBJ the 6-5 win. On the final game of the showcase Tampa would fall to a tough South Shore Kings team 4-1.
Over the weekend Hansen would lead the way with 4 goals 2 assist, Jungels 3 goals, Mason Ledbetter 2 goals 2 assist, Jory McWilliams 2 goals 1 assist and Nick Hames 4 assist.
by D Dunn
The Tampa USP3 team Saturday night at the Ellenton Ice Arena came up short in handing the Florida Eels their first loss of the season 4-3. In a spirited game from the beginning the Blades would jump out to a 1-0 lead before Jacob Haynes (Luke Gibb, Zach Parker) would tie it 1-1. The goal would give TBJ life and then a goal by Luke Gibb (Xander Pivovarnik, Kyle Vargas) would give TBJ the lead 2-1.
After the Blades tied it again TBJ continued pressing and Gibb's (Max Mulholland, Haynes) second goal of the game would put TBJ back in the lead. With the Blades having a 5 on 3 PP for 1:14, TBJ was able to kill it off but the Blades would score with the remaining PP time to tie it 3-3. With the clock running down the Blades would score the winning goal at the 18:59 mark of the 3rd period. Nate Andersen had 44 savs in the tough loss.
by D Dunn
The Tampa Bay Juniors Elite team swept the Florida Eels over the weekend by scores of 7-4 and 3-0. With the wins Tampa moved into 4th place in the South Division and are 5-1-1 in their last 7 games.
Saturday at the Ellenton Arena Jory McWilliams (Mason Ledbetter, Ryan Vlaisavijevich) would get Tampa started scoring at the 13:17 mark of the first period. Just 34 seconds into the second period McWilliams (Donald Alchin, Austin Simpson) would find the back of the net again to put TBJ up 2-0. The Eels would cut the lead in half but Tommy Yore would put TBJ back up by 2. TBJ wasn't done in the period though as Zack Marquardt (Dillon Scammon, Parker Elvy) and Yore, scoring shorthanded, would each score in the final 5 minutes of the period.
The 3rd period saw the Eels come out strong as they would score 3 straight goals to pull whithin one but defenseman Ryan Vlaisavijevich (Scammon, Elvy) would restore order with a goal to put TBJ back up by 2. Mason Ledbetter (Gabe Heifort, Saxon Greene) would end any suspence with an empty net goal to seal the victory.
On Sunday in Fort Myers TBJ played probably their most complete game of the year. Tampa came out strong firing 20 shots on goal in the first period. Curtis Hansen (John Ferguson, Vlaisavijevich) would break the scoreless game with a power play goal at the 14:39 mark and with 28 seconds left in the 1st Yore (Ferguson, Greene) continued his hot streak to put TBJ up 2-0.
In the 2nd TBJ would extend its lead with another goal by Hansen (Chase Jungels, Nick Hames). With a 3-0 lead heading to the 3d period TBJ continued to stay on the attack firing 51 shots total at the Eels goalie. Gabe Heifort would make the score stand as he made 39 saves for the shutout.
by D Dunn
The Tampa Bay Juniors USP3 Team split it series over the weekend verse the Daytona Racers. TBJ would jump out first when Kyle Vargas (Max Mulholland, Luke Zimmerman) would score on the Power Play at 8:45 of the first period. Mulholland (Spencer Geer, Zimmermann) gave TBJ a 2-0 lead with a goal at the 19:17 mark of the period.
TBJ continued its solid play in the second. Broddey Richards (Evan Jones) put TBJ up 3-0 at the 4:18 mark before Daytona got on the board. Chase Spinale would once again give TBJ a 3 goal cushion with a power play goal at 11:30 of the period. Goalie Michael Doherty shut down Daytona in the 3rd period for the win.
Saturday TBJ lost 6-3. Scoring in the loss were Partick Brower, Casey Bahl and Spinale.
Elite loses in O.T.
TBJ Elite lost a tough game Sunday in overtime to he Florida Eels 4-3. After being down 1-0 going onto the second period TBJ would tie it on a goal by Jayce Dorman (Chase Jungels, Zack Marquardt). Tampa and the Eels would continue to trade goals in the period. Down 2-1 Tommy Yore (Craig Campagnolio, Johnny Ferguson) would tie it back up. Again Florida took the lead and again TBJ tied it back up on a goal by Ferguson (Yore, Dillon Scammon).
The 3rd period saw TBJ take the game over firing 23 shots but Eels goalie Nolan Greene made some spectacular save to keep the game tied. In O.T. Tampa had a 4 on 3 power play but once again Greene kept TBJ off the board and with 7 seconds before going to a shootout Florida put one in to win it.
by D Dunn
The Tampa Bay Juniors Elite Team swept the Palm Beach Hawks over the weekend at Ellenton Ice with resounding 9-0 and 9-2 scores Saturday and Sunday.
Curtis Hansen and Chase Jungels led the offense with 8 points each. Hansen coming off a lower body injury had 4 goals and 4 assist while Jungels had 2 goals and 6 assist. Also putting up multiple points were Austin Simpson (5), Nick Hames (4), Jory McWilliams (4) and Ryan Vlaisavijevich (4). Even the defensemen got into the scoring act Sunday with Dillon Scammon netting 2 goals and Justin Warta scoring. Goalie Gabe Heifort was in the net for both games, earning the shutout in Saturday's game.
by D Dunn
The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club Elite team pulled out a thrilling 2-1 overtime win vs the Richmond Generals on the last day of the Hampton Roads Showcase. Mason Ledbetter scored on a breakaway after causing a turn over to give TBJ the victory. Earlier in the game Austin Simpson (Donald Alchin) would score to tie the game 1-1.
Tampa Elite would face some tough losses in the showcase. Day 1 saw TBJ lose 3-2 in overtime to Hampton Roads. Scoring would be Nick Hames (Chase Jungels, Ledbetter) and ledbetter (Hames Jungels).
In game 2 TBJ would jump to a 5-3 lead vs Potomac only to see the Patriots tie the score. Just as it looked like another overtime Potomac would score with 20 seconds to go in the game to win it. Scoring for TBJ, Jory McWilliams (Alchin, Simpson), Rory Scott (Parker Elvy, Jayce Dorman), Alchin (Simpson, McWilliams), Dillon Scammon (Alchin, Tommy Yore), Jungels (Simpson).
Game 3 would prove to be an even tougher loss to swallow. In a tightly up and down game with the Charlotte Rush, Ledbetter (Hames, Jungels) got things going for TBJ. Later Ryan Vlaisavljevich (Hames) would score a power play goal to tie the score 2-2. With 2:20 left in the game TBJ had to kill off a PP. Charlotte was able to keep the puck in Tampa's zone following the penalty kill but with 1/10 of a second remaing in regulation Charlotte would tip in the game winner.
USP3 Wins Finale
The USP3 team finished the Showcase off with an exciting 4-1 win over the Potomac Patriots. In an up and down game scoring for TBJ were Adam Zimmermann (Casey Bahl), Luke Zimmermann PPG (Broddie Richards, A Zimmermann), Bryce Starling (L Zimmermann, Jacob Haynes), Bahl (A Zimmermann). Severin Corallo got the win in net.
ELITE Home vs Palm Beach SAT 10/15 8:00 PM
SUN 10/16 12:15 PM
USP3 Home vs Florida Blades SAT 10/15 5:15 PM
AWAY vs Florida Blades SUN 10/16 12:00 PM
by D Dunn
The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club once again split a weekend series losing 5-1 Saturday and winning 4-1 Sunday in Atlanta. In Saturday's loss Jory McWilliams (Mason Ledbetter,Nick Hames) scored the lone TBJ goal on the power play.
Sunday's game saw TBJ jump out to an early lead on a goal by Jayce Dorman (Ledbetter,Chase Jungels) followed by a goal from Dillon Scammon (Rory Scott,Donald Alchin) to put TBJ up 2-0 after 2 periods. Just 1:46 into the 3rd period Curtis Hansen scored a shorthanded goal to give TBJ a 3 goal lead. McWilliams (Nick Panfen,Hames) would add a goal to finish the scoring for TBJ as they built a four goal lead. Atlanta finally got a shot by goalie Nate Andersen late in the 3rd but that's all Andersen would give up in the 4-1 win.
USP3 Team Swept
The Tampa Bay Juniors USP3 team was swept in Atlanta with a pair of 5-1 losses. In Saturday's game Broddey Richards (Spencer Geer) would score the only goal. Sunday TBJ played a strong game but again would drop the game with an identical 5-1 score. Zach Parker (Roberto Suarez) would get the goal for TBJ.
Elite Boston Showcase Sept 20-22 at New England Sports Center
USP3 Florida Blades Sat 9/24 Home 5:15pm Sun 9/25 @ Blades (Germain Arena) 12:00pm
Peter Celatka had a fine season for USP3 totaling 7 goals 14 assists and 21 points despite missing 22 games.
Jacob Haynes led the USP3 in Pts with 22, Adam Zimmerman and Luke Gibb led in goals with 11, Kyle Vargas and Haynes in assists with 15.
Thanks to all the players and families for all the effort and support this season! Safe travels home to all our players.
Thanks to the Coaches Brett and Garrett Strot, Kevin, and the whole TBJ staff for a great 2016-17 season. Looking forward to 2017-18.