2014 USPHL Winter Junior Hockey Showcase
The Tampa Bay Elite and Empire teams had strong showings in West Palm Beach this weekend as both teams swept the Palm Beach Hawks.
Saturday saw both teams give up only one goal as the Empire won 4-1 and the Elite winning 3-1. Sunday both teams had thrilling wins as the Empire won in a shootout and the Elite won in overtime.
Saturday the Tampa Empire team started off strong as they built a 4-0 lead as Steven Noyes led the way with the hat trick. Also scoring was Jonathan Grodzki. The only goal to get by goalie Sam Coleman was off a 5-3 PP for the Hawks.
Later Saturday the Tampa Elite also got off to a fast start as Jack Stang scored 21 seconds into the game. Trey Stern scored later in the period and Josh Ovitt scored midway through the second. That was enough as Michael Krch made some spectacular saves to preserve the 3-1 win.
Sunday saw the Empire Team in a see saw battle with the Hawks. The Hawks opened the scoring but Benoit Chin scored 1:22 later to tie it. In the second Mason Ledbetter scored to give Tampa the lead but the Hawks scored 2 to take the lead back. A goal by Angelo Pata before the end of the period retied the game. Chin scored his 2nd goal of the game 24 seconds into the3rd period to get the lead back from the Hawks but the Hawks scored again later to send the game on O.T.
In o.t. Ledbetter was awarded a penalty shot but was denied by the Hawks goalie. The game then went to a shootout where Grodzki opened with a goal. Zac Gazzanna made the save on the Hawks shooter to set up a rematch for Ledbetter. This time Ledbetter was not denied and Gazzanna stuffed the next shooter to give Tampa the win.
The Elite team ended the weekend with another thrilling finish. Tampa once again came out strong out shooting the Hawks 28-17 through 2 periods. Goals by Richard Foy, Brandon Goudreau, Josh Ovitt and Josh Basso gave Tampa a 4-1 lead but the Hawks scored with 30 seconds left in the 2nd to pull within 2.
The 3rd period saw the Hawks score a controversial goal that never crossed the line but the referee allowed. That gave the Hawks momentum as they scored 2 more to take a 5-4 lead. With 1:22 left in the game Goudreau scored to tie it to send the game into O.T. In the extra session Tampa regained the momentum outshooting the Hawks 9-1 and Christopher Astrom scored to give the Tampa the Victory.
With the Victory's the Empire remain in first place of the southern division while the Elite moved into a tie for second.
Next weekend the Elite is off While the Empire travel to Fort Myers to take on the Eels Saturday.
We are hosting the USPHL Winter Jr Showcase Dec18-21st. The schedule is finalized and you can see the full schedule by clicking on the PDF file link located on the right column.
This will be a huge event bringing all 19 of our USPHL Elite and Empire teams to our home rink during this weekend for 35 games. Tampa Elite kicks off the showcase with a game on Thurs night at 7:45pm and then the full showcase gets rolling at 9:00am Friday morning ending late Sunday afternoon.
Tickets will be $25(weekend) or $10/day. Children 12 under are free.
After a 2-0 win Saturday night the Tampa Bay Elite team lost 6-4 Sunday for a split in their series with the Roswell Bulldogs.
In Saturday's game the score was 0-0 through 2 periods. In the 3rd Lukas Freeland got Tampa on the board for 1-0 lead. 5 minutes later Jack Stang scored for a Tampa 2-0 lead. That was enough as goalie Michael Krch secured his 2nd shutout of the season.
In Sunday's game Tampa came out strong with 3 goals in the 1st. Christopher Astrom opened up with a goal early but Roswell came right back to tie it. But a goal by Jack Stang and a shorthanded goal late in the period by Brandon Goudreau gave Tampa a 3-1 lead after the first.
But the 2nd period saw Roswell get 3 goals to take a 4-3 lead. In the 3rd Tampa couldn't get anything past the Bulldogs goalie until Trey Stern scored with 45 seconds left but 2 empty net goals kept Roswell in front.
Next Up: At Palm Beach December 6 & 7
The Tampa Bay Juniors Empire team saw its 12 game winning streak come to an end Saturday night in a hard fought game vs the Florida Blades.
Tampa struck first on a goal by Benoit Chin to give Tampa a 1-0 lead after the 1st. The 2nd period saw back and forth scoring as the Blades opened with a goal to tie but 3 minutes later Jonathan Grodzski scored to put Tampa back on top. The Blades scored the next 2 goals to take the lead before Chin scored again to make it 3-3 going into the 3rd period.
Early in the 3rd the Blades scored short handed to reclaim the lead before Steven Noyes scored on a turnover to tie it once again. The Blades once again took the lead with a goal late. With the goalie pulled Tampa tried to get the equalizer bt were denied as the Blades got an empty net goal with .08 left on the clock for the 6-4 win.
Tampa continues to remain in 1st place in the southern division and will have a break for Thanksgiving.
Up Next: at Palm Beach December 6 & 7