Former Tampa Bay Junior Roope Hinz won Gold Wednesday with Finland defeating Russia 4-3 in overtime at the 2016 World Junior Championships. Hintz scored in the semi final win over Sweden to help put Finland in the Gold Medal Game.
Hintz, an assistant captain for Team Finland, played with the Tampa Bay Juniors in the 2012-13 season scoring 20 goals and adding 15 assist.
Brian Ferlin and Tampa Bay Jr Head coach Brett Strot at NHL Draft
From his Providence (AHL) and is eligible for tonight's game. Read more at CSNN.
Tampa Bay Juniors Elite Brock Thompson has decided to continue his hockey career at Division I ACHA Liberty University. The Liberty Flames are located in Lynchburg, VA and are an independent team in the ACHA Division I.
Brock was Tampa's Captain this past season. He was limited to 19 games played do to injuries. In the 2014-15 season Brock played in 39 games getting 17 points and help the team advance to the USPHL Elite Final Four.
Brock is the 4th member of the 2015-16 Tampa Team to commit following Joe Grout (Post University, NCAA Div II), Brandon Goudreau (U of S New Hampshire, NCAA Div III) and Trey Stern (Florida State ACHA Div III). Former Tampa Junior Jared Goudreau also committed to U of Southern New Hampshire.
by D Dunn
The Tampa Bay Juniors Elite Team had their first sweep of the season beating Atlanta 3-2 and 8-4 this past weekend in Atlanta.
In game 1 Atlanta took a 1-0 lead after the first period. Four minutes into the 2nd period Jayce Dorman found the back of the net with Assist to Max Mulholland and Dillon Scammon too tie it. Later that period Chase Jungels would score a shorthanded goal from Axel Meurling too put Tampa up 2-1 going into the third period. Atlanta would tie it at 2-2 early in the third but Jack Strycharz would score the game winner with 3:07 to play, Luke Perunovich and Meurling would get the assist. Goalie Evan Bisek would have 36 saves for the win.
In game 2 Tampa came out with a fast start scoring 3 goals in the first period. Strycharz started the scoring with assist from Tanner Frankich and Brandyn Matte. Just 9 seconds later Dorman would score his second of the weekend with an assist to Frankich. Before the period was up Raven Woodring scored from Dorman and Perunovich to give Tampa the 3-0 lead.
After Atlanta scored 23 seconds into the 2nd period to pull within 2, Matt Bartel scored a power play goal from Perunovich and Jungels. Then Jungels and Meurling would hook up for 2 more goals before the end of the 2nd period too give Tampa a 6-2 lead after 40 minutes. The teams would trade goals in the 3rd period with Woodring from Matte and Frankich scoring a power play goal and Mitch Kimball from Frankich (4th assist of game)and Matte scoring Tampa's 3rd power play goal of the game. Goalie Jeff Gardner had 42 saves for the win.
USP3 Splits with Atlanta
Tampa's USP3 Team split with Atlanta over the weekend. After losing game one 4-1 Tampa would bounce back for a 4-3 win in game 2. With Atlanta up 1-0 Shane Lynch would score a power play goal to tie it after one period. Shane Greene would put Tampa up 2-1 with a shorthanded goal early in the second. With Atlanta tying it up at the 18:04 mark of the 2nd period, Tampa's special teams would strike again 23 seconds later as Greene would score a power play goal from Tommy Yore and Ethyn Altmann.
Brian Brady would score 26 seconds into the 3rd period from Angelo Pata and Zach Marquardt to give Tampa a 4-2 lead. Atlanta would pull within one but goalie Aiden Curry would make it hold up with 26 saves for the win.
Elite Sat Feb 6th Home vs Eels 8:00pm
USP3 Sat Feb 6th Home vs Blades 5:00pm
Sun Feb 7th Away vs Blades 12:00pm
by D Dunn
The Tampa Bay Juniors USP3 Team scored 5 power play goals in its 7-2 win over the Daytona Racers Monday night in Daytona. Tommy Yore opened the scoring 56 seconds into the game to give Tampa a 1-0 lead after the first period.
Daytona would tie it 5 minutes into the 2nd before Saxon Greeene scored Tampa's 1stpower play goal with assist to Shane Lynch and Ethyn Altman. Just 31 seconds later Dillon Scammon would follow with another power play goal from Mason Ledbetter and Ethan Chadwell to put Tampa up 3-1.
Up 3-2 going into the 3rd period, Tampa had a 5 minute major power play and they made the most of it scoring 2 times. Shane Lynch would score 44 seconds in from Greene and Altman. Scammon would get his second PP goal 30 seconds later with assist to Ledbetter and Zach Marquardt.
Yore would get Tampa's 5th power play goal at the 8:47 mark with assist to Ledbetter (his 3rd of the game) and Marquardt to put Tampa up 6-2. To finish off Daytona Scammon made an end to end rush to complete his hattrick with an assist to goalie Blake Carlson who also got the win.
Elite and USP3 Home vs Atlanta
Saturday 1/23 USP3 5:15pm Elite 8:00pm
Sunday 1/24 USP3 9:00am Elite 11:45am
Vitalii Mikhailov and Axel Meurling were both named Stars of the Week by the USPHL.
Over the weekend at the winter showcase in Marlboro, MA Vitalii Mikhailov, from Russia, had 6 goals and 7 assist including a game tying and overtime winning goal vs the PAL Islanders.
Axel Meurling, from Sweden, had 5 goals and 3 assist including a hat trick vs the Bay State Breakers.
South Division Continues Dominance over North
After going 28-10 in the Islander Showcase in November the USPHL Elite South Division continued its dominance over their northern counterparts, at the Winter Showcase in Marlboro, MA, by going 26-11. The Florida Eels, Atlanta Knights, Carolina Eagles and Potomac Patriots each won all 4 of their games followed by the Tampa Bay Juniors and Hampton Road Whalers who each won 3 games.
The Tampa Bay Juniors Elite and USP3 had a strong showing in the Winter Showcase in Marlboro, MA this past weekend. The Elite team went 3-1 while the USP3 went 2-2.
The Elite Team started the showcase with a tough 2-1 loss to the Jersey Hitmen. Chase Jungels scored Tampa's lone goal as the Hitmen scored the game winner with 23 seconds to go in the game. Tampa goalie Evan Bisek made 27 saves.
Tampa would bounce back in game 2 vs the Bay State Breakers with an 8-3 victory. Tampa was led by Axel Meurling who had the hattrick. Linemate Vitalii Mikhailov would add 2 more goals as the Mikhailov, Jungels, Meurling line combined for 5 goals and 7 assist. Also scoring 2 goals was Jonathan Grodzki and Raven Woodring added one.
In game 3 Tampa took a 5-0 lead on Syracuse with Matt Bartel opening the scoring with Jungels and Mikhailov each adding 2 goals for the 5-0 lead. Syracuse would battle back on penalties taken by Tampa which resulted in two 5 on 3 power play goals against that would pull Syracuse to within one, but Woodring sealed the win with an empty net goal.
In game 4 Tampa played the PAL Islanders. Again Tampa would jump out to a 4-1 lead with goals from Meurling (2), Jace Dorman and Grodzki. But Tampa penalties again allowed the Islanders back in it when they scored back to back power play goals on a 5 on 3. With the Islanders up 5-4 Tampa pulled Bisek for an extra attacker and Mikhailov scored the tying goal with 7 seconds to go in the game with assist to Brandyn Matte and Alex Groner. But Mikhailov wasn't done as he scored the game winner in overtime with assist from Mitch Kimball and Luke Perunovich. For the showcase the Mikhailov, Jungels, Meurling line combined for 14 goals and 17 assist.
USP3 Goes 2-2
The USP3 team went 2-2 in the showcase. They opened also with a tough 3-2 loss to Steele City despite out shooting them 42-34. Mason Ledbetter scored the 2 goals for Tampa.
The USP3 team would also bounce back with a 6-2 win over Marquette. Saxon Greene led the way with 2 goals. Shane Lynch, Ledbetter and Ethyn Altman would also score. Tommy Yore finished off the scoring with a goal and also added 3 assist. Aiden Curry was in net for the win.
In game 3 Tampa would play the Islanders Hockey club. Tampa would pull out a 3-2 victory with a goal from Lynch and power play goals each by Steve Kasper and Ledbetter. Michael Doherty had 21 saves for the win.
Game 4 didn't go so well for Tampa as the Frederick Freeze took them down 9-3. scoring for Tampa was Brian Brady, Kasper and Yore.
Tampa Elite and USP3 Tams finally play at home again this Saturday vs the Florida Eels. USP3 5:15pm Elite 8:00pm
Former Tampa Bay Junior Roope Hinz helped Team Finland to today's Gold Medal Game in the World Juniors. Roope scored a goal in Finland's 2-1 win over Sweden in the semi finals to put Finland in the Gold Medal Game vs Russia.
Roope played for Tampa in the 2012-13 season where he had 20 goals and 15 assist. Hintz was a 2nd round pick of the Dallas Stars in last summers NHL Draft.
The Tampa Bay Juniors wish Roope the best of luck in today's Gold Medal Game!
by D. Dunn
Both the Tampa Elite and USP3 teams finished off the Palm Beach Winter Showcase Victorious on the last day. Vitalii Mikhailov of the Elite Team and Mason Ledbetter of the USP3 Team each had 4 goals to lead their prospective teams in the wins.
The Elite team played the Carolina Eagles in game 4 of the showcase. Mikhailov got things rolling just 1:26 into the game with his first goal from Axel Meurling and Chase Jungels. After Carolina tied it Jungels scored from Meurling and Dillon Scammon to regain the lead. Carolina would score 2 more before the break to take a 3-2 lead.
After the break it was Mikhailov time. Just :49 seconds in Mikailov scored his first of 3 straight goals with assist to Meurling and Luke Perunovich on the power play. At the 12:10 mark Mikilov got the hattrick from Jungels and Eric Pristyazhnyuk and 6 minutes later he finished off for his 4th goal of the game with an assist to Jungels. Evan Bisek had 37 saves for the win.
Overall the Elite team went 1-1-2 at the showcase losing 3-2 in a shootout to the Charlotte Rush. Jungels had both goals for Tampa. In game 2 Tampa lost 4-3 in overtime to the Potomac Patriots and in the 3rd game lost 2-1 to the Richmond Generals. Goalie Evan Bisek finished the showcase with a .933 save % and a 2.75 goals against.
The USP3 Team also finished on a strong note dumping the Charlotte Rush 7-1. Tommy Yore opened the scoring with assist to Saxon Greene and Steve Kasper. Ethan Chadwell scored shortly after with assist to Ledbetter and Cameron Cipollone. Greene made it 3-0 with assist to Steve Annas and Chase Spinale.
Then it was Ledbetter Time. Mason Ledbetter scored his first of 4 straight goals just before the break with assist to Brian Brady to make it 4-0 Tampa. After the break Ledbetter scored just :47 seconds in with assist to Brady and Chadwell. 8 minutes later Ledbetter got the hattrick on the power play from Chadwell and brady to make it 6-0 Tampa. Not to be out done by the Elite's Vitalii Mikhailov, Ledbetter scored his 4th goal again with help from linemates Brady and Chadwell. For the game the line combined for 12 points.
The USP3 Team ended the showcase 2-2, losing Hampton Roads and the Carolina Eagles. The USP3 team also knocked off 2nd place Richmond Generals 6-4, Brady led the way with 2 goals and an assist.
Both teams take a 2 week break for Christmas and return in January for the Boston Showcase in Marlboro, MA.
by D. Dunn
The Tampa Bay juniors Elite Team defeated the Florida Eels Saturday afternoon 3-2 at the Skatium in Fort Myers.
Chase Jungels broke open the scoreless game with a goal with just 42 seconds left in the first period. Assisting on the goal was Trey Stern and newcomer Vitalii Mikhalov. In the second period Jungels scored again with an assist from Stern at the 4:23 mark to give Tampa the 2-0 lead. Less than 3 minutes later the Eels would get on the board to cut the lead in half after 2 periods.
The 3rd period saw Tampa regain the 2 goal lead on a shorthanded goal by Axel Meurling assisted by Jonathan Grodzki. The Eels again cut the lead to one with a goal at the 12:09 mark but goalie Evan Bisek made that lead hold on with 45 saves for the win.
Tampa USP3 Loses to Blades
Despite getting 49 shots on goal the Tampa USP3 team lost 5-2 to the Florida Blades Sunday at the Germain Arena in Fort Myers. Scoring for Tampa were Matt Bartel and Zach Marquardt.
Stern Heading to School
Tampa Elite Trey Stern will be heading to Florida State University beginning the second semester. Trey will play hockey with the ACHA Team. Also on the team is Wally Stern, Trey's brother, Jacob Haynes and Michael Demicelli who both played with the Tampa Empire team last season.
ELITE and USP3 Palm Beach Winter Showcase 12/17-20
Tampa Bay Juniors Elite Goalie Joe Grout has committed to Post University. Joe will join Post University at the start of the second semester. Post is an independent Division 2 school that will be joining the Northeast 10 Conference in the 2016-17 season.
"This opportunity came up for Joe and it gives him a chance to play right away as the team prepares to move to the NE10 next season, said Coach Garrett Strot, we wish Joe the very best and thank him for his time with us in Tampa."
The Post Eagles are located in Waterbury, CT.
The USPHL Elite teams met this past weekend in the Islander Showcase in Tyngsborough, MA. In the showcase the Elite Southern Division goes against its Northern Division counterparts. The Southern Teams had a very strong showing going 27-10 vs the north.
The Carolina Eagles led the way with a perfect 4-0 record. The Florida Eels also had 4 wins going 4-2 in the showcase. None of the southern teams finished below .500 in the showcase.
"This shows you how strong the Elite Southern Division is," said Tampa's Associate Head Coach Garrett Strot, "from top to bottom it is one of the top Tier III Junior Divisions in the country."
The Southern Division talent will be showcased in Palm Beach December 17-20 in its Winter Classic as it has its second showcase of the season.
by D. Dunn
The Tampa Bay Juniors Elite team started the Islander showcase in Tynsboro, MA with 2 wins on day one. Tampa's first game saw them defeat the defending national champions Boston Junior Bruins 7-6. The Junior Bruins opened the scoring before Brandyn Matte scored to tie it with assist from Luke Gibb and Alex Meurling. The score remained tied until Saxon Greeene, playing up from the USP3 team, scored from Matte to give Tampa the lead. The Junior Bruins scored 2 goals late just :41 seconds apart to take the lead at the break 3-2.
The Bruins opened the second with 2 more goals to jump to a 5-2 lead but Tampa kept its composer and started mounting a come back. Matt Bartel got things going scoring with assist to Matte and Jack Strycharz. Then Luke Gibb scored to pull Tampa to within one with assist from Jonathan Grodzki and Bartel.
Down one Bartel scored his second goal of the game from Drake Stimpson and Matte and then :56 seconds later Grodzki scored from Jayce Dorman to finally give Tampa the lead. With the Bruins pulling their goalie Stimpson scored in the empty net which turned out to be the game winner as the Bruins scored again to pull within one. Tampa was able to hold on for the 7-6 come from behind victory, Jeff Gardner in relief got the win.
Matte scores hattrick in win
In the second game of the day Brandyn Matte had the hattrick in Tampa's 4-3 win over northern division 2nd place team South Shore Kings. The Kings opened the scoring before Matte got his first goal on a assist from Bartel. Before the period ended Stimpson scored on the power play with an assist from Grodzki to give Tampa the 2-1 lead.
Then matte got started, scoring off a turnover and scored again :28 seconds later from Bartel and Strycharz to complete the hatttrick. South Shore scored 2 goals late but newly acquired Evan Bisek made 28 saves for the win. So far in the 2 games Matte has 4 goals and 3 assist as Tampa has its first 2 game winning streak of the season.
by D. Dunn
The Tampa Bay Juniors USP3 team defeated the Florida Blades Saturday night at the Ellenton Ice Arena. Tampa jumped out early when Shane Lynch scored just 2:50 into the game with assist to Yommy Yore and Pavel Kovtunov. Tampa continued its early pressure with another goal just 1:07 later from Mason Ledbetter assisted by Dillon Scammon. But the Blades cut the lead in half with a goal at 19:30 of the period.
Despite giving up the late goal at the end of the 1st period Tampa came out strong and again took a 2 goal lead when Matt Bartel scored a power play goal from Ledbetter and Brian Brady. The Blades also scored a power play goal midway through the period to once again pull within one.
In the 3rd period Tampa had a 5 on 3 power play to put the game away but could not find the back of the net and instead saw Tampa goalie Aiden Curry stop 2 breakaways. Yore finally put the game away with an empty net goal from Brady and Saxon Greene. Curry had 32 saves for the win.
USP3 and Elite
Islanders Showcase November 13-15, Marlboro, MA
by D. Dunn
Both the Tampa Bay Juniors Elite Team and USP3 Team defeated the Florida Eels Sunday at the Ellenton Ice Arena.
Tampa Elite jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with a goal by Jonathan Grodzki 1:44 into the game. The Eels struck back scoring the next 2 goals but before the first period ended Matt Bartel scored just as a Tampa Power Play ended with assist from Brandyn Matte and Jack Strycharz.
In the second period the Eels took the lead once again before Brock Thompson retied it again with assist to Chase Jungels and Trey Stern. The score remained tied until Tampa had an offensive zone faceoff with 15 seconds to go in the 2nd. Matte won the draw to Bartel who fed it to Luke Perunovich for a shot from the point that was tipped by Strycharz to give Tampa the lead going into the 3rd period.
Tampa goalie Joe Grout made 19 saves in the 3rd period as the Eels kept pressuring. With the Eels pulling their goalie they scored the tying goal with :58 seconds remaining to send it to overtime. But Tampa was not to be denied as Stern scored :35 seconds in from a pass from Jungels to give Tampa the win.
USP3 Tampa 6 Eels 2
Tampa USP3 team maybe played its most complete game so far this season with its 6-2 win over the Eels. Tampa struck just :39 seconds into the game with a goal from Saxon Greene assisted by Tommy Yore and Shane Lynch. Tampa outshooting the Eels 10-4 in the first scored again on a goal from Zach Marquardt assisted by Lynch to give Tampa a 2-0 lead after the first.
The second period was even as both teams exchanged goals. Ethan Chadwell scored for Tampa with assist to Marquardt and Cameron Cipollone and Tampa kept the 2 goal lead going into the third period. In the 3rd the Eels scored to pull within one before Yore scored on the power play from Lynch and Greene to get the lead back to 2.
With the Eels pulling their goalie Dillon Scammon scored in the empty net from Zimmerman and Yore finished off the Eels with another goal from Greene to give Tampa the 6-2 win. Goalie Ryan Rosengard had 24 saves for the win.
Elite at Home Vs Palm Beach
Saturday Oct 31 8:00 pm Sunday Nov 1 12:15 pm
Tampa Bay Juniors Head Coach Brett Strot has been named to the coaching staff for Team USA Women's National Team that will compete in the Four Nations Cup November 4th-8th in Sundsvall, Sweden.
The Four Nations Cup is an annual tournament that has been held in varying forms since 1996 (previously the Three Nations Cup). It has taken place 19 times and the United States has competed 18 times, having not participated in 2001. The roster features 13 members of the gold medal-winning 2015 U.S. Women's National Team at the International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship including Anne Schleper who has been training with the Tampa bay Juniors.
"This is a great honor to represent the USA and have this opportunity to coach the Women's National Team" said Coach Strot, who was also an assistant for last springs gold medal winning team at the World Championships. Former NHL player Ken Klee is the Head Coach with Rob Stauber and Chris Tamer rounding out the coaching staff.
The Tampa Bay Juniors wish coach Strot and the Women's National Team Good Luck in Sweden!
by D. Dunn
The Tampa Bay Juniors USP3 team defeated the Daytona Racers Saturday night 5-2. Tampa came out strong with a power play goal by Shane Lynch with an assist to Cameron Cipollone at 2:38 of the period. Tampa would strike again before the period ended on a shorthanded goal by Saxon Greene from Tommy Yore to put Tampa up 2-0 at the end of the first.
Daytona cut the lead in the second with a goal but Yore scored Tampa's 2nd shorthanded goal unassisted with :42 seconds to go in the period. Tampa started pulling away in the 3rd when Chris Spacone scored with an assist from Chase Spinale gave Tampa a 3 goal lead. Later Tampa got their 3rd shorthanded goal from Dillon Scammon with assist from Ethan Chadwell and Brian Brady to seal the victory. Michael Doherty had 31 saves for the win.
In Sunday's rematch Daytona used 4 power play goals to vault them to a 5-4 win. Scoring for Tampa were Greene, Mason Ledbetter with 2 and Cipollone. Tampa outshot Daytona 45-29.
Elite Loses in Shootout
The Tampa Elite Team lost to the Palm Beach Hawks Saturday night in a shootout 4-3. Trey Stern got Tampa on the board first with assist from Drake Stimpson and Max Mulholland. Palm Beach later tied it with a shorthanded goal. After a scoreless 2nd period Palm Beach scored 2 goals to open the 3rd but Tampa cut the lead to one on a goal by Mitch Kimball with assist from Brandyn Matte and Josh Staenz. With Tampa about to pull the goalie for an extra attacker Brock Thompson tied it up with an assist to Jack Stycharz to put the game in overtime. After a scoreless ot it went to a shootout where Palm Beach's scored 2 for the win. Joe Grout for Tampa had 39 saves.
Tampa lost 5-2 with an empty net goal on Sunday. Scoring for Tampa was Stern and Luke Gibb.
USP3 10/17 Home vs Blades 5:15pm
10/18 At Blades 12:00 pm
Elite 10/17 At Palm Beach 3:30 pm
10/!8 At Palm Beach 10:00 am
by D. Dunn
The Tampa Bay juniors USP3 team earned a split with the Daytona Racers over the weekend. After losing 9-3 Saturday Tampa won an exciting up and down 3-2 shootout on Sunday. With the teams scoreless after the first period Tampa struck first on a goal from Angelo Pata with assist to Dominec Villucci and Brian Brady. But with just 5 seconds to go in the period Daytona got a turnover and raced down the ice for the tying goal with just one second remaining.
Daytona took the lead in the third before Dillon Scammon scored late on an assist from Cameron Cipollone. The overtime went scoreless to force a shootout. Cipollone was the first shooter and scored, that was enough as Ryan Rosengard stopped all three Daytona shooters for the win in his first junior game.
Saturday's game saw Tampa come out strong offensively with multiple quality scoring chances. Scammon got Tampa on the board first with an assist from Cipollone. Daytona got the next two goals and took a 2-1 lead after the first despite Tampa outshooting Daytona 18-10. The second again saw Tampa continue to get quality scoring chances but were not able to capitalize. Luke Zimmerman from Tommy Yore and Shane Lynch tied it back up but once again Daytona raced back to score 2 before Mason Ledbetter with assist from Scammon brought Tampa to within one. Again Tampa outshot Daytona 17-10 and 35-20 for the game but were down 4-3.
With another strong start to the 3rd period Tampa looked to come back but then 6 straight penalties did Tampa in as Daytona scored 3 power play goals to pull away with the win.
ELITE and USP3
October 1-4 at Hampton Roads Showcase
by M. Russo
The Tampa Bay Juniors USP3 team swept the Palm Beach Hawks this past weekend with a 6-3 win Saturday and a 5-2 win Sunday. In the Sunday game Tampa got out in front with a power play goal by Mason Ledbetter with assist from Dillon Scammon and Ethan Altman. Three minutes later Saxon Greene scored a shorthanded goal with an assist from Zack Marquardt to put Tampa up two. Palm Beach scored the next 2 goals to tie it back up but the third period turned into the Tommy Yore show as he scored the hattrick. It started with an even strength goal on assist from Shane Lynch and Greene. Then on the power play Yore got number 2 from Lynch and Marquardt. Yore then finished the hattrick on a empty net goal with an assist from Lynch and Michael Doherty. Doherty had 18 saves for the win.
In the first game Saturday game Tampa jumped to a 2 goal lead on goals from Yore and Lynch. Palm Beach though would come back and took a 3-2 lead in the second period. Tampa came storming back scoring the next 4 goals. Chris Spacone got things going with a goal at 5:41 of the second with assist from Dan Duncan and Brian Brady. Then Tampa preceded to score 3 goals in a 1:26 span late in the second. Ledbetter scored a power play goal from Greene and Altman. 29 seconds later Lynch scored from Greene and Domenic Villucci. Spacone then finished off the scoring 55 seconds later with assist from Brady and Logan Cline to finish off Palm Beach. Blake Carlson had 24 saves for the win.
Tampa Elite Offensive Struggles Continue
The Tampa Elite Team continues to struggle to get their offense going in a pair of losses to Palm Beach over the weekend. Tampa only managed 2 goals in Saturdays loss on 34 shots. Drake Stimpson and Trey Stern scored the goals but it was not enough in the 6-2 loss.
Sundays game saw Pavel Kovtunov score Tampa's lone goal on assist from Justin Warta and Jonathan Grodzki I the 5-1 loss.
Next Series: Tampa USP3 at Daytona Racers
Saturday 6:00 pm Sunday 3:00 pm
by D. Dunn
The Tampa Bay Juniors Elite and USP3 teams each lost a pair of games to the Florida Eels in both teams season opening series. The Elite lost 6-2 Saturday at home and 3-1 Sunday in Fort Myers. The USP3 squad also lost on home ice Saturday 4-3 and Sunday 5-3.
Elite vs Eels
The Elite team started out strong Saturday Night. Despite the Eels taking the early lead Drake Stimpson scored at 18:17 to tie it with assist from Axel Meurling and Brandyn Matte. In the second the Eels got on the board again with 2 goals to pull ahead 3-1 but Meurling scored his first of the season on the power play to get Tampa to within one but that was as close as Tampa would get as the Eels scored 3 third period goals to pull away. Tampa Goalie Jeff Gardner had 47 saves in the loss.
Sunday was another very good start for Tampa. Josh Staenz got Tampa on the board first scoring from the slot at 7:25 of the first with assist from Stimpson and Trey Stern. Tampa continued to get scoring chances but couldn't put anything past the Eels goalie. The Eels finally beat Tampa goalie Joe Grout with a 5 on 3 power play goal to tie the score 1-1 after 2 periods. In the 3rd the Eels scored again on the power play and got the clincher at 9:13 of the 3rd period for the 3-1 win.
USP3 vs Eels
The USP3 team had a strong debut despite falling 4-3 to the Eels. They outshot the Eels 44-28 for the game and had many outstanding scoring chances but was denied by Eels goalie Nolan Greene. The Eels had a 1-0 lead going into the 2nd period when Saxon Greene finally beat his name sake. Tommy Yore and Shane Lynch assisted on the power play goal. The Eels though took the lead again before the end of the period. At 8:01 of the 3rd period Yore scored from Lynch and Ethan Chadwell to pull Tampa back even 2-2. But the Eels struck again 2 minutes later and added an empty net goal to give the Eels a 2 goal lead. Steve Annas made things interesting again by scoring with 19 seconds left with assist going to Logan Cline and Chase Spinale.
In the Sunday rematch Tampa jumped out to a 3-1 lead. Cameron Cipollone got things started with a goal assisted by Dillon Scammon. Later in the 1st period Greene got his second of the season with assist from Spencer Geer and Lynch. Mason Ledbetter then scored on a pass from Scammon to give Tampa a 3-1 lead. The Eels then pulled their goalie and brought back in Nolan Greeene who once again shut down the Tampa attack. The Eels scored the next 4 goals to seal the sweep 5-3. Tampa Gooalie Michael Doherty had 20 saves in the loss.
Home vs Palm Beach Hawks
Saturday 9/19 USP3 5:15 pm Elite 8:00 pm
Sunday 9/20 USP3 9:30 am Elite 12:15 pm
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