The Tampa Bay Juniors found themselves down by 3 goals midway through the second period in Fort Myers yesterday but refused to give in, coming back for a 6-5 double overtime win over the Florida Eels, winning their best of three Elite South Division playoff series 2 games to 1.
Tampa Bay took the lead early, as Raven Woodring scored from Trey Stern at 1:38, staking the Juniors to a 1-0 lead. The Eels would respond with four straight goals. Josh DeLezenne scored at 12:35, Martins Lavrov tallied a power play goal at 15:35, then Lucas Blomquist scored on the power play at 16:33, giving them a 3-1 lead after one.
In the second period, Shilo Vega scored a short handed goal at 1:55, for a 4-1 lead. Tampa Bay would then get their offense untracked with a pair of goals. Jared Goudreau scored from Brandon Goudreau and Christopher Astrom at 10:21, then Nick Mattone scored from Ryan Conery at 16:46, narrowing the deficit to 4-3. The Eels would regain a two-goal lead late in the middle period, as DeKezenne scored at 19:03, giving them a 5-3 lead after two.
The Juniors would score twice in the third. Jared Goudreau scored unassisted at 8:00 to draw Tampa Bay within one at 5-4. Then, with goaltender Michael Krch off for the extra attacker, Brandon Goudreau tucked one home in tight at 19:48. That tied the game and forced overtime.
After a scoreless first overtime, the team would proceed to a second extra session. Just about five and a half minutes in. The Juniors won a draw back to the right point. Connor Smith would blast one home from there for the deciding goal. The goal, coming at 5:39, capped the comeback and gave the Juniors the 6-5 win.
Tampa Bay outshot the Eels 44-38. Michael Krch made 33 saves for the Juniors, Max Kirkwood had 38 stops for the Eels. Tampa Bay went o-for-2 with a shorthanded goal against on the power play and 2-of-5 on the penalty kill.
The Elite playoffs continue this coming weekend in Ellenton, as the Juniors will host the Atlanta Junior Knights on Saturday and Sunday, February 28th, and March 1st and Monday March 2nd (if necessary) with times to be determined. The Empire playoffs, with Tampa Bay at the Florida Junior Blades in Estero. Game One is Friday, February 27th at 9:30pm EST, game two is Saturday, February 28th at 7:45pm EST and game three, if necessary, will be played Sunday, March 1st, with face off set for 5:30pm EST> Catch all the action on Fasthockey.com.
The Tampa Bay Juniors Empire team rolled to a 7-2 win Saturday night, winning their first round playoff series with the Florida Eels 2 games to 1 in the process.
Mason Ledbetterbetter, from Tanner Frankich at 6:26 and Benoit Chin, from Steven Noyes at 11:01, staked Tampa Bay to a 2-0 lead after one.
In the second period, a Frankich goal, assisted by Ledbetter and Tyler Camposano at 1:01, grew the Juniors lead to 3-0. Just over two minutes later, at 3:36, Bryan Miller scored for the Eels to get them on the board, trailing 3-1. Tampa Bay then scored twice to take command. Noyes scored from Michael Demiceli and Brandon Napoli at at 16:59 to make it 4-1, then Demiceli lit the lamp on the power play, assisted by Chin and Ledbetter at 18:35, increasing theJuniors lead to 4, at 5-1. The Eels weren't done though. Jordan Court scored on the power play at 19:38, slicing the deficit to 5-2 after two.
Tampa Bay would come out in the third and score twice while holding the Eels off the board, to take the game in decisive fashion. Chin scored on the power play from Peter Lopez and Noyes at 7:38 for a 6-2 lead, then Ledbetter scored a power play goal at 17:47, assisted by Nathan Glick and Sam Coleman, giving the Juniors the 7-2 win.
The Eels held a 40-38 shots advantage. Colemen made 38 saves for Tampa Bay, Sergey Hall and Nolan Greene combined to stop 31 shots for the Eels. The Juniors were 3-for-9 on the power play and 3-of-4 on the penalty kill. Tampa Bay now moves on to meet the Florida Junior Blades in round two best-of-three next weekend, with the schedule yet to be determined.
by John Meissner
By: John Meissner
The Florida Eels scored once in each period last night to edge the Tampa Bay Juniors 3-2, in game two of the USPHL's Empire South playoffs in Ellenton.
A T.J. Clingerman goal for the Eels got the scoring started at the 17:21 mark of the opening period, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead after one.
Maxim Gruzdev scored 13:51 into the second period, increasing the Eels lead to 2-0. However, in the waning moments of the period, Max Mulholland scored for the Juniors from Josh Basso and Mason Ledbetter at 19:53, cutting the Eels lead to 2-1 after two.
The lead grew to 3-1 for the Eels, as Michael Kohler scored at 5:21. But, just over two minutes later, Tampa Bay got one back. Ledbetter lit the lamp from a sharp angle. Tanner Frankich drew the lone assist at 7:56, drawing the Juniors within one, at 3-2. Tampa Bay, despite some late pressure, couldn't get the equalizer and the Eels hung on for the 3-2 win, squaring the best-of-three series at a game apiece.
The Juniors outshot the Eels 37-33. Sam Colemen made 30 saves for Tampa Bay, Sergey Hall stopped 35 shots for the Eels. The Juniors were 0-for-3 on the power play and 2-of-2 on the penalty kill.
The USPHL Empire South playoffs continue tonight, as the Tampa Bay Juniors host the Florida Eels at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, with face-off set for 8:45pm EST Saturday night. The game can be seen on Fasthockey.com. The Elite Series, with the Tampa Bay Juniors at the Florida Eels, begins tonight. Game one begins at 8:45pm EST this evening, game two is at 2:00pm EST Sunday and game three, if needed, is set for 12:00pm EST on Monday. All games can be seen on Fasthockey.com.
Published: Friday, 20 Feb 2015
The USPHL came out with its Divisional Top Players, voted on by the coaches, and Tampa saw 7 of its players named to the team.
In the Elite Division named to the team were Forward Brandon Goudreau, Defenseman Nick Frankich and Goalie Michael Krch.
In the Empire Division named to the team were forwards Benoit Chin and Steven Noyes, Defensemen Brandon Napoli and Goalie Sam Coleman.
Congratulations to these players!!!
The Tampa Bay Juniors Empire team had its most successful regular season ever finishing with a 26-11-3 record for 3rd place in the USPHL Southern division. There were many highlights throughout the season. Tampa went 8-0 vs the Northern Division in its 2 showcases in Boston. Tampa also had a 12 game winning streak during the season that seen it vault up to the top of the standings. Benoit Chin and Steven Noyes each finished in the top 11 in scoring with 63 and 61 points respectively and goalie Sam Coleman finished 4th in the league with a .924 save %.
Chin led the team in scoring with 63 points and Noyes led in goals with 25, Noyes also led the team in +/- with a +35. Coleman also led the way with 16 wins in net.
The second season now gets started this week with the playoffs. Tampa will host the Florida Eels this Thursday thru Saturday at the Ellenton Ice Arena in a best of 3 playoff. Games 1 & 2 will be at 5:00 pm both Thursday and Friday. Game 3 if necessary will be Saturday night at 8:45 pm.
Hilary Knight - Brianna Decker - Anne Schleper
Three members of the 2014 Women's Olympic team will Skate Tuesday with the Tampa Bay Juniors Elite Team. The team members are Anne Schleper, Hilary Knight and Brianna Decker. Schleper has been skating and training with the team all season. Tampa's Head Coach Brett Strot also works with the Women's National Team.
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.
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