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USPHL Elite South Division goes 27-10 vs North


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.

Tampa Bay Juniors Elite 2-0 after Day 1 of Islander Showcase


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.

Tampa USP3 Defeat Blades 4-2


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.

Next Series

USP3 and Elite       

Islanders Showcase  November 13-15, Marlboro, MA

Tampa Juniors Elite and USP3 Win Sunday


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.

Next Series


Elite at Home Vs Palm Beach

Saturday Oct 31 8:00 pm    Sunday Nov 1  12:15 pm


USA Hockey adds Tampa's Head Coach Brett Strot to WNT Staff

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!


Tampa USP3 Defeat Daytona, Elite Gain Point in Shootout


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.

Next Series

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



Tampa Bay Juniors USP3 Split with Daytona


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.



October 1-4 at Hampton Roads Showcase


Tampa Juniors USP3 Sweep Palm Beach


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     



Tampa Bay Juniors Elite, USP3 Drop Pair to Eels


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.

Next Series:             

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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