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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
The Tampa Bay Juniors of the USPHL are in full swing as both the Elite and USP3 teams prepare for their season opener with a home and home series versus the Florida Eels.
After seeing 12 players move on to tier 2 juniors, premier, ncaa and acha colleges the Elite team, coming off a league final four trip last March, return just 5 players from last year's team. Forwards Brock Thompson, Raven Woodring, Trey Stern, Defenseman Drake Stimpson and Goalie Jeff Gardner will lead a new group of players for the upcoming season. Along with the five returners, three palyers from last year's Empire team moved up, forwards Jonathan Grodzki, MaxMulholland and defenseman Steve Kasper.
The USP3 team, also coming off its best season a year ago just return two players in forwards Mason Ledbetter and Angelo Pata. They will be looked to provide leadership to a group that includes 15 players with '98 birthdates.
All the Tampa Bay Juniors home games are played at the Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex and all games can be seen on Fast Hockey.
Next Game: Sat 9/12 Home vs Florida Eels USP3 5:15 PM Elite 8:00 PM
Sun 9/13 Away vs Florida Eels USP3 9:00 AM Elite 11:45 AM
by D. Dunn
Tampa Bay Elite goalie Michael Krch has committed to play this season for NCAA Division III Becker College of the ECAC Northeast.
Krch from Justice, ILL led the Tampa Elite team to new heights last season. Michael's play helped Tampa to playoff series wins against the Florida Eels and Atlanta Knights in route to the USPHL Elite Final Four.
"Michael came in and did a great job for us all season" said Associate Head Coach Garrett Strot. "He proved to be one of the top goalies in the Elite League and we expect him to continue with that success at the college level."
Krch was voted co-MVP last season for Tampa. He had an 18-9-3 record in the regular season with a 2.23 gaa and .922 save % with 3 shutouts.
The Tampa Bay Juniors wish Michael all the best and good luck!
Krch is the 7th player to commit to a NCAA or ACHA College from last seasons team.
Malvin Commits to Concordia, Wisconsin
Former Tampa Bay Junior Nick Malvin of Blaine, MN has committed to play hockey at Concordia in Wisconsin. Concordia plays in the NCHA.
Nick played for Tampa in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. Nick also was MVP as the goalie for the Elite team.
by D. Dunn
Brandon Goudreau ('96 Lithia, FL) and Connor Smith ('97 Valrico, FL) have both made the Aberdeen Wings of the NAHL. Brandon and Connor participated this weekend at Aberdeen's final camp in St. Paul, MN. After the camp was over both players were told that they will be coming to Aberdeen to play for the Wings.
Goudreau was Tampa's 2nd leading scorer last season with 15 goals and 34 assist for 49 points in 41 games played, he also was a +19.
Smith last season led the defensemen with 5 goals and 19 assist for 24 points in 49 games. He also led the team with a +25.
Smith and Goudreau become the 5th and 6th players from last year's Elite team to move up to either the NAHL or USPHL Premier.
The Tampa Bay Juniors want to wish both Conor and Brandon good luck!!
Former Tampa Bay Junior Roope Hinz from Ilves, Finland was taken in the 2nd round, 49th overall, by the Dallas Stars in the NHL draft this past Saturday.
Roope, a 6' 3" forward, played for Tampa's Empire team during the 2012-13 season scoring 20 goals along with 15 assist. He also played for Finland's IIHF World Junior Team this past winter.
"Roope was one of the most skilled players we have ever had, said Tampa's Head Coach Brett Strot, I am very excited for him and feel Dallas got a top end talent."
Roope is the 2nd former player to go through Coach Strot's program to get drafted in the NHL joining Brian Ferlin who was taken in the 4th round by the Boston Bruins in 2010.
Nick Frankich, Jared Goudreau and Romain Wild have all signed to play with teams in the USPHL Premier League.
Frankich who last season played in 46 games signed with the Rochester Americans. Nick had 3 goals 9 assists with a plus 9 and had 37 block shots.
Goudreau played in 27 games last season and led the team with 30 goals and 27 assists for 57 points. He also was a plus 25. Jared signed with the PAL Islanders.
Wild played in 48 games and had 10 goals and 6 assist. Romain signed with the new Okanagan Hockey Europe Team that will compete in the Premier Division.
Tampa has now sent 4 players to the Premier League as those 3 join Christopher Astrom who signed with Philadelphia earlier.
Stang signs Tender with Minot
Jack Stang who played 23 games with Tampa this season has signed a Tender with the NAHL's Minot Minotauros. Jack had 14 goals and 26 assist and was a plus 21 in his time with Tampa.
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