The Tampa Bay Juniors wrapped up the 2019 USPHL South showcase this past Monday with a lot of lessons learned.
For the Premier team, a quick glance at the 1-3 record from the showcase would lead you to believe that it was a poor showing from TBJ.
However, a pair of extremely close games against Charlotte and Hampton, both veteran laden teams, proved to be an invaluable measuring stick for TBJ. Those two teams, combined, have won the league title each of the last 4 seasons. With an almost entirely new lineup for TBJ, being able to compete and be in the thick of things with perennial powerhouses this early on is surely a sign of good things for the club.
(L) Charlotte 2-1
(L) Hampton 3-1
(W) Carolina 3-1
(L) Rockets 5-2
Milton Rosen finished the weekend with a .955 save percentage through 2 games, stopping 64 of 67 shots faced.
While Dan Duncan picks up his first goal for TBJ premier.
For the league’s youngest Elite team, TBJ, faced some strong competition in the showcase. The theme of the weekend was “too little, too late” as the team continuously found themselves playing catch-up early in the game.
After a lopsided win against the Jr. Blades 2 weeks ago, a harsh reality check was handed to TBJ as they found themselves down 4-0 at the end of the first period of the showcase. The second period was a completely different story, as Tampa outshot Charlotte 10-2 and took total control of the game, but ultimately came up short.
Another 3 goal loss to Hampton the next day was much the same tale. TBJ found themselves down 3-0 halfway through the second period before Jonny Scheer and Thomas Zamba found the back of the net in quick succession to make it a 3-2 game. It would remain that way for a long stretch, before the Whalers sealed the game with 2 final goals a minute apart near the end of the final frame.
(L) Charlotte 6-3
(L) Hampton 5-2
(L) Carolina 4-0
(L) Rockets 3-1