This past weekend the Tampa Bay Juniors exploded for 17 goals against Atlanta, racking up 8-1 and 9-3 wins in the sweep.
Atlanta opened the scoring at 3:27 of the second period Saturday, before TBJ responded with an astounding 8 unanswered goals. Derek Walker tied the score at one apiece with a highlight reel goal on assists from Garrett Sandberg and goaltender Cade Kujawski. Keegan Johnson’s relentless forecheck resulted in an unassisted goal just 41 seconds later, putting TBJ in the lead.
Goals from Sam Adler, Stanley Lucas (2), Zach Puterbaugh, Keegan Johnson, and Aaron Frenkel finished out the scoring for the contest. Kujawski turned aside 31 of 32 shots , along with tacking on an assist in the victory.
Sunday’s contest saw Paul Flidr opening the scoring with a beautiful shot as he came down the wall and ripped the puck near side off the crossbar and in.
The USPHL’s top defensive-defenseman saw himself finding the the scoresheet not once, not twice, but three times in the game. Jon Heller recorded his first career hat-trick, each goal coming in much different ways. The first goal came as a result of joining the rush on a delayed penalty, Heller poked home a rebound off the inboards. Heller’s 3rd period point shot had eyes, as it found an opening just inside the post for his second goal. The hat trick clinching goal came via a slot pass and quick release glove side.
Scoring came from Jon Stouffer, Aaron Frenkel(2), Hampus Magnusson, and Stanley Lucas.
12 TBJ players recorded multi point weekends!
Tampa Bay Juniors Elite team swept the Atlanta Madhatters in dramatic fashion over the weekend, to bring their November record to 7-2.
Atlanta opened up Saturday’s contest with two first period goals, before Tim Ruf found the back of the net with 21 seconds left in the first.
The second period saw TBJ outshoot Atlanta 18-11, but Atlanta extended their lead to 4-1.
Matthew Menkhaus started the comeback 11:21 into the 3rd frame on assists from Jonny Scheer and Tim Ruf. Adam Custable’s breakaway goal ignited the bench to bring TBJ within one. With just 1:17 left in the game, the veteran trio of Menkhaus, Scheer, and Ruf connected against to tie it up. Scheer’s shot eluded the Atlanta goaltender, but sat on the goal line until Menkhaus could tap it home.
3:38 into OT, yet again, Matt Menkhaus had found the back of the net. Menkhaus’ first career hat-trick came as he streaked down the left side, and rifled a shot far side over the glove of the goaltender.
Sunday’s contest started off eerily similarly to Saturday. TBJ found themselves down by 3 goals again, when Thomas Zamba got them on the scoreboard and back into the game.
Nevada Woodring found the back of the net off a rebound generated from Ronan Keenan’s drive to the net to bring TBJ within one. Once again, Menkhaus-Scheer-Ruf connected to tie the game on a fantastic passing play.
Overtime saw each team put 2 shots on net, but nothing got though. With the game on the line in the shootout, Tyler Moschella shut the door as Adam Custable and Jonny Scheer both found the back of the net.
Both teams will have the week off for Thanksgiving.