The Tampa Bay Juniors split the weekend series with the Florida Eels at both the Premier and Elite levels.
Friday’s 5-2 win for TBJ came off of potentially the most complete 60 minute effort of the season. Aaron Frenkel found the back of the net for the lone goal of the first period, on assists from Stanley Lucas and Carter Hansen. Jonathan Stouffer banged home a rebound early in the 2nd, before the Eels fired home two goals in quick succession to tie it up. Lucas and Frenkel made a nice offensive play ending with Connor Reed finding the back of the net from the slot to break the tie. Frenkel and Lucas would both find the back of the net once more to round out the scoring.
Sunday’s trip to Ft. Myers started with Parker Chadwell tapping in a rebound on chances from Joe Blanchard and Carter Hansen to open the scoring. The Eels grabbed a pair of goals, once again in quick succession, to end the period with a lead. Aaron Frenkel’s disallowed goal 42 seconds into the second period sparked the TBJ bench, as they would rebound and so 3 minutes later on a beautiful play from Frenkel, with Reed burying the puck. Both teams would trade chances the rest of the way, with the Eels finding the last tally at 7:23 of the third period.
Cade Kujawski made 59 saves on 64 shots on the weekend, for a .921 save percentage.
Elite- Ronan Keenan tallied his 17th goal of the season at 3:18 of the first period on a pass from Ryan Bahula. 7 minutes later, Sean Mesa tucked in a five-hole goal on a rebound from Santiago Barrios, to extend the TBJ lead to 2. The eels would rally to tie the score at 2, before Jonny Scheer scored a pair of goals to put the game away. Nevada Woodring and Kevin Holman each added empty net goals to seal the victory at 6-2.
Sunday’s game saw the Eels grab the lead off of an unfortunate bounce off Jaden Reilly’s stick. Jonny Scheer added a pair of goals, 30 seconds apart to take a short lived lead. The Eels’ Gavin Medina responded a minute later with a pair of goals of his own, coming only 14 seconds apart. The Eels never looked back, as they added 3 more goals before Derek Olson potted a goal to close out the 6-3 loss for TBJ.