Wesley Chapel, FL - The Tampa Bay Juniors Premier and Elite teams opened their 2018-19 season, splitting their series over the weekend verse the Florida Eels. TBJ Elite would drop the home opener 4-2 then rebound in Ft Myers with a 5-4 shootout win. TBJ Premier would also drop the home opener 7-1 but rebound in Ft Myers with a 3-2 overtime win.
Both teams continue this up coming weekend with a series verse the DME Swamp Rabbits.
Saturday 9/8/18 at Florida Hospital Center Ice
TBJ Elite 2 Eels 4
The eels would jump to a 2-0 lead before Roco Selivanov (Schuldt) and Trent Gephart (Selivanov, Ciaccio) would score 15 seconds apart to tie the score before the end of the second period. Midway through the 3rd period saw the Eels get two and hold on for the win as TBJ fired over 50 shots on goal.
TBJ Premier 1 Eels 7
Tyler Shaeffer (Duncan, Vaillancourt) scored 43 seconds into the 3rd period on an end to end rush to put TBJ within one at 2-1 but that was as close as Tampa would get when the Eels scored 5 unanswered goals.
Sunday 9/9/18 at Skatium, Fort Myers
TBJ Elite 5 Eels 4 Shootout
Again Tampa would fall into a 2-0 deficit before Zach Parker (Drysdale, Mazur) brought TBJ to within one. Florida would get the two goals back and build a 4-1 lead before Tampa started its come back. Kevin Holman (Menkhaus, Scheer) scored to pull TBJ within two. With 4 minutes left and Tampa on a power play, they would pull their and with the extra attacker Jackson Drysdale (Holman, Schuldt) would score. Once again Tampa pulled the goalie again and Parker would score his second of the game to tie it with 1:12 left on the clock.
With neither team scoring in 3 on 3 overtime the game went to a shootout. Kyle Caiccio would be the 10th shooter and only shooter to score for the win. Shaun Hatton stopped all 5 shooters in net for TBJ.
TBJ Premier 3 Eels 2 Overtime
TBJ Premier would also play some extra hockey Sunday. After a scoreless first period the Eels would jump to a 1-0 lead but Matuesz Wawrzkiewicz (Schaeffer, Reed would tie it 1:35 later. In the third period Florida would take the lead again before Tommi Reunamaki (Walker) would tie it with 4:10 left in the third. Overtime saw both teams get quality chances as goalie Connor Green kept the game tied with some big saves. With 2:30 left Schaeffer ended it with a goal to give TBJ Premier it's first win of the season.