Wesley Chapel, FL - The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club played the Florida Eels over the weekend. TBJ Elite would win game one 8-2 in what might have been it's most complete game of the year with seven different players scoring and all four lines contributing. Game two saw Tampa on the other side of the eight ball as the Eels prevented TBJ from clinching the division.
TBJ Premier gave up late back breaking goals in both games to the Eels. In game one the Eels scored a shorthanded goal with less than two minutes to go to tie the game and eventually won in a shootout. In Sunday's rematch with the game tied at three the Eels once again would score the game winner with two minutes left.
Both teams play next week in a home and home series with the Florida Blades as both teams try to clinch their positions in the playoffs.
Friday 1/25/19 at FHCI
TBJ Elite 8 Florida Eels 2
Tampa saw seven different goal scorers as Tampa controlled the game from the onset. Trent Gephart would net two and every line contributed as 15 different players recorded a point. The defense got goals from Kevin Holman and Parker Chadwell. Jack Mazur, Matt Menkhaus, Kyle Ciaccio and Zach Parker rounded out the scoring. Shaun Hatton was in goal for the win.
TBJ Premier 4 Florida Eels 5 Shootout
Tyler Shaeffer would score his third goal of the game for the hat trick to give TBJ the lead but the Eels scored a shorthanded goal with less than two minutes remaining to send the game to overtime. After a scoreless overtime it went to a shootout where the Eels 6th shooter finally settled it.
Sunday 1/27/19 at Skatium
TBJ Elite 3 Florida Eels 8
The Eels would return the favor on Tampa by throwing up eight goals preventing Tampa from clinching the division. Ciaccio, Gephart and Chadwell each scored for TBJ.
TBJ Premier 3 Florida Eels 4
Game two saw once again a back and forth game as Patrik Tuma and Matej Dejdar scored to give Tampa a 2-0 lead. After the Eels took a 3-2 lead, Schaeffer scored in the first minute of the third period to tie it. It stayed that way until the Eels got the game winner with two minutes remaining.