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Florida Eels Recap of the EJHL Winter Showcase - Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 8 Jan 2013
By: Frank Scarpaci III

Eels Recap of the EJHL Winter Showcase


South Eels


The Florida Eels Junior Teams had phenomenal success this
past weekend at the EJHL Winter Showcase. This venue is the biggest scouting
forum in North America. There were over 80 Division I and III College coaches
as well as numerous scouts from the NHL, the QMJHL, the WHL and OHL.


The Eels EJHL Team won two games and lost one in 3 extremely
impressive games against some of the top teams in Jr A hockey. In game one the
Eels lost to Andre Laurendeau
CEGEP   6-1. The Eels played
an competitive game against this Elite French Canadian Jr A team but came up
short. It was a learning experince for the boys. The fast pace of the game and
the higher level tested the Eels but the boys coming off 2 weeks Christmas
break and the long 26 hour road trip took too much of a toll for the Eels to
topple their Canadian counter parts.


The Eels EJHL South team after a good night's sleep and
video analysis were better prepared for their AJHL rivals the Jr Flyers.
Flyers presented an awesome challenge for the Eels as the Eels are ranked 30th
in Jr Hockey rankings whereas the Jr Flyers were ranked 22nd. The
Eels dominated the game from the drop pf the puck Arnie Osuna, Zack Mudge,
Daniel Filler and Sam Stone all scored for the Eels. Earning assist were Kade
Brannon, Brien Thompson, who
had two and Trent McDougall, Joey Colatarci, Adrian Bragg, Steven Prince, and
Vincent Cavalieri, each chipped in one. Hunter Fernandez had another stellar
performance in net and recorded 35 saves for Florida Eels

In game 3 the Eels brought another dominant performance
to the New England Sports Center where the game was watched by a standing room
only crowd. The drama was there. A second game vs. a AJHL elite team: The New
Jersey Rockets who are ranked 24th in Jr A hockey rankings. Again
the experts had the Rockets ranked higher than the Eels but the Eels were
destined to prove the ranking committee wrong. Indeed, that us what the Eels
did. Scoring for the Eels were Team Alex Sanchez, Captain Steve Prince, and
League All Stars Zack Mudge, and Brien Thompson. Earning assist for the Eels
were defensemen Trent Mc Dougal, Joey Colatarci and Vasili Mallaras, and
forwards Mudge, Prince, Sanchez and Swedish sensation and League All Star
Fredrick Wink. Eel's goalie Hunter
had another incredibly strong game turning away enormous pressure being applied
by the NJ Rocket snipers.

There was no doubt after this weekend the Eels showed the league how
strong its EJHL South team rally is. The scores alone do not do justice to
games. The Eels players at time were putting on passing and shooting clinics.
It was completely gratifying to see how much our program has come within one
year says GM Frank Scarpaci. . I am very proud of the players and coaching
staff. We see our training program is working and we are getting stronger each
game with more poise and total presence on the ice.


Eels Empire Team

On the Empire side the young guns also had a very impressive weekend
in the Jr B division. In game one the Eels downed the Springfield Pics 4-2.
This was especially rewarding for the Eels Empire squad as the Pics were ranked
20 spots higher than the Eels Empire team. Josh DeLezenne  John Carlson, Brian Dennerlein, Reed
Halabi, all scored for the Eels. Carlson Reed, Mazzullo and Danny Boyd all
registered assist. In goal was a stellar performance by Marc Terriault turning
away 30 out of 32 shots. In game two the Eels lost to top ranked Suffolk Pal
3-1 the only goal scored by Jonathan Carlson. Despite the loss the Eels played
enormously well against this top ranked team that won the USA Hockey Nationals
on a number of occasions.

Game three the Eels Empire team played in an old fashion barnburner
against the Adirondack
Junior Wings. Moreover, an overtime session was not enough to
settle matters as the Adirondack Junior Wings defeated Florida Eels in a
shootout 4-3 (1-0 SO). Scorers for the Eels were
Brian Dennerlein and again Josh 
DeLezenne and Danny Boyd. Assisting on the goals was Keanu Gallegos for

The Eels bounce back for a solid win against the Fredrick Freeze with
a 4-3 win. Making his weekend debut was Goalie Ben Hankinson for the Eels
earning this impressive win. Scoring for the Eels was Captain Patrick Daniels,
2 for Josh DeLezenne and League all star Brian Dennerlein. Earning assist were Hunter
Gonzalez John Carlson, Josh DeLezenne and League all stars Brian Dennerlein and
Mike Viera.


Again like the EJHL South squad, the Empire team had a very good
weekend. They impressed the northern scouts with their skill level. As one
prominent northern scout who won several NAHL National championships, this young
Empire team is as competitive as many Jr A teams.


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