fiercest rivalries in all junior hockey in the USA. These two teams battle in every second of every minute in every hour of the contest. They define what true competition is all about. They battle in every zone and for every inch of territory.
Last season the Eels finished on top of the Florida Division in regular season and went on to topple the Tampa Juniors in the first round of the Florida Division in round one of the USP3 Florida Division playoff games. Then the Eels USP3 team had to face the Blades. It was an intently fought battle and as everyone predicted the games would go to all 3 in the best of 3 to settle the winner. In game one the Eels won convincingly. Game two the Jr. Blades made a come back to tie the series 1-1. In game three the Eels defeated the Blades in a stunning win. This game the Eels USP3 team their third out of 4 years opportunity to make it to the Northern playoffs.
The funny thing about the games between these two teams is that all are reminiscent of playoff games. Each game is a battle. Neither team takes each other for granted. The two teams are 20+ miles apart and the close proximity fuels the competitive atmosphere. In the end the games like all others amount to 2 points. But the players believe far more is at stake. It has proven to be great games throughout. The fans come out in droves. The count at times has been over 500+. In fact you generally see over 100 Eels fans travel to Germain for the away games.
Game one is a home game for the Eels.USP3 team. It is at the Fort Myers Skatium at 3:20 pm on Saturday. Game two is away at Germain Arena Sunday at noon, making it a home and away weekend.
The Eels have returning in net second year veteran Nicholas Kotz. Sharing with Kotz is Jason Posner also a second year veteran goalie who played last season for the Long Island Royals. The Eels USP3 team has a good number of solid veteran players returning coupled with some top Midget U18 and 16 Tier I players. They have speed and have showed strong determination during the Eels 21 day training camp. GM Scarpaci says I am very impressed with this squad. They also play a high tempo game that is the Eels have been known to bring every night. We look forward to seeing this team ignite.
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