Game Two Weekend Ice
Florida Eels Elite vs. Tampa Juniors.
The Tampa Juniors avenged their home opener loss on Saturday night to the Florida Eels Elite team with a 4-3 victory at the Eels home opener. The Tampa Junior team came out to quick start with a 1-0 score in the first period.
The Eels managed a strong assault on the Tampa goaltender. Outshooting them consistently throughout the 3 periods 2-1. Despite being out played period after period Tampa managed to stay ahead on the scoreboard.
In the period one, the Eels scored one goal scored by Eels 4th year veteran Zac Boyle assisted by Eels 4th year veteran line mates Clayton Boyd and Jordan Court. Tampa managed to put past 2 more goals on the Eels veteran goalie from the Syracuse Stars Try Kovalick. The Eels did come out on fire in the 3rd period with 2 more goals one by Canadian Rookie JS Robidoux assisted by Clayton Boyd (his 2nd assist on the day, and Russian Rookie forward Nikita Lopatin. The 3rd Eels goal was notched by Zac Boyle his 2nd of the day assisted by Jordan Court and Clayton Boyd his 3rd of the game.
The Eels managed to shoot 55 times on the Tampa Goalie. But were not able to over come the 1 goal deficit.
This concluded a split weekend for the Elite team. Winning their away game and dropping their home opener. The boys will be back on the ice for training this week to prepare for the Saturday’s game against the East Coast of Florida rival: The Palm Beach Hawks. The boys will be then leaving to an extended road trip to Boston where they will be competing in the Southern Conference Showcase at the New England Sports Center Marlboro Ma September 20th -22nd (Midweek event to capture the exclusive attention of the Northeast Scouts).
The Eels USP3 vs. the Jr. Blades.
The USP3 team faced the Jr. Blades in game two of their weekend opener. This time the game was away at Germain Arena in Estero FL just 20 minutes down the road. The Eels lost the previous afternoon 5-0 but it was a hard fought battle as the Eels 13 rookies took on a team of 16 seasoned veteran players many 1997 and 1996 DOB. In game 2, the Eels younger guys came out once again with an incredible fore-check. They were even more aggressive than in game one. The boys in just one game showed huge improvement. They forced turn over after turnover in all 3 zones on the veteran Blades team. The managed far more shots double than what was recorded in game one.
Every player on the Eels managed to hit at least 5 times in this game. You could see the determination and fortitude laid out by the Eels’ players. Through inexperience they made 2 weak turn overs that allowed 2 goals. The Eels did manage a nice goal from Rookie Defenseman Richie Allgood his first as an Eel and as junior player. It was assisted by Eels Rookie Anthony Sozio. The Eels garnered 24 shots on net in this game. There were huge positives in these games and this one in particular. With experience the turnovers would not happen and the game is 2-1. The Eels had at least 5 break aways. They will result in goals. The Eels will pull the trigger on many of the 24 shots fired over the contest. The Blades team is one of the top programs in the USP3 so we were extremely pleased with our efforts this weekend.
The boys like the Eels Elite have a game vs. the USP3 Palm Beach Hawks. Saturday 3:20 pm. Then they too will be heading to the New England Showcase on Sunday. This is the first of 5 main college showcases the Eels will be competing in. We look forward to those highly scouted games up north.
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