Estero, Fla. – Hudson Grote scored twice to help lead the Florida Jr. Blades to a 4-1 win over the Florida Eels at Germain Arena Sunday afternoon. The Jr. Blades captured the series winning both organizations home openers.
"I'm very proud of the boys and the heart they showed to get the job done this weekend,” said head coach Todd Pococke. “They played with passion and tenacity which showed throughout both games. Although we came out strong with a pair wins we still have a lot to work on.”
Within the first six minutes, Charlie Mondor would find Jr. Blades newcomer Hudson Grote to light the lamp to take the 1-0 lead. Trevor Bednarek and Evan Maxey would capitalize on a power play to propel Jonas Hostovecky to put a shot passed Eels goaltender Jason Posner. Just under two minutes later, the Eels would tally their only goal of the battle against netminder Cayden Bailey to end the first period 2-1.
The first ten minutes of the second period would be plagued by penalties before Bednarek scored a short-handed goal at the 12:34 mark. Within 60 seconds, Grote would shine after a pass from Devon Rodriguez to end the second 4-1.
"You can definitely see the potential of this team,” assistant coach Carlston on play during series. “There is talent up and down the lineup and to get contributions from each line, each D pair, and all goaltenders is very exciting."
The final twenty minutes of the series would be a true test for the goaltenders as both teams traded scoring opportunities trying to break passed Bailey and Posner. Neither team could beat the strong play shown by the goaltenders resulting in a 4-1 Jr. Blades victory.
Bailey gets the win in net stopping 23 out of 24 shots on goal, while Eels goaltender Jason Posner takes the loss allowing four goals on 43 shots.
The Jr. Blades next game will take place against the Daytona Racers at the Daytona International Skateway. Game time is set at 8 p.m.
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