The LHSHL Podcast recaps all eight of Week Four’s matchups, which also entails this past weekend’s LHSHL Game of the Week between the Jesuit Tigers and East Manatee Admirals.
Both the Steinbrenner Warriors and Bloomingdale Ice Bulls met on Friday night at Florida Hospital Center Ice entering the contest with one victory on the year. However, one team left Wesley Chapel victorious. Bloomingdale trailed Steinbrenner 4-3 in the latter stages of the third period, but freshman Brennan Cyhaniuk led the Ice Bulls to the team’s second win this season.
Cyhaniuk, recorded a hat trick and scored the game-winning goal with just 2:32 remaining in regulation. The Phenom now has six goals on the year. Let’s not forget that Bloomingdale netminder, Alexander Higginbotham, faced 15 shots in the third period and recorded a total of 33 saves on the night. Steinbrenner put up a commendable effort, but the Warriors will have to rebound and seek their second victory against East Lake this upcoming Friday night.
It was a baseball score between the Seminole Sharks and Durant Cougars this past Friday night. Though, it was the Cougars that bested the Sharks and by a final score of 7-6. Durant scored all seven of its goals through the first two-periods of play, and in large thanks to freshman forward Jordan Putnam (3G-2A-5pts).
Still, the Sharks would not sink quietly. Seminole trailed 7-4 heading into the third period, and the Teal made things very interesting after they scored two early goals in the game’s final frame. Sharks’ senior Zach Katz led the way for the Teal with a four-goal night; and two of which were a power play and shorthanded goal in the third period. Now, Durant sits in second place for the Eastern Conference’s Modin Division (4-1-1—11pts).
Two of the LHSHL’s most notable skaters met at FHCI on Friday night and during the late game, 10:00pm puck drop. Wiregrass’ Josey Davis, and River Ridge’s Anthony Loicano, entered the contest as two of their respective team’s top point-getters this season; but neither walked away from the rink satisfied, as the Wiregrass Ice Hawks and River Ridge Knights tied by a final score of 6-6.
Wiregrass jumped out to an early lead, after Davis scored four goals in the first period. The Ice Hawks led for a majority of the contest, but the Knights were relentless. River Ridge trailed Wiregrass 6-4 during the third period, but Loicano found the back of the net (11:33) to get the Knights back within one goal. In dramatic fashion, River Ridge then scored a deflection goal with 44-seconds remaining in regulation, and with its goalie pulled, to tie the game at six-a-piece.
WEST MANATEE-PALM HARBOR
This matchup had all the makings to be a memorable one, and it lived up to expectations. West Manatee and the Palm Harbor Hurricanes took to the ice down in Ellenton, where the Orange and Black opened up the scoring less than one minute into the contest. West Manatee’s Chaz Polis and Máté Imre connected for the opening goal; however, Garret “Toe-jam” Toenjes” scored the game’s next goals for the ‘Canes, and the first period eventually ended in a 2-2 tie.
While Toenjes ended up recording a hat trick for Palm Harbor, it was not enough to take down West Manatee and its leading goal-scorer, Imre. The Orange and Black’s go-to-player scored two goals in the game’s final period of play, and led West Manatee to its second victory on the season. Imre, now has eight goals and four assists on the season.
The George-Jenkins Eagles are quietly making a statement this season. The Green and Gold defeated the Freedom Patriots on Friday night at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum and by a final score of 5-4. While the Eagles only scored one goal during the game’s first two periods of play, Jenkins found the back of the net four times during the third period.
Both Isaac Graves and Luke Rouleau teamed up to record two goals each during the third period for Jenkins, and netminder Ryan Warchola kept the Eagles in the game to earn the victory between the pipes. Now, Jenkins sits in third place for the Andreychuk Division (2-2-1—5pts).
It was just another day at the office for the East Lake Eagles, as the Eagles shutout the Newsome Wolves on Friday night at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum. For the fifth time this season the Eagles scored six or more goals; and on this night East Lake had eight different players find the back of the net. Senior Matthew Wilson earned his first two goals on the year, which originally opened up the floodgates for the Eagles, and the senior also chipped in two helpers. East Lake is now the lone undefeated team for the LHSHL, and the Eagles will look to extend that streak this week against Steinbrenner at the Tampa Bay Skating Academy in Oldsmar.
Mitchell got back on track this past weekend and against the Plant Panthers. The Mitchell Mustangs earned their third victory on the year after defeating the Panthers by a final score of 5-3. Keep in mind, the Mustangs trailed Plant 2-0 after the first period to get the hard-earned victory. Mitchell scored two goals in the second period, and then three in the third; while senior netminder Jacob Serpe shut the door on the Panthers. The Mustangs will look to continue their winning ways this week when Mitchell takes on Durant this Friday night at FHCI at 10:00pm.
Game Of The Week
Week Four’s LHSHL Game of the Week took place down in Ellenton and between the visiting Jesuit Tigers and East Manatee Admirals. The Tigers and Admirals entered the contest as two of the league’s top teams, and in first place for their respective divisions.
For Jesuit, it was the third straight week that Tigers would be playing in the Game of the Week, and they notched another win onto their belt. Jesuit recorded a comeback victory against a (then) undefeated East Manatee squad and won by a final score of 7-4. While Jesuit put up a seven-spot on the scoresheet, it was the Tigers’ goaltender Paul Coats who shined. The senior netminder recorded 50 saves on the night, and stopped 18 of the Admirals’ 19 shots in the third period.
Yes, Coats was busy between the pipes for the victorious Tigers, but Jesuit forward Nolan Forrest arguably had his best LHSHL game of his career. For the first time in the senior’s LHSHL career, Forrest found the back of the net four times, and even had the game-winning goal for Jesuit. Now, Forrest has nine goals and three assists in five games played on the year.
Additionally, Jesuit forward Joshua Burke had a hat trick too. It was the junior’s third multi-goal game on the season, and Burke has now extended his points-streak to five games.
Jesuit’s next game will take place at FHCI this Friday against the Freedom Patriots. As for East Manatee, the Admirals will look to get back to their winning ways this upcoming weekend and versus the Seminole Sharks in Ellenton.
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