8 Games took place this past Friday night as each division saw a shake up in the standings. The Eastern Conference saw the Modin Division go undefeated, and game four saw many teams finding out which young players they’re looking to rely on. Let’s take a look at who stuck out and who needs to move on and look forward to the next game.
Starting with our Eastern Conference, The Modin Division saw every team active as Durant kicked off Friday night ice with a 12-0 stomping of Wiregrass at Advent Health Center Ice. Sophomores Dante Deney and Colin Smargon made their presence known with a natural hat trick going to Deney and Smargon collecting a goal and two assists.
The Andreychuk Division seems to be in order as Jesuit beat Freedom 6-2 and the Tigers took their place at undisputed number one in the division. Jesuit has finished number one in the Andreychuk division when all is said and done for the last four seasons, but I wouldn’t call the race as Freedom has not seen reigning league leader in goals, points, and powerplay points, Owen Barno heat up
The Manatee Admirals got a much needed two points as they showcased prime-time hockey during their prime-time slot as the final game of the night at Advent Health Center Ice with a 6-0 win over River Ridge. Freshman Jake Duhaime took the Admirals on his back as he found the back of the net 3 different times throughout the night.
West Manatee took home two points against East Lake in by far the most suspenseful game of the week by edging the East Lake Eagles 1-0 at Clearwater Ice Arena. Sophomore Kiril Shpak scored the game winning goal just after the halfway mark of the game and goal tender Tristen Nutten took home the 28 save shut out.
A 1-0 game and final tell’s me one thing, this was a goaltender’s battle. Both Nutten and Gentry played out of their minds. 52 shots between the two of them and only one goal scored.
30 combined minutes of penalties in this contest and 0 PP goals. EL had their chances to either tie it up and go ahead but couldn’t find the back of the net.
For those who saw the departure of all-star goalie Troy Burkhardt as an insurmountable obstacle, the Plant Panthers would like to disagree. Plant took the ice Friday against the league’s newest team, the Land O’ Lakes Gators. Plant came roaring out of the gates and never looked back putting up 7 unanswered goals including two on the penalty kill. Plant goalie, Jerry Tarkiainen also posted a shutout in a stellar performance. The Gators never gave up though and were able to put together multiple high quality opportunities but were simply unable to solve the Plant netminder. Both teams will see tough matchups against division leaders next week as Plant takes on the Jesuit Tigers while the Gators will face West Manatee.
Although it is only Week 2, the Newsome Ice Wolves and George Jenkins Eagles have already produced a Game of the Year candidate in their 6-6 tie. Friday’s meeting saw both teams exchange leads in a back and forth affair that had all in attendance waiting to see who would strike next. Newsome freshman, Christian Aguiar, struck early, notching two goals in the first period. Aguiar was one of 5 Wolves players with a multi-point night. Jenkins forward Jake Richard is drawing early season recognition for his play. This is for good reason as the sophomore had a standout 6 point night and nearly broke the tie on a breakaway with only seconds left on the clock. Next week Jenkins finds themselves in a rematch with the Freedom Patriots while Newsome will take on the scrappy Bloomingdale Bulls.
The Bradley Division is anybody’s game through 4 games as reigning state champions Steinbrenner got back in the win column, but I’m positive Head Coach Dan Bubley isn’t letting his team rest easy as 1st place and 5th place in the division are only separated by two points in the standing.
TEAM WORK was the name of the game for the Warriors. 7 goals from 7 different goal scorers on Friday night.
Sharks continued to swarm on Friday night as they defeated Berkeley 3-1 to remain the lone undefeated team in the Lecavalier Division. With the ice heavily tiled in favor of the Sharks, Berkeley's Spencer Rose faced 70 shots, turning away 67 for a .957 save percentage.
Maxim Thellab found the back of the net 3 times for his first hat trick of the season for the Seminole Sharks
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