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Friday Night Recap: 9/20/19

By LHSHL, 09/23/19, 6:15PM EDT


An experienced West Manatee squad faced off against the new kids on the block and didn't hold back in their 9-2 win. Kirill Shpak and Andrew Ward each walked away with three points as West Man extended their season opening win streak to five games.

River Ridge and Mitchell faced each other in what promises to be a rivalry that continues within the LHSHL for yet another season. Although the end total saw Mitchell heading home with a 7-2 win and evening the season series to one game a piece, River Ridge was in the game for the first two periods. River Ridge Rookie Mallory Burdick almost sealed away a hat trick by hitting the pipe with 90 seconds left in the third, but would have to settle with the Burdick family name going home with two goals and two assists as she and older brother Bradley Burdick did their best for the black and purple. 

As always, Heath Chancey and the Berkeley goaltender did their part. Heath made 57 saves on 63 shots which is just a crazy thing to say out loud. Wiregrass got their first win of the season matching last year’s total which is great because this team is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the years to come!

The second and final game of the night at TBSA was an insane game. East Lake vs. Seminole. We had a scoreless first. Then in the second, East Lake goes up 2-0. We head into the third with a 2-0 game and Seminole finally wakes up and handles business. They score 1. They score the second to tie the contest, the Sharks are buzzing and with the game clock on the verge of expiring, they get the winner with less than 10 seconds left on the clock! It was an awesome game to watch.

The Newsome Wolves came out swinging in this match-up featuring 2 teams searching for their first win. Despite an onslaught of shots by the Wolves (25-8 Newsome through 2 periods), Bloomingdale's Liam LoCicero & Donovon Vold gave the Bulls a 2-0 lead after 30 minutes. Pucks would start finding the back of hte net for the Wolves in the 3rd period, where Newsome would tickle the twine 4 times off the hands of Matthew Harrity (2), Jaconb Lynch, Frederick Bonebrake. Newsome earns their first W, while the Bulls hope to find theirs next week.

In a match-up featuring the LHSHL's 3rd and 4th highest scoring teams, this game had all the makings of a barn burner before the puck dropped on Friday night's contest, and it certainly did not disappoint. With a final score of 6-5, this game saw the lead exchange hands 3 times, and saw the score tied at 0-0, 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, and 5-5 before Tyler Girsch fond the back of the net for the 6th and final goal of the night for Jesuit. The tigers improve to 5W-0L, and in 1st place in the Andreychuk Division, while the Plant Panthers fall to 2W-2L-1T, good for 2nd place in the Lecavalier Divison

Friday night saw the first ever LHSHL game played in the brand new Lakeland Ice Arena and it nearly tore down the house in the process. A low scoring game doesn’t do justice to the back and forth affair witnessed by the crowd of 300 that packed the rink. Freedom ended up taking the game 2-1 but both team had multiple chances that could have easily turned the momentum. Freedom senior Owen Baron has a strong night scoring the game winning goal only 18 seconds after Jenkins ties the game at 1. On the other side of ice Jenkins forward Max Morris continued a standout start to his season netting his teams only goal and nearly scoring even more. Jenkins looks for a more favorable result against Bloomingdale next week while Freedom will look to continue their momentum against East Lake. 

The Admirals came out of the gate flying on Friday night down in Ellenton, putting up 20 shots to Palm Harbor's 3 in the first 15 minutes of play. Hurricane goaltender Jaeger Lush stood on his head as long as he could, keeping the Admirals off the board until the 3rd period when Nathan Bennett finally broke through the brick wall for Manatee's first of what would eventually be 4 goals. Despite the loss, Lush made 36 saves on 40 shots, good for .900 save percentage. Manatee goaltender Alex Workman saw 22 shots, making 21 saves, a .955 save percentage.