A reflection looking back
Eels Elite Team Host Atlanta Mad Hatters
This weekend the Eels Elite also host the Mad Hatters. We played Atlanta in the season opener in Atlanta. Both Eels teams swept that series in 4 games. The Eels Elite team is in first place in the Florida Division with 21 points The Mad Hatters are in 2ndplace with 7 points. The Mad Hatters have 3 wins 5 losses and 1 tie. However, we cannot take them for granted. Atlanta split against the Tampa Juniors last weekend. Against Tampa in 2 games they won one and loss one. They scored 5 goals in one game and 3 in the next with an average of 4 GF for the weekend. That is dangerous. They only let in 2 I in one game and 3 in the next. game. Giving them a stingy 2.5 GAA on the weekend. Again, a dangerous benchmark.
This team has gotten much better than the opening weekend up in Atlanta. However, we won’t be clouded by our 2-game sweep in the opening weekend. Indeed, they scored 6 goals in the 1stgame and 3 in the 2ndgame. They had a 5-goal surge in the 2nd½ of the 1stgame.
One thing for sure is we won’t be taking any opponent lightly. In Atlanta we saw some pretty talented and explosive players and despite their initial losses in the season, we expect them to come on strong. Last weekend they had multiple shorthanded goals against Tampa. Again, a thing to look out for.
They are a hungry team, and this was clearly evident with the two-game against Tampa last weekend and we all know Tampa is good. The Eels have been training hard all week coming off two wins last weekend against the Jr Blades. Despite being in first place the boys are not complacent nor feel they are dominate. They are hungry and determined. We play every team the same way. Our system and we can adapt to any system they use. We have confidence but are never arrogant. Our goal gets better every practice every shift every period.
Like the Premier team we use all games as training games in preparation for playoffs so you will never see the Eels take anything any one for granted or be complacent. The Eels teams have gone about this week business as usual. We have added the CCM game on Wednesday that will trigger more explosive speed and the attack and heighten scoring opportunities. The Eels players and fans are looking forward to the Atlanta home stand. Next weekend we head to Charleston for weekend games.
This week the Eels will be sporting their white home jerseys and we will have name plates on the back of jerseys for all of the players.
The Eels Elite team Saturday night game is game of the week
The Premier team has their usual matinee Saturday 8:50 pm and Sunday at 10:15 am