Florida Eels Sniper Jake Court Takes Over in Elite Division Scoring While Backboning his Team to a Four Game Back To Back Weekend Sweeps Over The Jr Blades.
The Florida Eels Elite team is red hot and on a 5-game win streak coming off the Holiday break. They scored 27 goals in their 4-game series. That is close to 7 goals per game. In net they have only allowed 6 goals for a 1.5 GA. They enjoyed 2 shut outs and one Hat Trick by Hunter Stewart. The have a very balanced attack. They have only 3 boys in the top 40 in scoring. Jake Court #1 Gage Dill # 11 and Cade Swygert #36. They rely on all 4 lines to get the job done. They have a very mobile defense with strong scoring skills Trevor Voyda 8 goals 21 assists and Georgy Samodelkin5 goals and 10 assist. They are very strong in net with all 3 goalies combined for 2.90 GAA.
They have sent up 13 players throughout the season to the Eels Premier team. Several have landed permanent spots and are key players on that team. The Eels player movement and advancement embodies the definition of “Player Development” and is a model for the USPHL. The Eels sit in 2ndplace just 5 games behind the Tampa Juniors. No doubt 1stplace has not been our focal point this season, we are more concerned about advancement of our players, player development and having the opportunity of playing and garnering the experience of the Premier team. Players like Adam Burtzlaffwho moved up to the Premier team had 18 goals on the Elite team. The same is true with Keve Toth, Clement Espinassewho would have been one of the Elite team’s leading scorers. Moreover Gage McNeishwho was probably the top defensemen in the entire Elite division and Elite team captain moved up and turned out to be a top 4 defensemen on the Premier team.
This team is very exciting to watch. They are getting ready for the playoffs. They take nothing for granted. They play the game right. They don’t cheat for offense. They get it. It is all about player development and now they want to showcase to the entire league what they are made up. Their intestinal fortitude and inner fiber. Their skill set combined with mental toughness.
The Eels face off against DME this Saturday at home. DME just defeated the Tampa Juniors on Sunday. To some it was a surprise or an upset. Not for the Eels. They know full well anything can happen and will happen if you are complacent. You need to do all of the little things right in a game. Win your shifts and your period. Have the attitude no matter who you are playing… “No you won’t be me to the puck, no you wont shoot on my goalie, no you won’t forecheck as hard as me, no you won’t beat me on the back check, no you won’t enter my zone and most of all NO you won’t beat me….”