After returning home from a 3 game sweep over the Atlanta Mad Hatters the Eels Premier team had to face off against their cross town rivals the Jr Blades. The Eels had only one day rest from an incredible but grueling weekend of travel and 3 tough games. They were indeed very physical but the Eels persevered. The bus trips were extra long 14-15 hours each way due to traffic and the Braves winning the World Series. The Jr. Blades enjoyed a weekend off so they were rested and ready.
The Eels looked very good in the 1st period of Wednesday night’s match vs the Blades. But period two we showed signs of tiredness. And they were scored on with an unprecedented onslaught of 4 goals. This was unfamiliar territory for the Eels. They are known for tight defense. But they kept pushing. Their conditioning was a difference maker. They put their game into 2nd and 3rd gear and heightened it to another level. It was not an easy game. It took a lot out of them. But it showed character and mental toughness. The final was 7-5.
Florida Junior Blades 5 at Florida Eels 7 – Status: Final
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 – Fort Myers Skatium
Florida Junior Blades 0 4 1 – 5
Florida Eels 1 4 2 – 7
1st Period-1, Florida Eels, Patterson 12 (Gaudet, Haddon-Harris), 4:54. Penalties-Jorgensen Fjb (holding), 7:57.
2nd Period-2, Florida Junior Blades, Croteau 5 (Ketola), 1:14. 3, Florida Eels, Haddon-Harris 9 (Patterson, Gaudet), 3:37. 4, Florida Eels, Haddon-Harris 10 (Patterson, Rosansky), 5:54. 5, Florida Junior Blades, Weber 1 (Beale, Ketola), 6:58. 6, Florida Eels, Rosansky 8 (Moore), 7:32. 7, Florida Junior Blades, Beale 10 (Pegrum, Ketola), 10:30. 8, Florida Eels, Hambling 3 (Svoboda, Rosansky), 16:04. 9, Florida Junior Blades, Croteau 6 (Crawford, Ketola), 17:41 (PP). Penalties-Weber Fjb (roughing, roughing), 9:59; Gaudet Eel (roughing, roughing), 9:59; Weber Fjb (roughing, roughing, misconduct-unsportsmanlike), 16:27; DavIdson Eel (holding, roughing, roughing, misconduct-unsportsmanlike), 16:27.
3rd Period-10, Florida Eels, Haddon-Harris 11 (Harrop, Gaudet), 7:32. 11, Florida Junior Blades, Ketola 8 (Beale, Croteau), 7:44. 12, Florida Eels, Kiyawasew 4 (Gaudet, Voyda), 16:58. Penalties-Svoboda Eel (high-sticking), 2:42; Weitzel Fjb (roughing), 13:09; Hambling Eel (roughing), 13:09; Ketola Fjb (roughing), 16:26; Phillips Eel (roughing), 16:26; Beale Fjb (roughing, misconduct-unsportsmanlike), 19:56; DavIdson Eel (charging, roughing, misconduct-unsportsmanlike), 19:56.
Shots on Goal-Florida Junior Blades 5-16-16-37. Florida Eels 15-16-17-48.
Power Play Opportunities-Florida Junior Blades 1 / 3; Florida Eels 0 / 1.
Goalies-Florida Junior Blades, Ledoux 2-6-1-0 (48 shots-41 saves). Florida Eels, Caron 8-0-0-0 (37 shots-32 saves).