A hard fought battle all game ended in a stalemate. USF Forward #9 Ben Leonard had two goals and USF Goalie #31 Alex Miller made some great saves to keep the Ice Bulls in the game. The USF Defense made some key penalty kills to force this game to Overtime then to the Shootout.
The Florida Golf Coast University Eagles got on the score board first with a Power Play goal, but Ice Bulls Forward #9 Ben Leonard answered with a goal less than two minutes later. At the end of the First Period the game was tied 1-1.
The Ice Bulls started the Second Period by getting a penalty which lead to a PP goal for FGCU, giving the Eagles a one goal lead. The Ice Bulls answered with a goal by #10 Luke Goyette. FGCU then took two penalties to give USF a minute long 5-on-3 PP. #9 Ben Leonard got his second goal of the game on the 5-on-3 PP. This gave the Ice Bulls a 3-2 lead with 12 minutes left in the Second Period. USF took two penalties to give the Eagles a long 5-on-3 PP, which the Eagles scored on to tie the game, 3-3. Another two USF penalties gave the Eagles another 5-on-3 PP but the USF defense and goalie killed it off. At the end of the Second Period, we were tied 3-3.
The intensity carried over from the Second Period to the Third Period. FGCU took the lead seven minutes into the Third Period from a lucky shot that ended up in the back of the net. USF Forward, #11 DJ Guggi answered with a PP goal, to tie the game 4-4 with 10 minutes left. After a few key penalty kills by USF the Third Period ended 4-4, we were heading to Overtime.
The five minute Overtime started with USF on a 4-on-3 PK, after killing the penalty, it was 4-on-4 hockey. The rest of the period resulted in a few chances for each team but no goals or penalties. Overtime ended 4-4, which means we were heading to the Shootout, USF would go first followed by FGCU.
During the Shootout, #3 Brian Schulker went first for USF but was denied by the post, after sniping five hole. FGCU scored, next up for USF was #16 Andrew Silvers, the FGCU goalie made the save. Miller shut the door and made a great stick save on the FGCU skater. It was up to #9 Ben Leonard to tie up the shootout, the FGCU goalie came up with the save. The shootout ended 0-1 FGCU, which gave the Eagles the 4-5 win.
The Ice Bulls next game is on Friday at the University of Florida Gators at 10:15pm, the game will be played in Orlando, at the RDV Sportsplex. Then the Gators will travel here to Tampa to play the Ice Bulls at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Sunday at 1:00pm. Then on Monday, Nov. 12th the Ice Bulls will be hosting the University of Tampa Spartans at 7:30pm at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
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