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August 30th, 2014

USF Ice Bulls go out on a low note for the 2013/14 season

Last weekend your USF Ice Bulls faced the #2 (now #1) Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles in the last home and away fixtures of the season. The USF Ice Bulls were hoping to get a couple of all important wins that would boost their chances of making regionals to be held in Columbia, South Carolina in March.

The USF Ice Bulls were the hosts on Friday night and were hoping to finish strong to close out their home games for the season. The game was instantly high tempo and physical but it was FGCU who were first on the board, just over three minutes in. USF continued to bring physicality to the ice but the FGCU defense remained reluctant. FGCU went on to score again with only three minutes left in the period to finish the first at 2-0. USF tried their best to bring the game back but conceded yet again half way through the second. FGCU began to look confident and scored another three goals on the back of the second period to leave the USF Ice Bulls trailing at 6-0 going into the third. The Ice Bulls were looking to regain some pride in the final period of the game. Tempers began to flare from both sides, with each team conceding numerous penalties. It was the USF Ice Bulls who suffered though as, despite Alex Miller’s best efforts, FGCU made it 7-0 early in the third. The USF Ice Bulls began to waiver and continued to concede as FGCU added four more goals to their tally to finish the game at 11-0 to FGCU.

Saturday’s game was now a must win game for the USF Ice Bulls if they wanted to keep their regionals hopes alive. Even though they were the visitors, the USF Ice Bulls were looking to make up for their heavy loss the night before. The first period featured some fast-pace end-to-end hockey yet it was FGCU who scored first, half way through the period. The Ice Bulls had some promising chances but remained goal less in the first. The USF Ice Bulls looked to be dead in the dirt in the second as they had to kill an eight minute penalty half way through the first. The penalty killers remained disciplined though and managed to kill the penalty without conceding a single goal. The USF Ice Bulls had some momentum from this crucial penalty kill to take into the third as they were trailing by just one goal. The USF Ice Bulls couldn’t make it count though as they conceded six unanswered goals in the third to lose the game 7-0.

On the back of this game, the rankings were released and your USF Ice Bulls were ranked #12, just losing out on a top ten spot that would take them to regionals. Although the season has drawn to a close, your USF Ice Bulls would like to take this opportunity to thank all the family, friends and USF Ice Bulls fans for their support this season, without you this season wouldn’t have nearly been as special as it was. We hope to see you again next season!

Written by #10 Huw Baveystock.


Final Rankings!

The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) released the Final ACHA Division 3 Rankings (games thru 02/09/14) for the 2013-14 Season. For the full rankings please visit: ACHA Division 3 Rankings.

South Rankings:
  1. Florida Gulf Coast University
  2. University of Central Florida
  3. University of Alabama
  4. University of South Carolina
  5. University of Florida
  6. University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  7. University of Miami
  8. University of Mississippi
  9. Christopher Newport University
  10. Liberty University
  11. University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  12. University of South Florida
  13. Clemson University
  14. East Carolina University
  15. University of Tampa

Your USF Ice Bulls are ranked #12 in the South!

The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) released the Thrid ACHA Division 3 Rankings (games thru 01/19/14) for the 2013-14 Season. For the full rankings please visit: ACHA Division 3 Rankings.

South Rankings:
  1. University of Central Florida
  2. Florida Gulf Coast University
  3. University of South Carolina
  4. University of Florida
  5. University of Alabama
  6. University of Mississippi
  7. Liberty University
  8. Christopher Newport University
  9. University of Miami
  10. University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  11. University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  12. University of South Florida
  13. East Carolina University
  14. University of Tampa
  15. Florida Atlantic University

USF Ice Bulls Dominate FAU Owls In A Weekend Double Header

USF Ice Bulls’ road to regionals is helped by two important wins against the Florida Atlantic Owls.

Last weekend your University of South Florida Ice Bulls faced the Florida Atlantic Owls in a home double header.

On Friday night it was the USF Ice Bulls who were on the board first, just five minutes in. The goal came from a tip in by DJ Guggi with assists going to Joe Heckes and Matt Meyer. USF remained dominant in the first period both in offence and defense. USF made it 2-0 to close out the first period with a goal from Andrew Silvers with another assist for Matt Meyer. The second period saw a certain complacency among the USF Ice Bulls which was punished by a goal from FAU to make it 2-1. FAU gained momentum and shortly scored once more to make the game all square at 2-2. USF didn’t let the FAU Owls get the better of them though as they regained the lead with a goal from Michael Pelletier. Assists went to Justin Quillen and Michael Budd. Kyle Stewart then gave the USF Ice Bulls a two-goal-lead at 4-2 late in the second. The USF Ice Bulls looked to be in the driving seat in the third period and didn’t let their foot off the pedal. Matt Meyer soon made it 5-2 for the USF Ice Bulls but FAU shortly brought it back to 5-3. USF weren’t going to roll over though with recurring goals coming from Andrew Silvers and Matt Meyer to make it 7-3. Aaron Humphrey put the game away late in the third with a goal to finish the match at 8-3.

The next day your USF Ice Bulls were looking to pick up a second win but knew FAU weren’t going to give it up easy. The USF Ice Bulls kicked off the scoring once more with a goal from Michael Budd assisted by Anton Trojak. The first period started to heat up with penalties being conceded by both teams. USF didn’t let it affect them as Huw Baveystock linked up with Aaron Humphrey to make it a 2-0 game late in the first. Andrew Silvers then closed out the period at 3-0 with an assist going to Matt Meyer. The game was a lot closer in the second period as FAU ruined a shut out for Nik Forsteire who was having an outstanding performance in net. Despite a two goal deficit, FAU came out hard in the third period and soon equalized with two quick goals. FAU went on to take the lead for the first time in the game half way through the first at 4-3. The USF Ice Bulls desperately tried to take the game back and their prayers were answered as Justin Quillen made it 4-4 just three minutes left in regulation. The assist went to Mike Canacari. The game looked to be heading to overtime but man-of-the-hour Danny Hoeflich had other ideas as he put it past the FAU netminder to make it 5-4. Aaron Humphrey picked up his second assist of the game. The late goal sealed the second win of the weekend for the USF Ice Bulls at 5-4.

Three Stars of the Week:
#3 - #9 Andrew Silvers (3G, 0A, 3P)
#2 - #6 Aaron Humphrey (1G, 3A, 4P)
#1 - #22 Matthew Meyer (2G, 3A, 5P)

Your USF Ice Bulls have a midweek game at home against University of Tampa, faceoff is @ 9:00pm, Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex. Come out and cheer on your USF Ice Bulls!

Written by #10 Huw Baveystock.


After Initial Loss, USF Ice Bulls Bounce Back to Beat #1 Ranked UCF For The First Time in Three Years!

This weekend, your #13 USF Ice Bulls kicked off the 2014 campaign to Regionals with a home and away double header against the #1 University of Central Florida Knights. Friday’s game was played on the road at the RDV Sportsplex Ice Den, Orlando. The game started fast tempo and it wasn’t before long that UCF took the lead, just five minutes in to the game. USF had chances to level the game but failed to capitalize. UCF went on to double their lead with two minutes remaining in the first to close out the period at 2-0. USF regrouped and came out a different team in the second period. USF were rewarded with their efforts and made it 1-0 with a breakaway chance from Andrew Silvers that was coolly finished. The assist went to Matt Meyer. Shortly after, Michael Pelletier picked up his first goal in a USF jersey with a rebound to level the game at 2-2. USF wasn’t done there though as DJ Guggi scored a tip in on a 5-on-3 opportunity for USF to take the lead at 3-2. Matt Meyer was credited with his second assist of the night. USF finished off an astonishing comeback in the second period with a goal from Joe Heckes, assisted by Aaron Humphrey, to lead 4-2. UCF weren’t going down easy though as they quickly brought the lead back to just one, four minutes into the third. The USF defense tried to keep it tight but UCF broke through to leave the game all square half way through the third. Netminder Alex Miller continued to stand on his head for the USF Ice Bulls but couldn’t stop UCF taking the lead once more at 5-4 with seven minutes to go in regulation. USF gave it everything to regain the lead but were unable to convert their chances. The game finished 5-4 to UCF.

After the unlucky loss, USF were looking for redemption at home on Saturday. This time it was USF who took the lead with a pass from Andrew Silvers finding DJ Guggi in the slot to make it 1-0. With the gained momentum USF made it 2-0 with a casually put away goal by Anthony Bergstrom for his first of the season. Assists went to Justin Quillen and Michael Budd. The second period started with some great physical end-to-end hockey. Alex Miller in net again did well to shut out the UCF offense who were keen to get their team back in the game. Most of the second period remained goal less until Andrew Silvers put away a breakaway goal for his second of the weekend to make it 3-0. USF were looking in control going in to the third with a comfortable lead. UCF didn’t roll over though as they came out all guns blazing and managed to score early in the third and make it 3-1. UCF turned up the pressure and scored once more, just a minute later, to make it 3-2. The chances of a comeback began to look all the more promising for the UCF knights. The USF Ice Bulls didn’t waiver though and did well to keep their composure in the third. A well finished goal from Justin Quillen marked his return to the team and put the nail in the coffin for UCF at 4-2. Alex Miller closed out the game with a splendid save that finished off a great weekend for the USF netminder and the team. USF deservedly won the game 4-2 to mark their first win against #1 ranked UCF Knights in three years.

Three Stars of the Week:
#3 - #11 DJ Guggi (2G, 0A, 2P)
#2 - #9 Andrew Silvers (2G, 1A, 3P)
#1 - #31 Alex Miller (86 saves, .935 SV%)

This weekend your USF Ice Bulls hope to continue this good form against the #15 Florida Atlantic University Owls for a home double-header. Both games will be played at Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, Friday’s faceoff is at 9:00pm and Saturday’s is at 3:30pm so come on down and cheer on your Ice Bulls!

Written by #10 Huw Baveystock.