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#9 Andrew Silvers
(3G, 0A, 3P)


#6 Aaron Humphrey
(1G, 3A, 4P)


#22 Matthew Meyer
(2G, 3A, 5P)
*Updated Jan. 20, 2014
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Wednesday
Jan152014

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.

Monday
Dec162013

Your USF Ice Bulls are ranked #13 in the South!

Today the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) released the Second ACHA Division 3 Rankings (games thru 12/08/13) 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. Christopher Newport University
  8. Liberty University
  9. University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  10. East Carolina University
  11. University of Miami
  12. Georgia Institute of Technology
  13. University of South Florida
  14. University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  15. Florida Atlantic University
Wednesday
Nov132013

Late period goals proved costly for the USF Ice Bulls as they drop two games to the University of Florida Gators

Last Sunday and Monday your USF Ice Bulls played the University of Florida Gators in home and away fixtures.

On Sunday, the USF Ice Bulls were away in Orlando for the first match of the double header. The Ice Bulls were looking to regroup after a disappointing loss to Palm Beach in the past week. The game got off to a quick start and after USF successfully killed a penalty, UF scored with 13:50 left in the first period. The game was even for most of the 1st with both sides having equal opportunities to score. After a great start from Matt Cappucci in the 1st period, he was unable to stop UF doubling the deficit on an odd man rush to make it 2-0 going into the second. The game opened up in the second period but both team’s defenses stood strong. DJ Guggi broke the stalemate by putting the USF Ice Bulls on the scoreboard on the power play off a successful tip in from a shot by Andrew Silvers. With the game held at 2-1, the USF Ice Bulls were unlucky not to equalize in the second but managed to keep out the UF offence and remain in the game at just one goal down going into the third. It didn’t take long for the USF Ice Bulls to tie the game at 2-2 as DJ Guggi got his second power play goal of the night from an accurate backhand shot, with assists going to Matt Meyer and Conrad Crawford. The work wasn’t done yet though as UF instantly replied off a rebound shot to leave the USF Ice Bulls trailing once more. The USF power play remained strong as DJ Guggi scored yet another power play goal for his well-deserved hat trick to break the deficit and tie the game once more with just 3:10 left on the clock. Assists went to Joe Heckes and Matt Meyer. In the dying stages of the game, the USF Ice Bulls headed to the penalty kill. Unable to hold off UF’s power play advances, UF took the lead at 4-3 with just 50 seconds left in regulation. USF Ice Bulls threw everything they had at UF in the final minute to try and force the game to overtime which left them vulnerable in defense and allowed UF to score again with just six seconds on the clock. The game finished 5-3 to UF.

The USF Ice Bulls were on home ice on Monday for a Veterans’ day game where they seeked redemption against the UF Gators. The first goal of the game fell once more to UF as they took advantage of a power play opportunity to make the game 1-0 half way through the first period. UF then doubled the lead shortly after, leaving the USF Ice Bulls trailing by two goals. USF looked eager to get on the scoreboard but were shut out by the UF net minder despite numerous opportunities. Alex Miller did well to keep the deficit at two goals for most of the period but was unable to stop a UF goal from going in with just ten seconds left in the period leaving UF on top at 3-0 going into the second period. It wasn’t long before the USF Ice Bulls finally got that all important goal they were searching for as Justin Lacy put it in in front of net off a pass from Aaron Humphrey to make the score 3-1. USF kept up the good play and scored a splendid goal as Joe Heckes gave a tip top, high arching pass to Aaron Humphrey that went over the UF defense to create a breakaway opportunity that Aaron Humphrey coolly finished. With the score at 3-2, the USF Ice Bulls began to build momentum and their efforts were rewarded as half way through the second period, Joe Heckes scored a 4-on-4 goal with a wrist shot from the point to tie the game and complete a 3-0 comeback. Assists went to Matt Meyer and Andrew Silvers. Despite the USF Ice Bulls’ impressive second period, it was sour grapes as UF took the lead with 9 seconds left in the second to leave the Ice Bulls trailing once more at 4-3 down. The USF Ice Bulls gave it their best to come back once more but UF shut them out in the period and after a UF goal with 2:30 left in regulation, UF won the game 5-3.

Three Stars of the Week:
#3 - #22 Matthew Meyer (0G, 3A, 3P)
#2 - #24 Joe Heckes (1G, 2A, 3P)
#1 - #11 DJ Guggi (3G, 0A, 3P)

Your USF Ice Bulls are at home this Saturday against the Georgia Institute of Technology for one of the last home games of the semester. Face off is at 9:00pm at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex so come on down and show your support!

Written by #10 Huw Baveystock.

Friday
Nov082013

Your USF Ice Bulls are ranked #11 in the South!

Today the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) released the First ACHA Division 3 Rankings (games thru 11/3/13) 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 South Carolina
  3. Christopher Newport University
  4. University of Central Florida
  5. East Carolina University
  6. University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  7. University of Mississippi
  8. University of Miami
  9. University of Florida
  10. Georgia Institute of Technology
  11. University of South Florida
  12. Liberty University
  13. University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  14. George Mason University
  15. Florida Atlantic University
Wednesday
Nov062013

USF Ice Bulls come up short in Palm Beach

Last weekend your USF Ice Bulls took the trip down to Palm Beach for a double header against Palm Beach State College at Palm Beach Ice Works.

On Friday night, for the most part of the 1st period it was all even in Palm Beach. However it was Palm Beach who took the lead from a lucky shot that somehow found its way into the USF Ice Bulls net with 4:45 left in the first. It didn’t take long for Palm Beach to double their lead as with a minute into the second they pounced on their own rebound and left the USF Ice Bulls trailing by two. USF Ice Bulls kept their composure and it was man of the hour, sophomore Mike Fanelli, who stepped up to the plate and scored his first goal of the season to keep USF in the game at 2-1 down. Assists going to Alexander Constantino and Joe Heckes. The USF Ice Bulls built off this momentum and equalized shortly after with a goal from Aaron Humphrey, who snuck in a backhand shot through the net minder’s five hole, assist awarded to Huw Baveystock. Palm Beach managed to come back and ruin a good period for the Ice Bulls by taking the lead once more again late in the second to close out the period at 3-2. It didn’t take long for the USF Ice Bulls to make the game all square as Aaron Humphrey scored an early power play goal for his second of the game, assisted by Michael Canacari and Matt Meyer to make it 3-3. The USF Ice Bulls began to push harder for that all important goal to take the lead and it fell once more to Mike Fanelli for his second of the game to put the USF Ice Bulls in the lead at 4-3 half way through the third. Palm Beach weren’t done yet though and tied the game with just 4 minutes left in the third. The game could have easily fallen into the hands of Palm Beach but thanks to the goal tending of Alex Miller, who had a solid performance all game, the USF Ice Bulls were kept in the game. At the end of regulation it was all even at 4-4 and your USF Ice Bulls were heading to overtime. With just a few minutes of 4-on-4 hockey played it was Justin Lacy who clinched the game for the USF Ice Bulls with a well needed GWG, assisted by Mike Canacari. The USF Ice Bulls won the game 5-4 in OT.

Your USF Ice Bulls were back on the ice on Saturday afternoon and were looking to extend their winning streak to three games. Yet again for most of the 1st period it was all even with both teams having chances to take the lead for their teams. However it was Palm Beach who took the lead once more half way through the 1st period, before doubling their lead shortly after to go into the 2nd period with a 2-0 advantage. The USF Ice Bulls couldn’t find their way through the Palm Beach defense and soon conceded yet another goal to be trailing 3-0 not long into the second, despite Matt Cappucci making countless saves. The USF Ice Bulls tried to gain some flair in the period by putting Alex Miller in net but the USF Ice Bulls failed to find a way to score. The USF Ice Bulls gave it everything in the 3rd period but still remained goal less and running out of time to keep the game alive. Finally the 1st goal came for the USF Ice Bulls off a great shot by Mike Canacari with assists going to Matt Francis and Will Korte to make the game 3-1. The USF Ice Bulls had a huge task on their hands to bring the game back and didn’t give up but the Palm Beach defense remained resilient. Frustration continued for the USF Ice Bulls as in the dying seconds a brawl broke out between both teams but that didn’t detract away the fact that USF Ice Bulls dropped the game and lost 3-1 to Palm Beach.

Three Stars of the Week:
#3 - #6 Aaron Humphrey (2G, 0A, 2P)
#2 - #28 Mike Fanelli (2G, 0A, 2P)
#1 - #12 Michael Canacari (1G, 2A, 3P)

This weekend your USF Ice Bulls are playing away in Orlando, FL at the RDV Sportsplex Ice Den against University of Florida on Sunday at 9:00pm and then are at home at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex on Monday, Veterans Day, at 9:00pm again.

Written by #10 Huw Baveystock.