Your USF Ice Bulls were on the road once more last weekend as they played two games against the Florida Atlantic Owls in Coral Springs.
The first match was played on Friday evening at the Saveology Iceplex. The USF Ice Bulls were off to the races from the drop of the puck. Your number 1 star, Aaron Humphrey, scored an unassisted goal just three minutes into the game. The 1st period continued to favor the USF Ice Bulls as they successfully killed a succession of penalties with the help of net minder Matt Cappucci. Aaron Humphrey then scored his second of the game with a top shelf goal to double the lead with 4 minutes left in the first and go into the 2nd period 2-0 up. FAU came out with a vengeance in the second period and halved the deficit seven minutes into the period before levelling the game four minutes later at 2-2. USF Ice Bulls continued to work the FAU netminder but it was FAU who broke the deadlock after a FAU player coming out of the box was given a breakaway on a lucky bounce which gave FAU the lead for the first time in the game. The USF Ice Bulls were trailing by just one goal in the third and picked up the pressure on the FAU net. In a last effort attempt, the USF Ice Bulls pulled their netminder and despite chances to level the game including two breakaway chances for Aaron Humphrey, the third period remained goal less. FAU won the game 3-2.
Your USF Ice Bulls were back on the ice against FAU on Saturday night and were looking to make up for Friday night’s defeat. This time it was FAU who took the initial lead only four minutes into the game. The USF Ice Bulls responded soon after and tied the game with a successful tip in by Justin Lacy from a shot by defenseman Joe Heckes to end the 1st period all square at 1-1. FAU started the 2nd period strong and scored off an odd man rush to take the lead once more. FAU then conceded a five minute major penalty for kneeing which left the USF Ice Bulls without key forward Andrew Silvers but gave a chance for the USF Ice Bulls’ powerplay to go to work. The USF Ice Bulls instantly took advantage and scored a well worked goal by Aaron Humphrey with assists going to DJ Guggi and Justin Lacy to tie the game. The USF powerplay continued to have success with another goal from Justin Lacy on a great shot that was assisted by Conrad Crawford and DJ Guggi to make it 3-2. USF began to break down the FAU net minder and goals continued to flow in the second period with a great team goal by Joe Heckes which was assisted by Justin Lacy and Conrad Crawford. Despite the major penalty ending for FAU, USF didn’t stop there and Kyle Stewart scored his first of the season to extend the lead to 5-2. The FAU Owls then changed net minders but this didn’t have the required effect as Huw Baveystock scored off a net minder blunder before Matt Francis scored shortly after with assists going to Mike Fanelli and Will Korte to make the game 7-2. Aaron Humphrey got his second of the game off a set up by DJ Guggi before DJ Guggi got his own backhand shelf goal with an assist going to Conrad Crawford to make the game 9-2 and close out an impressive 8 goal period for the USF Ice Bulls. Although the USF Ice Bulls were up by seven, Alex Miller continued to have a blinder in net but after a disputable FAU goal and a goal less period for the USF Ice Bulls the game ended 9-3 to the USF Ice Bulls.Three Stars of the Week: #3 - #11 DJ Guggi (1G, 3A, 4P) #2 - #8 Justin Lacy (2G, 2A, 4P) #1 - #6 Aaron Humphrey (4G, 0A, 4P)
This weekend your USF Ice Bulls hit the road for another away weekend of hockey, this time for a double header against Palm Beach State College. Both games will be played at the Palm Beach Ice Works, in West Palm Beach, FL. On Friday puck drop is at 9:30pm and on Saturday at 3:00pm.
Written by #10 Huw Baveystock.