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.