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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.

Wednesday
Oct302013

USF Ice Bulls Come Back to Stampede the Florida Atlantic University Owls

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.

Thursday
Oct242013

USF Ice Bulls Concede Two Heavy Losses to The University of Miami

Last weekend your USF Ice Bulls were at home for a double header against the University of Miami.

The first match on Friday saw your USF Ice Bulls take the game to Miami by opening the scoring with a skillful goal from the faceoff by DJ Guggi, with an assist going to Conrad Crawford. The Ice Bulls had a fight on their hands and Miami replied right back with a goal less than a minute later to tie the game. The USF Ice Bulls remained resilient and took the lead once more with a goal from captain Matt Meyer with an assist from DJ Guggi for what was his second point of the game. The 1st period ended with the Ice Bulls on top with a 2-1 lead. University of Miami came out hard in the second and equalized on a 5-on-3 powerplay. The USF Ice Bulls then remained on the back foot and despite their best defensive efforts, including the great net minding of Matt Cappucci, Miami took the lead for the first time in the game late in the second. University of Miami then doubled their lead on another powerplay to head in to the 3rd period with USF trailing at 4-2. The USF Ice Bulls tried to bring it back in the 3rd period but Miami kept them out for the most part and added another two to the scoreboard to make it 6-2. The game ended with the Ice Bulls’ only goal of the 3rd period from Matt Meyer, his second of the game. The game finished 6-3 to UM.

The USF Ice Bulls looked to salvage something from Saturday’s game and finish the double header with a win. This time it was University of Miami that took the lead half way through the 1st period. After a string of penalties from both sides, the 1st period ended with the USF Ice Bulls down by just one goal at 1-0. Miami continued to add goals to the scoreboard and shut out the USF Ice Bulls’ offense in the 2nd to extend their lead to 4-0 and close out the period. The USF Ice Bulls’ frustration began to set in which put the Ice Bulls’ penalty kill to work but unfortunately they were unable to stop Miami from capitalizing on two powerplay opportunities. After University of Miami made it 7-0 half way through the 3rd period, Nik Foresteire took to the net and closed out the game with a solid performance including a great glove save for his first save of the game. The USF Ice Bulls’ kept shooting on the Miami net and it was Matt Meyer who again closed the game with an Ice Bulls goal that ended Miami’s chances of a shutout. Despite outshooting the visitors, the game finished 7-1 to UM.

Three Stars of the Week:
#3 - #14 Conrad Crawford (0G, 1A, 1P)
#2 - #11 DJ Guggi (1G, 1A, 2P)
#1 - #22 Matt Meyer (3G, 0A, 3P)

The USF Ice Bulls will hope to get back to winning ways this weekend as they travel down to Florida Atlantic University for another double header weekend of hockey. Puck drop this Friday 8:45pm and Saturday 8:00pm, both games will be played at the Saveology.com IcePlex, in Coral Springs, FL! You should be able to listen to a live audio broadcast of both games at FAU Hockey UStream

Written by #10 Huw Baveystock.