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College Scouts Enjoy Warm Weather & Elite Talent at Florida Showcase

By Mike Klein, 12/20/16, 1:00PM EST


The Florida Jr. Blades Showcase wrapped up on Sunday after four days of outstanding hockey by the Elite and USP3HL Southern teams.
In the Elite Division, the Charlotte Rush strengthened their hold on first place with a 4-0 record, knocking off the Palm Beach Hawks on Friday, the Carolina Eagles and Florida Eels on Saturday, and Tampa Bay on Sunday.
The second-place Hampton Roads Whalers remain in striking distance thanks to a 3-0-1 showing. The Whalers started on Friday with a win over the Eels. Saturday saw wins over Palm Beach and Carolina, but the Whalers bowed in overtime to the Atlanta Jr. Knights on Sunday.
Carolina also beat Tampa Bay on Friday and fell to the Eels on Sunday.
In their other action, Atlanta fell to the Potomac Patriots on Friday before gaining revenge against Potomac on Saturday.
Potomac fell to Tampa Bay on Saturday before finishing on a high note with a win over Palm Beach.
The Richmond Generals put together an impressive 3-0 weekend with wins over the Eels, Palm Beach, and Tampa Bay.
In the USP3HL bracket, the Atlanta Jr. Knights reigned supreme, going 4-0-1. Atlanta began on Friday with a 5-4 shootout loss to the Hampton Roads Whalers, but rebounded with wins over the Daytona Racers, Potomac Patriots, Richmond Generals, and another over Daytona to close the weekend.
Richmond also had an excellent weekend, as they knocked off the Florida Eels, Florida Jr. Blades (their first loss of the season,) and Palm Beach Hawks.
Despite the loss to Richmond, the Blades still remain comfortably in first place, thanks in no small part to wins over Hampton Roads, the Carolina Eagles, and Charlotte Rush.
Second-place Charlotte also reeled off a trio of wins, defeating Tampa Bay, the Eels, and Daytona.
Similarly, Carolina bested Daytona and Palm Beach on Friday and Tampa Bay on Sunday.
In their other action, Palm Beach skated by Potomac on Friday and Hampton Roads on Sunday, both in overtime.
The Eels gathered four points with wins over Hampton Roads on Saturday and Potomac on Sunday, and Tampa Bay beat Potomac on Friday and fell to Hampton Roads on Saturday.
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