The Eels needed one win to secure their playoff spot. They clinched the spot with a huge win Saturday at the 3:20 pm game. The Eels came out hard but Daytona was not willing to quit either. The score was 6-3 but it did not reflect the intensity of this match. The Eels pounded the Racers goalie with 43 shots and he turned away 37. Daytona had unleashed 27 on the Eels netminder Nick Kotz and he turned away 24.
The Eels struck for 2 in the first half with 2 nice ones.
The first from 15 John Witkowski (even strength) (#88 Kellen Crowther, #92 Rajhan Munnings. The second also from #15 John Witkowski (even strength) (#88 Kellen Crowther, #25 Jared Figueroa).
Daytona scored 3 of its own in the 2nd half two in fact from #25 Artyom Chugunnikovbut who the Eels traded to Daytona midway through the season. Coach Frank Scarpaci said it was nice to him score. He is a great kid and we are happy his is doing well in Daytona. He is a last year guy and we wish him the best.
Despit the 3 Daytoan goals it wasn’t enough as the Eels scored 4 more.
#88 Kellen Crowther (even strength) (#15 John Witkowski, #25 Jared Figueroa)
Colin Jones (even strength) (#74 Gavin Medina
#88 Kellen Crowther 2nd of the game (even strength) (#25 Jared Figueroa, #15 John Witkowski
#15 John Witkowski 3rd of the game for a hat trick (even strength) (#88 Kellen Crowther, #25 Jared Figueroa)
In the 2nd game of the Saturday double header in Fort Myers the Eels took complete command with a 7-1 win. The Racers players were relentless in their effort but they were tired after a long trip 5 + hours. The Eels knew the feeling as 2 weeks ago we experienced the same as had traveled to Daytona. These two teams are very physical to begin with and a playoff spot was on the line. No doubt one would move on and one would not go to the playoffs.
Leading off for the Eels was #74 Gavin Medina (even strength) (# Colin Jones, #97 Caden Tchop).
Then # Colin Jones 2nd of the day (even strength) (#74 Gavin Medina, #97 Caden Tchop.
Then 97 Caden Tchop (even strength) (# Colin Jones, #74 Gavin Medina
His 3rd of the day was #88 Kellen Crowther (even strength) (#3 Dashel Quartarolo, #15 John Witkowski)
His 2nd of the day was #97 Caden Tchop (even strength) (#82 Jimmy Sturdivent, #74 Gavin Medina
His 2nd in the game and 3rd of the day was # Colin Jones (even strength) (#97 Caden Tchop, #74 Gavin Medina
The last for the Eels was #74 Gavin Medina 2nd of the game (even strength) (#97 Caden Tchop, # Colin Jones)
Again in net for the Eels was Nick Kotz who played very strong turning away 29 of 30 shots.
Sunday the two teams concluded their marathon 3 game weekend. The Racers had 4 more players and a little more sleep. The Racers had a little more step to their stride and came out with more fire in their offense. Here the Racers unleashed 41 shots on Eels standout goalie Nick Kotz. The Eels were kept to 31 on the Racers. The Racers eclipsed the Eels 5-2 in this match.
88 Kellen Crowther once again got on the score board his 3rd of the weekend (even strength) (#15 John Witkowski, #25 Jared Figueroa. This was Kellen Crowther’s 7th point for the weekend.
The other sole Eel’s goal was scored by recent addition rookie #22 Ryan Boyd (even strength) (#89 Daniel Merida)
The Eels USP3 team square off against the Florida Blades next weekend in a preview of the first round of the playoffs. With the seending set for these two squads Blades first seed and Eels #8 they will face off in round one the weekend Feb 17th – 19th