Tampa Bay Juniors Premier and Elite Teams Punch Their Ticket to Boston for USPHL Championships
Wesley Chapel, FL - The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club, Premier and Elite Teams, both won their first round best of three playoff match ups and are heading to the USPHL Championship March 7-10 in Boston, MA.
TBJ Premier won its best of three playoff series 2-0 with a decisive win 9-2 over the Florida Blades in game one, led by Jory McWilliams 2 goals, 2 assist and David Tmej's 1 goal, 3 assist. In game two Tampa would jump out to a 4-0 lead, only too see the Blades roar back to take a 6-4 lead early in the 3rd period. After defenseman Ryan Vlaisavljevich's goal brought Tampa to within one, Matej Dejdar scored what Tampa thought was the tying goal but was disallowed. 30 seconds later though Tmej would tie it with 3:33 on the clock. With time running down Dejdar put Tampa ahead with a goal that would stand with 2:05 remaining punching Tampa's ticket to Boston.
TBJ Elite would take three games to eliminate a tough Palm Beach Hawk team. After dropping game one 4-1 Tampa would bounce back as Daniel Kortenhaus made 12 saves in the 2-0 win. Game three saw Tampa down 1-0 after the first, but Dan Duncan would score 32 seconds into the second period to get Tampa going. Mateusz Wawrzkiewicz and Jack Mazur each scored two goals as Tampa pulled away 7-2 to punch the Elite's team ticket to Boston.
This is the first time both the Premier and Elite teams have gone to the USPHL Championships in the same season. This follows a regular season which saw both teams win the USPHL Florida Division.