Head Coach Ryan Kravetz U18AA Team ran their Skateway record to 5-0 this weekend as they took two from the Florida Jr Panthers on Home Ice.
Joel Stachura had both wins between the pipes and Jordan Morales had a 7 point day as The Racers came out on top in both highly energized games winning the early session 4-2 and the nightcap 5-4.
In the first game, David Sader opened the scoring and getting the Racers off to a rolling start. The Racers added two Power Play goals in the first by Morales and Johnny Rowell to take a 3-0 lead into the first intermission. Caleb Toone added a 3rd period goal to seal the victory 4-2.
The second game was statistically dominated by the Racers but the game played out much closer. The Racers outshot the Panthers 48-20, and notably Caleb Toone was 18 and 4 on his face-offs, but as often happens, the game still came down to a solid defensive stand and Penalty Kill by the Racers late in the 3rd.
Ryan Tito had the opener in this game from Toone, while Morales and Rowell also added 1st period goals. The lone 2nd period goal was a terrific top shelf goal by Chance Bambrick off a perfect feed from Morales to put the Racers up 4-2. The Panthers fought back to tie the game at 4 before Jordan Morales would fittingly top off his day and add the game winner in the third from Ryan Tito with 5:10 remaining.
The Racers hope to carry their Home Ice momentum into the three Daytona Skateway games on the weekend of Dec 12th and 13th. Click schedule for details we hope to see you there.
It took 11 games but the Racers were finally able to play a home game and they took advantage of the friendly setting notching their second victory in a row.
It did take an extra bit of ice time though as The Racers faced a very talented Charleston Jr Stingray 99's team. Both teams played a fast paced game that ended in regulation at 2-2. The two teams combined for 66 shots in Regulation with the Racers putting 37 shots on the Charleston goaltender.
The Rays initiated the scoring in the first period moving ahead 1-0. But The Racers tied the game midway through the 2nd period, 5 seconds into a 5 on 3 Power Play advantage. The Goal was scored by Johnny Rowell off an assist from Paul Rigolini.
The Racers would take a 2-1 lead in the third period, as Jordan Morales scored on a quick off angle shot, after a feed from Brandon Kleyman.
The Rays later tied the game and regulation ended 2-2.
The game immediately went to a 3-man shootout, and Racers Goalie Shane Padykula and Rays net minder Nicholas Schoepfel were perfect after the first 3 rounds. The fourth extra frame however, started with a key save from Padykula and ended with a ShootOut Goal and Victory from Jordan Morales for his 2nd tally of the game.
The Racers U18's traveled south to Pembroke Pines, home of the Florida Golden Wolves for 2 games on Sunday, Sept 13th.
The first contest was an EJEPL League game against the host Golden Wolves.
A very tight contest saw a scoreless first period, but the Wolves bombarded the Racers goal and netminder Shane Padykula with 22 shots in the 2nd period. The Racers trailed 1-0 with 3:20 to go in the 2nd when a disputed 2nd goal by the Wolves lead to 3 goals in 1:23 seconds and the 2nd period ended with the Wolves up 4-0. That is the way the game would finish in spite of the Racers finishing strong and putting 14 shots on net in the 3rd.
Later on Sunday, the Racers faced the Florida Jr Panthers and when the starter dropped the green flag the Racers took no time in setting the pace. :35 seconds into the game, Ryan Tito scored the first goal, from Zach Finke and Alex DelVecchio. The Panthers would tie the game later in the first, but at the 9 minute mark of the first period the combination of Johnny Rowell from Jordan Morales scored the first of the two goals they would combine on tallying goals number 2 and 3 for the Racers. The 3rd goal of the game was also assisted by Michael McQuade.
With a 3-2 Racers lead with 5:00 left in the game and the Panthers on a Power Play, Matt Ernst intercepted a Panthers pass in the Racers zone and alertly hit a breaking Ryan Tito who netted the Short Handed Goal and secured the victory.
As the Racers lead in the 3rd period. The Racers Defenseman, Brandon Kleyman, Hunter Campbell, Chance Bambrick, Jason Dowden, McQuade and Ernst held stern allowing only 4 Panthers shot in the final period all which were kicked aside by Padykula to secure the Racers victory.
The U18 Racers have certainly faced some of the upper ranked teams in the Nation to start their 2015-16 season off and the Labor Day Tournament continued the pattern.
The Racers competed in the Gulf Coast Flames Labor Day Event and drew the Host Team Flames (9-1) twice in the tourney.
The Racers opened the Tournament with a solid effort and victory over the Palm Beach Breakers 3-1. In a physical contest, the Racers were driven by Matt Ernst scoring effort from the point. Matt scored the game winner on a scorching slap shot and also added an assist on the Racers opening Goal scored by Ryan Tito on a great deke. Ernst's Game Winner was set up by Alex DelVecchio and Paul Rigolini, while Zach Finke added the all important insurance goal with 3:00 remaining. All Racers goals in the opener were scored on Power Play advantages and Goaltender Shane Padykula notched his first Racers victory of the season.
On Sunday, the Racers drew both teams that would make it to the Championship game. The Atlanta Knights (6-1) and the Gulf Coast Flames dropping both contests with Rigolini and Tito adding the points for the Racers in both games.
The Racers qualified for the Semi Finals as the 4th seed out of the 6 team field again drawing the host Flames on Monday morning. In spite of a solid effort in a fast paced contest, the Racers came up short losing 5-1 as goaltender Padykula kicked aside 46 of the Flames 51 shots. The lone Racer goal was scored by a hustling Johnny Rowell in perfect position as he knocked in a deflected shot by DelVecchio as Chance Bambrick also added the assist.
The Racers head to South Florida next weekend for Sunday contests vs the Florida Jr Panthers and an EJEPL League game against the Florida Golden Wolves.
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