ESTERO, FL- The Florida Jr. Blades 16U Futures program traveled to the Potomac Patriots Showcase where the team collected three more wins, ending the weekend sixth overall in the United States Premier Hockey League Standings with a 8-3-1 record.
“Very happy with the weekend and how the guys played and handled themselves. Playing four games in three days isn’t always the easiest,” said head coach Pete Flores. “Guys get dinged up and fatigued, but they push through and rise to the occasion. It shows in their willingness to continually block shots and sacrifice their body to make the play. Then if one guy goes down everyone else is there to help pick up them up or slide into a role that they aren’t used to playing.”
Opening the showcase, Futures dominated the Connecticut Junior Rangers with a 6-0 win. Forward Brennan Cyhaniuk added a hat trick during the battle while goaltender added a shutout to his recorded stopping all of the 15 shots faced.
On Saturday, Futures continued their win streak first taking down the Jersey Hitmen with a 4-2 victory before a 3-1 win against the Skipjacks Hockey Club.
The Jr. Blades winning momentum came to a halt Sunday dropping the final game of the Potomac Showcase 2-1.
“The close brotherhood that this group has developed is a rare thing and you can truly see it when they step on the ice together. Going 3-1 on the weekend is a true testament to putting the team before yourself and playing for one another,” Flores said on the Futures performance.
The Jr. Blades next USPHL tournament will be held at Bridgewater Sports Arena over the weekend of January 13, 2018. For more information on the Florida Jr. Blades Futures program and news for the 2017-18 season continue to visit www.FloridaJrBlades.com.