Empire JHL 2012/2013

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Sugrue, Florida Junior Blades blank Palm Beach, 9-0

Germain Arena    Sun, Dec 02, 2012

Florida Junior Blades used a sparkling performance by Eric Sugrue to take down the Palm Beach Hawks, as the netminder did not allow a goal in Florida Junior Blades' 9-0 shutout victory.

Chaise Howard was all over the ice for Florida Junior Blades, as he tallied two goals and one assist in the win. Howard scored the first of his two goals at 11:18 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Florida Junior Blades. Joshua Koerner picked up the assist. Howard's next tally made the score 4-0 Florida Junior Blades with 14:45 left in the second period. Jacob Leonard provided the assist.

Florida Junior Blades forced Palm Beach's netminders to work in net, firing 53 shots and forcing 44 saves. Jacob Bloomfield made 31 stops and Tommy Cruz made 13. Florida Junior Blades stifled the Hawks' power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Florida Junior Blades' defense was surprisingly good. Florida Junior Blades allows 2.1 goals per game. Florida Junior Blades found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. This season, Florida Junior Blades averages 4.1 goals per contest. The defensemen of Florida Junior Blades were also effective in Palm Beach's zone, and came away with two goals.

Florida Junior Blades also got points from Max Cobb, who also grabbed one goal and two assists and Koerner, who also finished with two goals and two assists to lead the team in points. Kilian McNamara also scored for Florida Junior Blades. Other players who recorded assists for Florida Junior Blades were Trevor Mullaly, who had two, Troy Degler, who had three, and Daniel Thompson and Jonathan Davidson, who each chipped in one.

The Hawks managed to stay out of the box better than usual, registering one minor for two minutes in penalty time. Palm Beach ended up below its season average of 14.0 penalty minutes per game. The Hawks were held below their usual level of production. Palm Beach puts an average of 3.0 pucks into the net per game. The Hawks forced Florida Junior Blades goalie Sugrue to work between the pipes, taking 51 shots.

Eric Sugrue made 51 saves for Florida Junior Blades on 51 shots. Florida Junior Blades incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors. Palm Beach registered zero goals on four power play opportunities.