Marlborough, Mass.- Goaltender Fabio Meier stopped 39 shots to help lift the Florida Jr. Blades to a 7-3 victory over the Decatur Blaze Wednesday morning at the New England Sports Center in Game 1 of pool play for the USPHL Finals.
Throughout the course of the first period, the Jr. Blades were the dominate force where Hudson Grote struck first sending a shot into the crease of Blaze goaltender Adam Lindeman. Within four minutes, assistant captain Shea Mitruska doubled the lead on a breakaway. After a Blaze turnover in the neutral zone, Trevor Bednarek scored short-handed just six minutes later. Within 34 seconds, Bednarek fed the puck to Devin Kasperek who closed out the frame 4-0.
After a scoreless first period for the Blaze, Joe Starcevich a way passed Meier. Seven minutes later, assistant captain Adam Svodoba responded with a power-play maker of his own able to widen the Jr. Blades lead.
Entering the third period, Jonah Nash ripped a shot in between the pipes just 36 seconds after the opening faceoff. Over the next 12 minutes, Alec Hernandez would notch two goals for the Blaze struggling to close in on the Jr. Blades lead. In the final minutes, Meier found Matt Peterson open who secured the Jr. Blades 7-3 win.
Fabio Meier earns the win stopping 39 of the 42 shots, while Adam Lindeman takes the loss allowing seven goals on 55 shots.
The Jr. Blades will now face the Eugene Generals at 6 p.m. at the New England Sports Complex. Games times are subject to change. All games are scheduled to be streamed on www.HockeyTV.com. Please continue to visit FloridaJrBlades.com for information and updates.