Marlborough, Mass.- All-star defenseman Devon Rodriquez scored twice to help lead the Florida Jr. Blades to a 4-0 victory over the Traverse City North Stars in Game 1 of the USP3HL Championship Friday afternoon at the New England Sports Complex.
The first ten minutes of the opening frame saw each team trade both penalties and scoring chances. At the 14:37 into the first, Cody Fulkerson broke through when his shot was deflected by Hudson Grote who gave the Jr. Blades the 1-0 advantage.
The scoreless second period saw momentum chances for both organizations but neither were able to light the lamp..
Entering the third period, Rodriquez notched his first goal of the afternoon before finding the net again just three minutes later. The tally was Rodriquez's fourth of the postseason and tenth overall. Within ten minutes, Trevor Bednarek buried the North Stars comeback chances off a feed from assistant captain Adam Svoboda. Bednarek's late goal in the third secured the Jr. Blades 4-0 win over the North Stars.
Cayden Bailey earned his 14th shutout win stopping all the 30 shots faced, while Brendan Lacharite takes the loss allowing four goals on 30 shots.
The Jr. Blades will now face the Traverse City North Stars for Game 2 starting Saturday at 10:30 a.m. This is the two game in the best-of-three series for the USP3 Finals. Game times are subject to change and scheduled to be broadcast on Hockeytv.com.