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Music City won’t soon forget the Florida Junior Panthers Squirt A travel hockey team, not after the virtuoso performance put on by the boys over three days at the A-Game Complex. The result was another silver medal and second-place finish outside of the Sunshine State.

Beginning with a dramatic last-minute 4-3 victory over the Leafs Hockey Club from Illinois in Saturday’s opening game of the 2015 Music City Cup, the Panthers sent a message that they were not in town for a vacation. That was the first of four consecutive wins that handed Florida the top seed with eight points after round-robin play.

Wyatt Levy’s goal off of a rebound of a shot by Jake Gelman with 1:08 left in regulation stunned a Leafs team that had only one loss coming into the tournament. This ended up being a preview of the championship game on Monday, as both teams embarked on a collision course towards a rematch for the ages that ended in a close 3-2 win for the boys from just outside of Chicago.

 The Panthers carried the momentum from that first game into their showdown with the Atlanta Ice Bandits on Friday evening, showing their resiliency in a 5-2 win that saw Atlanta jump out to a 2-0 lead less than two minutes into the first period. The Ice Bandits scored seven seconds into the game off of the opening faceoff before the crowd had even settled in and then found the back of the net again shortly thereafter, forcing Panthers head coach John Griffin to call an early timeout in order to settle his team down.

 From that point on, goaltender Justin Howerter locked things down in his crease, pitching a shutout for the rest of the game while his teammates went on to score five unanswered goals. It was a gutsy performance by Howerter – and it proved to be his only appearance between the pipes, as a stomach virus sidelined him for the final three games. Noah Merrick, using Howerter as inspiration, stood tall in net on Sunday in a 5-1 win over the Ashburn Extreme from northern Virginia and then returned to form the following morning in a 4-1 victory over the Huntsville Chargers out of Alabama.

 Prior to the championship game, the buzz around the arena from parents and coaches of the other three teams in Florida’s division was focused on the speed, grit and teamwork shown by the Panthers. To a man, each player in uniform made a significant contribution on the ice, with defensemen Lucca Casacci, Brad Shapiro, Brandon Renaud and Barry Kent showing their versatility when asked to move up to play forward a few times. Fellow defensemen Leo Wites and Maddox Damiani were consistently effective on the back end in limiting scoring chances. Kent and Casacci proved they could score from the back end with one goal apiece in Sunday’s win over the Extreme.

 Meanwhile, the passing and fore checking up front by forwards Levy, Gelman, Noah Lasker, Austin Moran, Michael McCoy, Christian Renaud and Kristian Snowden kept the opposition off balance and put the pressure on the opposing goaltenders from the first whistle to the final horn in each game. What that meant for the Leafs coaches heading into the championship matchup was a stressful dilemma as to which player on the Panthers they should key on.

 So in front of a loud and energetic crowd, the two teams played at a frenetic pace right from the start, going up and down the ice at breakneck speeds with the gold medal on the line. Florida, with Howerter’s jersey hanging behind the bench for motivation, twice erased one-goal deficits in the first and second periods, with Lasker scoring both goals. Merrick found himself in a mano a mano battle with the Leafs’ goaltender, as both netminders knew the outcome was going to come down to just one goal. Merrick ended up stopping 20 of 23 shots, while his counterpart turned away 13 of 15.

 The Leafs broke the 2-2 tie a mere 12 seconds into the third period, using their spacing and disciplined passing to create a 3-on-2 that ended with the puck sneaking underneath the pads of Merrick. The remaining 12-plus minutes featured rush after rush by the Panthers in an attempt to force overtime, with Gelman getting harassed just enough on a breakaway to prevent him from getting off an accurate shot. Brandon Renaud, Lasker, Shapiro, Moran and Levy all were positioned perfectly on opportunistic rebounds to net the equalizer, but were denied if not by the Leafs goaltender then by the posts or the crossbar.

 When time expired, fans on both sides rose to their feet to give a hearty round of applause for both teams, and the Panthers, despite falling just short of their ultimate goal, boarded their plane in Nashville with their heads held high. They plan to take their experience back home into the FAHL and SAHOF playoffs, as well as into the President’s Day Tournament at the Ice Den.

State Championships


2014-15 SAHOF Championships

The Dates for the 2014-15 SAHOF Championships are as followed: 

High School Tier I & II February 20-22,2015 to be held Ellenton Ice Rink Games will begin on Saturday 2/21

All Squirts AA-A- February 20-22, 2015
AA- Top Two Teams in the SFHL will play a best of three site -Palm Beach Ice Zone.
A-Gold- Top 6 from FAHL, Top 2 from CFHL- Palm Beach Ice Zone Games begin Friday Night.
A-Silver- Any remaining A teams wishing to participate up to 8 Teams maximum. Site TBD based on amount of teams.

AA-PW-BN-Midget to be held at Germain Arena February 27- March 1st.
PW-AA- Top 6 Teams from SFHL, Games begin Friday Night. 
BN-AA- Top 4 teams from SFHL, Games may begin Friday Night
Midget U16AA- Top 4 teams from SFHL, Games begin Saturday morning.
Midget U18AA - TBD

PWA- Top 4 teams from each FAHL division (total of 8), Top 4 teams from CFHL- Panther Ice Den,Games begin Friday Night.
BNA- Top 5 team from FAHL, Top 3 teams from CFHL- RDV Iceplex Games begin Friday Night. 
U16A- Top two teams from FAHL and Top 2 from CFHL- Palm Beace Ice Works - Games begin Saturday morning.

SE District Championships -Tier I and PW-AA
Hosted by SAHOF - Tier I and PW- March 6-8,2015 
Held at Panther Ice Den- Coral Springs



On-Line Registration should be up by Jan 10th.

All teams must complete the  On-Line registration process.
You will be able to pay Check or by credit card.
Please be advised that there are extra charges for paying by Credit Card or on-line check. There are no extra charges for sending in a check.  

You will need to have the following Information to complete the registration:
1) Complete Team Roster
2) All Coaches CEP #
3) A team Photo which must be in jpeg format and no larger than 5 MB in file size. This is the team photo that will appear in the program,so please make it a good one. We are not responsible to make any corrections to improve the quality of the picture.
4) Team Roster on excel or word document

All registration information must be in by Jan 25th or your team will not appear in the program.

If your team is on the bubble please register and send in your check we will return any checks for teams that do not qualify.


Hotel List

We will be adding Hotels to the list as we get confirmation from the rinks if you don't see hotels for your venue check back soon

AA Tournament at Germain go to Lee County Sports Housing

Roster UpLoad Files


Please use one of the two files to submit your roster. Upload it during your registration process. 

Official SAHOF State Championship T-Shirt

Get your "Official" SAHOF State Championship t-shirt. These are the only sanctioned t-shirts by SAHOF. They will not be available at all of the SAHOF Sites.

Click on the order form below to get yours or your team!
Its a large PDF file so it may take a minute to open on your computer.

Entry Fees 2015

Squirt AA -$950
Squirt A - $1150 

PW - $1200
Bantam -$1250 
Midget 16A - $1400
Midget 16AA - $1400
Midget 18AA -$1250

High School Tier I $1400
High School Tier II $1250

Send Checks to:
PO Box 1670
Marco Island,FL. 34146

SE District Championships -Tier I and PW-AA
Hosted by SAHOF - Tier I and PW- March 6-8,2015 
Held at Panther Ice Den- Coral Springs