The Owls are excited to announce the addition of University of Tennessee Volunteers to their busy 2010-2011 season. Earlier this month, FIT announced that they were not going to compete within the ACHA. This left a vacancy in the Owls schedule in early October. Luckily, Assistant Coach Scott Grosky was able to secure a single home game with the Vols to fill that slot.
The game is scheduled for Saturday October 9, 2010 at 7:45pm at the Saveology.com IcePlex.
Tickets are $5 at the door, free for current FAU students who show valid ID.
The Owls took part in a pre-season scrimmage against the Palm Beach Hawks, a Junior B team that hosted the event at their home rink, the Palm Beach Ice Zone.
The game consisted of three 20 minute periods, the same as what the Owls will play during the regular season. The Hawks, which already have more than 15 games under their belts looked very strong and were full of talented players from all over the world.
FAU came out strong, scoring the first goal on a redirection from returning forward Robert San. After that, the two teams battled it out scoring a combined 16 more goals.
FAU freshman goaltender Robert Ramos played well and stopped a variety of shots from many different angles. Returning netminder Jeremy Tomasso played the third period where he also faced an array of shots from Hawks’ forwards. Owl forwards and defenseman also shined as the scoring intensified as the game progressed. The new recruits showed promise as well.
The scrimmage, which was arranged at the request of Head Coach Worrell, gave the Owls coaching staff an opportunity to see how the newly implemented systems would work in a game situation. The Owls have only had 4 practices since tryouts so understanding and knowing how and when to implement new plays and systems will be the coaching staff’s main priority leading up to their home opener vs. Embry Riddle on Friday, September 24th at 9 pm.
The FAU OWLS held their 2010-2011 tryout last weekend and were surprised to see many new faces hitting the ice. Among them were players from across the country with various hockey backgrounds. Aside from being a diverse set of new recruits, the skill level was also something of interest to the coaching staff.
“Most of the new recruits have either played a high level of Junior A/B hockey or for a competitive high school league prior to this camp. The skill sets these players possess is definitely something we’re looking for moving forward” explained Erik Bentley, the Owls Goaltending Coach. New recruits included Forwards, Defenseman, and Goalies.
The Tuesday following tryouts was the first day of the 2010-2011 OWL Training Camp. The camp took place over 4 days, and began at 6:00 am every morning. This was not only a test for the players on strength and endurance, but responsibility as well. The coaching staff wanted to see who was willing and able to wake up before the sun to make this camp. They believe that the small things add up to make a big difference. Luckily, everyone showed up on time ready to go to work.
Peter Worrell, the Owls new head coach, put together a rigorous camp agenda complete with NHL level drills and concepts. The players responded very well to the new systems being implemented by Worrell and improved every day.
The OWLS begin their 2010-2011 season this Friday, Sept. 24 against Embry Riddle Aeronautical. Game times are posted on the schedule page on this website.
All home games are played at the Saveology.com IcePlex (formerly Incredible Ice). The facility is located just east of the Sawgrass Expressway on Sample Road. Look for the large building on the South side of Sample Road and Sportsplex Drive directly across from Sawgrass Middle School.
Admission to all Owl home games are $5. FAU students who show valid student I.D. are admitted free. All monies collected at home games help to pay for the season which runs about $75,000.00 before Regionals and Nationals.