USF Ice Bulls Win Tournament
Photo by Carl Wagenfohr
ELLENTON, FLA. - The University of South Florida Ice Bulls won the first annual Madison Goss and Friends Pediatric Cancer Awareness Tournament, defeating Life University 5-3 in a hard fought game Sunday afternoon.
South Florida won four games in three days to earn the championship.
The Bulls opened the tournament beating the University of California, Davis 5-3 on Friday night.
On Saturday, the Ice Bulls whipped the University of Cincinnati 7-1, and then won their third straight, defeating the University of Louisiana, Lafayette 5-1 after only a 45 minutes break.
Coaches voted the Ice Bull's Jason Smith the tournament's best goalie. Smith allowed only eight goals in four games.
USF's Ricky Nelson took best forward honors with three hat tricks over the course of the weekend.
California Davis took third place, beating Florida Atlantic University 4-3 in an overtime shoot-out.
The tournament served as a fundraiser for the medical trusts of Madison Goss and Drew Kruszynski, three-year-olds battling pediatric cancer and CureSearch, a national organizer funding pediatric cancer research.
For complete tournament results, go to www.icebulls.org
The Ice Bulls will try to build on their tournament win next weekend as they face another tough challenge. South Florida will take on division two Florida Gulf Coast, ranked number one in the ACHA D-II south region.
The teams will face off Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Estero, Fla and again on Saturday evening at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon at 7:30 p.m.
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