The Lightning Conference recently wrapped up the 12th week of the 2012-13 high school hockey season and not much has changed at the top of the standings as Mitchell, East Lake, Palm Harbor and Newsome have solidified themselves as the top teams in the conference.
Friday night’s action saw third-place Palm Harbor dismantle 16th-place Bloomingdale, 13-2, while second- place East Lake won a closely-contested affair against sixth-place Gaither/Sickles, 3-2.
Berkeley and Steinbrenner will be looking for their first win of the season when action resumes next Friday, December 14.
Newsome’s Jared Goudreau has produced a league-best six points per game and has registered 38 goals and 66 points in 11 games to rank tops among the league.
Palm Harbor’s Hunter Sheehan had a big week for his club as he notched two goals and eight points in his team’s 13-2 victory against Bloomingdale. Sheehan sits second in the league for points, having notched 18 goals and 53 points in 12 games.
Mitchell goaltender Joey Robinson has been lights-out this season for first-place Mitchell, sporting a 1.58 goals-against average and an 11-0-1 record with four shutouts.
East Lake netminder David Johnson has been no slouch either, recording a 2.17 goals-against average and an 11-1-0 record with two shutouts.
The schedule resumes next Friday when sixth-place Gaither/Sickles (8-4-0) takes on first-place Mitchell (11-0-1). Gaither/Sickles almost handed East Lake their second loss of the season last week so they will be looking for that same type of effort this week against an even better Mitchell squad.
In another hotly-contested matchup, second-place East Lake (11-1-0) will take on fifth- place Wharton (8-3-1) in a game that could go right down to the wire.