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The Tampa Ravens have had several memorable seasons competing at the Tampa Bay Skating Academy in Oldsmar, Florida. This section is intended to highlight some of the greatest moments the team has experienced over the years. Players will come and go over time, but the team's history of success
will be always remembered.
  
"Back On Top" 5.1.2012


The Ravens faced off against the #5 seeded Average Joes in the final game of the Winter 2012 season. In the first period, Kevin Vey scored at the 8:56 mark to put the Ravens up 1-0. Exactly 60 seconds into the second period, Jerry Zampella extended the lead on a rebound in front, putting the Ravens up 2-0. Going into the third up a pair of goals, the Ravens knew they had to play 15 complete minutes to finish the job. With 5:56 remaining in the game, Zampella scored his second of the game to boost the Ravens lead to 3-0. The Average Joes were finally able to get on the board with 1:51 remaining on a deflection from the slot. Following an Average Joes time-out and goalie pull for the extra attacker, Vey skated hard up the wing and nailed the empty netter to seal the victory. Mark Baccoli stopped 19 of 20 shots in the game as the Ravens posted a 4-1 championship win.
Regular season and playoffs combined: Jerry Zampella led the Ravens in Goals (23), points (32) and game-winning goals (7), while Mark Cavanagh led in assists (19). Nate Roberts led in penalty minutes (36). Mark Baccoli posted a 1.80 GAA with a .930 save percentage. Overall, the Ravens finished with a 14-2-1 record, recording 29 points, the most since the Ravens started recording stats in Summer 2009. 

"Ravens Defeat #7 Oasis 4-1, Advance to Finals" 4.24.2012


The red-hot Ravens looked to fight their way back into the championship as they took on the #7 seeded Oasis in the
semi-finals, who upset the #2 seeded Phantoms in their quarterfinal game. In the first period, Kevin Vey registered the lone goal with help from Jerry Zampella and Joe Simpson. In the second, Todd Tanck was hauled down trying to break out of the zone, granting him a penalty shot. His backhand deke to the blocker side found the back of the net and put the Ravens up 2-0. Leading by a pair going into the third, the Ravens looked for some insurance. They eventually got it from forward Mark Cavanagh and defenseman Nate Roberts. The Ravens won all three periods and gave themselves a shot at another league championship. Mark Baccoli stopped 29 of 30 shots in the game.


"Ravens Defend Title, Defeat Top Seeded Canadiens 3-2 (SO)" 8.20.2011

Another memorable Ravens season ends with a dramatic victory. It started in the first period, when Jerry Zampella scored the lone goal at the 7:04 mark to put the Ravens up 1-0 after one. The Canadiens registered the only goal in the second period, on a pinball deflection with 11:05 remaining. In the third period, Zampella scored his second of the game at the 10:44 mark to give the Ravens the lead, only to get answered by the Canadiens on a 5 on 3 power play minutes later. No more scoring occurred during regulation, which sent the game to overtime.
After a scoreless five minute overtime session, the championship game came down to a shootout. No goals were scored until the bottom of the third and final round, when the Ravens' Mark Cavanagh ripped a shot over the glove hand of the Canadiens goaltender to win the game and give the Ravens their sixth championship in the past seven seasons. Mark Baccoli stopped 30 of 32 shots in the game, including 20 of 21 in the third period, four in the overtime session, and all three shootout attempts.
Fred Pascalli won the scoring title for the season (regular season+playoffs) with (15+12), 27 points in 16 games. Jerry Zampella led the team with 18 goals, and four players tied for the lead with 12 assists. These players were Fred Pascalli, Kevin Vey, Mike Petroules, and Mark Cavanagh. This victory marked the third different league at TBSA the Ravens have won the championship in. Seven players registered double digit points during the season.

"#3 Ravens Upset #2 Badgers in Thriller, Advance to Finals" 8.23.2011


After defeating the Badgers in their previous meeting, the Ravens proved the task could be done, but it wouldn't come without paying a price. A Ravens record, 59 penalty minutes were distributed in the game, including 22 minor penalties and 2 majors. At the 13:20 mark of the first period, Rick Nein let a shot go from the point to net his second career Ravens goal. The Badgers scored :40 later to tie the game at one goal a piece going into the second period. Following a scoreless second, Todd Tanck scored the go-ahead goal with 6:57 remaining in the third. 0:14 later, Bump added the unassisted insurance goal as the Ravens ran out the clock and held onto a 3-1 lead to give themselves their seventh consecutive championship appearance. Mark Baccoli stopped 27 of 28 shots in the game. Next Sunday's championship game will take place at 8:00 p.m. against the red hot, top seeded Canadiens.


"Ravens Bury Raiders 4-1, Earn Fifth TBSA Title" 4.17.2011


Last season, the Ravens fell to the Cutters to end their championship victory streak of four. This season, they hoped to regain their championship reign. Joe Simpson scored the lone goal of the first period to put the Ravens up 1-0 after one. Mark Cavanagh added to the lead in the second, with help from Jerry Zampella and Doug Pollard. Zampella scored five minutes later to give the Ravens a commanding 3-0 lead going into the third period. Cavanagh scored the dagger with four minutes to play to seal another Championship victory for the Ravens. Mark Baccoli stopped 24 of 25 shots in the game.

"Ravens Head to Championship, Defeat Marauders 8-3" 4.10.2011


The Ravens and Marauders were set for round number two of their back-to-back games scheduled. This game, however, having a little more meaning than the previous one. In the first period, the Ravens went on a tear, scoring four unanswered goals, compliments of Kevin Vey, Leo Garbus, Doug Pollard, and Mark Cavanagh. In the second, Cavanagh and Joe Simpson scored to stabilize a 6-2 lead after two periods. Simpson and Chris Firmstone scored in the third to punch the Ravens' sixth ticket to the championship in their last six seasons. Mark Baccoli stopped 24 of 27 shots in the game.

"Ravens Shutout Marauders 5-0, Lock Number One Seed" 4.3.2011 


Going into the final game of the regular season, the Ravens had the chance to accomplish their ultimate regular season goal. If they registered one point against the Marauders, which would come from either a win or a tie, they would capture the number one seed.
Scott Rhone scored in the first to put the Ravens in front, before Chris Firmstone scored two in the second to give them a commanding 3-0 lead going into the third. The two captains, Brian Bump and Kevin Vey, scored in the final period to cap off a strong performance. Mark Baccoli made 13 saves to earn his third shutout of the season. Mike Petroules recorded three assists in the game.

"Ravens Sweep Tournament, Earn First Weekend Hockey Title" 3.13.2011


The Ravens competed in the Weekend Hockey Tournament's C +25 division during the period of March 11-13, 2011. They have competed in this tournament every year since 2007 and have finished in second place the previous four years. This year, the Ravens captured their first ever championship, winning four games by scores of 12-1, 6-1, 3-1, and 3-2(OT). Each player received a "Weekend Hockey 5 year anniversary" jacket and the team was awarded a trophy for their championship victory. Weekend Hockey Pictures from 2 of the 4 games can be found under the "Game Photos" tab.

"#3 Ravens Blank #2 Raiders 3-0, Advance to Finals" 12.7.2010

The peaking Ravens defeated the (2)Raiders for the second straight week to earn a spot in the championship game for the fifth consecutive season. Fred Pascalli opened up the scoring for the Ravens in the first period, followed by Joe Simpson's hard shot from the top of the circle, to give the Ravens a 2-0 advantage, despite surrendering 13 shots. No scoring occurred in the second, but a beautiful feed from Chris Firmstone to Jerry Zampella sealed the deal.

The Ravens held the Raiders scoreless for six consecutive periods dating back to last week, and look to build on their 3-0-1 streak in the championship game next week. Mark Baccoli made 28 saves to earn his second consecutive Ravens shutout. Face off time Sunday is 8:15 p.m. against the top seeded Cutters.

"Ravens Capture Fourth Consecutive Title" 8.15.2010


The Ravens' outstanding season ended with playoff victories over the (4)Raiders, and the (3)Marauders. Going into the playoffs, the top seeded Ravens were expected close the door, and they did just that. In the semi-finals against the Raiders, the Ravens won 6-3, receiving goals from from six different players. Jerry Zampella, Hal Williams, Leo Garbus, Doug Pollard, Fred Pascalli, and Chris Firmstone all scored. Mark Baccoli made 24 saves. In the championship game, the Ravens defeated the Marauders 5-3, receiving goals from Jerry Zampella(2), Hal Williams, John Dobson, and Joe Simpson. Mark Baccoli made 18 saves. Simpson's empty net goal with two seconds to go in the final game gave the Ravens a perfect 9-0 playoff record over the past four seasons, and their second consecutive C league title. Including playoffs, the Ravens finished 10-1-1 this season, hitting the ten win marker for the first time ever.

"1-0 Victory Secures Number One Seed" 8.1.2010



On Sunday, the Ravens faced off against the last place Big Co. Jones to finish up the regular season. Despite last minute changes to the Big Co. Jones' roster, the Ravens found themselves in control most of the game. No players from either team scored in the opening two periods, but a scoreless tie was not how the Ravens wanted to end their current winning streak. With 1:29 to play in the game, Chris Firmstone fed Jerry Zampella a pass from behind the net, and Zampella snapped a quick shot by the Big Co. Jones' goaltender to put the Ravens in front. Their hard work and determination eventually paid off, as the Ravens held on to complete a regular season to remember. Mark Baccoli stopped all 18 shots he faced to earn his second shutout of the season.
The Ravens finished 8-1-1; with first place figures in wins (8), losses (1), points (17), goals scored (53), goals allowed (16), and +/- differential (+37). Jerry Zampella led the Ravens in goals (11) and points (22), and Kevin Vey led in assists (14). Mark Baccoli posted personal Ravens bests in wins (8), goals against average (1.56), save percentage (.939), and shutouts (2). The Ravens look to build off their six game winning streak going into the playoffs.

"Ravens Defeat Cutters 4-3, Win Third Consecutive Title" 4.28.2010


The Ravens came out with a sense of purpose against the top seeded Cutters. In the first period, Brendon Ramsay got the Ravens on the board at the 2:26 mark and Rick Nein added one more at 7:10. Ramsay scored his second of the game at 0:53 of the second period, and Kevin Vey tallied at 10:45 to up Raven the lead to 4-0. It appeared they would cruise to an easy victory, leading 4-1 after two periods. However, the Cutters stormed back in the third, scoring on the power play at 7:13 and adding one more with 3:01 to play. The Cutters went on a six-on-four power play in the final minute after pulling their goalie, but could not find the back of the net as the Ravens held on to a 4-3 victory.


Brendon Ramsay led the Ravens in playoff scoring with three goals and four points, and Joe Simpson led in assists with two. Mark Baccoli posted a 3-0 playoff record, with a 2.00 goals against average and a .913 save percentage.

"Ravens Eliminate Raiders to Advance to Finals" 4.18.2010


The Ravens faced off against the fifth seeded Raiders in the C League semi-final match up. After a scoreless first period, the Ravens were able to score three times in the second period to take control of the game. Goals were scored by Jerry Zampella, Doug Pollard, and Joe Simpson. However, the Raiders were able to climb back into the game, scoring two in the third, cutting the lead to just a single goal at 10:07. The Ravens were able to hold them off, as Brendon Ramsay tallied an empty netter with 0:16 left on the clock to seal a 4-2 win, and a third consecutive trip to the championship game for the Ravens. Mark Baccoli made 27 saves, including 13 in the third period to help the Ravens get the job done.

"Ravens Take Second Place In Weekend Hockey Tournament" 3.21.2010


The Ravens participated in the Weekend Hockey tournament at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon, FL. On Friday March 19th, they defeated a team from Canada 5-3, and a team from Brandon, FL 7-3. The next day, the Ravens won their lone game against another team from Canada 5-2, advancing them to the finals on Sunday morning. They fell short to a team from Massapequa, NY by a score of 4-0 on an empty net goal in the final seconds. The Ravens were given t-shirts, Hooters gift cards, and drink coupons at the rink to reward them for their appearance in the finals. Great tournament guys! Check out the Weekend Hockey '10 page for stats, game results, and box scores. Pictures from the championship game coming soon.

"#4 Ravens Upset #2 Cyclones, Win Second Consecutive B Title" 12.20.2009

The Ravens scored the game winner in overtime to defeat the second seeded Cyclones 5-4. They miraculously knocked off the top two teams to complete their second consecutive championship run, despite finishing in last place after the regular season, mustering only one win in twelve contests.

"#4 Ravens Take Down #1 Rocks in Semi-Finals" 12.13.2009

The Ravens squeezed by the Rocks 5-4 Sunday night to advance to the championship game for the second straight season. This marked the first time the Ravens have ever defeated the Rocks.

"#3 Ravens Defeat #4 Cutters, Win Summer B Title" 8.30.2009

The Ravens went on a 9-1-0 run to conclude the season, and capped off their hot finish with a 7-4 victory over the Cutters in the finals.

"#3 Ravens Stun #2 Leafs, Advance to Championship" 8.23.2009

The Ravens were win-less in both meetings this season against the Leafs, but their 3-2 margin in the semi-finals was all they needed to advance to the championship game. They will take on the winner of the Cutters/Rocks game
on Sunday 8/30.