The Florida Everblades concluded the preseason with a 5-1 win over the Orlando Solar Bears Saturday night at Germain Arena. the Everblades close out the preseason unbeaten.
The Everblades scored the first goal of the night at 6:16 of the first period, with a shot from the right wing circle by Mathieu Roy that beat Orlando goaltender Brooke Ostergard.
David Rutherford ended the period with a goal from the top of the crease, assisted by Aaron Bogosian, giving the Everblades a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period.
Orlando answered at 10:26 of the second period on a goal by Samson Mahbod. After a diving save off of the stick by Everblades goaltender Rob Madore, Mahbod sent the rebound squeezed in the net for the goal to pull the Solar Bears within one.
Four minutes later, Brandon MacLean fed a pass from behind the net to Matt Marquardt who scored from the right circle bumping the score to 3-1, a lead the Blades never relinquished.
The Blades started the third period with MacLean passint the puck to Marquardt who brought it around the back of the net and took a shot from the right side of the crease. The puck slid past Ostergard into the bottom left corner of the net to bring the score to 4-1.
The third period ended in favor of the Everblades, as Mathieu Roy fed the puck to Trevor Bruess who took a shot from the right side of the crease which beat Ostergard for a commanding 5-1 victory.
Marquardt finished with a pair of goals, Rutherford scored his third of the preseason. Defenseman Joe Sova registered two assists and a plus-3 rating.
Madore earns the win stopping 23 of 24 shots, while Ostergard takes the loss, allowing five goals on 38 shots faced.
The two teams meet again on opening night, on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The Everblades will raise their championship banner prior to the game. The first 2,500 fans will receive a championship mini-banner.
On Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. the two teams will battle again. The first 5,000 fans to enter the arena for the Saturday game, receives an Everblades magnet schedule courtesy of Jack's Cleaning Services.
Florida Everblades Schedule
Everblades 6, Orlando Solar Bears 3
FGCU 5, Orlando 1
Oct. 12 - vs. Orlando, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 13 - vs. Orlando, 7 p.m.
Oct. 19 - vs. Orlando, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 20 - at Orlando, 7 p.m.
Oct. 24 - vs. South Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 26 - vs. South Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 27 - vs. Greenville, 7 p.m.