NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - The Florida Everblades scored three shorthanded goals to defeat the South Carolina Stingrays 4-2 Friday night.
The Stingrays stung first, just 8:30 into the first period. Daniel Koger received a pass from behind the Florida net and batted the puck past Everblades goaltender Pat Nagle to give the Rays a 1-0 lead.
Florida countered on the power play. Taylor Ellington fired a wrist shot from the point which was tipped and redirected in front of the net by Mathieu Roy, who steered the puck past the Stingrays netminder.
Florida grabbed a 2-1 lead at 18:38 of the first period with a shorthanded marker by Matt Marquardt on a 2-on-1 rush into the zone on the right wing side.
The Everblades continued their shorthanded magic in the second period. Trevor Bruess picked up the puck on a turnover in the Stingrays' end. Bruess snapped a shot high past the glove to extend the lead to 3-1
Nearly 45 seconds later, the Everblades took advantage of another mistake. The Blades grabbed the puck at center and their third shorthanded 2-on-1 rush. Aaron Bogosian lifted the puck into the net for a 4-1 lead.
Nagle earns the win stopping 25 of 27 shots faced.
The Blades' three shorthanded goals was one shy of tying the ECHL record of four, set by the Everblades in January 2007 against Charlotte.
The teams meet again at 7 p.m. Saturday.