The Florida Everblades turned in one of their best overall performance of the young season Wednesday night, soundly defeating the Elmira Jackals at Germain Arena 5-2.
"It was a really good ywo periods where I thought we played excellent," said Blades coach Greg Poss. "We gave them too many scoring chances in the third period, where we didn't bear down the way we should, but it was a good win."
Florida's first goal of the night came off the stick of Matthew Pistilli whose shot off a pass from Brandon MacLean found the back of the Jackal's net thanks to initial pressure generated by the return of team Captain Mathieu Roy.
Florida carried the 1-0 lead into the second period, when they found their offensive grove on the strength of the line featuring Pistilli, Roy and AJ Jenks or MacLean.
MacLean was the first beneficiary of the second period, taking a pass from Pistilli seven minutes in, making it 2-0. From there, Lenks took over, tallying two goals less than swven minutes apart, while paired with Roy and Pistilli, putting the game out of Elmira's reach early.
"Our line had a lot of chemistry early on," said Jenks. "We were feeling good in the pregame skateWe mesh well and complement each other pretty well on the ice."
On the night Jenks finished with two goals, while Pistilli chipped in four points, and Roy contributed on MacLean's goal, and Jenks second of the night.
"Pistilli and MacLean are two of our best players, it's just a really good line, they are really good players who work hard," said Poss.
Elmira wouldn't go quietly into the night, making a game of it in the third period with a shorthanded goal early, and a power play tally with just over eight minutes to play, but it was too little to late after Mike Merrifield scored an empty netter with less than 1:30 to play.
The Everblades (8-0-1) look to extend their unbeaten in regulation streak Friday night when they again host the Jackals at Germain Arena.