The Florida Everblades snapped their two-game losing streak Saturday night, downing the Orlando Solar Bears at Germain Arena 6-0 on the strength of three power-play goals and outstanding net play.
Following back-to-back one-goal loses to the Solar Bears Thursday and Friday, the Everblades looked to start Saturday night with more energy from the opening puck drop. That energy created their first scoring opportunity which captain Mathieu Roy started by feeding the puck to Matthew Pistilli who fired home his 12th goal of the year from out front of the net.
Rocco Carzo added his fifth of the year 15 minutes into the contest and the Everblades never looked back.
The Everblades extended their lead to 4-0 heading into the third period with the aid of a pair of power play goals.
The first came from Roy who slid in the first of two goals on the night after taking a Mike Little pass with 12:38 to play in the period. Florida's second goal of the frame came exactly nine minutes later when Joe Stejskal scored his first of the year after receiving the puck from Rocco Carzo near the blue line.
Orlando looked to make a game of it in the third managing to close the shot stat to a respectable 29-24 in favor of Florida, but Mike Merrifield got in on the action, and extend the Everblades lead to 5-0 before the Solar Bears mounted any real threat.
"The guys were really unhappy that we had lost two games in a row," said Everblades coach Greg Poss. "I wish we could have gotten a couple of (these) goals in the other games, but tonight we basically had the same number of scoring chances (as in the losses), but the puck went in for us. I thought we started the game better in the first period and scoring the first goal was huge. From there we played really well."
Roy scored his second while on the power play during the final minute of the third period and starting net minder Kristers Gudlevskis knocked away all of the 24 shots he faced.
The Everblades (11-6) hit the road Thanksgiving week for three games against North Division foes, before returning for two games against Colorado beginning Dec. 6.