The Florida Everblades hit the ice at Germain Arena Friday night looking to end a four-game losing skid against division rival Greenville. It took overtime and a shootout, but the Everblades got the win 5-4.
"We generated a lot of offensive chances, a lot of shots. We gave up a couple of soft goals unfortunately, but these are the types of games where we needed to score four or five goals to get the job done and we did that," said Blades coach Greg Poss.
The Everblades were first on the scoreboard at 5:51 into the first period on Joe Stejskal's third tally of the year.
After 10 minutes of play, mostly dominated by the home team, a costly turnover led to a tie game at the first intermission.
Still hungry to end their skid, the Blades again dominated early in the second period, but a costly penalty by Rocco Carzo gave the Road Warriors a chance to take a 2-1 lead.
Minutes later, Greenville looked in control when they beat Blades netminder Trevor Cann (26 saves) again to make the score 3-1.
With plenty of time left, the Everblades stayed the course, and roared back by pressuring Warriors goalie Jason Missiaen (39 saves). That pressure eventually led to a pair of power plays for the Blades.
They capitalized on the second chance as Olivier Dame-Malka let lose a shot from the blue line that threaded the bodies to make it a 3-2 game.
The Gators won the ensuing face off and keep the pressure on, leading to Carzo tying the contest with less to two minutes to play in the period after taking a back-handed pass from Sean Dolan.
Frustrated by the relentless play, Greenville won the ensuing face off and come at Cann full force. The confusion ended in a goal and a Warriors led 4-3 heading into the final period.
It took all of the third period for the Everblades to force overtime when, after Poss pulled Cann for the extra man advantage in the final minute, Mike Merrifield's 10 goal of the year forced overtime.
After a scoreless overtime, Trevor Bruess scored the lone goal in the shootout.
Florida (23-18) and Greenville (21-23) meet again at Germain Arena Saturday night.