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Cox, Ouellette lead Everblades past Gladiators

December 7, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

DULUTH, Ga. Joe Cox scored twice while Martin Ouellette made 27 saves to lead the Florida Everblades (16-2-1-2, 35 pts) to a 4-2 win over the Atlanta Gladiators (10-8-1-1, 22 pts) Saturday night at the Infinite Energy Arena. The Everblades wrap up their six game road trip earning 10 of a possible 12 points. ?

Atlanta took an early 1-0 lead when Darby Llewllyn wristed a quick shot past 'Blades goaltender Martin Ouellette and into the net.?

Moments later, the Everblades took advantage of a four-on-three power play to tie the score up at 1-1 as Nelson Armstrong flipped his shot past a diving Matt O'Connor for the goal.?

The Everblades jumped on top following another goal from a second chance opportunity on a goal by Joe Cox.?

Atlanta would tied the game at 2-2 with two-seconds remaining in the second period. Going on the power play with just over 30 seconds remaining in the middle frame, Ben Danford blasted the puck past Martin Ouellette.?

Moving into the third period, the Everblades quickly jumped back on top, taking a 3-2 lead less than five minutes into the period. Joe Cox whipped a quick wrist shot into the back of the net.?The 'Blades used a power play chance to full advantage as they took a 4-2 lead midway into the third period. Michael Kirkpatrick fired a wicked slap shot past the glove of O'Conner and high into the net.?

Ouellette was outstanding in goal for the Everblades, earning the win after stopping 27 of the 28 shots he faced. Matt O'Connor also played well in goal for Atlanta but suffers the loss after allowing four goals on 27 shots.?

Returning home to Germain Arena, the Florida Everblades will take on the in-state rival Jacksonville Icemen Friday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Everblades 5, Gladiators 3: Stephen MacAulay scored two goals and added two assists to help lead the Florida Everblades (15-2-1-2, 33 pts) to a 5-3 win over the Atlanta Gladiators (10-7-1-1, 22 pts) Friday night at the Infinite Energy Arena.

The Gladiators tied the game at 1-1 just over a minute-and-a-half later as Lindsay Sparks re-directed a shot into the net. Ryan Lannon picked up a drop pass from Zach Malatesta at the point. Lannon fired a slapshot and sent the puck off the stick of Sparks and past Everblades goaltender Callum Booth.?

The 'Blades took a 2-1 lead off a blazing shot from Gus Young. Picking up the puck in his own zone, Michael Kirkpatrick moved quickly to break into the attacking zone. Kirkpatrick circled the net and found Gus Young alone at the left wing circle. Young rang a shot off the crossbar and just into the net.?

The Gladiators tied the score at 2-2 with just over two-minutes remaining in the first period, taking advantage of a power play chance. Brady Vail sent a pass across the face of the goal, but the puck hit off a skate in front and headed right into the Florida crease where it was quickly shoved home by Phil Lane.?

Florida once again took a one-goal lead, this time cashing in on the power play to make the score 3-2. Gus Young fired a slap shot through traffic and off of Atlanta goaltender Dan Vladar. However, the rebound went right to the stick of John McCarron who quickly shoved the puck into the net.?

That lead would last until just past the 14-minute mark of the middle frame when Atlanta once again tied the game, this time making the score 3-3. Winning an offensive zone faceoff, Lindsay Sparks brought the puck low into the attacking zone and centered a pass across the zone. The puck was met by Phil Lane who soon buried his second tally of the night.?

In the third period, the Everblades once again jumped on top, taking a 4-3 lead midway through the final frame. Stephen MacAulay received a drop pass from John McCarron at the left wing circle. MacAulay wasted little time and stepped into his shot and ripped a hard slap shot into the back of the net.

Swam Rabbits 5, Everblades 4: Caleb Herbert scored a goal and converted the game-winning tally in the shootout to lead the Greenville Swamp Rabbits (11-6-2-0, 24 pts) to a 5-4 shootout win over the Florida Everblades (14-2-1-2, 31 pts) last Thursday night at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.?

The Everblades jumped out to a 1-0 lead midway through the first period on a blast from Steven Lorentz. Cycling the puck around inside the Greenville zone, Tyler Ganly got the puck over to Steven Lorentz at the right wing circle. Swatting a shot on goal, Lorentz sent the puck off the stick of Greenville goaltender Ty Rimmer and into the net.?

Greenville tied the score at 1-1 just over two minutes later as Branden Troock scored off an attacking zone faceoff. The Swamp Rabbits gained an offensive zone faceoff. Winning the draw, Caleb Herbert got the puck quickly over to Troock in the slot. Wristing a quick shot, Troock sent the puck right past Martin Ouellette.?

Less than two minutes later, the Swamp Rabbits would take the lead off a penalty shot. Taking advantage of a bad bounce, Joe Houk moved quickly into the attacking zone where he was taken down from behind. Houk was awarded the penalty shot and fired a quick wrist shot into the back of the net.?

The Swamp Rabbits continued to ride off their momentum and took a 3-1 lead just 18-seconds later as Caleb Herbert made a great solo effort to net the tally. Herbert skipped right past the 'Blades defense and moved into the attacking zone. Receiving a pass from Branden Troock at the right wing circle, Herbert banged his shot off the inside of the near post and into the net.

Once again though, the 'Blades lead did not last long. Just over two minutes later, the Swamp Rabbits finally broke through the 'Blades defense and tied the game at 4-4. Branden Troock fired an inch perfect pass across the face of goal. Caleb Herbert caught the pass and buried his chance behind the back of Martin Ouellette.?

With the score still tied at 4-4 as regulation came to an end, the game headed to overtime.?

In overtime, both teams received their share of chances. However, some stellar play from both goaltenders kept the game tied. With neither team able to find a game-winning goal, the game then headed to the final phase of this contest, the shootout.



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