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5-3 win stretches Blades win streak

November 10, 2012
Special to the Breeze ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Alex Hutchings netted his second career hat-trick Friday night to lead the

Florida Everblades to a 5-3 victory over the Elmira Jackals at Germain


Elmira was the first team to strike in a defensive first period. Darren

Kramer intercepted a pass in Florida's defensive zone and took the puck into

the slot where he fired a wrist shot that got past goalkeeper John Muse to

put the Jackals in front 1-0.

Halfway through the second period, the Jackals padded their lead with a goal

by Matt Campanale. Louie Caprusso dropped a pass back to Campanale at the

blue line and the quick slap shot sailed past Muse's glove giving Elmira a

two-goal lead.

The Blades got on the board at the 12-minute mark of the second period on a

goal by Hutchings. Taylor Ellington sent a pass behind the net to Hutchings,

who took the wrap-around shot between the pads of Elmira goaltender Marc


Hutching's number was called again in the period. David Rutherford took a

shot from the slot which was stopped. Hutchings picked up the rebound and

flipped a backhander under Cheverie to tie the game 2-2.

Nearly six minutes into the third, the Everblades took the lead on the power

play. Tommi Kivisto picked up a rebound from a Justin Shugg shot and quickly

wristed the puck into the back of the net giving the Everblades their first

lead of the night 3-2.

The Blades scored their fourth unanswered goal. Mathieu Roy sent a pass

through the neutral zone to Trevor Bruess, who took the puck to the right

side circle and fired a wrist shot through the defense and past Cheverie to

increase the lead to 4-2.

Elmira pulled within one with five minutes remaining in the game. A shot by

Jack Downing bounced out of the glove and sat in front of the net. A pileup

occurred at the crease, but the puck sneaked over the goal line to make the

score 4-3.

Hutchings took advantage of a breakaway opportunity for the final goal

completing his hat-trick.

Hutchings posted his first hat-trick on Nov. 11, 2011, in a 7-2 win over

the Wheeling Nailers.

Muse earns the win stopping 34 of 37 shots faced.

The Everblades play host to the Gwinnett Gladiators at 7 p.m. Saturday at

Germain Arena.



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