The Florida Everblades tasted their first loss Friday night at Germain Arena, losing a back-and-forth battle to the Elmira Jackals 6-5.
"Every shot (Elmira) had, had eyes," said Everblades coach Greg Poss.
A wild and crazy first period, featuring seven total goals and four lead changes, started with the Blades converting an Elmira turnover into a short-handed goal while killing a Mike Cornell penalty for cross checking.
Elmira answered seconds later after their power play ended, beating Blades starting net minder Trevor Cann (seven saves) to tie the score. After winning a faceoff less than a minute later, Elmira made it 2-1, but the Everblades came charging back to tie it 1:14 later as Matthew Pistilli took a pretty cross ice feed from A.J. Lenks for his ninth goal of the year. That goal also came shorthanded for the Blades.
Elmira retook the lead minutes later as the back-and-forth scoring barrage continued, only to see the Bladed tie it at 3-3 on a power play goal by defensemen Mike Little, but that would be as close as the Blades would get.
The Jackals won the ensuing faceoff and beat Cann for the fourth time in the opening period.
"I thought two of their goals were because of mistakes on our part," said Poss. "You know, we outshot them 41-18 It was a valiant effort in the thir period, but you're going to have some nights like this."
Poss pulled Cann in favor of Jesse Deckert (five saves), but with little effect. Elmira scored twice on Deckert in the period, carrying a 6-3 lead into the final period.
"There are some nights where things just aren't going a guy's way, so I decided on a the change," Poss said.
The Blades nearly completed the comeback in the third period with a penalty shot, a short-handed goal by team captain Mathieu Roy, and Matthew Pistilli's 10th score of the year, but it was too little too late for the Blades (8-1-1), who were handed their first regulation loss of the year.
They prepare for the Toledo Walleye Saturday night at Germain Arena.