Florida Everblades 7 @ Reading Royals 2
LW Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 3 SOG, 2 PIM (holding)
Season Totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, +3, 6 PIM
RW Philip-Michael Devos, FLA: 1-0-1, +1, 3 SOG, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, +2, 2 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Win, 24 saves on 26 shots, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 3 GP, 2-1-0, 3.69 GAA, .867 sv%, 0 SO
Nagle didnâ€™t get a lot of time to stew over his seven-goals-against game Saturday night in Trenton as he was thrown back in the net Sunday in Reading. The first year pro responded with a Third Star effort, stopping 24 of 26 shots to get the win. Norfolk Admirals property Philip-Michael Devos (pictured) scored his second of the year for the â€˜Blades (2-1-0-1) in the victory. Carolina Hurricanes draft pick Justin Shugg leads Florida in scoring after five games with three goals and eight points. Florida outshot Reading 22-5 in the first period, skating to an early 3-0 lead.
Florida Everblades 5 @ Trenton Titans 8
Not a good night for Nagle, who let in seven goals as the Everblades (1-2-0-1) dropped their second road game of the season, 8-5. Florida had a 5-2 lead with under three minutes to play in the second period before giving up two quick goals on the power play before the start of the third period. By midway through the third they had given up two more power play goals. Down by two in the waning minutes, they gave up an empty netter. On the plus side, Alex Hutchings (pictured) scored his second goal of the season for Florida. Philip-Michael Devos (Norfolk Admirals property) was back in the lineup for Florida and had a goal. He has two points in three games this season. The â€˜Blades and their penalty kill problems will play in Reading on Sunday. Nagle, whose save percentage dropped around .800 points Saturday, may be back in the net again as Carolina goaltending prospect John Muse was called up to AHL Charlotte.
Florida Everblades 2 @ Elmira Jackals 5
LW Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 4 PIM (double minor â€“ roughing)
Season Totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, E, 4 PIM
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .920 sv%, 0 SO
The Everblades (1-1-0-1) dropped their first road game of the season in Elmira, falling to the Jackals (3-0), 5-2. Alex Hutchings was scoreless in the game and Nagle sat backup to Carolina prospect John Muse (28/32). Norfolk property Philip-Michael Devos was not in the lineup for the â€˜Blades. Former Sabres captain Craig Rivet was Third Star for the Jackals.
Gwinnett Gladiators 2 @ Florida Everblades 1 (SO)
Carolina prospect and Florida goaltender John Muse stopped 33 of 34 shots in regulation and overtime and seven of 10 shootout attempts, but the â€˜Blades could only beat Gwinnet goalie Jeff Jakaitis twice in the extra-extra session, giving the Gladiators a win. Alex Hutchings was Floridaâ€™s first shooter, and did not convert. AHL Norfolk property Philip-Michael Devos was scoreless in the game and failed to convert his shootout attempt.
Gwinnett Gladiators 2 @ Florida Everblades 3
Lightning prospect Alex Hutchings scored what turned out to be the game winning goal at 14:54 of the second period and fellow Bolt prospect Pat Nagle made it stand up as the Everblades won their season opener over Gwinnett, 3-2. It was the second straight Second Star award for Nagle counting preseason games. Norfolk Admirals property Philip-Michael Devos had an assist in the game. Mike McKenzie, son of TSN personality Bob McKenzie, also had an assist for the 'Blades and was Third Star. The two teams play again Saturday night.
Chicago Express 2 @ Florida Everblades 5
Lightning prospect Pat Nagle (pictured with Ferris State) made his long-awaited professional debut and was named Second Star after stopping 24 of 26 shots in a 5-2 Everblades win. Chicagoâ€™s loss was their first in franchise history. Lightning prospect Alex Hutchings wasnâ€™t listed in the lineup Saturday. Norfolk Admirals property Philip-Michael Devos had two assists. Carolina prospect Justin Shugg was First Star for scoring two goals.
Chicago Express 4 @ Florida Everblades 1
The Florida Everblades made history Friday night, but not the way they wanted. The 'Blades dropped their season opener 4-1 to the Chicago Express, who was playing their inaugural game. Florida will now enter the Express record books as Chicago's first victim. The Express had four goals on Carolina prospect John Muse before the end of the second period. Lightning prospect Pat Nagle is supposed to get the nod Saturday. The Everblades got their first goal of the season in the third period by former Windsor Spitfire Justin Shugg, a Carolina Hurricanes draft pick. Norfolk Admirals property Philip-Michael Devos, the reigning QMJHL scoring champ, did not register a point for Florida. The teams play again Saturday night.
The Tampa Bay Lightning reassigned forward Alex Hutchings and goaltender Pat Nagle to the ECHL's Florida Everblades today. In addition, the Lightning's to affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, assigned forward Philip-Michael Devos to the Everblades. These moves were announced today by Admirals General Manager Julien BriseBois.
Hutchings (pictured) spent most of last season with the Everblades after nearly hitting 50 goals his final year of junior hockey with OHL Barrie. In his first year pro, Hutchings had 13 goals and 26 points in 51 ECHL games. He added three points in four playoff games with Florida, and was scoreless in his only appearance with the Admirals.
NOR 2:33 Labrie, (Smith)
NOR 11:57 DeVos, (Palat)
NOR 14:08 Vernace, (Johnson, Wright)
NOR 9:02 Dimmen, (Johnson, Wright)
STJ 1:15 Cameron
STJ 5:41 King
NOR 13:34 Fornataro, (Picard)(PP)
Game recap from NorfolkAdmirals.com.
Dustin Tokarski spent the first weekend of the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2011 training camp in a nice new Lightning cap and standard-issue Lightning shorts and t-shirt, standing at the glass watching his teammates make their impressions on Lightning management. An abdominal injury kept Tokarski out of the Coral Springs rookie tournament, and now the highly competitive start of training camp.
Things started looking up for the former Memorial Cup MVP Wednesday as the Tampa Tribune reported the two MRIs done on Tokarski revealed no damage. He was back on the ice Wednesday morning.
And just in time.