Florida Everblades

ECHL Game Night: 10-27-12

Greenville Road Warriors 3 @ Florida Everblades 2

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-1-1, E, 3 SOG, 2 PIM (boarding)
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-5-5, -1, 2 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-1-1, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 6 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 SOG, 0 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-0-1, 0 SO, 3.30 GAA, 100 S / 112 SA (.893 SV%)

For the second night in a row, Florida spotted their opponent an early two-goal lead before battling back to tie the game in the second period. However, the Everblades came up short against the Road Warriors on Saturday. Greenville played a strong road game, staying disciplined (the Road Warriors gave a 'Blades squad that had averaged roughly six power play opportunities coming into the match just two chances) and countered surges by Florida with effective shifts of their own to help turn momentum. Florida was narrowly outshot (34-32) for the first time since the 8-2 drubbing at the hands of the Orlando Solar Bears last weekend. Carolina goalie prospect John Muse took the loss for Florida, but turned in a solid 31-save performance. Justin Shugg and Corey Trivino scored for the Everblades, the second in as many nights for both Florida forwards. Alex Hutchings and Charles Landry, who figured in the scoring with helpers, were the only Lightning prospects in action as Pat Nagle rested after playing last night and Daniel Milan was scratched yet again due to injury. Hutchings extended his scoring streak to three games and Landry notched his assist on the power play. Florida (3-2-2) is next in action this upcoming Friday night when the Everblades head to Greenville to square off against the Road Warriors (3-3-0) again.

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San Francisco Bulls 2 @ Alaska Aces 5

F Nate Thompson, AK: 0-3-3, +2, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct)
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-5-5, E, 10 PIM

That Alaska led San Francisco for all but 31 seconds of the entire game on Saturday night was due in large part to the contributions of the dynamic duo that was Brandon Dubinsky (3 G, 1 A, 8 SOG) and Nate Thompson, who had the primary assists on all of Dubinsky's goals. It was the best showing, statistically, so far this season for both locked-out NHL forwards. Defenseman Chris Haltigin also had a strong offensive game for Alaska, scoring what proved to be the game-winner on the power play, an assist on a late insurance marker and registering five shots on net. The Aces (4-2-0) and Bulls (2-3-2) meet again Sunday in Anchorage to complete their three-game set.

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ECHL Game Night: 10-26-12

South Carolina Stingrays 4 @ Florida Everblades 6

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 3 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-4-4, -1, 0 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 6 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 SOG, 0 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: W, 4 GA (4.00 GAA), 23 S / 27 SA (.852 SV%)
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-0-1, 0 SO, 3.30 GAA, 100 S / 112 SA (.893 SV%)

The ‘Blades again outshot the Stingrays, this time 34-27, but avenged Wednesday's shootout loss by storming back from an early two-goal deficit to finish off South Carolina with a three-goal burst in the third period Friday night. If you're head coach Greg Poss, you have to like how your club responded after squandering their first lead of the game, allowing a last-second goal by losing a defensive zone draw while trying to close out the second period. Aaron Bogosian, Matt Marquardt, Matthieu Roy, Justin Shugg, Brody Sutter and Corey Trivino all scored for the Everblades. Lightning prospects Alex Hutchings (pictured, courtesy of SwampHockey), Charles Landry and Pat Nagle were all in action for Florida while Daniel Milan was scratched yet again due to injury. Since his lackluster season debut, Hutchings has quietly racked up four assists, 11 shots and a couple of shootout tallies in the four games since. With the victory, Florida (3-1-2) leapfrogged Orlando for the divisional lead before next playing host to divisional foe Greenville (2-3-0) on Saturday night.

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San Francisco Bulls 1 @ Alaska Aces 4

F Nate Thompson, AK: 0-2-2, +1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 8 PIM

The Aces mounted their own furious finish Friday night, putting up 18 shots and scoring four unanswered goals in the third period en route to a thorough drubbing of the new San Francisco franchise. The Aces, who outshot the Bulls 44-19, controlled play throughout the game but found themselves down a goal heading into the final frame due to the inspired play of San Francisco netminder Thomas Heemskerk. All three locked-out NHLers paid dividends for the Aces tonight: Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky opened the floodgates with a power play marker in the first minute of the third period, Capitals forward Joey Crabb (1 G, 1 A) had his second multi-point game while registering a game-high nine shots on goal and the Lightning's Nate Thompson earned his first points of the season while managing to stay out of the sin-bin. The Aces (3-2-0) square off against the Bulls (2-2-2) again tonight in Anchorage.

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ECHL Game Night: 10-24-12

South Carolina Stingrays 5 @ Florida Everblades 4 (SO)

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-2-2, -1, 3 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-3-3, -2, 0 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-1-1, -1, 2 SOG, 4 PIM (tripping, hooking)
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, E, 6 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 SOG, 0 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, 77 S / 85 SA (.906 SV%)

The ‘Blades outshot the Stingrays, 43-28, but fell in a shootout to their division rivals, 5-4. Lightning prospects Alex Hutchings (pictured) and Charles Landry both hit the scoresheet for Florida. Pat Nagle got the night off in goal and Daniel Milan remains out with an injury. Last year’s playoff hero, John Muse, made 23 saves in the Florida nets. Mike Ullrich had three assists for South Carolina. Florida scored twice in the second half of the third period to force overtime. Landry took a hooking penalty in overtime, thought the ‘Blades were able to kill it off. The shootout was tied, 2-2, after two rounds, including Hutchings’ goal. The Stingrays won the skills competition, 3-2, in five rounds. South Carolina will drive up to Orlando for a game on Thursday night before returning to southwest Florida for a Friday contest.

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ECHL Game Night: 10-20-12

Florida Everblades 3 @ Orlando Solar Bears 4 (SO)

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: 3 GA (2.77 GAA), 23 S / 26 SA (.885 SV%)
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, 77 S / 85 SA (.906 SV%)

After yesterday's sizable defeat at the hands of the Solar Bears, the Everblades came to Orlando looking to spoil the inaugural home opener for their new in-state and divisional rival. To that end, Florida got on the right path, taking two first period leads, the first when Brandon MacLean found the net with what appeared to be fairly weak wrist-shot that handcuffed John Curry, Orlando's netminder, and when Matt Beca found space on a Florida power play, took a cross-ice feed at the right hash and quickly snapped the puck over a sprawling Curry. Both leads were short-lived, however, as Orlando found a way to make the most of its few chances in the first period. Pat Nagle, who got stronger as the game wore on, was first beat by a mid-range shot that he may not have seen much of but seemed to go through him. Then, with the period winding down, Orlando defenseman Michael Wilson took Solar Bear captain Ryan Cruthers' pass from the bench boards as he jumped into the neutral zone and began what should have been a routine 1-on-1 challenge but, after taking the puck to his backhand and protecting it, beat the Florida defender wide and somehow chipped the puck past Nagle, who looked to be in good position. Orlando took the longest-lasting lead when Solar Bear forward Nick Peterson drew Charles Landry to him as he stopped just inside the Florida blueline, then layed a nice, on-side touch pass to a hard-charging Danis-Pepin who deftly avoided the reaching stick-check of Bobby Raymond and capped the sequence with a heavy, well-placed wrist-shot that beat Nagle's glove just two minutes into the second period. The last scoring action before the shootout came when Beca scored his second of the game during a frantic goalmouth scramble that tied the game at three goals apiece with just a couple minutes into the final frame. The shootout went twelve rounds, with Orlando's Medvec and Hutchings the only two shooters to score on either goalie until Sean Lorenz beat Nagle five-hole and Curry squelched Florida's last hope when he subsequently came to the top of his crease to stop Aaron Bogosian's wrist-shot attempt from in-close and seal the win for the Solar Bears.

Alex Hutchings didn't register an official point (though he scored in the shootout) but had a good showing tonight, playing effectively at even-strength, the PP and even on the PK in a few instances. Results-wise, he probably deserved better, as he rifled several shots that narrowly missed or were blocked and also sprung Florida forward Corey Trivino for an even-strength breakaway that Curry was able to thwart. Hutchings also showed a lot of moxie, taking plenty of punishment in stride tonight and even managing to dish out a few decent licks of his own. Landry's night, on the other hand, was more of a mixed bag. Despite playing big, mostly uneventful minutes, Landry got sloppy with outlets and in-zone passes on several occasions, the most notable instance when he used the end boards behind his net to blindly bank a pass to his partner which was intercepted by a hustling Solar Bear forward and nearly became a goal.

Other thoughts and notes: Florida outshot Orlando 35-29 tonight, although at one point, midway through the third, the shots were 30-14 Florida before Orlando generated an impressive late-game surge. Perhaps strong emotions and some extra aggression should have been expected given this was the fourth meeting in just over a week's time between the two clubs; the game was, much to the crowd's delight, very physical for much of the game and, as a result, tempers flared early and often, especially after whistles. Both teams, consequently, combined for 59 penalty minutes. Daniel Milan and Maxime Langelier-Parent, still nursing injuries, sat again. Florida (2-1-1) plays host this Wednesday to South Carolina (2-1-0) as part of a two-game set.

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Alaska Aces 1 @ Utah Grizzlies 0

F Nate Thompson, AK: 0-0-0, E, 4 SOG, 4 PIM
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 8 PIM

The previously undefeated Grizzlies held Alaska's trio of NHL forwards (Crabb, Dubinsky and Thompson) scoreless, despite their combined 13 shots on goal, in what turned out to be a goalie duel. Alaska's Mark Guggenberger earned a 23-save shutout but Utah's Andrew Engelage did all he could for the Grizzlies, stopping 38 of 39 shots against. Chris Haltigin scored the lone goal in the contest early in the third period after the puck found its way to him in the high slot as a result of a strong Aces forecheck generated a turnover. With the win tonight, Alaska halted its two-game losing streak. The Aces (2-2-0) will continue their home stand next Friday when the new San Francisco Bulls franchise (2-1-0) comes to Anchorage for a three-game weekend set.

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ECHL Game Night: 10-19-12

Orlando Solar Bears 8 @ Florida Everblades 2

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-1-1, E, 3 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: W, 3 GA (5.42 GAA), 21 S / 24 SA (.875 SV%)
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 3.22 GAA, 49 S / 54 SA (.907 SV%)

The final score about says it all as the Orlando Solar Bears took the Florida Everblades to the proverbial woodshed this evening in Estero. The game quickly got ugly midway through the first period as Orlando scored four times in a six-minute span, putting Florida in a hole that would be four goals deeper by the end of the second. Ryan Cruthers (2 G) and Matt Sisca (3 A) led the onslaught for the Solar Bears, which outshot the Everblades in each period and 49 to 22 for the game en route to the new franchise's first win this season and in its extremely brief history. Carolina Hurricanes prospect G John Muse, who stopped 20 of 25 shots on the night, started the game for Florida but was finally pulled after Kyle Medvec made it 5-0 Solar Bears roughly seven minutes into the second. Pat Nagle would fare only slightly better in relief. Alex Hutchings (who tallied his first point of the season, an assist on Florida's first goal which came in the final frame) and Charles Landry were in lineup tonight and, on a night where the opponent scored seven even-strength goals, both managed to avoid minus ratings. Daniel Milan and Maxime Langelier-Parent sat due to injuries. It will be interesting to see if and how Florida Head Coach Greg Poss will tinker with the lineup for tomorrow night, when Florida (2-1-0) travels to Orlando (1-1-1) in what will be the Solar Bears inaugural home opener at the Amway Center.

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Alaska Aces 2 @ Utah Grizzlies 5

F Nate Thompson, AK: 0-0-0, -1, 2 SOG, 2 PIM
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM

Alaska (1-2-0) lost it's home opener and second consecutive game, despite putting up 35 shots and only allowing Utah (3-0-0) to get 22 of their own on net. Nate Thompson remains scoreless on the season while Washington Capitals forward Joey Crabb was back in the lineup and registered an assist, his fourth point in two games (2G, 2A so far). Brandon Dubinsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets finally scored his first goal with the Aces. Both teams square off again Saturday night in Anchorage.

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