Florida Everblades

Crunch Lose to Senators on Fluke Goal, 2-1

By Jeremy Houghtaling

It was a play Mark Barberio had done many times before, but it was an unfamiliar result.

The Syracuse Crunch defenseman accepted the reverse pass from his parter, Jared Nightingale, and looked to make a pass to Alex Killorn in front of his team's net. Instead of its intended target, the puck appeared to deflect off goaltender Dustin Tokarski's stick, and found its way into the back of the Crunch net.

The fluke goal 1:11 into the final frame proved to be the difference, as Syracuse snapped a three-game winning streak with a 2-1 loss to the Binghamton Senators at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

ECHL Game Night: 11-21-12

Florida Everblades 7 @ Colorado Eagles 4

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 2-0-2, +1, 6 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 7-8-15, +1, 17 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +2, 2 SOG, 2 PIM (interference)
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 15 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: 1-0-1, +1, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 6 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-3-1, 0 SO, 3.50 GAA, 232 S / 262 SA (.885 SV%)

After a scoreless first period, Florida fell behind briefly before scoring four times in the second and three more times in the third to close out the first match in a three-game set against Colorado. The Eagles managed to keep the score within a goal heading into the final period but Alex Hutchings' breakaway goal, scored by gathering a loose puck and lifting a backhand deke over Colorado netminder Kyle Jones, gave the Everblades a 6-3 lead with roughly ten minutes to play. The Eagles struck again a few minutes later but Hutchings skated the puck into an empty net for his second of the game with Jones pulled for an extra attacker. Florida narrowly outshot the home squad 35-31 for the game. Both teams scored a power play goal and were a combined 2-9 with the man-advantage. Daniel Milan, in the lineup for the third-straight game, registered his first goal of the season when he threw the puck from the corner towards the Colorado net and it fortuitously redirected into the net off of Jones. Maxime Langelier-Parent remains inactive for the Everblades. Florida (7-6-3, 17 PTS) and Colorado (6-7-3, 15 PTS) square off again Friday night.

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Alaska Aces 1 @ Idaho Steelheads 2

F Nate Thompson, AK: 0-0-0, -1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 16 GP, 4-8-12, E, 16 PIM

Trailing 2-0 entering the third period, Alaska managed to mount a furious 16-shot comeback attempt and get within a goal but, after a last-second game-tying goal was waived off, its winning streak came to an end at six games Wednesday night. Josh Robinson, who finished the game with thirty total saves (the bulk of which came over the last two frames), was superb in net for the Steelheads and his counterpart, Mark Guggenberger, in turning aside all but two of Idaho's twenty-eight shots, was solid at the other end as well. Alaska's trio of NHL forwards (Crabb, Gomez and Thompson) put up a combined nine shots on goal but were held pointless. Brandon Dubinsky, injured several weeks ago in a win over Las Vegas, is still out of the lineup nursing a broken hand. Alaska (11-5-0, 22 PTS) will begin a weekend showdown with Utah (6-7-1, 13 PTS) on Friday.

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Bolt Prospects 2012-2013 Preliminary Rankings

We're now almost two months deep into the second NHL lockout in less than a decade. As difficult as it is to remember, though, hockey goes on. It goes on in small junior rinks in Canada and on campuses throughout the U.S. It goes on in the sporting halls of Sweden and Russia. And, it goes on in Syracuse, New York, where players on the cusp of making the highest level of hockey in the world patiently await the mere chance to make their case to play in the NHL. For those players, and in spite the cynical greed of the NHL's business wing, Bolt Prospects presents its 2012-2013 Preliminary Rankings.

We delayed the release of the rankings a few weeks when optimism ran high that hockey would be back after Thanksgiving, believing that perhaps an NHL training camp was in the cards for some of our prospects. But with the breakdown of talks between the commissioner and the NHLPA, it looks like a Lightning camp is far from imminent. So, we press forward, in spite of the setback.

ECHL Game Night: 11-17-12

Florida Everblades 2 @ South Carolina Stingrays 3

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 5-8-13, E, 17 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-4-5, -1, 13 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: 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: L, 3.07 GAA, 14 S / 17 SA (.824 SV%)
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-3-1, 0 SO, 3.50 GAA, 232 S / 262 SA (.885 SV%)

After both teams held each other in check through the first two periods, South Carolina and Florida combined for five goals in the third period. The Stingrays came out on top by managing three goals on just five shots in the last twenty minutes; the Everblades, who rattled off twenty-three shots over the course of the final two frames, were largely foiled by the strong play of opposing netminder Ryan Zapolski (27 saves on 29 total shots). Pat Nagle got within a period of an impressive conclusion to his second start in as many nights but, after getting beat high to his glove-side for the first Stingrays goal, circumstances sabotaged his stat line as Nagle was bested by a screen and a tip-in out front on the second and third goals he allowed. FW Matt Beca and D Taylor Ellington scored for Florida with both goals coming on the power play and D Mathieu Roy registering the two primary assists. The trio of Lightning skaters in the match had quiet nights. Most notably, last week's Player of the Week, Hutchings, had his five-game point streak come to an end. Milan, after being penalized twice the night before, managed to stay out of the box. Maxime Langelier-Parent remains inactive. Florida (6-6-3, 15 PTS) finishes up its road trip with a three-game set against Colorado (6-6-3, 15 PTS) beginning Wednesday.

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Alaska Aces 5 @ Colorado Eages 4 (OT)

F Nate Thompson, AK: 1-0-1, +1, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 4-8-12, +1, 16 PIM

Joey Crabb, Nate Thompson, Scott Gomez and Nick Mazzolini all scored to spot Alaska a 4-1 lead by the end of the second period and the Aces held on to complete a three-game sweep of Colorado and keep its winning streak alive at six games. Gomez, who led the way for the Aces with a goal and two assists now has five points (2 G, 3 A) in the three games he's played since signing with Alaska. Thompson found the net for the second straight game and now has a three-game point streak, potting three goals and two assists against Colorado over the past several days. Alaska (11-4-0, 22 PTS) returns to action against division-rival Idaho (9-3-2, 20 PTS) Wednesday night.

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ECHL Game Night: 11-16-12

Florida Everblades 4 @ South Carolina Stingrays 2 (OT)

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-1-1, -1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 13 GP, 5-8-13, E, 17 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-4-5, -1, 13 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: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 4 PIM (interference, high-sticking)
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 SOG, 0 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: W, 2.00 GAA, 25 S / 27 SA (.926 SV%)
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-2-1, 0 SO, 3.55 GAA, 218 S / 245 SA (.890 SV%)

It was an unusual recipe for a win but Florida scored shorthanded three different times to send South Carolina, for now, to the bottom of the South division standings. The Stingrays took the initial lead before the Everblades reeled off four special teams goals in less than ten minutes time spanning the first and second periods. Florida's Mathieu Roy had the power play marker which tied the game at one; Matt Marquardt, Trevor Bruess and Aaron Bogosian also scored for the Everblades. Hutchings, who earned last week's Player of the Week honors, extended his point-scoring streak to five games with an assist on Florida's second goal by Marquardt, which came on a 2-on-1 shorthanded rush that Marquardt finished with a sharp, elevated wrister. Hutchings has five goals and three assists during this span. Landry, with his assist, had his second point in the last three games and Nagle rebounded well after allowing seven goals against Gwinnett last Saturday to earn his fourth win of the season. Daniel Milan, who's been recovering from injury, returned to the lineup for the first time in over a month as the last game action he saw was the second game of the season against Orlando. Milan was the player in the sin-bin for Florida's two shorthanded tallies by Marquardt and Bruess. Maxime Langelier-Parent remains inactive. The Everblades (6-5-3, 15 PTS) and Stingrays (6-9-1, 13 PTS) renew hostilities again Saturday night in Charleston.

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Alaska Aces 5 @ Colorado Eages 4 (OT)

F Nate Thompson, AK: 2-1-3, +2, 7 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 3-8-11, E, 16 PIM

With his first multi-goal game of the season, Nate Thompson helped spark Alaska to a comeback victory over Colorado Friday night which extended the Aces winning-streak to five games. Joey Crabb. Alaska kept Colorado netminder Kyle Jones busy, registering double-digit shot totals in each period and out-shooting their divisional rivals 40-25 for the game, but had to rally from a 3-1 first period deficit after Colorado, for the second straight game, capitalized on multiple scoring opportunities in the first period. Aces D Kane Lafranchise had a goal and an assist to mark a four-game scoring streak and G Mark Guggenberger earned his night win despite having a subpar night by his standards. Alaska (10-4-0, 20 PTS) and Colorado (6-5-3, 15 PTS) will close out their three-game set in Anchorage on Saturday night.

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