ECHL Game Night: 10-12-12

Orlando Solar Bears 4 @ Florida Everblades 5

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

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

D Daniel Milan, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 0 S / 0 SA (0.00 SV%)

After a pre-game celebration of their 2012 Kelly Cup, the Blades started their season off by scraping past the newly resurrected Orlando Solar Bears franchise (affiliated with the Minnesota Wild) in overtime in front of an announced crowd of 6,847 at Germain Arena. Florida came out strong in the first period, scoring three, and headed into the third staked to a commanding 4-1 lead before surrendering it in a final frame where Florida was outshot 21 to 12. Carolina Hurricanes prospect G John Muse, who helped backstop the Everblades to last year's championship, made 43 saves on 47 Solar Bear shots for the game. Florida forward David Rutherford ended the game with his second tally of the night just 26 seconds into the extra session. Daniel Milan and Pat Nagle were the only Lightning prospects assigned to the Everblades who actually suited up but only Milan, who is looking to bounce back this season from an underwhelming 2011-2012 campaign, saw any action as Nagle served as the backup netminder. Alex Hutchings, Charles Landry and Maxime Langelier-Parent, who is signed to an AHL contract, were scratches. They were unavailable to play tonight due to travel but are expected in the lineup tomorrow night when Florida (1-0-0) plays host to Orlando (0-1-0) again.

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Alaska Aces 3 @ Colorado Eagles 3

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

The Lightning's Nate Thompson and fellow locked-out NHLers and native Alaskans Brandon Dubinsky (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Joey Crabb (Washington Capitals) and the rest of the Aces skated to a lopsided 6-3 victory over the Eagles on the strength of a 4-goal (3 on the power play, 1 short-handed) third period during which they managed a 3-to-1 shot advantage. Alaska (1-0-0) plays Colorado (0-1-0) again tomorrow night.

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