Elmira, NY – It was a successful start to the Florida Everblades’ Atlantic Division road trip as goalie Trevor Cann stopped 22 of 23 shots to down the Elmira Jackals 2-1 Wednesday at First Arena.
Florida struck first in Wednesday’s defensive struggle as a Jackals turnover came straight to Trevor Bruess, who took two strides and unleashed a rising slap shot the sailed over the blocker of Elmira netminder Maxime Clermont with 13:23 left in the first period, posting the visitors to a 1-0 lead.
With 7:16 left in the first, the Jackals knotted the game back up at one on a power play rush as forward Jakub Culek deked through the Everblades’ defense and blasted a shot over Cann’s glove and in.
Kyle Bonis appeared to give the Blades the lead with 44 seconds remaining in the opening frame, collecting a back door pass from Rocco Carzo and chipping it over Clermont, but the referees conferred and ruled the net was off before the scoring chance, keeping the game tied 1-1 through 20 minutes.
The Everblades would not be denied, however, and fresh out of a media timeout rookie Will MacDonald struck for his first of the year, posting Florida to a 2-1 lead when he whipped home a Mathieu Roy rebound on a scramble in front of the net with 13:24 to go in the middle frame.
Cann took over from there, stopping the next 11 shots he faced over the next 33-plus minutes to secure his second straight win in net and improve to 2-2-0-0 on the season. Clermont slipped to 2-5-0-1 despite 21 saves.
Now the Blades move on to Pennsylvania for a rematch of the 2013 Eastern Conference Semifinals as they face the defending Kelly Cup champion Reading Royals Friday at 7:05pm at Santander Arena.
Friday’s matchup of the last two ECHL champions will will be broadcast live online at FloridaEverblades.com and on the Everblades’ app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, with a video webcast available through America ONE, the official broadband and mobile broadcaster of the ECHL, at www.americaonesports.com. Pregame coverage will get under way at 6:50pm.
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