ESTERO, FL – Dan Eves finished with a goal and an assist to help lead the Cincinnati Cyclones to a 5-2 victory over the Florida Everblades Friday night at Germain Arena.
After a scoreless opening period, Cincinnati scored first at 4:33 on a goal by Dan Eves to put the Cyclones on top early in the second.
Four minutes later, the ‘Blades countered. A.J. Jenks received a pass at the Cincinnati blue line, and skated the puck to the high slot. Jenks unleashed a wrist shot that cleanly beat Cyclones goaltender Rob Madore high on the left corner of the net.
The Cyclones reclaimed the lead when rookie Brian Nugent led a 2-on-1 rush into the zone. Nugent eyed the trailer, but called his own number, and beat Florida netminder Andy Iles on a wrist shot to put his team back on top 2-1.
Cincinnati added to its lead with a power play marker late in the middle frame. Byron Froese tipped a shot from the point past Iles to guide the Cyclones to a 3-1 advantage.
The Cyclones continued their assault in the third, when Barry Almeida tipped and redirected a Mike Dalhuisen shot from the point into the net to extend the Cincinnati lead to three.
In the final five minutes, Florida played with an empty net in hopes of lighting the lamp with the extra attacker. The gamble paid off as Mathieu Roy tipped Mike Little’s shot past Madore. The goal pulled the Everblades within two, and extended Roy’s goal scoring streak to three games.
Despite the goal, Almeida sealed the game with an empty-net tally to secure the 5-2 win.
Madore earns the win stopping 25 of 27 shots faced, while Iles takes the loss, allowing four goals on 19 shots faced.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Join the fun on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. for the annual Guns ‘N Hoses hockey game! Come early and watch local police and fire fighters battle it out on the ice! The Everblades will wear specially designed jerseys tonight and Saturday honoring police and firefighters which will be auctioned off to benefit the For the Kids Foundation.
Game Tickets: Everblades tickets may be purchased at the Capital Bank Box Office located at Germain Arena, or at any Ticketmaster outlet, or online at www.ticketmaster.com
Discounted Group Tickets: Bring your group of 10 or more to a game at a discounted price, and also receive an Everblades souvenir! Group tickets are available for all home games. For more information on group tickets, call 239-948-7825.
2014-15 Ticket Packages are currently on sale! Full season and 12-game, and 24-game options are also available! All packages save you money from the box office price, and come with many great benefits. For more information call 239-948-7825, or stop by the Everblades Main Office located at Germain Arena, Monday—Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Broadcast Information: All ‘Blades games will be broadcast live online at www.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
The Everblades are the proud ECHL affiliateof the Carolina Hurricanes and TampaBay Lightning.