DULUTH, GA– The Florida Everblades used four power play goals to defeat the Gwinnett Gladiators at the Arena at Gwinnett Center Sunday afternoon The Everblades (9-2-0-1, 19 pts) grabbed all six possible points during the three-game weekend, and maintain the top spot in the East Division.Playing their third game in as many days, the Everblades got off to a dream start by assuming a 3-0 first period lead.
The first of those goals came on the power at 4:25 of the period when Gabriel Desjardins pushed in a rebound from a Matt Mangene shot that beat Gwinnett goaltender Adam Brown.
Five minutes later, Mangene grabbed a goal of his own, backhanding his own rebound goal behind Brown following a shot by Mitch Wahl to put the score at 2-0.
Just 28 seconds later, Mike Little delivered a shot from the right wing circle which hit off the stick of Florida’s Mike Aviani. The puck redirected off the stick and directed high into the net past an unsuspecting Brown for the goal. The goal signaled the end for Brown, who was then replaced in goal by Mark Guggenberger.
Later in the period, Guggenberger stopped a breakaway chance by Aviani. The Gladiators then charged back the other way in transition on a 3-on-1 rush. Marshall Everson fielded a cross-ice pass on at the left wing circle and wristed a shot that beat Allen York for the goal to put Gwinnett on the board 3-1.
The Everblades grabbed a 4-1 lead halfway through the second on power play marker from Evan Bloodoff, but Gwinnett countered with a power play goal of their own just 90 seconds later when Brendan Walker one-timed a shot behind York to put the score at 4-2.
Before the middle frame came to a close, the ‘Blades reclaimed a three-goal lead with their fourth power play strike of the game. John McInnis was left unguarded in the slot and received a feed from behind the net. McInnis flexed a shot past Guggeberger for the goal and to give Florida a 5-2 lead after 40 minutes.
Gwinnett kept it interesting as Casey Pierro-Zabotel scored his team leading seventh goal of the season to keep his team in the contest. The Gladiators continued to fight, but their comeback hopes were put to rest at 14:50 of the final stanza on Corey Trivino’s wrist shot from the slot that skipped past Guggenberger, and secure the 6-3 victory for Florida.
Allen York wins his sixth straight contest stopping 19 of 22 shots faced, while Guggenberger takes the loss in a relief effort allowing three goals on 30 shots faced. Starter Adam Brown allowed three goals on 10 shots.
GAME NOTES: John McInnis recorded his first professional goal in the second period….Mitch Wahl was activated off the 21-Day IR and finished the game with two assists. Corey Trivino extends his point streak to five games, and has now scored in three straight.. The Everblades grabbed three-goal leads four different times in the contest.
The Everblades will return home this Friday and Saturday to battle the Gladiators at Germain Arena. Friday’s game is set for 7:30 p.m. while Saturday begins at 7:00 p.m
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