ESTERO, FL – The Florida Everblades scored five unanswered goals to pace past the Wheeling Nailers 5-2 on Saturday evening at Germain Arena.
Wheeling’s Brett Stern put the Nailers on the board at 2:22 of the opening period when his point shot clipped past a screened Anthony Peters for the game’s first goal.
The Nailers extended their lead early in the second, when Riley Brace netted his seventh goal of the season at the 3:43 mark.
The Everblades got on the board at 6:58 of the middle frame when Carter Sandlak picked up his own rebound at the left wing circle and lifted a shot high into the net past Wheeling netminder Brian Foster.
Sandlak helped set up Florida’s second goal when he left the puck just below the blue line for Rob Florentino. Floretino grabbed the puck and raced down the slot and fired a wrist shot that beat Foster for the tying tally.
Florida grabbed its first lead of the game on the power play at 4:31 of the third period. Amidst a wild scramble in front of the Wheeling net, Corey Syvret picked up the loose puck and flipped the puck into the net past an outstretched Foster to put the ‘Blades in top 3-2.
A little more than a minute later, Ethan Werek hurled the puck into the net off a rebound to put the score at 4-2.
Wheeling received a late power play opportunity, and pulled Foster from the net to allow for the extra attacker. However, the 6-on-4 advantage did not pay off as Brant Harris gained possession of the puck and steered it down the ice into the empty net to seal the 5-2 victory. The goal was the seventh scored by Harris in the last seven games.
Peters earned the win stopping 23 of 25 shots, while Foster takes the loss allowing four goals on 42 shots faced in the game.
The Everblades will now head west for a six-game road swing at Colorado and Idaho. The road slate will open on Wednesday in Loveland, Colorado against the Eagles. Game time is set for 9:00 p.m. Eastern time. Upcoming Home GamesWednesday, December 9 vs. Reading Royals, 7:30 p.m. – $2 drafts, $2 wines, $2 hot dogs all night long! Wednesday is also College Night! College students receive a $5 game ticket with free parking when they present their college ID at Germain Arena.
Friday, November 11 vs. Reading Royals, 7:30 p.m. – Kids eat free in Breakaway Sports Pub with purchase on an adult entree!
Saturday, November 12 vs. Reading Royals, 7:00 p.m. – The Annual IBERIABANKTeddy Bear Toss Game! Don't miss the biggest game of the year! Bring a new teddy bear or stuffed animal to the game. When the Everblades score their first goal, you can throw the teddy bears onto the ice to celebrate! We will round up all of the teddy bears and stuffed animals and distribute them to local children's charities for the holidays. Beginning at 5:00 p.m. we will have the tailgate party featuring live music along with bounce houses and face painting for the kids!
Game Tickets: Everblades tickets may be purchased at the Florida Community Bank Box Office located at Germain Arena, or at any Ticketmaster outlet, or online atwww.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.
Full and Partial Season Ticket Packages: We off full and partial season ticket plans that will save your money and fit your budget and schedule. . For more information, call 239-948-7825, or stop by the team's main office located at Germain Arena from Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fans may also stop by our sales tables located in the concourse at Everblades games. .
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