Photo Courtesy of Taylor TrebotteRelease written by Robert Molnar
DULUTH, GA – Michael Kirkpatrick and Levko Koper both scored a goal while Daniel Altshuller stopped 24 of the 25-shots he faced to lead the Florida Everblades (7-0-1-0, 15 pts) to a 2-1 win over the Atlanta Gladiators (5-5-1-1, 12 pts) on Tuesday night at the Infinite Energy Arena. The result allows the Everblades to remain as the sole leader in the ECHL’s South Division.
Opening the night’s scoring, the Florida Everblades took their first lead of the game midway through the first period off a nice effort from Michael Kirkpatrick. Getting the puck out of their own zone, Zack Kamrass fired a pass from his own blue line down the ice to a streaking Kirkpatrick. Heading into the right wing circle, Kirkpatrick hurled the puck past Atlanta goaltender Matt Ginn and into the top corner of the net.
Heading into the second period, both the ‘Blades and Gladiators looked for a momentum building goal. Finding it about seven minutes into the middle frame, the ‘Blades took a commanding 2-0 lead off a great team goal. Getting into the zone, Alexander Kuqali sent the puck across to Matt Mackenzie. Firing a shot from the top of the zone, Mackenzie’s shot was tipped in front by Levko Koper to double the Everblades lead.
Both teams would continue to see some goal scoring opportunities for the remainder of the period. However, a combination of missed chances and stellar saves from ‘Blades goaltender Daniel Altshuller and Atlanta netminder Matt Ginn saw the teams finish off the middle frame without any more scoring.
Throughout much of the third period, Atlanta peppered the Everblades with plenty of hits and quality shots. Looking for a game-changing goal, the Gladiators threw everything they had at the ‘Blades. Shorthanded, the puck took a Gladiators’ bounce to send them on a 2-on-1 break. Cruising in, Justin Buzzeo went in alone, firing the puck top shelf to cut the ‘Blades lead in half.
Killing off their penalty with a little under 30-seconds remaining in the contest, the Gladiators looked for the game-tying goal. Pulling the goaltender to gain an extra attacker, Atlanta saw a couple chances be missed in the dying seconds of the contest, resulting in the Everblades taking an extremely close 2-1 victory.
Daniel Altshuller was outstanding throughout for the ‘Blades as he just missed out on the shutout after stopping 24 of the 25-shots he faced. Matt Ginn was equally spectacular in goal for Atlanta but does suffer the loss after allowing two goals on 40-shots.
The Florida Everblades continue on their week long road trip with another contest against the Gladiators this Friday night at the Infinite Energy Arena. Fans can catch the game broadcast on WJBX News, Talk & More on 101.5-FM.104.3-FM, 770-AM or by CLICKING HEREUpcoming Everblades Home Games & PromotionsFriday, November 18 vs. Greenville, 7:30 p.m. – Harry Potter Night! Harry Potter themed music, activities and videos throughout the night! Come dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character. Kids also eat free in the Breakaway Sports Pub with the purchase of adult entree.
Saturday, November 19 vs. Missouri, 7:00 p.m. – Swampee's Birthday! Joins us for Swampee's birthday with all of his mascot friends! Join us from 5-7p.m. for the pregame tailgate featuring live music and bounce houses 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.com2016-17 Season Ticket Plans Now Available! Full and flexible partial season ticket plans are currently available for the 2016-17 season. We offer several tickets packages designed to help fit your budget and schedule.Special Offer! Purchase any new ticket package for the 2016-17 season, and receive a $20 gift card from Ford's Garage! Locations include Cape Coral, Downtown Fort Myers and Miromar Outlets in Estero.Discounted Group Tickets: Bring your group of 10 or more to a game at a discounted price, and you ma also receive an Everblades souvenir! Group tickets are available for all home games. For more information on group tickets, call 239-948-7825.
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