Written by Keaton Hanley
ESTERO -- Zack Kamrass scored at 2:58 into overtime while Anthony Peters made 41 saves to help guide the Florida Everblades (33-9-2-3) to a 3-2 win over the Orlando Solar Bears (24-18-6-1) Wednesday night at Germain Arena.
Special teams played a big role in the first period as both teams took four penalties, but the period ended scoreless after neither team was able to capitalize on any of their time on the man advantage.
Florida would get into more penalty trouble in the second period after Curt picked up a five-minute major penalty that put Orlando on a lengthy power play opportunity. Florida was able to kill off all five minutes of Gogol’s penalty without giving up a single goal, keeping the game scoreless with about eight minutes left in the second.
The Blades would break the scoreless tie with 4:38 left in the period while on the power play. John McCarron got down low on the left circle before throwing the puck in front, banking it off of Evan Bloodoff’s skate and through Ryan Massa’s five-hole for the game’s first tally.
The Solar Bears wasted little time to tie it back up, as Ben Danford found himself with a lane through the middle of the Florida zone and snapped a shot by Anthony Peters.
Just 31 seconds later, Florida countered when Mike Ferrantino came down the left side wing and sniped a shot past Massa’s blocker, giving the Blades a 2-1 lead headed into the intermission.
Early in the third, the Solar Bears tied the game on the power play. Milos Bubela made his way to the slot before slipping a shot high past Peters on the blocker side.
Later in the period, Peters would make an unbelievable diving save on Orlando forward Chris Crane, keeping it a 2-2 game. Both goalies stood tall for their respective teams through the remainder of the third. With regulation ending in a 2-2 tie the game would go to overtime.
Zack Kamrass put the nail in the coffin with 2:02 remaining in overtime as he streaked right through the slot redirecting a Matt Berry pass through the five-hole of Massa to seal the 3-2 overtime win.
Anthony Peters earned his 23rd win of the season stopping 41 of 43 shots, while Ryan Massa takes the loss in a solid outing allowing three goals on 36 shots faced.
With the win the Blades extended their unbeaten streak to 8 games (6-0-1-1) and their lead in the WAWA Cup standings improves to 14 points to 5 points (7-2-0-0). The Everblades also extended their lead atop the South Division to 14 points. Following the conclusion of play on Wednesday, the Everblades remain the top of the ECHL standings with 71 points.
Florida now opens up a six-game road trip this Saturday in Greenville. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.
Upcoming Home Games & PromotionsFriday, March 3 vs. Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. – Kids eat free in the Breakaway Sports Pub with the Purchase of an Adult Entree.
Saturday, March 4 vs. Atlanta, 7:00 p.m. – From 5-7 pm. join us for the tailgate featuring live music and bounce houses for the kids.
Wednesday, March 8 vs. Utah, 7:30 p.m. – $2 Wednesday! Fans can enjoy $2 draft beers, $2 wines and $2 hot dogs all night long! College students receive a $5 ticket with free parking when they present their college ID at Germain Arena.Ticket Information
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.comSpecial Offer! Purchase any new ticket package for the 2016-17 season, and receive an Everblades jersey t-shirt and a $20 gift card from Ford's Garage! Locations include Cape Coral, Downtown Fort Myers and Miromar Outlets in Estero. We offer several tickets packages designed to help fit your budget and scheduleDiscounted Group Tickets: Bring your group of 10 or more to a game at a discounted price, and you may also receive an Everblades souvenir! Group tickets are available for all home games. For more information on group tickets, call 239-948-7825.This release courtesy of Fort Myers Technical College & Cape Coral Technical College
The Everblades are the proud ECHL affiliateof the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes###