Written by Robert Molnar
NORFOLK, VA – Michael Kirkpatrick scored a goal and added an assist while Martin Ouellette made 40 saves to help lead the Florida Everblades (14-2-0-1, 29 pts) to a 4-1 victory over the Norfolk Admirals (4-13-1-0, 9 pts) Friday night at the Norfolk Scope. With the result, the Everblades have now won each of their last six games.
Despite both teams seeing some chances early on, both Norfolk goaltender Ty Reichenbach and Florida goaltender Martin Ouellette proved to be on their game, turning away every shot faced in the opening period of play.
While the great goaltending from both netminders continued into the second period, the ‘Blades would find a way to get on the board and take a 1-0 lead midway through the middle frame. Michael Kirkpatrick darted in towards the right wing circle. Kirkpatrick rifled his shot top shelf past the glove of Ty Reichenbach.
Doubling that lead late in the second period, Joe Cox gave the ‘Blades a 2-0 lead as he banged home a chance from point blank range. Steven Lorentz got the puck to Mike Vaskivuo behind the net. Vaskivuo’s flipped a pass in front pass that was picked up by Joe Cox who banged his chance off the goaltender and into the net.
The Everblades two-goal lead did not last long. Just 37-seconds into the third period, Brodie Dupont got the Admirals on the board and made it a 2-1 game. Darik Angeli won the faceoff inside the attacking zone. Receiving the puck at the blue line, Dupont fired his shot through traffic and past a screened Martin Ouellette.
However, while the Admirals continued to build momentum throughout the third period, it would be the ‘Blades that would net the game’s next goal. Logan Roe held the puck in the zone and eventually got the puck over to Stephen MacAulay. MacAulay threw the puck towards the slot where an arriving Roe buried it into the back of the net.
Adding a late empty net goal from Brett Bulmer, the Everblades sealed both the 4-1 win and their sixth straight victory.
Martin Ouellette was outstanding in goal for the Everblades, stopping all but one of the 41 shots he faced. Ty Reichenbach was also stellar in goal for the Admirals, but does suffer the loss after allowing three goals on 42 shots.
Continuing on their six game road trip, the Florida Everblades return to the Norfolk Scope Tomorrow night to once again take on the Norfolk Admirals. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Fans can catch the game broadcast on WJBX News, Talk & More on 101.5-FM.104.3-FM, 770-AM or by CLICKING HERE. Fans can also watch the game online at ECHL.TVUpcoming Home Games
Friday, December 8, vs. Jacksonville, 7:30 p.m. Kids eat free in the Breakaway Sports Pub with the purchase of an adult entree.
Saturday, December 9, vs. Jacksonville, 7:30 p.m. The Annual IBERIABANK Teddy Bear Toss! It is one of the biggest games of the season. Fans are encouraged to bring a new teddy bear or stuffed animal to the game to throw out onto the ice when the Everblades score their first goal. All of the teddy bears will be rounded up and distributed to local children's charities for the holidays!
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