NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Florida Everblades (5-4-2-0, 12 pts.) continue a stretch of four games in five days with a Friday night matchup against the South Carolina Stingrays (7-6-0-0, 14 pts.).
Last Time Out
Florida started a season-long seven-game road trip with a 2-1 loss to the Jacksonville Icemen on Wednesday night at Veterans Memorial Arena. Cody Fowlie notched a goal in the first period to give the Icemen the lead, and Wacey Rabbit tallied the eventual game-winner in the second period. Defenseman Josh Wesley provided the lone tally for the Everblades, his third goal of the year.
The Stingrays are 3-2-0 in their last five games and enter Friday night on a winning note after picking up a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Gladiators on Tuesday. South Carolina blitzed the Gladiators over the first two periods and held a 31-10 edge in shots on goal through 40 minutes. Sam Fioretti, Shane Eiserman, and Patrick Gaul all scored in the first period to give the Stingrays a 3-1 lead heading into the first intermission.
Players to Watch
Josh Wesley FLA) – The third-year pro posted his third goal of the season on Wednesday in Jacksonville and has points in three straight games. He has scored all three of his goals over his last five games and has surpassed his point total from last season in 21 games in 11 games this year.
Grant Besse (SC) - The Plymouth, Minnesota, native leads South Carolina in scoring and is tied for the ECHL lead with his 20 points (10g, 10a). Through 13 games, Besse has seven multi-point games, including a four-point night on Nov. 2 against the Allen Americans.
- Friday night marks the first of eight meetings between Florida and South Carolina this season. The Everblades hold a 99-61-21 record in 181 previous meetings with the Stingrays and finished with a 3-3-0 mark against South Carolina last season, including a 2-1-0 record at North Charleston Coliseum.
- Florida had its season-long five-game point streak halted in Wednesday's loss to Jacksonville. The Everblades compiled a 3-0-2-0 record in the unbeaten streak. All three wins came against Jacksonville, which the 'Blades faced five straight times from Nov. 2-14.
- The Everblades have surrendered just two goals in each of their last three tilts and rank second in the ECHL in goals against per game (2.45). Florida has given up three goals or more in just four of its 11 games this season.
- Jamie Phillips has yielded two goals or fewer in each of his six starts this season and ranks second in the league in goals-against-average (1.84) and ninth in save percentage (.926). He permitted just two goals in Wednesday's matchup in Jacksonville.
- John McCarron matched his career-high for points and established a new career-high for assists with his performance last Saturday against Jacksonville. The Macomb, Michigan, native has recorded four points on three previous occasions, including on Feb. 3, 2018 (3g, 1a), April 8, 2017 (1g, 3a), and Dec. 3, 2016 (4g).
- The only Everblades player to register a multi-goal game this season, Joe Cox netted his second of the season this past Saturday. He also had two goals in a 6-1 home win against Norfolk on Oct. 20. He had one multi-goal game last season in his rookie year, a two-goal night on Dec. 2, 2017, against Atlanta.
- After allowing two power-play goals against Jacksonville on Nov. 3, the Everblades have killed off nine straight power plays in their last four games, including a successful final penalty kill on Nov. 3 against the Icemen. With that recent stretch, the 'Blades now rank third in the ECHL on the penalty kill at 88.2 percent.
- Florida has been shorthanded just 14 times in six road games, and its average of 2.33 penalty kills per road game ranks first in the ECHL.
- The Everblades have excelled in the second period and rank second in the league with a +8 goal differential in the middle frame this year. However, Florida's highest scoring single period this season was a four-goal third period last Friday in the 4-2 win over Jacksonville.
- South Carolina ranks near the middle of the ECHL in special teams this season but has had more success on home ice. The Stingrays have converted at 25.0 percent (5-for-20) on the power play and 86.7 percent (13-for-15) on the penalty kill at home. Those figures are third and seventh in the league, respectively.
- The Stingrays also rank near the top of the league in offensive production with the seventh-best goals for per game average at 3.62.
Following Wednesday's tilt in Jacksonville, the Everblades travel to Charleston, South Carolina, to square off against the Stingrays on Friday before a two-game series in Atlanta on Saturday and Sunday.
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