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GAME DAY: Everblades vs. Norfolk - March 29

Friday, March 29th
GAME DAY: Everblades vs. Norfolk - March 29

ESTERO, Fla. — With a chance to clinch the Eastern Conference regular-season title, the Florida Everblades (46-16-5-1, 98 pts.) continue a three-game set against the Norfolk Admirals (26-33-5-3, 60 pts.) with the middle game of the series. 

VITALS:Game 69: Everblades vs. NorfolkWhen: 7:30 p.m. ETWhere: Hertz ArenaTickets: TicketmasterWatch: ECHL.tvListen: WJBX - News, Talk & MoreSocial: Twitter | #NORvsFLAGame notes: Click here

Last Time OutTommy Thompson netted his first career hat trick and Blake Winiecki and Matt Finn added goals for Florida in a 5-2 win over Norfolk on Wednesday at Hertz Arena. The Everblades set a new season-high by scoring four times in the first period and coasted from there to extend their home point streak to five games. After Callum Booth left the game due to injury in the second period, Jeremy Helvig came on in relief and made 17 saves for the 'Blades. BOX SCORE | RECAP 

Players to WatchTommy Thompson (FLA) –  After going nine games without a point, the third-year pro has now registered goals in consecutive games. Thompson's hat trick on Wednesday was his second career multi-goal game and first of this season. The St. Lawrence University product has four multi-point games this year. He is now only one point shy of his career high, a 33-point (16g-17a) campaign with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits in 2016-17. 

Matt McMorrow (NOR) - The rookie forward leads all Norfolk players with three goals in head-to-head meetings against the Everblades. He registered one of the Admirals' two goals on Wednesday and now has 12 tallies and 31 points for the season. The Pearl River, New York, native has recorded multiple points on four occasions this season. 

Series historyFriday marks the seventh matchup between Florida and Norfolk this season. Florida holds a 14-2-3 all-time against the Admirals, which includes a 4-1-1 mark this season. The eight matchups this year between the two teams are the most in one season since Norfolk started play in the ECHL in 2014. After being shut out in the first meeting with Norfolk this year, Florida has racked up 26 goals over the last five meetings, an average of 5.20 goals per game.  

Promising Penalty KillSince yielding power-play goals in three straight games from Feb. 27-March 2, including a season-high three power-play goals on March 1 against Orlando, Florida's penalty kill has been on lock-down mode. The 'Blades have allowed just four power-play strikes over their last 10 games. Florida has converted on 90 percent (36-of-40) of its penalty kills in that 10-game span and now ranks eighth in the ECHL on the penalty kill at 83.7 percent.  Home Ice AdvantageThe Everblades have been a tough team to beat at home in the three-year tenure of head coach Brad Ralph and are tied for second in the ECHL with 23 home victories this year. With Ralph at the helm, Florida has 75 home wins, which is tied for the most in the league since the start of the 2016-17 campaign. 

First FiveThompson's goal two minutes, 25 seconds into the first period on Wednesday was the ninth time this season Florida has found the back of the net in the first five minutes of a home game. The Everblades are undefeated when they have scored in the first five minutes of a home game and are 18-2-1-0 overall when they score in the first five minutes. Thompson leads Florida with five goals in the first five minutes of regulation. 

​​​​​​Next UpFlorida finishes off the three-game series with Norfolk with the final regular-season meeting between the two teams on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Hertz Arena. 

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