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Payback Saturday for Blades

Saturday, April 24th
Payback Saturday for Blades

WHO: Florida Everblades vs. Jacksonville Icemen

WHERE: Hertz Arena - Estero, Fla.

WHEN: Saturday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m.

TICKETS: Find tickets for tonight’s gameHERE.

PROMOTIONS: Help the Blades fight the good fight on Marvel Super Hero Night! The team will be masked as Groot, decking out in specialty jerseys for the game. Bid on the special jerseys by downloading the Handbid App. Also featured are Marvel-themed intermission games and activities, references to the movies, and more! In addition to Marvel Super Hero Night, there will be a cooler bag giveaway to the first 1,000 fans presented by Arthrex. In addition, enjoy free live music from James Prather from 5:00-7:00 p.m. outside of Hertz Arena! 

BROADCAST: Watch every Florida Everblades game on FloHockey.TV. Listen to the exciting game action on WJBX News, Talk & More on 104.3 FM, 101.5 FM and AM 770, plus online at wjbxnewstalk.com

GAME NOTES

ESTERO, Fla. -  The Florida Everblades (33-17-0-2) seek revenge tonight against the Jacksonville Icemen (23-19-3-3) at Hertz Arena. The Blades have dropped the last four meetings against the Icemen, including a 4-1 decision last night. Jacksonville has been a thorn in Florida’s side this season, and the Icemen hold the ECHL’s only winning record against the Everblades this season at 6-4-0-0. 

Last Time Out: Florida fell to Jacksonville 4-1 last night at Hertz Arena. The Icemen pulled ahead with a pair of goals from Mike Szmatula and never looked back. Florida got their only goal of the game in the second period when Alex Kile’s centering pass was deflected into the Jacksonville net by an Icemen defender. Along with Szmatula’s two goals, Abbott Girduckis added three assists for the Icemen. 

Scouting the Icemen: Jacksonville is currently one spot short of a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. In fifth place, the Icemen are attempting a late run to the playoffs and are 8-2-0-0 in their last ten games. Ara Nazarian and Mike Szmatula lead Jacksonville with 14 goals apiece, and goaltender Charles Williams has won six of his last seven starts. 

Helvig Assigned to Blades: The Florida Everblades announced on Friday that goaltender Jeremy Helvig has been assigned from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League by the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League. Helvig, 23, began the 2020-21 season with Chicago of the AHL, where he went 4-0-0 with a 2.50 goals-against average and .920 save percentage. The Markham, Ontario native, who is under contract to Carolina of the NHL, also most recently backstopped the ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets for five games this season.

Blachman Begins Pro Career: Rookie forward Nico Blachman made his professional debut last night with the Everblades. Blachman, 23, previously played with Concordia University of USports in Canada. The Aventura, Florida native has spent most of his junior career in Canada highlighted by three seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Saint John Sea Dogs and Rimouski Oceanic.

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JOIN THE FUN 

Become a member of the Florida Everblades family by securing a great seat location and big savings with a Blades 365 Membership!

Purchase a new Ticket Package or Flexible Voucher Package for the Blades 2021-22 season and receive a $20 gift card to Ford’s Garage along with an Everblades tote bag! To view the Blades 365 Membership savings, benefits and options click HERE.

2021 Kelly Cup Playoff Packages are now on sale. To view the Kelly Cup Playoff Package options click HERE

Discounted Group Packages are also available for Groups of 10 or more! To reserve your group for an upcoming home game, call or text the Everblades Front Office at (239) 948-7825.

Make it a Suite Night with the Everblades! A Luxury Suite and Party Suite are available at a limited number of Everblades home games this season. For the latest availability on Suites, call or text the Everblades Front Office at (239) 948-7825.

Everblades put the FUN in FUNdraising! There is no handling of money or tickets and no limit to the amount of money your group can make with the Everblades easy-to-run online Fundraiser! For more information, or to reserve a Fundraiser Night at an Everblades regular season home game, call or text (239) 948-7825.

JOIN THE BROADCASTS

Watch every Florida Everblades game on the new home for ECHL hockey atFloHockey.TV.Listen to the exciting game action on WJBX News, Talk & More on 104.3 FM, 101.5 FM and AM 770, plus online at wjbxnewstalk.com. In addition, some Blades Broadcasts can be heard on 99.3 ESPN or online at993espn.com.

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The Florida Everblades are the proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Nashville Predators and the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals.

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