ESTERO, Fla. -- The Everblades suffered a shootout loss for the second time at Hertz Arena this season after coming up short 3-2 on Saturday night against the Jacksonville Icemen.
It took just 6:18 of play for the Blades to get the raucous Hertz Arena crowd of 6,097 on their feet. Cruising into the offensive zone, Alex Aleardi deflected the puck off a Jacksonville skate and across the goalmouth to put Florida up 1-0. The lone assist went to Levko Koper, who sent in a pass from the neutral zone.
Luke Lynch’s goal evened the game for Jacksonville when he shifted to the far circle and flipped a backhand shot past Blades goalie Parker Gahagen. The official time for the mark, assisted by Jeff Taylor and Travis Howe, was 18:52 of the first period.
The Icemen took their first lead of the night in the middle stanza when Derek Lodermeier got alone and smoked a shot into the cage from between the circles. It was another late-period strike for Jacksonville with 1:23 remaining. With six seconds until the intermission, Blake Winiecki tied the game for the Blades, going top-shelf while standing along the near side of the goal line. The conversion marked Winiecki’s ninth consecutive game where he recorded a point.
A scoreless third period led the teams to overtime, where neither goaltender would budge. Derek Lodermeier’s goal in the third round of the shootout secured the 3-2 win for Jacksonville. Winiecki, Aleardi and John McCarron each came up empty handed in the skills competition for the Everblades. The shortcoming puts them at 7-3-1-2 this season while the Icemen now possess an overall record of 5-6-1-1.
The Everblades will head north to Jacksonville next week for a three-game series against the Icemen. The first matchup takes place this Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 7:00 pm. The game will be carried on FloSports.TV and ESPN Southwest Florida on 770 AM, 98.1 FM, 104.3 FM and online athttps://espnswfl.com.
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