GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Everblades (22-13-3-3) prevented a three-game series sweep on Sunday afternoon as they survived a 6-5 slugfest in overtime against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits (13-15-4-3) at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.
The Everblades scored first for the second time of the weekend with Alex Aleardi tipping in a shot from the left post with 14:26 to play in the opening period. Greenville’s Ayden MacDonald struck back just 35 seconds later to tie the score at 1-1. Dylan Vander Esch took advantage of Florida’s first power-play 12:26 into the game as the Everblades went back on top 2-1. The final goal of the period came from Brett Kemp of the Swamp Rabbits at 15:38, resulting in an even score at the end of twenty minutes.
The seesaw battle continued well in the second period. Greenville went back-to-back with Liam Pecoraro (7:04) and Justin Nachbaur (8:05) beating out Tomas Vomacka to create a 4-2 scenario. Dylan Vander Esch completed his hat trick by hitting the net twice in a row at 8:25 and 19:35. His hot streak tied the game at four leading up to the second intermission.
The third period saw the Blades climb the mountain for a 5-4 advantage with Jake Jaremko cashing in on a feed from Nathan Perkovich on the goal line at the 9:12 mark. Pecoraro stuffed a chance between the wickets of Vomacka for a Greenville power-play goal, his second tally of the day, with 4:28 on the clock. That play took the game to overtime where Aleardi potted the game-winner for the Blades on a Xavier Bouchard pass. The win secured the Everblades first victory in either overtime or a shootout this season.
The Everblades schedule turns over to Orlando for games this Thursday and Friday at the Solar Bears. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm for both matchups and the action will be covered on FloHockey.TV as well as ESPN Southwest Florida on 770 AM, 98.1 FM, 104.3 FM and online athttps://espnswfl.com.
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