ESTERO, Fla. – Despite scoring three goals in the first period on Wednesday night, the Everblades (32-17-5-4) took a 5-4 defeat in overtime at the hands of the Jacksonville Icemen (33-19-2-2) inside Hertz Arena.
The teams began the seesaw battle by trading power-play goals between Jacksonville’s Craig Martin (2:49) and Alex Aleardi of the Everblades (3:37). In his first game back in Florida after a stint with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, Zach Solow scored just ten seconds after Aleardi’s tally as the Blades pulled ahead 2-1. Dylan Vander Esch doubled the Florida lead at 3-1 with a bar-down blast at 8:13 to conclude the first period’s scoring.
During the second period, Jake Elmer brought the Icemen within one at 3-2 after banging in a centering feed from Brendan Harris exactly nine minutes in. Jacksonville’s equalizing goal was cashed in by Ben Hawerchuk (12:22) with a near circle conversion during an odd-man rush. The Blades regained the lead in the final 89 seconds courtesy of a Tyler Nanne shot from the blue line. Nanne’s second lamplighter of the season pushed the score to 4-3 at the conclusion of the middle period.
While playing against his former team, Ethan Szypula tied the game for the Icemen at four during a breakaway goal at 6:34 of the third period. The stanza’s only goal brought the regular season series to overtime for the fifth time. With 2:49 left in the period, Martin slipped a slap shot over Parker Gahagen’s blocker side to claim a 5-4 Icemen win.
The Everblades will welcome the Orlando Solar Bears into Hertz Arena this Friday, March 18th for the front half of a two-game series. During each Friday home game of the 2021-22 season, fans can enjoy the action with a 239 ticket package, which pays tribute to Southwest Florida's area code and provides a great deal! You get two tickets, two autographed programs, and two cinnamon sugar pretzels for just $39! The action begins at 7:30pm and tickets can be purchased HERE.
Friday night will also be Blades Bobblehead Giveaway Night. Be on of the first 1,000 fans in attendance to receive a John McCarron and Waste Pro Man dual bobblehead, presented by Waste Pro.
Also, as a thank you to our first responder heroes, frontline workers are eligible to receive a buy one, get one ticket offer for all remaining Friday home games while supplies last. Get your tickets HERE.
In addition, join us and score for a great cause! St. Matthew’s House will be accepting donations of non-perishable food and household items.
Read more about the Blades’ busy promotional schedule and great deals HERE.
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