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SMITH’S OVERTIME GOAL TOPS GREENVILLE, 3-2

Thursday, December 8th
SMITH’S OVERTIME GOAL TOPS GREENVILLE, 3-2

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Jake Smith scored at 4:27 of overtime to propel the Florida Everblades to a 3-2 victory over the Greenville Swamp Rabbits Wednesday night at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

After a scoreless first period, the teams combined for three goals in the second frame. Greenville’s Justin Nachbaur struck 4:10 into the period, staking the Swamp Rabbits to a 1-0 lead. The home team’s lead would be short-lived as Oliver Chau’s sixth goal of the year knotted the contest at 1-1 at the 12:18 mark, while James McEwan put the Blades ahead 2-1 just 14 seconds ahead of the second intermission.

Greenville’s Nikita Pavlychev knotted the game at 2-2 with a power-play goal at 8:50 of the third period that closed out the scoring in regulation time.Both teams registered 34 shots on goal. For the Everblades (12-3-2-1), Cam Johnson registered 32 saves and picked up his eighth win of the season. Chase Perry made 31 saves and suffered the loss for Greenville (9-6-4-0).

The Everblades will be back at it with two games in Savannah on Thursday and Friday. Puck drop against the Ghost Pirates is slated for 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively.

SCORING SUMMARY – Click for full box score   1st PeriodNo Scoring2nd Period4:10 Greenville J. Nachbaur 2 (C. Souch)12:17 Florida O. Chau 6 (J. McEwan, L. Mattson)19:46 Florida J. McEwan 1 (C. Moberg)3rd Period8:50 Greenville N. Pavlychev 13 PP (B. McManus, A. Ierullo)Overtime4:27 Florida J. Smith 7 (J. Pendenza, S. Leblanc)GOALTENDERSFlorida – Cam Johnson, 28 SavesGreenville – Chase Perry, 30 SavesTEAM STATISTICSShots on Goal – Florida 34, Greenville 34Power Plays – Florida 0-2, Greenville 1-1Shorthanded Goals – Florida 0, Greenville 0Penalties (Minutes) – Florida 3 (17), Greenville 3 (9)

NEWS AND NOTES

  • With the victory, the Everblades improved to 2-0-1-0 against Greenville, previously picking up a 3-1 victory on November 13 that avenged a 3-2 overtime loss the previous night.
  • The Everblades have earned at least one point in eight straight games, posting a 6-0-1-1 mark and capturing 14 of a possible 16 points in that stretch. Away from Hertz Arena, Florida sports a 5-2-2-1 record this season, including a 4-0-2-1 mark in the team’s last seven road games, good for 11 of a possible 14 points.  
  • For the third time in three meetings between the South Division rivals, Greenville scored the first goal of the game, but each time the Swamp Rabbits claimed a 1-0 lead, the Everblades responded with multiple goals.
  • Oliver Chau moved into a tie for the team lead with his sixth goal of the season, matching Robert Calisti who was recalled by Charlotte of the AHL on Tuesday 
  • James McEwan had a memorable Everblades debut, picking up two points in a busy second period. The talented newcomer assisted on Chau’s goal and potted a goal of his own in the final moments.
  • In addition to sporting a six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1-1), Cam Johnson is unbeaten in all five road starts he has made this season, posting a 2-0-2-1 mark away from Hertz Arena. 
  • Joe Pendenza tallied an assist for the third straight game.
  • Jake Smith has picked up a point in each of his four games in an Everblades uniform (3 G, 1 A).
  • Leif Mattson returned to the lineup for the first time since November 26 and promptly picked up his third helper in his last three appearances.
  • Cole Moberg’s assist on McEwan’s goal was his second helper in three games.

NEXT GAME 

The Everblades’ three-in-three road trip continues with the first of two games versus Savannah Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. Florida has a win in the only previous matchup with the Ghost Pirates, earning a 3-2 overtime win on Nov. 10. The teams will also faceoff Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

After the road trip concludes, the Everblades will return to Hertz Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 14 for a 7:30 contest against the Orlando Solar Bears, the first of three matchups between the teams in an eight-day stretch. The Wednesday night battle will feature the popular Hump Day Deals with $3.00 Bud Light drafts and $3.00 hot dogs. With a college ID, enjoy discounted tickets by placing your order HERE.

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