Gauthier, Danick

ECHL Game Night: 3-9-13

Florida Everblades 6 @ Fort Wayne Komets 2

W Danick Gauthier, FLA: 2-1-3, +1, 5 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 3 GP, 3-1-4, +1, 0 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 2 SOG, 2 PIM (high-sticking)
Season totals: 41 GP, 3-11-14, +7, 25 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 5 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 38 GP, 2-6-8, +5, 54 PIM

Danick Gauthier's three-point (2 G, 1 A) night helped power visiting Florida over host Fort Wayne for their fourth-straight win, which moved the Everblades within a point of Gwinnett, which lost, for the South Division lead on Saturday night. Jesse Deckert, a 26-year old netminder signed to a tryout contract, moved to 3-0 after starting Florida's last three games. Gauthier, making his fourth appearance since being assigned to the Everblades from AHL Syracuse, showcased the offensive prowess he possesses in his big frame with two power play tallies in the first and second periods, in both cases working his way around the net to grab and bury loose rebounds, and by adding the only assist on Florida's second short-handed goal and last of the evening late in the third frame. Charles Landry's ground-breaking point streak (2 games) came to a screeching halt while fellow defender Dan Milan was inactive. Florida (32-20-10, 74 PTS) finishes its road swing with an afternoon match against Kalamazoo (31-26-4, 67 PTS).

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ECHL Game Night: 3-8-13

Florida Everblades 6 @ Fort Wayne Komets 3

W Danick Gauthier, FLA: 0-0-1, E, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-2-2, +2, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 3-11-14, +6, 23 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 5 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: 0-1-1, E, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (cross-checking)
Season totals: 38 GP, 2-6-8, +5, 54 PIM

Florida blew a 1-1 tie open with two goals in the second period, another early in the final period and then kept pace with a couple late Fort Wayne strikes to earn its third-straight victory. The win kept the Everblades in sole possession of second-place in the South division, with two games in hand on South Carolina, which trails by a point, and with three games in hand on Gwinnett, which has a lead of three points. A primary assist on Matthew Pistilli's empty-netter gave Dan Milan his first multigame point streak of the season. Charles Landry's two secondary helpers gave him his first points since rejoining the club in late February. Florida (31-20-10, 72 PTS) and Fort Wayne (29-29-3, 61 PTS) square off again Saturday night.

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ECHL Game Night: 3-6-13

Florida Everblades 5 @ Cincinnati Cyclones 4 (OT)

W Danick Gauthier, FLA: 1-0-1, E, 3 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 38 GP, 3-9-12, +3, 23 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 5 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: 1-0-1, +1, 1 SOG, 5 PIM (fighting)
Season totals: 37 GP, 2-5-7, +5, 52 PIM

Defenseman Brent Henley scored the game-winner with just 26 seconds remaining in overtime to give Florida, which squandered a 4-1 lead it had built up over the course of the first two periods, a key victory that keeps the visitors in the hunt for the South Division title. Danick Gauthier, in his first game action after being assigned from Syracuse, scored the fourth goal for the Everblades midway through the second period after throwing the puck on net from the boards and getting a fortunate bounce off the opposing goalkeeper. Dan Milan pounced on loose rebound for his first goal in 32 games, which gave the visitors a 2-1 lead late in the first frame. Florida (30-20-10, 70 PTS) continues its four-game road trip Friday night against Fort Wayne (29-28-3, 61 PTS).

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Crunch Continue to Struggle, Fall to Amerks 5-3


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Richard Panik was in the right place at the right time.

The Syracuse Crunch forward, stationed just outside the Rochester Americans' crease, watched as the puck trickled away from a sprawling David Leggio.

"I was standing on the goal line and I tapped it in," Panik said.

With the game tied, the tide seemed to turn in the Crunch's favor.

But that feeling was brief.

Before the goal was finished being announced, Rochester retook the lead on a Rick Schofield goal. The Americans scored three more times before the Crunch could respond, as Syracuse fell 5-3 at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

Crunch Rookie Taking Advantage of Opportunities

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Danick Gauthier started the season as the odd man out.

With the Syracuse Crunch already loaded with talented forwards and further enhanced with players being sent down from Tampa Bay as a result of the NHL lockout, the rookie had trouble cracking the lineup.

Crunch coach Jon Cooper told Gauthier to expect to be sit out most nights, and the 21-year-old suited up for just 10 games in the first three months of the season.

"It was hard to be scratched almost every game, but I just kept working in practices, and I got a couple chances," Gauthier said.

"Every chance I got on the ice, I needed to make a good impression for the coaches," the Quebec-native added.

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