Florida Everblades 4 at Orlando Solar Bears
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
G Allen York, FLA, W, 59:56 MIN, 2 GA, 29 SH, 27 SV
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-1-0-1, 2.42 GAA, 0.896 SV%
F Mike Aviani, FLA, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (FLA-ECHL): 1 GP, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (CHA-AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Adam York was named the game's 1st Star, stopping 27 shots en route to an Everblades victory over the division-leading Solar Bears. Lightning camper Mike Aviani, recently returned from a 2-game stint with AHL Charlotte, scored the Blades second goal assisted by Bolt prospect Artem Sergeev. Florida and Orlando resume what seems to be a 40-game opening season series Saturday night in Estero.
In other news, on Monday the AHL transaction wire had Bolt prospect forward Danick Gauthier as being reassigned from AHL Syracuse to ECHL Florida. But on Friday the Wichita Thunder announced that the Tampa Bay Lightning reassigned Gauthier from Syracuse to the Thunder, joining fellow Bolt prospect blueliner Dan Milan. The Thunder host the Missouri Mavericks Saturday night before traveling to Tulsa to take on the Oilers Sunday afternoon.
Wichita Thunder 5 at Tulsa Oilers 6 OT
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Fans in Tulsa were treated to four netminders in this 11-goal OT lamplighter. Milan was credited with a secondary assist on Wichita's third goal for his first point of the young season, seeing time on both the power play and the penalty kill.
Florida Everblades 3 at Orlando Solar Bears 2 OT
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
G Allen York, FLA, W, 62:30 MIN, 2 GA, 26 SH, 24 SV
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-1-0-1, 2.56 GAA, 0.881 SV%
Adam York stopped 26 goals as the Everblades mounted a spirited third period comeback to force overtime before Florida forward Adam Brace notched the short-handed OT GW'er. It was York's first win of the season. Artem Sergeev now has a point streak after Evan Bloodoff picked up a rebound from Sergeev's shot and buried the game-tying goal in the third. Kristoff Kontos, son of former Bolt Chris Kontos, opened the scoring for Orlando in the second period. Kontos, 20, is playing in his first professional season after signing a contract with the Solar Bears earlier this month. He was born 14 months after his father was forever etched in Lightning lore by scoring 4 goals in the Bolt's first ever NHL game as a franchise on Oct 7, 1992. It says quite a bit about a hockey organization that failed to mention that Kristoff's father even played for the NHL team just 1.5 hours down the interstate in the press release about signing Kontos, choosing instead to highlight his playing time with the LA Kings and Wayne Gretzy. Draw your own conclusions.
Allen Americans 5 at Wichita Thunder 3
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
The Americans scored two power play goals and added a shortie as special teams was the difference in the Thunder's season opener. Bolt prospect Daniel Milan started the game for Wichita and also saw time on the penalty kill.
Florida Everblades 5 at Orlando Solar Bears 3
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Bolt prospect Artem Sergeev opened the scoring just 24 seconds into the game as the Everblades peppered both Orlando goalies with 43 shots and 3 power play goals to claim the middle frame of the weekend three-in-three series.
Previously played on October 24, 2014
Orlando Solar Bears 5 at Florida Everblades 3
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
F Danick Gauthier, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-1-2, +3, 4 PIM, 6 SOG
F Jeff Costello, FLA: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
G Allen York, FLA, 60 MIN, 5 GA, 23 SH, 18 SV
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-0-1, 2.88 GAA, 0.854 SV%
Tampa camper Allen York allowed 5 goals on 23 shots as Orlando cruised to a 5-1 win in the first of the three-in-three weekend series on Friday night. Bolt prospect Danick Gauthier was credited with the secondary assist on Florida's lone goal. Both Gauthier and Tampa camper Jeff Costello were recalled to Syracuse of the AHL following Friday night's game as the Lightning's injury woes trickle down the organization.
South Carolina Stingrays 2 @ Florida Everblades 1
W Danick Gauthier, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
C Mike Aviani (ECHL Contract), FLA: On loan to Charlotte (AHL)
Everblade netminder Allen York and his Stingray counterpart Adam Morrison put on a goalie clinic Saturday night as each allowed just one goal each in regulation and overtime before going 8 rounds deep in the shootout before York surrendered the game winner. York stopped 17 shots in his season debut, but took the tough luck shootout loss. The Blades picked up 3 of 4 points in their opening two-game weekend series with South Carolina, and play their next 5 games against Orlando starting with a three-in-three on October 24 in Estero.
Comeback Crunch start a positive streak for a change.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the victory. Since returning from the Olympics, Gudlevskis is 4-2-1 with 1 SO, a 1.97 GAA, and a .934 save percentage. Suffice it to say he's really taken off since that amazing performance against Canada in Sochi.
STJ Albert, (20) (MacKinnon), 4:14
STJ Chiarot, (5) (Gordon, Samson), 16:23
SYR Connolly, (18) (Smith, Angelidis), 0:32
SYR Angelidis, (11) (Paquette, Namestnikov), 2:43 (PP)
SYR Sergeev, (3) (Namestnikov), 17:28 (SH)
Artem Sergeev, Vladislav Namestnikov, and Mike Angelidis were the game's three stars. Now at 42 points in 46 games, Namestnikov has doubled his point production from a season ago when he had 21 points in 44 games. As with Gudlevskis' numbers, his continued production is impressive given how the rest of the roster has obviously labored a bit this season.
This was a far more impressive result than the 3-0 shutout of Adirondack given the IceCaps reside in 4th in the Eastern Conference at 20 games over .500 for the season. This is a result that gives you far more hope that this winning streak can actually be sustained.
Box score from TheAHL.com.