Florida Everblades

ECHL Game Day: 11-4-12

Florida Everblades 3 @ Greenville Road Warriors 4

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 6 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-5-5, -3, 8 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 SOG, 5 PIM
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-3-3, -4, 11 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 SOG, 0 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-1-1, 0 SO, 3.25 GAA, 124 S / 139 SA (.892 SV%)

Florida surrendered two leads secured in the first period before having to attempt a comeback of its own that ultimately came up short Sunday afternoon. Florida, which ended up with a 35-23 shot advantage for the game, pelted Sabres prospect netminder Nathan Lieuwen with thirteen of them in the third period but could not follow up Bobby Raymond's late power play tally with another score. With a goal and assist each, Raymond and Matt Marquardt were Florida's standouts, though Alex Hutchings managed a game-high six shots on goal. For the second consecutive game former Everblade and NHLer Kendall McArdle (1 G, 1 A, +3) played a key role in securing Florida's demise. Marc-Olivier Vallerand, (1 G, 2 A, +2) also had a big night for the Road Warriors and even ended up with a Gordie Howe hat trick as he fought Landry late in the middle period. Sebastian Piche, a late addition last season's Kelley Cup championship squad thanks to the Lightning's trade deadline maneuvering, was also in the lineup for the Road Warriors. After playing in last night's loss, Nagle rested while Carolina prospect John Muse tended Florida's net. Daniel Milan and Maxime Langelier-Parent remain inactive. The Everblades (3-4-2), still at the bottom of the South Conference, return home to face the Atlantic-leading Elmira Jackals (6-2-0) on Wednesday.

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Alaska Aces 1 @ Stockton Thunder 5

F Nate Thompson, AK: 0-0-0, -3, 5 SOG, 2 PIM (high-sticking)
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-5-5, -3, 14 PIM

Red-hot Stockton continued their winning ways by beating Alaska once again Sunday, this time with balanced scoring and steady goaltending from Tyler Bunz. Edmonton's Toni Rajala (1 G, 1 A, 6 SOG) and Harrison Reed (1 G, 2 A, 5 SOG) led the way for the Thunder, which enjoyed the edge in power play opportunities, two of which were converted, and was perfect in the penalty-killing department. Stockton managed to hold Alaska's big guns, namely locked-out NHLers Brandon Dubinsky and Joey Crabb, in check. Nate Thompson put up a team-high five shots on goal. The Aces (5-4-0) continue their road trip with a midweek showdown against the Pacific Division's Las Vegas Wranglers (3-3-1) on Wednesday.

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ECHL Game Night: 11-3-12

Florida Everblades 1 @ Greenville Road Warriors 3

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 3 SOG, 6 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct, tripping, roughing)
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-5-5, -2, 8 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, -2, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 6 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 SOG, 0 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: L, 3.06 GAA, 24 S / 27 SA (.889)
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-1-1, 0 SO, 3.25 GAA, 124 S / 139 SA (.892 SV%)

Florida took an early one-goal lead Friday night but Greenville clawed back in the second period before surging ahead with just minutes remaining in the game. Brendan MacLean scored the lone Florida goal by tapping in a rebound created by a Matt Marquardt shot off the rush. It was two vets, Kendall McArdle, a former Everblade and NHLer, and Brendan Connolly, who helped lead the way for Greenville; McArdle had a goal and an assist and Connolly had the game-winner. Florida, which outshot Greenville 32-27, had its fair share of chances but could not solve Buffalo Sabres prospect Nathan Lieuwen. Pat Nagle played well also for the bulk of the game but could not come up with the big save when Greenville's Connolly came bearing in on him after an Everblades turnover in the waning minutes of regulation and beat Nagle glove-side. Hutchings saw his three-game scoring streak come to an end. Daniel Milan and Maxime Langelier-Parent remain inactive. The Everblades (3-3-2) play the Road Warriors (5-3-1) again tomorrow afternoon before returning home for a pair of midweek games.

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Alaska Aces 4 @ Stockton Thunder 7

F Nate Thompson, AK: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-5-5, E, 12 PIM

Alaska and Stockton were actually neck-and-neck halfway through of the game. The the Thunder went on a scoring spree, tallying four goals in roughly ten minutes spanning the second and third period before the Aces managed to stop the bleeding and put up one final goal of their own. Alaska outshot Stockton 32-27 for the game. It was an ugly night for Alaska's Mark Guggenberger, who allowed five goals on eighteen shots before getting the hook late in the second forcing newly-signed netminder Brooks Ostergard, who stopped seven of nine shots, into action. Brandon Dubinsky, named the ECHL's Player of the Week on Wednesday, scored twice on four shots to give him his third consecutive multipoint game. Fellow locked-out NHLers Nate Thompson and Joey Crabb were quiet for the Aces, though Thompson did manage a neutral plus-minus on a night his team allowed five even-strength goals. The Aces (5-3-0) continue their road trip with a matinee game against the Thunder (6-1-1) on Sunday.

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ECHL Game Night: 10-27-12

Greenville Road Warriors 3 @ Florida Everblades 2

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-1-1, E, 3 SOG, 2 PIM (boarding)
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-5-5, -1, 2 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-1-1, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 6 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 SOG, 0 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-0-1, 0 SO, 3.30 GAA, 100 S / 112 SA (.893 SV%)

For the second night in a row, Florida spotted their opponent an early two-goal lead before battling back to tie the game in the second period. However, the Everblades came up short against the Road Warriors on Saturday. Greenville played a strong road game, staying disciplined (the Road Warriors gave a 'Blades squad that had averaged roughly six power play opportunities coming into the match just two chances) and countered surges by Florida with effective shifts of their own to help turn momentum. Florida was narrowly outshot (34-32) for the first time since the 8-2 drubbing at the hands of the Orlando Solar Bears last weekend. Carolina goalie prospect John Muse took the loss for Florida, but turned in a solid 31-save performance. Justin Shugg and Corey Trivino scored for the Everblades, the second in as many nights for both Florida forwards. Alex Hutchings and Charles Landry, who figured in the scoring with helpers, were the only Lightning prospects in action as Pat Nagle rested after playing last night and Daniel Milan was scratched yet again due to injury. Hutchings extended his scoring streak to three games and Landry notched his assist on the power play. Florida (3-2-2) is next in action this upcoming Friday night when the Everblades head to Greenville to square off against the Road Warriors (3-3-0) again.

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San Francisco Bulls 2 @ Alaska Aces 5

F Nate Thompson, AK: 0-3-3, +2, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct)
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-5-5, E, 10 PIM

That Alaska led San Francisco for all but 31 seconds of the entire game on Saturday night was due in large part to the contributions of the dynamic duo that was Brandon Dubinsky (3 G, 1 A, 8 SOG) and Nate Thompson, who had the primary assists on all of Dubinsky's goals. It was the best showing, statistically, so far this season for both locked-out NHL forwards. Defenseman Chris Haltigin also had a strong offensive game for Alaska, scoring what proved to be the game-winner on the power play, an assist on a late insurance marker and registering five shots on net. The Aces (4-2-0) and Bulls (2-3-2) meet again Sunday in Anchorage to complete their three-game set.

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ECHL Game Night: 10-26-12

South Carolina Stingrays 4 @ Florida Everblades 6

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 3 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-4-4, -1, 0 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 6 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 SOG, 0 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: W, 4 GA (4.00 GAA), 23 S / 27 SA (.852 SV%)
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-0-1, 0 SO, 3.30 GAA, 100 S / 112 SA (.893 SV%)

The ‘Blades again outshot the Stingrays, this time 34-27, but avenged Wednesday's shootout loss by storming back from an early two-goal deficit to finish off South Carolina with a three-goal burst in the third period Friday night. If you're head coach Greg Poss, you have to like how your club responded after squandering their first lead of the game, allowing a last-second goal by losing a defensive zone draw while trying to close out the second period. Aaron Bogosian, Matt Marquardt, Matthieu Roy, Justin Shugg, Brody Sutter and Corey Trivino all scored for the Everblades. Lightning prospects Alex Hutchings (pictured, courtesy of SwampHockey), Charles Landry and Pat Nagle were all in action for Florida while Daniel Milan was scratched yet again due to injury. Since his lackluster season debut, Hutchings has quietly racked up four assists, 11 shots and a couple of shootout tallies in the four games since. With the victory, Florida (3-1-2) leapfrogged Orlando for the divisional lead before next playing host to divisional foe Greenville (2-3-0) on Saturday night.

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San Francisco Bulls 1 @ Alaska Aces 4

F Nate Thompson, AK: 0-2-2, +1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 8 PIM

The Aces mounted their own furious finish Friday night, putting up 18 shots and scoring four unanswered goals in the third period en route to a thorough drubbing of the new San Francisco franchise. The Aces, who outshot the Bulls 44-19, controlled play throughout the game but found themselves down a goal heading into the final frame due to the inspired play of San Francisco netminder Thomas Heemskerk. All three locked-out NHLers paid dividends for the Aces tonight: Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky opened the floodgates with a power play marker in the first minute of the third period, Capitals forward Joey Crabb (1 G, 1 A) had his second multi-point game while registering a game-high nine shots on goal and the Lightning's Nate Thompson earned his first points of the season while managing to stay out of the sin-bin. The Aces (3-2-0) square off against the Bulls (2-2-2) again tonight in Anchorage.

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ECHL Game Night: 10-24-12

South Carolina Stingrays 5 @ Florida Everblades 4 (SO)

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-2-2, -1, 3 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-3-3, -2, 0 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-1-1, -1, 2 SOG, 4 PIM (tripping, hooking)
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, E, 6 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 SOG, 0 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, 77 S / 85 SA (.906 SV%)

The ‘Blades outshot the Stingrays, 43-28, but fell in a shootout to their division rivals, 5-4. Lightning prospects Alex Hutchings (pictured) and Charles Landry both hit the scoresheet for Florida. Pat Nagle got the night off in goal and Daniel Milan remains out with an injury. Last year’s playoff hero, John Muse, made 23 saves in the Florida nets. Mike Ullrich had three assists for South Carolina. Florida scored twice in the second half of the third period to force overtime. Landry took a hooking penalty in overtime, thought the ‘Blades were able to kill it off. The shootout was tied, 2-2, after two rounds, including Hutchings’ goal. The Stingrays won the skills competition, 3-2, in five rounds. South Carolina will drive up to Orlando for a game on Thursday night before returning to southwest Florida for a Friday contest.

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ECHL Game Night: 10-20-12

Florida Everblades 3 @ Orlando Solar Bears 4 (SO)

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: 3 GA (2.77 GAA), 23 S / 26 SA (.885 SV%)
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, 77 S / 85 SA (.906 SV%)

After yesterday's sizable defeat at the hands of the Solar Bears, the Everblades came to Orlando looking to spoil the inaugural home opener for their new in-state and divisional rival. To that end, Florida got on the right path, taking two first period leads, the first when Brandon MacLean found the net with what appeared to be fairly weak wrist-shot that handcuffed John Curry, Orlando's netminder, and when Matt Beca found space on a Florida power play, took a cross-ice feed at the right hash and quickly snapped the puck over a sprawling Curry. Both leads were short-lived, however, as Orlando found a way to make the most of its few chances in the first period. Pat Nagle, who got stronger as the game wore on, was first beat by a mid-range shot that he may not have seen much of but seemed to go through him. Then, with the period winding down, Orlando defenseman Michael Wilson took Solar Bear captain Ryan Cruthers' pass from the bench boards as he jumped into the neutral zone and began what should have been a routine 1-on-1 challenge but, after taking the puck to his backhand and protecting it, beat the Florida defender wide and somehow chipped the puck past Nagle, who looked to be in good position. Orlando took the longest-lasting lead when Solar Bear forward Nick Peterson drew Charles Landry to him as he stopped just inside the Florida blueline, then layed a nice, on-side touch pass to a hard-charging Danis-Pepin who deftly avoided the reaching stick-check of Bobby Raymond and capped the sequence with a heavy, well-placed wrist-shot that beat Nagle's glove just two minutes into the second period. The last scoring action before the shootout came when Beca scored his second of the game during a frantic goalmouth scramble that tied the game at three goals apiece with just a couple minutes into the final frame. The shootout went twelve rounds, with Orlando's Medvec and Hutchings the only two shooters to score on either goalie until Sean Lorenz beat Nagle five-hole and Curry squelched Florida's last hope when he subsequently came to the top of his crease to stop Aaron Bogosian's wrist-shot attempt from in-close and seal the win for the Solar Bears.

Alex Hutchings didn't register an official point (though he scored in the shootout) but had a good showing tonight, playing effectively at even-strength, the PP and even on the PK in a few instances. Results-wise, he probably deserved better, as he rifled several shots that narrowly missed or were blocked and also sprung Florida forward Corey Trivino for an even-strength breakaway that Curry was able to thwart. Hutchings also showed a lot of moxie, taking plenty of punishment in stride tonight and even managing to dish out a few decent licks of his own. Landry's night, on the other hand, was more of a mixed bag. Despite playing big, mostly uneventful minutes, Landry got sloppy with outlets and in-zone passes on several occasions, the most notable instance when he used the end boards behind his net to blindly bank a pass to his partner which was intercepted by a hustling Solar Bear forward and nearly became a goal.

Other thoughts and notes: Florida outshot Orlando 35-29 tonight, although at one point, midway through the third, the shots were 30-14 Florida before Orlando generated an impressive late-game surge. Perhaps strong emotions and some extra aggression should have been expected given this was the fourth meeting in just over a week's time between the two clubs; the game was, much to the crowd's delight, very physical for much of the game and, as a result, tempers flared early and often, especially after whistles. Both teams, consequently, combined for 59 penalty minutes. Daniel Milan and Maxime Langelier-Parent, still nursing injuries, sat again. Florida (2-1-1) plays host this Wednesday to South Carolina (2-1-0) as part of a two-game set.

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Alaska Aces 1 @ Utah Grizzlies 0

F Nate Thompson, AK: 0-0-0, E, 4 SOG, 4 PIM
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 8 PIM

The previously undefeated Grizzlies held Alaska's trio of NHL forwards (Crabb, Dubinsky and Thompson) scoreless, despite their combined 13 shots on goal, in what turned out to be a goalie duel. Alaska's Mark Guggenberger earned a 23-save shutout but Utah's Andrew Engelage did all he could for the Grizzlies, stopping 38 of 39 shots against. Chris Haltigin scored the lone goal in the contest early in the third period after the puck found its way to him in the high slot as a result of a strong Aces forecheck generated a turnover. With the win tonight, Alaska halted its two-game losing streak. The Aces (2-2-0) will continue their home stand next Friday when the new San Francisco Bulls franchise (2-1-0) comes to Anchorage for a three-game weekend set.

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ECHL Game Night: 10-19-12

Orlando Solar Bears 8 @ Florida Everblades 2

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-1-1, E, 3 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: W, 3 GA (5.42 GAA), 21 S / 24 SA (.875 SV%)
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 3.22 GAA, 49 S / 54 SA (.907 SV%)

The final score about says it all as the Orlando Solar Bears took the Florida Everblades to the proverbial woodshed this evening in Estero. The game quickly got ugly midway through the first period as Orlando scored four times in a six-minute span, putting Florida in a hole that would be four goals deeper by the end of the second. Ryan Cruthers (2 G) and Matt Sisca (3 A) led the onslaught for the Solar Bears, which outshot the Everblades in each period and 49 to 22 for the game en route to the new franchise's first win this season and in its extremely brief history. Carolina Hurricanes prospect G John Muse, who stopped 20 of 25 shots on the night, started the game for Florida but was finally pulled after Kyle Medvec made it 5-0 Solar Bears roughly seven minutes into the second. Pat Nagle would fare only slightly better in relief. Alex Hutchings (who tallied his first point of the season, an assist on Florida's first goal which came in the final frame) and Charles Landry were in lineup tonight and, on a night where the opponent scored seven even-strength goals, both managed to avoid minus ratings. Daniel Milan and Maxime Langelier-Parent sat due to injuries. It will be interesting to see if and how Florida Head Coach Greg Poss will tinker with the lineup for tomorrow night, when Florida (2-1-0) travels to Orlando (1-1-1) in what will be the Solar Bears inaugural home opener at the Amway Center.

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Alaska Aces 2 @ Utah Grizzlies 5

F Nate Thompson, AK: 0-0-0, -1, 2 SOG, 2 PIM
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM

Alaska (1-2-0) lost it's home opener and second consecutive game, despite putting up 35 shots and only allowing Utah (3-0-0) to get 22 of their own on net. Nate Thompson remains scoreless on the season while Washington Capitals forward Joey Crabb was back in the lineup and registered an assist, his fourth point in two games (2G, 2A so far). Brandon Dubinsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets finally scored his first goal with the Aces. Both teams square off again Saturday night in Anchorage.

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ECHL Game Night: 10-13-12

Orlando Solar Bears 2 @ Florida Everblades 4

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 1 SOG, 2 PIM
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: 1-0-1, -1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM

(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: W, 2 GA (2.00 GAA), 33 S / 35 SA (.943 SV%)
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, 33 S / 35 SA (.943 SV%)

For the second consecutive night, the 'Blades got the best of the Solar Bears but this time, with all of the players assigned to the Everblades from the Crunch in action, they didn't need overtime to get the job done. The going was good early for the Everblades as they jumped out to a lead which they would never relinquish just a few minutes into the game. Matt Marquardt (twice), Justin Shugg and Maxime Langelier-Parent all scored for the Everblades, with Langelier-Parent, in his season debut, burying the dagger late in the third period with a short-handed empty-netter. Pat Nagle, seeing his first action this season, was sharp in net for Florida, stopping all but two of 35 shot attempts by Orlando. Charles Landry found the stat-sheet with a primary assist on Marquardt's first goal, the first of the game, and with a tripping minor late in the third. Alex Hutchings and Daniel Milan were quiet tonight. Up next for Florida (2-0-0) is another weekend set yet again against the Orlando Solar Bears (0-2-0) although the games will be split between Estero (Friday) and Orlando (Saturday).

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Alaska Aces 1 @ Colorado Eagles 3

F Nate Thompson, AK: 0-0-0, -2, 4 SOG, 2 PIM
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

Tonight the Aces, featuring Lightning's Nate Thompson and the Blue Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky, fell short against an Eagles club that got a dandy of a pro debut from G Adam Brown, who turned away 23 of the 24 shots he faced for the win. It was a penalty-filled contest but both teams struggled to make the other pay for their infractions as Alaska went 0-for-10 and Colorado, faring little better, went 1-for-9 on the power-play. Nate Thompson picked up a roughing minor in the second period and managed the second-most shot attempts for his team. Alaska (1-1-0) now returns home to host the Utah Grizzlies (2-0-0) next Friday and Saturday.

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ECHL Game Night: 10-12-12

Orlando Solar Bears 4 @ Florida Everblades 5

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 0 S / 0 SA (0.00 SV%)

After a pre-game celebration of their 2012 Kelly Cup, the Blades started their season off by scraping past the newly resurrected Orlando Solar Bears franchise (affiliated with the Minnesota Wild) in overtime in front of an announced crowd of 6,847 at Germain Arena. Florida came out strong in the first period, scoring three, and headed into the third staked to a commanding 4-1 lead before surrendering it in a final frame where Florida was outshot 21 to 12. Carolina Hurricanes prospect G John Muse, who helped backstop the Everblades to last year's championship, made 43 saves on 47 Solar Bear shots for the game. Florida forward David Rutherford ended the game with his second tally of the night just 26 seconds into the extra session. Daniel Milan and Pat Nagle were the only Lightning prospects assigned to the Everblades who actually suited up but only Milan, who is looking to bounce back this season from an underwhelming 2011-2012 campaign, saw any action as Nagle served as the backup netminder. Alex Hutchings, Charles Landry and Maxime Langelier-Parent, who is signed to an AHL contract, were scratches. They were unavailable to play tonight due to travel but are expected in the lineup tomorrow night when Florida (1-0-0) plays host to Orlando (0-1-0) again.

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Alaska Aces 3 @ Colorado Eagles 3

F Nate Thompson, AK: 0-0-0, E, 4 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

The Lightning's Nate Thompson and fellow locked-out NHLers and native Alaskans Brandon Dubinsky (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Joey Crabb (Washington Capitals) and the rest of the Aces skated to a lopsided 6-3 victory over the Eagles on the strength of a 4-goal (3 on the power play, 1 short-handed) third period during which they managed a 3-to-1 shot advantage. Alaska (1-0-0) plays Colorado (0-1-0) again tomorrow night.

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Crunch Make 3 Cuts Ahead of Opener

Syracuse has announced that they have sent Lightning prospects Alex Hutchings and Charles Landry to Florida of the ECHL along with AHL signee Maxime Langelier-Parent. The only surprise in the group might be Hutchings, who looked strong down the stretch in limited action for Norfolk last season after scoring 12 goals and 24 points in 23 games last season with the Everblades.

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