Florida Everblades

ECHL Game Night: 12-9-11

Elmira Jackals 2 @ Florida Everblades 8

LW Alex Hutchings, FLA: Did not play (injured)
Season Totals: 14 GP, 7-5-12, +3, 10 PIM
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Win, 28 saves on 30 shots, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season Totals: 14 GP, 7-6-0, 3.20 GAA, .890 sv%, 1 SO

A snowman in southwest Florida! Nagle bounced back from a poor outing Wednesday with a solid 28 saves Friday in a big Everblades win over Elmira. The Everblades’ eight goals were a season high. Matt Beca (pictured), the former Clarkston star, had a goal and four assists for Florida. Carolina draft pick Justin Shugg, who was just sent down to the ‘Blades, contributed two assists. This game got a little chippy, which should mean the third game of a three game series set for Saturday night will be a good one. Alex Hutchings remains out with an undisclosed injury.

ECHL Game Night: 12-7-11

Elmira Jackals 5 @ Florida Everblades 4

LW Alex Hutchings, FLA: Did not play (injured)
Season Totals: 14 GP, 7-5-12, +3, 10 PIM
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Loss, 14 saves on 19 shots
Season Totals: 13 GP, 6-6-0, 3.29 GAA, .886 sv%, 1 SO

With regular No.1 goaltender John Muse called up to Charlotte of the AHL, Florida needed Lightning prospect Pat Nagle to stand tall, but the first year pro had a rough night Wednesday in a home loss to Elmira. Nagle stopped just 14 of 19 shots as Elmira overcame a 3-2 second period deficit to win. He nearly had his second assist in a week when he started a play that ended up in the Everblades' first goal, but unfortunately for him they don't award three assists on each goal.

Former Buffalo Sabres captain Craig Rivet scored his first goal of the season for the Jackals. In a blast from the Lightning’s past, defenseman Mario Laroque – the Lightning’s first round pick in 1996 – had a goal and two assists for Elmira. He spent last year in the Central Hockey League with the Evansville IceMen.

Lightning GM Phil Esposito took Laroque (pictured) 16th overall in the summer of 1996. He made his NHL debut two years later, playing in five games for the Bolts. He would never see NHL ice again and was out of the organization a few years later. He’s bounced around North America and played a couple years overseas since then. His most successful statistical year was for UHL Fort Wayne in 2006-2007 when he had 67 points (27 goals) in 76 games. Laroque was the first defenseman taken by the Lightning in the first round since they took Roman Hamrlik with the first overall pick in their first draft (1992).

ECHL Game Night: 12-3-11

Gwinnett Gladiators 3 @ Florida Everblades 4 (OT)

LW Alex Hutchings, FLA: Did not play (injured)
Season Totals: 14 GP, 7-5-12, +3, 10 PIM
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Win, 30 saves on 33 shots
Season Totals: 12 GP, 6-5-0, 3.14 GAA, .894 sv%, 1 SO

For the second straight night the Everblades got an overtime goal to top the Gladiators. This time it was Florida leading scorer David Rutherford (pictured), who scored his 10th goal of the season. His ninth opened the game. Rutherford was a teammate of Lightning prospect Dustin Tokarski with the Spokane Chiefs from 2006 to 2008 and won a Memorial Cup with Tokarski and Tyler Johnson in 2008.

Nagle notched his first professional point in the game, an assist in the second period.

The News-Press has the description:

"The Everblades extended the lead early in the second period on a heads up play by goalie Pat Nagle. While Gwinnett was in the midst of a line change, Nagle quickly moved the puck to the far blue line to Matt Beca. Beca charged into the zone on the right wing side and fired a shot which was redirected into the net by Rylan Galiardi."

Norfolk property Philip-Michael Devos was called up to the Admirals before the game. He had an assist in his AHL debut.

ECHL Game Night: 12-2-11

Gwinnett Gladiators 3 @ Florida Everblades 4 (OT)

LW Alex Hutchings, FLA: Did not play (injured)
Season Totals: 14 GP, 7-5-12, +3, 10 PIM
RW Philip-Michael Devos, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 3 SOG, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 19 GP, 4-10-14, -4, 8 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 11 GP, 5-5-0, 3.16 GAA, .893 sv%, 1 SO

Nagle got the night off after playing last night against Gwinnett. John Muse stopped 25 of 28 shots in his place. Former Clarkson University star Matt Beca had the game winner in overtime for Florida. Alex Hutchings remains out with an undisclosed injury. He hasn’t played since November 12.

ECHL Game Night: 11-30-11

Gwinnett Gladiators 6 @ Florida Everblades 3

LW Alex Hutchings, FLA: Did not play (injured)
Season Totals: 14 GP, 7-5-12, +3, 10 PIM
RW Philip-Michael Devos, FLA: 0-0-0, -3, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 19 GP, 4-10-14, -4, 8 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Loss, 21 saves on 25 shots
Season Totals: 11 GP, 5-5-0, 3.16 GAA, .893 sv%, 1 SO

Nagle’s string of strong games came to an end as he gave up five in a 6-3 home loss to Gwinnett on Wednesday. He finished November 3-3 with a 2.32 GAA and .921 save percentage though he started the month with two big losses. Alex Hutchings remains out with an undisclosed injury. With Greenville winning on Wednesday Florida fell into a last-place tie with the Road Warriors in the South Division. Florida’s record stands at 9-9-1-1.

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