Florida Everblades 2 @ Elmira Jackals 5
LW Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 4 PIM (double minor â€“ roughing)
Season Totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, E, 4 PIM
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .920 sv%, 0 SO
The Everblades (1-1-0-1) dropped their first road game of the season in Elmira, falling to the Jackals (3-0), 5-2. Alex Hutchings was scoreless in the game and Nagle sat backup to Carolina prospect John Muse (28/32). Norfolk property Philip-Michael Devos was not in the lineup for the â€˜Blades. Former Sabres captain Craig Rivet was Third Star for the Jackals.
Gwinnett Gladiators 2 @ Florida Everblades 1 (SO)
Carolina prospect and Florida goaltender John Muse stopped 33 of 34 shots in regulation and overtime and seven of 10 shootout attempts, but the â€˜Blades could only beat Gwinnet goalie Jeff Jakaitis twice in the extra-extra session, giving the Gladiators a win. Alex Hutchings was Floridaâ€™s first shooter, and did not convert. AHL Norfolk property Philip-Michael Devos was scoreless in the game and failed to convert his shootout attempt.
Gwinnett Gladiators 2 @ Florida Everblades 3
Lightning prospect Alex Hutchings scored what turned out to be the game winning goal at 14:54 of the second period and fellow Bolt prospect Pat Nagle made it stand up as the Everblades won their season opener over Gwinnett, 3-2. It was the second straight Second Star award for Nagle counting preseason games. Norfolk Admirals property Philip-Michael Devos had an assist in the game. Mike McKenzie, son of TSN personality Bob McKenzie, also had an assist for the 'Blades and was Third Star. The two teams play again Saturday night.
Chicago Express 2 @ Florida Everblades 5
Lightning prospect Pat Nagle (pictured with Ferris State) made his long-awaited professional debut and was named Second Star after stopping 24 of 26 shots in a 5-2 Everblades win. Chicagoâ€™s loss was their first in franchise history. Lightning prospect Alex Hutchings wasnâ€™t listed in the lineup Saturday. Norfolk Admirals property Philip-Michael Devos had two assists. Carolina prospect Justin Shugg was First Star for scoring two goals.
Chicago Express 4 @ Florida Everblades 1
The Florida Everblades made history Friday night, but not the way they wanted. The 'Blades dropped their season opener 4-1 to the Chicago Express, who was playing their inaugural game. Florida will now enter the Express record books as Chicago's first victim. The Express had four goals on Carolina prospect John Muse before the end of the second period. Lightning prospect Pat Nagle is supposed to get the nod Saturday. The Everblades got their first goal of the season in the third period by former Windsor Spitfire Justin Shugg, a Carolina Hurricanes draft pick. Norfolk Admirals property Philip-Michael Devos, the reigning QMJHL scoring champ, did not register a point for Florida. The teams play again Saturday night.