South Carolina Stingrays 5 @ Florida Everblades 4
LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (cross-checking), 0 SOG
Season totals: 49 GP, 13-13-28, -9, 37 PIM
One game after the â€˜Blades pulled ahead of South Carolina and Wheeling for fourth in the East, they fell behind again with a loss Friday to the Stingrays. Florida was down 2-0 and 5-2 in the game before mounting a comeback that fell short. They pulled within one goal with just under five minutes to go, but couldnâ€™t get the equalizer. The â€˜Blades are tied with the Stingrays for fifth at the moment, one point behind fourth place Wheeling. Florida has one more victory than South Carolina. All have one game left. South Carolina and Florida will play the final game of their regular seasons Saturday against each other in the Sunshine State. Goaltender Jaroslav Janus was recalled to AHL Norfolk Thursday.
South Carolina Stingrays 1 @ Florida Everblades 4
LW Alex Hutchings: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM (spearing attempt), 4 SOG
Season totals: 48 GP, 13-13-26, -9, 37 PIM
G Jaroslav Janus: Did not play (backup)
Season totals: 27 GP, 12-13-0-0, 3.06 GAA, .912 sv%, 0 SO
The â€˜Blades pulled ahead of South Carolina and Wheeling for fourth in the East after beating the Stingrays 4-1 in the first game of a three game set to finish the regular season. Itâ€™s possible these teams could play 10 games in a row as they could be meeting each other in the first round of the playoffs. South Carolina is currently in sixth, but just two points behind Florida and one behind Wheeling. All have played 70 games. Alex Hutchings scored his 13th goal of the season then ignited a brawl of sorts after the play by attempting to spear an opponent. Jarsolav Janus sat backup to Mike Zacharias (34/35) in his latest return to the ECHL from Norfolk.
The Norfolk Admirals have signed goaltender Pat Nagle to an Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO), Admirals General Manager Julien BriseBois announced today. In addition, the Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Admirals, have reassigned goaltender Jaroslav Janus (YAHR-oh-slahv YAHN-ihs) from the Admirals to the ECHLâ€™s Florida Everblades, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Nagle, 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning last week. He played in 37 games with the Ferris State (Mich.) Bulldogs this season, posting an 18-14-5 record with a 2.02 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage. He ranked fifth in NCAA Division-1 in GAA, tied for ninth for shutouts with three and tied for 10th in save percentage. Nagle also set school records for GAA and was tied for second in save percentage.
Wheeling Nailers 5 @ Florida Everblades 0
LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 47 GP, 12-13-25, -10, 33 PIM
Ouch. The â€˜Blades had a chance to clinch a playoff berth Saturday, but failed to show up, getting outshot 39-18 and outscored 5-0 as Wheeling won their second game of a three game mini-series in southwest Florida. Hutchings did not register a shot in the game. Florida will play South Carolina three times at home this week to close the regular season. The â€˜Blades remain one point up on South Carolina for fourth in the East, and five points up on ninth place Toledo. Florida had a 30-minute players-only meeting after the game, reported the Naples Daily News.
Wheeling Nailers 2 @ Florida Everblades 3 (SO)
LW Alex Hutchings: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 46 GP, 12-13-25, -10, 33 PIM
Hutchings broke a four game pointless streak with his 12th goal of the season and the â€˜Blades overcame a late tying goal by Wheeling to gain two important points in the standings. Former Lightning draftee Dusty Collins had the shootout winner and was First Star for the game. Hutchings did not convert his shootout attempt. Newcomer Mike Zacharias got the win in net for Florida, who moved up to fourth in the East, one point ahead of South Carolina. Florida will play Wheeling Saturday in the final game of their three game set. Wheeling won the first game. (Everblades photo)