Florida Everblades

ECHL Game Night: 3/26/11

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 ‘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 ‘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.

ECHL Game Night: 3/25/11

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 ‘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)

ECHL Game Night: 3/23/11

Wheeling Nailers 3 @ Florida Everblades 1
LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 11-13-24, -9, 33 PIM

Bobby Goepfert stopped 23 of 26 shots to take the loss for Florida Wednesday in the first game of a three game set with Wheeling. Alex Hutchings did not register a shot for the second straight game. With five games left, Florida (74 points) is one point behind South Carolina for fourth in the East with a game in hand, but just one point up on Wheeling and Elmira, who are tied for sixth. Cincinnati is in eighth with 72 points. The ‘Blades put some distance between them and ninth-place Gwinnett (67 points) with a three game road sweep last weekend. Goaltender Jaroslav Janus is currently with AHL Norfolk.

ECHL Game Night: 3/20/11

Florida Everblades 5 @ Gwinnett Gladiators 3
LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 11-13-24, -9, 33 PIM
G Jaroslav Janus: Win, 34 saves on 37 shots
Season totals: 27 GP, 12-13-0-0, 3.06 GAA, .912 sv%, 0 SO

Janus stopped 34 shots in his return to ECHL Florida to give the ‘Blades a win in their final road game of the regular season and a three game sweep of the Gladiators. Janus has won three of his last four decisions. Meanwhile, Hutchings was scoreless for the third straight game. Florida is now one point behind fourth place South Carolina with a game in hand. The ‘Blades will play their final six games of the season at home, including the last three against South Carolina. They’ll get sixth place Wheeling, who is three points behind the ‘Blades, for three games before the South Carolina series.

ECHL Game Night: 3/19/11

Florida Everblades 5 @ Gwinnett Gladiators 2
LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (high sticking), 3 SOG
Season totals: 43 GP, 11-13-24, -10, 33 PIM

Bobby Goepfert stopped 42 shots a day after stopping 45 shots to again lead the Everblades to a road win. Florida is now seven points ahead of ninth place Gwinnett. They are three points behind fourth place South Carolina in the East with two games in hand. Florida and South Carolina will finish the year with a three game series in the Sunshine State. The ‘Blades play Gwinnett again on Sunday in their last road game of the regular season. They then have six games at home to close the year.

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