Blades Open Weekend vs Stingrays
ESTERO, Fla. - The Florida Everblades (33-17-2-2) seek revenge against the South Carolina Stingrays (24-19-9-3) tonight at Hertz Arena at 7:30 p.m. The Everblades fell to the Stingrays in overtime on Wednesday and will look to increase their lead at the top of the Eastern Conference.
Last Time Out: Florida fell 3-2 in overtime to South Carolina on Wednesday night at Hertz Arena. Myles Powell and Blake Winiecki both scored for the Blades, but it was Blake Hillman's overtime tally that sealed the victory for the Stingrays. Hillman finished the evening with two goals to lead all skaters.
Scouting the Stingrays: South Carolina sits in sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Despite dangling outside of the playoff picture, the Stingrays are still only a handful of percentage points out of a postseason berth. South Carolina has won four of its last five games and are led by Cole Ully's 50 points (18g-32a).
Neuber Back With Florida: Forward Kyle Neuber returned to the Everblades after a brief stint in the AHL with the Tucson Roadrunners. Neuber was loaned to Tucson on Apr. 6 and played in two games with the Roadrunners. The burly forward earned a fighting major in each contest. Neuber had previously seen AHL action with the Syracuse Crunch, Springfield Falcons, and the Toronto Marlies.
Berzolla Bolsters Back End: The Everblades announced on Thursday that rookie defenseman Zach Berzolla has agreed to terms for the 2020-21 season. Berzolla, 22, signed a PTO with the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) on Mar. 25 but did not appear in a game. The 6-foot-2, 196-pound blueliner recently played four years at Colorado College where he earned a reputation as a reliable defenseman and stalwart shot blocker. Berzolla blocked 68 shots in 23 games with the Tigers this season, placing him first in the NCHC and fourth in the nation. The Howell, New Jersey native also ranked second in the NCAA with 2.96 blocks per game.
WHO: Florida Everblades vs. South Carolina Stingrays
WHERE: Hertz Arena - Estero, Fla.
WHEN: Friday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.
TICKETS: Find tickets for tonight's game HERE.
PROMOTIONS: It is time to break out your swim trunks & sunscreen on Beach Night courtesy of Molly Moo's Ice Cream at Hertz Arena. The first 1,000 fans will receive a beach towel courtesy of Arthrex. The arena will become a mini beach with different activities and looks. Enjoy 239 Fridays! Take advantage of the 239 Fridays online only offer at FloridaEverblades.com/239. Kids 12 and under eat free with purchase of an adult entree at Breakaway Sports Pub, located inside Hertz Arena. All frontline/essential workers receive a buy one, get one free ticket offer for all remaining Friday regular season home games. Find the Frontline Fridays ticket offer HERE. Tonight the Blades will wear specialty black jerseys, and the jersey auction proceeds will be donated to the Passion Foundation. Download the DASH Auction App to bid on the jerseys! To view the auctions that are currently live, please visit HERE.
BROADCAST: Watch every Florida Everblades game on FloHockey.TV. Listen to the exciting game action on WJBX News, Talk & More on 104.3 FM, 101.5 FM and AM 770, plus online at wjbxnewstalk.com.
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