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'Blades Weekly: Return Home Brings Pair of South Division Foes

January 21, 2020 - ECHL (ECHL) - Florida Everblades News Release

ESTERO, Fla. - Following a season-high five-game road trip, the Florida Everblades return home this week and begin a division-dominated remainder of the season that includes just two non-division games the rest of the way.


Jan. 15 | at Kalamazoo Wings - W, 6-3

Florida scored three times in the first period and received multi-point efforts from Justin Auger (1g, 1a), Hunter Garlent (1g, 1a), Cam Maclise (1g, 1a), Levko Koper (2a), and Patrick McCarron (2a) to halt a three-game losing streak.

Jan. 16 | at Indy Fuel - W, 4-2

Blake Winiecki scored twice on the power play - the first time this season the 'Blades have had two power-play markers in the same game - and Florida tabbed four of the final five goals of the game to top Indy in the first meeting in Indianapolis since Dec. 5, 2014.

Jan. 18 | at Kalamazoo Wings - W, 4-1

Florida hung three goals on Kalamazoo in the first period for the second straight meeting to sweep the three-game road trip. Koper (1g, 1a) led the way offensively with his fifth multi-point game of the season.


Jan. 24 | vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits | 7:30 p.m. - Hertz Arena

Jan. 25 | vs. Jacksonville Icemen | 7 p.m. - Hertz Arena


Florida goaltender Ken Appleby is tied for the league lead with his 17 victories this season and has appeared in 20 of the last 23 games for Florida.

Zach Magwood's shooting percentage of 24.6% is good for second in the league. He has scored 14 goals on 57 shots.

Logan Roe is third overall and first among ECHL defensemen with his plus-minus rating of +28. He sits just six off sharing the league lead.

Blake Winiecki is the only player since the 2017-18 season to score two power-play goals in the same game, and he's done it twice in that time span. Prior to Winiecki, Zach Kamrass was the last 'Blades player to notch two power-play goals in one game, netting two in a 5-3 victory over the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on March 30, 2018.


Florida's 14 road wins are the second-most in the league. Only the South Carolina Stingrays have more road victories (16). Florida's road winning percentage of .704 is third in the league behind only South Carolina (.857) and the Allen Americans (.725).

The Everblades scored three power-play goals on five chances in their final two games of last week and have notched 10 power-play markers on 35 opportunities (28.6%) over their last 14 games.

Florida ranks in the top seven in goals for per game (3.50, 7th), shots for per game (33.70, 4th), goals against per game (2.78, 5th) and shots against per game (27.38, 3rd).

The 'Blades are one of only six teams that is undefeated when leading after two periods this season. Florida is 19-0-0-0 when it has the edge through 40 minutes.


Overall record: 25-11-2-2

Home record: 11-6-1-0

Road record: 14-5-1-2

Last week's record: 3-0-0-0

Last 10 games: 7-3-0-0

Division standings: 2nd

Conference standings: 3rd

League standings: 5th


G: Blake Winiecki/Justin Auger (17)

A: John McCarron (27)

PTS: Winiecki/J. McCarron (35)

+/-: Logan Roe (+28)

SH: Winiecki (137)

Goals-against average: Ken Appleby (2.64)

Save percentage: Appleby (.899)

Wins: Appleby (17)


Faith & Family Night/239 Friday (Jan. 24) - Join the 'Blades for Faith & Family Night presented by WAY-FM, featuring a postgame concert by renowned Christian artist KJ-52. It's also a 239 Friday, and fans can score on a great deal with two (2) Club Level seats, two (2) sodas and one (1) large popcorn for $39! The 'Blades will give away two $500 gift certificates to the Diamond District on Jan. 24. Fans can enter to win by purchasing a 239 package or by texting in the codeword at the game.

Nickelodeon Night (Jan. 25) - COWABUNGA! The 'Blades transform into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Nickelodeon Night presented by Deromo's Gourmet Market & Restaurant, featuring character appearances by Leonardo and Donatello. Florida will wear special TMNT jerseys that will be auctioned off postgame to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County. Don't miss out on an exclusive TMNT ticket offer! The TMNT ticket package starts as low as $27 and includes a TMNT hockey puck, a slice of pizza, and a ticket to the game. For more information, visit

Hump Day Deals (Jan. 29) - Celebrate Hump Day with $2 beer, wine, and hot dogs and $4 New Amsterdam vodka drinks all night courtesy of Bud Light, Barefoot Wine, John Morrell and New Amsterdam.


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