Everblades Close out Homestand with Series Finale against Manchester
ESTERO, Fla. - The Florida Everblades (35-11-5-0, 75 pts.) close out a six-game homestand and a two-game set against the Manchester Monarchs (26-23-1-1, 54 pts.) with their final regular season contest against a foe from outside the South Division.
Game 52: Everblades vs. Manchester
When: 7 p.m. ET
Where: Hertz Arena
Listen: WJBX - News, Talk & More
Social: Twitter | #MANvsFLA
Last Time Out
The 'Blades scored twice on the power play and killed off all six of Manchester's power plays in a 6-3 win over the Monarchs on Friday. Six different players found the back of the net for the Everblades, and Joe Cox (1g-2a), Derek Sheppard (1g-2a) and Kyle Platzer (3a) all registered three-point games to lead the offense. John McCarron and Blake Winiecki also had multi-point games, and Jeremy Helvig made 25 saves to earn his 17th win of the season.
BOX SCORE | RECAP
Players to Watch
Joe Cox (FLA) - Cox is second in the ECHL in scoring with 55 points (23g-32a) and notched his 14th multi-point game of the season on Friday. Florida improved to 18-0-0-0 when Cox scores a goal after he tabbed his 23rd of the season in Friday's victory. Since Mathieu Roy won the ECHL scoring title in 2012-13, the highest an Everblades player has finished in overall scoring was Brant Harris' fourth-place finish in 2016-17.
Tony Cameranesi (MAN) - The third-year pro led Manchester on Friday with his two-point night (1g-1a), his 10th multi-point game of the season. The University of Minnesota-Duluth product is third on Manchester in scoring with 32 points (15g-17a), a point total that is a new career high for the Plymouth, Minnesota, native.
Saturday is the seventh all-time meeting between the two teams. Florida is 5-1-0 against Manchester and 4-0-0 at Hertz Arena. The 'Blades swept the only previous series in Estero in January 2017 with 5-4 (SO), 3-1, and 3-2 wins on Jan. 4 and Jan. 6-7, respectively. Outside of this weekend's series, all the previous matchups between Florida and Manchester came in the 2016-17 season. Florida is 30-21-3 all-time against current North Division teams.
Cox, Logan Roe and Patrick McCarron all surpassed their career-highs for points on Friday night. With his three-point night, Cox moved ahead of his rookie point total of 54 points (22g-32a) from last season. Roe now has 24 points (3g-21a) and finished with 23 points last season, while Patrick McCarron now has 20 points (2g-18a) after posting 19 points a season ago. All three players reached their new career-highs in fewer games, with Cox needing 19 fewer games to hit his new career-high.
??????No Place Like Home
Florida is tied for first in the ECHL with 19 home wins, and its offensive prowess at Hertz Arena has been a big reason for its success. The Everblades have averaged 4.24 goals per game on home ice this season, scoring four or more goals in 17 of their 25 home games. When they've reached at least four goals at Hertz Arena, the Everblades are 16-0-1.
Moving On Up
Florida's home power play started the week ranked 23rd in the ECHL with a 13.9 percent conversion rate but has jumped to 16th with the 4-for-10 performance through two games this week. That strong start to the weekend has increased the home power-play success rate to 16.0 percent. The power play has been a key contributor to the 'Blades home success when it has clicked. The Everblades are now 11-0-0-0 when they score on the power play at home.
Florida has outscored opponents by 40 goals in the middle frame, a second-period goal differential that is the best in the league. The Everblades have been outscored in the second period in just 10 games this season and have posted two or more goals in the second period 21 times, including 15 times in 25 home games. The Utah Grizzlies are the next best team in period two with a +19 goal differential.
Florida begins a four-game stretch on the road with a Wednesday night matchup in Jacksonville against the Icemen. The game gets underway at 7 p.m.
Single-game tickets for all regular season home games start at just $10!
Kelly Cup Playoff packages and 2019-20 season ticket packages are on sale now! Become part of the Everblades Family with a Partial Season or a Flexible Voucher Package that fits your schedule and budget! All Ticket & Voucher Packages provide savings and special benefits!
SPECIAL OFFER! Purchase a new ticket package for the 2018-19 season and receive a $20 gift card to Ford's Garage and an Everblades tote bag!
Private Arena Tours are also available to select your season seats! Call the Everblades office at 239-948-7825 to schedule your tour today!
• Discuss this story on the ECHL message board...
ECHL Stories from February 16, 2019
- Steelheads Force Overtime, Fall 3-2 to Rapid City - Idaho Steelheads
- Mavs Pick up Road Win in Shutout of Utah, 3-0 - Kansas City Mavericks
- Fuel Snap Losing Skid with Shutout Victory in Wichita - Indy Fuel
- Surge in Third Period Not Enough in 4-3 Setback to Manchester - Florida Everblades
- Royals Smack Allen, 5-3 - Reading Royals
- Five-Goal First Leads Cyclones to Two-Game Sweep of Toledo - Cincinnati Cyclones
- Fuel Blank Thunder in Front of 7,000-Plus - Wichita Thunder
- Boots Makes 47 Saves in 1-0 Road Win in Tulsa - Worcester Railers HC
- Railers Blank Oilers 1-0 - Tulsa Oilers
- Clark's Third Period Strike Lifts IceMen over Rays - South Carolina Stingrays
- Mariners Hold off Admirals for 4-2 Victory - Norfolk Admirals
- Four Unanswered Put K-Wings Past Thunder 4-1 - Kalamazoo Wings
- Win Streak Snapped with 4-1 Loss to Kalamazoo - Adirondack Thunder
- Marcoux Helps Brampton to Weekend Split - Wheeling Nailers
- Monarchs Pour on Four Second-Period Goals in 4-3 Win - Manchester Monarchs
- Mariners Win Fourth in a Row, Sweep Admirals in Norfolk - Maine Mariners
- ECHL Announces Fines - ECHL
- Everblades Close out Homestand with Series Finale against Manchester - Florida Everblades
- Blue Jackets Send Netminder Kivlenieks to Kalamazoo - Kalamazoo Wings
- ECHL Transactions - February 16 - ECHL
- Game Preview: Mariners at Admirals, February 16, 2019 - Norfolk Admirals
- Cyclones Game Preview: vs. Toledo - Cincinnati Cyclones
- Nailers vs. Beast Game Day Snap Shot, February 16 - Wheeling Nailers
- Game Day: Royals at Allen Looking for Fourth Series Win - Reading Royals
- Game Day: K-Wings Welcome Thunder to Town on Stranger Wings Night - Kalamazoo Wings
- Americans Third Period Meltdown Leads to Worcester Victory - Allen Americans
- Steelheads Hold off Rush in 2-1 Win for Sellout Crowd - Idaho Steelheads
- Grizzlies Insider Adam Turner on 4-3 Overtime Win - Utah Grizzlies
- Grizzlies Win 4-3 on Gage Ausmus Overtime Game Winner - Utah Grizzlies
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.
Other Recent Florida Everblades Stories
- 'Blades Weekly: One Sweep Down; Home Opener on the Horizon
- Two for Tanner: Jeannot's Two Strikes Help 'Blades Sweep Norfolk
- Opening Statement: 'Blades Top Admirals 4-3 to Pick up First Win
- Everblades Announce 2019-20 Season-Opening Roster
- WJBX News, Talk & More Returns as Broadcast Home of the 'Blades