ESTERO, FL - The Florida Everblades won their only two games this past week to run their home winning streak to six and raise their overall 6-3-0 (12 pts., T-3rd South Division).
THIS WEEK (All Times Eastern)
Tuesday, November 22 at Greenville Grrrowl 7:05 p.m.
GAME NOTES: The Everblades face-off against South Division rival Greenville this for the first time this season on Tuesday at the BI-LO Center in Greenville, SC. Tuesday's game is the first of six between the teams, and the first of three in Greenville. Last season the Everblades finished 1-3-1 during the regular season vs. Greenville, including 1-1-1 at Greenville. In the 2005 Kelly Cup Playoffs, the Everblades swept Greenville in the second round 3-games-to-0. The Grrrowl enter this week's action with a record of 6-4-0 (12pts., T-3rd South Division) and are 3-4-0 at home and have won two straight. Florida holds an all-time record of 29-15-4 vs. Greenville.
Wednesday, November 23 at Columbia Inferno 7:05 p.m.
GAME NOTES: The Everblades face-off against the Inferno in the first of eight meetings this year between the South Division rivals. Wednesday's game is the first of four at the Carolina Coliseum in Columbia, SC. Last season the Everblades finished with a 3-1-2 record vs. Columbia, including going 2-1-0 at Columbia. The Inferno enter this week's action with a record of 8-4-1 (17pts., 1st South Division) and are 3-2-0 at home, but have lost their last two games. Florida holds an all-time record of 12-10-5 vs. Greenville.
Friday, November 25 at Charlotte Checkers 7:05 p.m.
GAME NOTES: The Everblades face-off against the Charlotte Chekers for the third time this season. The Blades hold a 2-0-0 record in the season series after sweeping a weekend series from the Checkers at Germain Arena on Nov. 18 & 19. Overall the game is the third of seven between the teams and the first of four at Charlotte's new arena, Bobcats Arena in Charlotte, NC. The Checkers enter this week's action with a record of 5-3-1 (11 pts., 6th South Division) and are 1-0-0 at home, but have lost three straight. Florida holds an all-time record of 15-6-2 vs. Charlotte.
Saturday, November 26 at Greenville Grrrowl 7:05 p.m.
GAME NOTES: The Everblades and Grrrowl meet for the second of six times on the season on Saturday night at the BI-LO Center. The game is the middle game of the first three-games-in-three-nights for the Everblades this season.
Sunday, November 27 at South Carolina Stingrays 3:00 p.m.
GAME NOTES: The Everblades take on the South Carolina Stingrays for the second of nine times on the season and the first of four at the North Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, SC. The Everblades lead the season series 1-0-0 after a 5-4 overtime win at Germain Arena on Nov. 8. Last season the Everblades held a record of 2-2-1 vs. South Carolina including 2-0-1 in Charleston. The Stingrays enter this week's action with a record of 2-7-5 (9 pts., 7th South Division) and are 0-6-3 in their last nine games. Florida holds an all-time record of 28-14-8 vs. South Carolina.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Friday, November 18 vs. Charlotte Checkers 5-2 Win
The Florida Everblades scored five third period goals to help win their fifth straight home game and pick up a 5-2 come-from-behind victory over the Charlotte Checkers on Friday night at Germain Arena. After spotting the Checkers a 2-0 lead, the Everblades collected third period goals from Phil Aucoin, Dan Sisca, Ernie Hartlieb and Steve Saviano to give the Everblades their fourth come-from-behind win of the season. The Checkers opened the scoring on a Mike Bayrack goal 6:46 into the first period and then pulled out to a two-goal lead at 12:00 of the second period when Rory Rawlyk fired a shot past Everblades net-minder Phil Osaer on the power play.
In the final period Aucoin started the come back for the Blades by deflecting a point shot from John Adams at 4:52 to cut the Checkers lead in half. Just 3:22 later Sisca bounced a shot past Charlotte goaltender Jeff Glass from the center ice line to tie the contest at two. Hartlieb followed with the eventual game-winning goal at 11:45 when he beat Glass with a shot from the left circle sending the crowd of 6,180 into a frenzy. With the Everblades short-handed for the eighth time on the night in the final 1:37 of regulation, Saviano closed out the scoring with a pair of short-handed, empty-net goals at 18:42 and 19:52 for his fourth and fifth goals of the season. Osaer stopped 24 shots to win his fourth straight game and raise his record to 4-1-0, while Glass fell to 2-2-1 after allowing three goals on 30 shots faced. Florida Special Teams: PP: 0-for-5; PK: 7-for-8.
Saturday, November 19 vs. Charlotte Checkers 4-3 Win
The Everblades won their sixth straight home game with a 4-3 decision over the Charlotte Checkers last Saturday night at Germain Arena. The Everblades held off a hard charging Checkers team in the final nine minutes of the game to sweep the weekend series from Charlotte. After the Everblades allowed a power play goal to Juris Stals just 1:39 into the game, the Blades fired back with the next four goals. Former Checker Bogdan Rudenko notched his first goal of the season as an Everblade at 3:45 of the first period to tie the game at one and Paul Cabana followed with his fourth goal of the season by firing a shot past Checkers goalie Pat Berrigan at 11:16 of the period to give Florida a 2-1 advantage after one period. The Everblades extended their lead to 3-1 on a Dan Sisca power play goal 5:14 into the second frame, then grabbed a three-goal lead when Ernie Hartlieb tallied his fifth goal of the year at 12:47.
Florida's three-goal advantage looked safe heading into the third period, but Charlotte's Peter Worrell notched his first goal of the season with just 30 seconds remaining in the middle period, deflecting a shot past Everblades goaltender Craig Kowalski.
In the third period, Charlotte closed the gap to one when Bryan Rodney collected a short-handed goal with 9:28 remaining in the game. Despite a flurry of activity, which included the Checkers having a two-man power play advantage for 1:48 during the last two minutes of regulation, Charlotte could not find the tying goal. Kowalski (2-2-0) earned the win in net for the Everblades by stopping 35 of 38 Charlotte shots, including 19 of 20 in the third period and Berrigan (0-1-0) suffered the loss allowing four goals on 36 Florida shots. Florida Special Teams: PP: 1-for-9; PK: 7-for-8.
2005-06 EVERBLADES REGULAR SEASON NUMBERS
Overall Record 6-3-0
Home Record 6-1-0
Road Record 0-2-0
Overtime Record 1-0
Shootout Record 1-0
Power Play 7-53 (21st)
Penalty Kill 46-55 (10th)
Steve Saviano 5-9-14
Ernie Hartlieb 5-3-8
Paul Cabana 4-3-7
Jonathan Lehun 1-6-7
Ryan Brindley 1-6-7
Dan Sisca 3-4-7
Craig Kowalski 2.76 GAA, 2-2-0
Phil Osaer 2.92 GAA, 4-1-0
Dan Sisca +6
Steve Saviano +5
Paul Cabana +5
Kevin Lavallee +4
Ryan Brindley +4
Weekly Award Nominee: This week's Everblades ECHL Player of the Week nominee is forward Ernie Hartlieb who collected three points (2g, 1a) in Florida's two games. The 26-year-old native of Warren, Mich. Notched the game winning goal in both Everblades games last weekend vs. Charlotte. Hartlieb also added and assist in Saturday night's game vs. the Checkers.
Everblades Special Teams Breakdown: After 9 games, here's a look at Florida's special teams breakdown heading into the week: The overall power play is ranked 21st (7-for-53, 13.2%). At home, the Blades are ranked 20th (11.6%) and on the road, Florida is ranked 9th (20.0%). The overall penalty kill is ranked 10th (46-for-55, 83.6%). At home, the Everblades are ranked 8th (85.1%) and on the road the team ranks 23rd (75.0%).
League Leaders: Everblades forward Steve Saviano leads the league in both short-handed goals and short-handed points with three...goaltender Craig Kowalski is ranked 19th with his 2.76 goals against average...the Everblades are tied with Augusta for the most goals in one period with 5 (Nov. 18 vs. CHR).
Streaking!: Everblades defenseman Ryan Brindley has an assist in five straight games...the Everblades have the longest home winning streak with six (Oct. 29 - Nov. 19).
Who's Hot: Everblades forward Ernie Hartlieb has notched eight points (5g, 3a) in the last six games...F Steve Saviano has points in seven of the last eight games (5g, 9a)...D Ryan Brindley is currently riding a five-game points scoring streak (1g, 6a)...G Phil Osaer has won his last four starts.
A Milestone Night: With his win on Nov. 18 vs. Charlotte, Everblades goaltender Phil Osaer earned his 50th career win. Osaer's record during his five-year career is 50-62-11.
Approaching Milestones: Here's a look at members of the Everblades that are approaching career milestones: F Ernie Hartlieb is 20 games shy of playing in his 300th career game and is 30 points away from reaching the 200 mark as a pro...F Reggie Berg is 41 games away from reaching the 300 mark in his career and is 47 points shy of 300 in his career...D Ryan Brindley is 37 points away from reaching 300 in his professional career...F Kevin Bergin is 11 goals away from reaching 50 in his career...F Paul Cabana is one point shy of 100 for his career and two goals away from his 50th as a pro...F Phil Aucoin is 21 points from reaching the 100 mark... Head Coach Gerry Fleming is five wins away from collecting his 200th win behind the bench.
Coach's Show: "Blades Talk", the Everblades coach's show returns to the air on Monday, November 28 from 7-8 p.m. The show will take place live from the road while the Everblades are in Charleston, SC. Fans can tune in to hear the voice of the Everblades Kevin Reiter and head coach Gerry Fleming on SportsRadio 770 AM, and via the internet by visiting www.floridaeverblades.com.
The Everblades return to Germain Arena on Friday, December 2 to take on the Gwinnett Gladiators. Everblades 2005-06, half season, group tickets, and individual game tickets are on sale now! Fans can purchase tickets at the Germain Arena box office, which is open from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone by calling TicketMaster at (239) 334-3309, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. For additional information, contact the Everblades office at (239) 948-7825.
Everblades On The Air: The Florida Everblades are broadcast on Sportsradio 770 AM and on the web at www.floridaeverblades.com. Join the "Voice of the Everblades" Kevin Reiter for all the play-by-play action. The Florida Lottery pre-game show begins 15 minutes before face-off.
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