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Florida Everblades Weekly: October 22, 2018

October 22, 2018 - ECHL (ECHL) - Florida Everblades News Release


The Florida Everblades (2-2-0, 4 PTS) split their first home weekend of the season, dropping a 1-0 contest to the Norfolk Admirals on Friday at Hertz Arena before earning a convincing 6-1 win on Saturday night in the series finale.

Second-year pro Steven Lorentz, who is currently under contract with the Carolina Hurricanes, stole the show on Saturday with the first five-point night by a 'Blades skater since the 2016-17 season. Lorentz potted his second goal of the year in the second period and assisted on four other scores.

Joe Cox put together an impressive offensive showing of his own on Saturday and recorded the first multi-goal game of the season for a Florida player. Cox also had an assist, giving him a three-point night.

Florida outshot Norfolk 32-24 on Friday night, including a 14-4 advantage in the third period, but Merrick Madsen stopped every shot to earn his first career shutout in his professional debut for the Admirals.


Oct. 19 | vs. Norfolk Admirals - L, 1-0


Oct. 20 | vs. Norfolk Admirals - W, 6-1



Oct. 26 | at Orlando Solar Bears | 7 p.m. - Amway Arena

Oct. 27 | vs. Orlando Solar Bears | 7 p.m. - Hertz Arena


Florida forward Steven Lorentz's five-point game on Saturday night against Norfolk was the first five-point night in two seasons for an Everblades skater. The single-game high for a Florida player in 2017-18 was four points, which was achieved seven total times by seven different players. Lorentz's performance is also an individual game high for an ECHL player this season.

The last 'Blades player to tab five points in one game was Brant Harris, who had a goal and four assists on April 8, 2017, in a 10-0 win over Orlando.

Everblades goaltender Jamie Phillips has won both of his first two starts of the season and allowed only one goal on Saturday, the fewest goals allowed by a Florida goaltender in a game this season.

Phillips is fourth in the ECHL in goals-against-average and fifth in the league in save percentage with 1.50 and .943 marks, respectively.

Phillips and goaltending counterpart Jeremy Helvig have combined to allow the fewest goals per game this season in the ECHL, yielding only seven goals in four games, an average of 1.75 tallies per tilt.

Florida allowed only two total goals in two games this weekend and has allowed more than two goals in a game just once in four games this season.

Phillips is fourth in the ECHL in goals-against-average and fifth in the league in save percentage with 1.50 and .943 marks, respectively.


South Carolina Stingrays: 3-2-0-0, 6 PTS

Jacksonville Icemen: 2-0-0-0, 4 PTS

Florida Everblades: 2-2-0-0, 4 PTS

Atlanta Gladiators: 2-2-0-0, 4 PTS

Norfolk Admirals: 2-1-0-0, 4 PTS

Orlando Solar Bears: 2-3-0-0, 4 PTS

Greenville Swamp Rabbits: 1-2-1-0, 3 PTS


G: Kyle Platzer (3)

A: Steven Lorentz (4)

PTS: Lorentz (6)

+/-: Lorentz (+6)

SH: Lorentz (6)

GAA: Jamie Phillips (1.50)

SV%: Phillips (.943)


This Saturday night is Nickelodeon Night with the Everblades, featuring Sweets in the Suites. Fans can be part of an exclusive VIP Pineapple Party on Saturday that includes a pregame Meet & Greet with SpongeBob characters, all-you-can-eat burgers, potato wedges, and beverages, and trick-or-treating on the suite level of Hertz Arena. To purchase a Pineapple Party Package, contact Ali O'Connor at 239-948-7825 ext. 1500 or email


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