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Revenge of the Blades

May 15, 2021 - ECHL (ECHL) - Florida Everblades News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Florida Everblades (37-18-2-2) rebounded from Friday's loss by topping the Orlando Solar Bears (31-23-5-1) with a 3-2 victory on Saturday night. Blades netminder Jake Hildebrand stopped 37 shots while Alex Kile recorded the game-winning goal.

FIRST STAR: John McCarron (FLA) - two assists, four shots

SECOND STAR: Colby Sissons (FLA) - two assists, +1, two shots

THIRD STAR: Aaron Luchuk (ORL) - one goal, +2, six shots

The first period was relatively quiet until under a minute left when the Blades found themselves on the power-play late in the frame. Forward Michael Huntebrinker rifled a shot towards the net, and veteran Joe Pendenza redirected the puck into the back of the net to give Florida a 1-0 lead (19:33).

The second period started off with a bang for Florida when rookie forward Cole Sanford potted a nifty goal, steering the puck around Solar Bears goaltender Clint Windsor (0:57). Nearing the end of the period, Colby Sissons fired a shot towards Windsor that kicked off his pad, and Alex Kile was there to clean up the rebound to extend Florida's lead to 3-0 (17:14).

Orlando finally figured out Hildebrand in the third period when Anthony Repaci redirected a puck into the net while Orlando skated with an extra attacker (16:41). Hildebrand had stopped all 33 shots he faced prior to letting up the goal. Aaron Luchuk potted a goal against Hildebrand with just four seconds left in the game to bring the score to 3-2 (19:56). Orlando's comeback ultimately fell short and Florida hung on for a 3-2 win.

The Blades close out the week tomorrow, Sunday, May 16 at 3:00 p.m. against the Jacksonville Icemen at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.

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