ESTERO, Fla. – Despite winning Game 1 against the Adirondack Thunder Friday evening, the Florida Everblades dropped Game 2 Saturday night in overtime 3-2 at Germain Arena. The Eastern Conference finals best-of-7 series is now tied 1-1.
“Adirondack plays a lot of old-school hockey, and it works for them. We have to put this one behind us,” said head coach Brad Ralph. “It was a great effort by our team. We just have to forget about it and get ready for next Wednesday.”
Adirondack opened the first period of Game 2 at the 3:27 mark with a goal by Kenton Miller. Just 13 minutes later, Joe Cox sent the puck to the back of the net off a feed from Michael Kirkpatrick for a power play tally.
With 1:97 to go in the second, Cox lift the Everblades to their first lead of the night after Matt Mackenzie and Kirkpatrick managed to find Cox open once again who blasted a shot passed Adirondack’s netminder Drew Fielding. That assist was Kirkpatrick’s six of the postseason, and second of the night.
The high-intensity third period sent the battle into overtime when Thunder’s Ryan Schmelzer beat goaltender Martin Ouellette on a breakaway.
Before fans would see a second overtime, Terrence Wallin scored on Ouellette with 3:10 remaining to end the Game 2 battle 3-2.
Fielding earned the win stopping 52 shots against the ‘Blades, while Ouellette takes the loss allowing three goals on 28 shots.
Goal of the Game:
Cox’s second power play goal of the night.
Make that ✌️PPG for Joe Cox tonight
— ECHL (@ECHL) May 13, 2018
Highlight of the Game:
Cox’s first goal of the series on the power play.
FRESH CUP OF JOE ON THE WAY!
— Florida Everblades (@FL_Everblades) May 12, 2018
Need To Know
The ‘Blades are going to need to find a way to beat Fielding. After two games he faced 90 shots, allowing just six goals. Prior to seeing the ‘Blades in the postseason, in his five playoff game appearances, he allowed just nine goals on 198 shots.
Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final series starts Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
Eastern Conference Final Schedule
Florida 1, Adirondack 1
Friday: Florida 4, Adirondack 3
Saturday: Adirondack 3, Florida 2
Wednesday: Florida at Adirondack, 7 p.m.
Friday, May 18: Florida at Adirondack, 7 p.m.
x-Saturday, May 19: Florida at Adirondack, 7 p.m.
x-Monday, May 21: Adirondack at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
x-Wednesday, May 23: Adirondack at Florida, 7:30 p.m.