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ESTERO, Fla. – Three different Everblades found the back of the net as Florida defeated the Atlanta Gladiators 3-2 on Tuesday night to take a 2-0 series lead in their first-round South Division series at Germain Arena.

Just as they did in Game 1, it was Florida who scored first when Steven Lorentz gave his club a 1-0 lead after the first twenty minutes of hockey was over.

In the final minutes of the second, Zack Kamrass doubled the Everblades lead off a pass from Lorentz and Michael Kirkpatrick.

Exiting the second intermission, Atlanta’s home captain Derek Nesbitt opened the scoring when he beat Martin Ouellette. Less than 15 minutes later, Kirkpatrick responded with help from Joe Cox who sent a shot past Dan Vladar. Vladar saw one more shot creep in between the pipes from the bench when Atlanta pulled him for an extra attacker.

Ouellette earned the win, stopping 27 of the 29 shots faced, while Vladar took the loss allowing three goals on 29 shots.

“Although, we are encouraged by taking a 2-0 lead in the series. We know it’s mandatory to maintain a dialed in singular focus, 1 game, 1 period at a time,” said associate head coach Tad O’Had. “We have a special group of men here. We believe our best hockey is yet to be played. We fully expect to see major push back, we need to counter it with a complete team game and singular goal.”

Goal of the Game:

Kirkpatrick’s goal on Vladar to take Florida to 3-1.

Highlight of the Game:

Fans find a new star with the penalty box video series, the ECHL official.

Need to Know:

After a hit that left defenseman Eric Shand sent to the hospital, Shand is alert with movement in all extremities.

What’s next?

Game 3 and Game 4 of the series will take place Thursday, April 19th at the home of the Gladiators at Infinite Energy Arena. The ‘Blades could end the series with two more wins in Atlanta.

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