ESTERO, FL– The Florida Everblades picked up three points during its just-completed homestand against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits this past weekend at Germain Arena. Florida ended the weekend on top of the Eastern Conference Standings with a 31-9-1-4 record.
The ‘Blades returned to home ice for the first time since January 12 but opened the Greenville series with a 4-3 shootout loss. All-star netminder Martin Ouellette saw 29 shots in between the pipes but was unable to overcome Swamp Rabbits shooters going 2-5. Greenville goaltender Ty Rimmer was outstanding, shutting down the ‘Blades offense with 50 saves throughout the battle including going 1-5 in the shootout.
“Friday was a disappointing shoot-out loss to Greenville, we were able to put together a strong first period of play and a lackluster second period,” said associate head coach Tad O’Had. “We took our foot off the pedal after the third goal by Matt Berry it allowed two costly mistakes that resulted in a pair of goals in the second and a shoot-out loss.”
On Saturday, the ‘Blades rebounded with a 5-1 win over Greenville with rookie Callum Booth in net. The victory was the first regulation win for the ‘Blades since facing the Atlanta Gladiators on January 15.
“We are happy with the compete level and a greater emphasis on details on Saturday,” said O’Had. “Our team showed that when focusing on details and playing with structure they are and can be the top team in the ECHL.”
Forward John McCarron notched his third career hattrick during the ‘Blades win, securing the first star of the night. McCarron has tallied 18 goals and 22 assists during his 39 games played with the program this season. Florida also saw goals from Brett Bulmer and Matt Berry.
The Everblades will face the Orlando Solar Bears tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Amway Center.