ESTERO, Fla. – After dropping the 2018-19 home opener 1-0 against the Norfolk Admirals, the Florida Everblades rebounded Saturday night with a 6-1 to split their first home weekend of the season.
Here are three things we learned from the ‘Blades first weekend at Hertz Arena.
Lorentz grabs a five-point night
Saturday night, Steven Lorentz etched himself a place in the ‘Blades history books when he posted a five-point night that included one goal and four assists.
Lorentz’s goal happened just 95 seconds after he posted his third assist of the night where he sent a shot to the back of the net beating Admirals goaltender Ty Reichenbach.
The last player to post five-points in one night was former ‘Blade Brant Harris who notched one goal and four assists on April 8, 2017.
Returner’s Joe Cox, John McCarron and Lorentz chemistry added to Florida’s success, the trio were responsible for four of the six goals scored on Saturday night.
The goaltenders came out strong
Florida’s new goaltenders Jeremy Helvig and Jamie Phillips saw 50 shots between Friday and Saturday night letting Norfolk light the lamp just twice during the weekend. In four games, the pair have only allowed seven goals, this means the ‘Blades goalies lead the ECHL in fewest goals per games.
Phillips ranks fourth overall in the league with his goals-against-average and fifth with his save percentage of .943.
Fort Myers native Logan Roe deserves an honorable mention for helping Phillips stay on top picking up rebounds like this one:
Yes, the ice was yellow
Yellow ice, that’s what 6,994 fans saw when they stepped into the building Friday night to kick off the home opener against the Admirals.
Why yellow? During the off-season, the ‘Blades struck a naming rights deal with Hertz, and that’s how the two kicked off the partnership along with a few other surprises that included sharp warm-up jerseys.
The reaction to the yellow ice was indeed mixed, many thankful for the new sponsor and that the ice was yellow just for the night.
“It’s different,” Lorentz said during Everblades media day. “When you first step out there, you don’t know what to think.”
We're actually disturbed by the thought of yellow ice. https://t.co/B81wop1G4g
— Reading Royals (@ReadingRoyals) October 17, 2018
The ‘Blades may have lost on that yellow ice Friday night, but by the end of the weekend the ice was back to white, the ‘Blades were back to winning and Hertz ended the weekend letting everyone know Germain Arena was a name of the past.
Florida will face the Orlando Solar Bears this weekend, first traveling to Orlando Friday night for a 7:00 p.m. puck drop before returning back to Hertz Arena on Saturday. Last season, the Everblades won 10 of the 14 matchups with Orlando, including winning the South Division Final 4-1 over the Solar Bears.