ESTERO, FLA – The Florida Everblades (5-0-0-0) remain perfect to start the season after a 4-0 win over the Jacksonville Icemen (1-4-0-0) on Saturday night at Hertz Arena. Goaltender Cam Johnson pitched his fifth professional shutout with 27 saves, including two penalty shot saves, behind forward Tanner Jeannot’s two goals.
FIRST STAR: Cam Johnson – 27 saves on 27 shots
SECOND STAR: Tanner Jeannot – Two goals, three shots, +2
THIRD STAR: Alex Kile – Two assists, two shots, +1
With just over six minutes gone by in the first period, rookie Patrick Harper stretched out a tired Jacksonville power-play unit and fed Jeannot in front of the net. Wide open in front of Callum Booth, Jeannot tucked it around the Icemen netminder one second after the Jacksonville penalty expired at the 6:12 mark.
Under nine minutes into the first period, Tommy Novak and Michael Huntebrinker entered the offensive zone with a clean odd-man rush for the Everblades. Novak had enough time to play the puck back for defenseman Michael Downing who picked the top right corner on Booth to give the Everblades a 2-0 lead at 8:55.
Jeannot tapped in a power-play goal to open the third period to push the Everblades lead to 3-0 at the 1:11 mark of the final frame. Josh Wilkins tipped in an Arvin Atwal shot only a couple minutes later to put the Everblades up four goals at 3:24.
Florida will take the ice next on Monday, December 28th against the Icemen in Jacksonville.
The Everblades will return to Hertz Arena on Saturday, January 2nd to play the Orlando Solar Bears. All tickets that were originally purchased for the previously scheduled December 30th game will be honored on January 2nd at 7 p.m.
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