ESTERO, Fla. - Two early goals gave the Florida Everblades (10-5-3-0) a lead they never relinquished Wednesday night, defeating the South Carolina Stingrays (10-9-0-0) by a final score of 4-1 at Hertz Arena.
Forward Tim Harrison scored for the Stingrays in the second period, while goaltender Parker Milner made his fourth straight start for SC and stopped 31 shots in a losing effort.
The Everblades got out in front right away on back-to-back tallies by forwards Tommy Thompson and Blake Winiecki at 1:47 and 2:22 of the first period respectively.
Harrison got the Rays one closer in the second, scoring off the rush with a wrist shot over the glove of Everblades’ goaltender Jamie Phillips to make it 2-1. Harrison’s third of the season came with the first career ECHL assist for defenseman Cameron Bakker.
But Derek Sheppard pushed the Florida lead back to two goals in the third with a power play strike at 2:15 of the final period, and Steven Lorentz added the final tally of the night into the empty net at 18:49.
The Everblades outshot South Carolina 35-26 in the contest and scored the lone goal on special teams in a game that featured a total of 22 penalties. Florida was 1-for-8 on the power play, while the Stingrays finished 0-for-7.
Phillips earned the victory for the Blades between the pipes, stopping 25 shots.