Jacksonville Sports Day

ECHL: Icemen Fall to Everblades, Roster Moves, and Players of Week

The Jacksonville Icemen scored twice in the third period to tie the game, but a Hunter Garlent tally lifted the Florida Everblades to a 3-2 victory at Veterans Memorial Arena Wednesday evening. The Icemen’s point streak ends at five games.

The Everblades got on the board first during a Jacksonville power play opportunity. Florida’s Patrick McCarron gained possession of the puck in his own and noticed Joe Pendenza had slipped behind the Icemen defense. McCarron delivered a long pass to springboard Pendenza on the breakaway. Pendenza backhanded shot over the shoulder of Icemen goaltender Adam Carlson for the goal.

Early in the second period, the Everblades extended their lead to 2-0 when John McCarron cruised uncontested to the top of the crease as flipped backhand shot past Carlson for the tally. Florida took the two-goal edge into the second intermission.

The Icemen gained momentum at 3:50 of the third period with a power play marker from Brendan Warren. Garret Ross hammered a slapshot from the left wing circle that squeezed through the five-hole of Florida goaltender Ken Appleby and stopped on the goal line. Warren raced to the crease and swiped the puck across the line for the goal to pull Jacksonville within one.

Three minutes later, the Icemen netted the tying goal. Jacob Cederholm raced into the zone on the right wing side and feathered a pass across to Pierre-Luc Mercier in the slot. Mercier curled a shot high into the corner of the net to even the score at two.

The Everblades quickly countered 90 seconds later, as Hunter Garlent picked up a loose puck just below the left wing circle and snapped a point blank shot into the Jacksonville net for the go-ahead goal.

The Icemen orchestrated several quality scoring chances in the final minutes of the contest, but Florida would fend off the attack and hold on for the 3-2 win.

The Icemen will travel to Atlanta for a Friday night affair against the Gladiators at 7:35 p.m. Jacksonville returns home on Saturday (Dec. 14) against Orlando at 7 p.m.

ROSTER MOVES: Alexis D’Aoust has been reassigned to Jacksonville by Manitoba. In addition, defensemen Hayden Shaw and Charles-Olivier Beaudoin have been recalled by Manitoba. The team has agreed to terms with defenseman Chase Harrison.

Harrison, 23, returns for a second stint in Jacksonville after posting nine points (1g. 8a) in 18 games played this season in Romania with ASC Corona Brasov. The 6-1, 190-pound blueliner totaled 14 points (1g, 13a) in 60 games split between the Norfolk Admirals and South Carolina Stingrays last season.

Harrison begin is professional career with the Icemen during the 2017-18 season logging three assists in 23 games. Harrison finished that season with Norfolk and collected 15 points (4g, 11a). The Winnipeg, MB native had a productive career with the WHL’s Regina Pats, finishing with 111 points (17g, 94a).

D’Aoust, 22, returns to Jacksonville after recording an assist in four appearances during his recent call-up with Manitoba. D’Aoust has posted five points (3g, 2a) in ten outings with the Icemen this season.

Last season, he finished with 15 points in 11 ECHL appearances with Jacksonville. D’Aoust (pronounced dah-OO) has 33 career points (17g, 16a) in two AHL seasons split between Manitoba and the Utica Comets. The Trois-Rivieres, Quebec native had a productive career in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) totaling 241 points in 299 games played with the Shawinigan Cataractes from 2012-2017.

Jacksonville also acquired defenseman Luke Shiplo from the Wichita Thunder in exchange for future considerations. Shiplo, 24, joins the Icemen after recording a goal and five assists in 17 games played with the Thunder this season. The 5-10, 174-pound rookie blueliner totaled 29 points (13g, 16a) in 113 games during his four collegiate seasons at Quinnipiac University from 2015-2019. The Oakville, Ontario native won an ECAC title with Quinnipiac in 2016.

PLAYERS OF WEEK: Mitch Gillam of the Wichita Thunder is the Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Dec. 2-8. It is the third time in his career that he has received the weekly honor. Gillam went 2-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and a save percentage of .946 in two appearances last week.

Jake Elmer of the Maine Mariners is the Inglasco ECHL Player of the Week for Dec. 2-8.Elmer scored five goals and added an assist for six points in two games last week. The 20-year-old recorded his second hat trick of the season, including the game-winning goal, in a 5-4 overtime win at Adirondack on Friday and added two goals and an assist in a 5-4 victory over the Thunder on Saturday.

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