Jacksonville Sports Day

ECHL NOTES: Icemen Fall to Florida 4-1, Wheeling Nails Greenville

The Florida Everblades (8-2-0-0) won their third straight game and took down the Jacksonville Icemen (2-6-1-0) by a final of 4-1 on Wednesday night at Hertz Arena.

Levko Koper and Blake Winiecki both posted a goal and an assist, and goaltender Cam Johnson earned his third straight win.

The Blades got to the scoreboard first for the 10th straight game to start the 2020-21 campaign. The scoring started when Levko Koper got his third goal of the season under four minutes into the first period on a centering feed from Lukas Craggs (3:48).

The Hebig-McCarron-Winiecki line went to work later in the first period with goals from John McCarron (9:13) and Blake Winiecki (16:37). With assists on both the McCarron and Winiecki goals, Cameron Hebig now has recorded helpers in five straight games.

Florida didn’t save all of their scoring for the first frame. At 3:32 in the second period, Myles Powell delivered a precise backdoor pass to defenseman Logan Roe on a two-on-one. Roe tapped the puck in and notched his first tally of the season to put the Blades up 4-0.

Jacksonville’s Jacob Cederholm got one back for the Icemen at the 3:33 mark in the third period to make it 4-1. It took Jacksonville 21 shots to finally get one behind Cam Johnson. Johnson was spectacular again in net for Florida, stopping 31 of 32 saves and helping hold Jacksonville scoreless on four power-play chances.

ZUHLSDORF SCORES IN DEBUT, GREENVILLE FALLS IN OT

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits scored a season-high four goals, but fell short to the Wheeling Nailers, 5-4 in overtime on Wednesday night at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Greenville’s point streak pushes to four consecutive games in the overtime loss (2-0-1-1).

In the first period, Matt Wedman scored a bank shot from beneath the goal line at 7:02 to give the Swamp Rabbits an early advantage. Wheeling answered at 11:55 to even the game at one in the first period. Cody Sylvester tallied unassisted for his first goal of the campaign and later added a helper. The Nailers scored again before the period’s close on a shorthanded breakaway goal by Lawton Courtnall at 16:33

Next period, Greenville tied the score after Frank Hora connected with Joey Haddad from behind the net for a quick, point-blank chance at 3:28.

Wheeling countered with Ryan Scarfo adding his first goal of the season at 5:02 of the middle stanza, but Max Zimmer punched back for the Swamp Rabbits. Zimmer crept into the low-slot and buried a pass from the wing by Greg Meireles to knot the score at 3-3 before second intermission.

In the final stanza, Ryan Zuhlsdorf provided Greenville with a 4-3 advantage at 4:18 courtesy of his professional goal. Greenville’s lead was erased 23 seconds later with Sean Josling’s equalizer at 4:41.

Sudden-death overtime was required, and the Swamp Rabbits ran into penalty trouble. Matt Wedman was boxed for tripping at 3:08 and Samuel Jardine was called for a high-sticking infraction at 4:18 to provide a 5-on-3 power play in overtime for Wheeling. On the two-man advantage, Matt Alfaro converted his own rebound after John Lethemon made the initial save to walk-off the game.

Greenville’s record remains at .500 and shifts to 3-3-1-1.

SOLAR BEARS RELEASE PAUL MEYER

The Orlando Solar Bears have announced the club has released defenseman Paul Meyer. Orlando has also activated defenseman Luke McInnis from the Injured Reserve.

Additionally, the Solar Bears have activated forwards Tyler Bird and Alan Lyszczarczyk from the team’s Reserve list and have added forward Johno May and defenseman Kevin Lohan to Reserve.

Meyer, 24, appeared in two games for Orlando this season.

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