Jacksonville Sports Day

ECHL: Alex Kile Leads Florida with Two Goals in 6-2 Win Against Jacksonville

ESTERO – The Florida Everblades (39-18-3-2) punched their ticket to the 2021 Kelly Cup Playoffs with a 6-2 win over the Jacksonville Icemen (31-27-3-3) on Saturday night at Hertz Arena. Florida is the first team in the Eastern Conference to clinch a playoff berth and maintain their hold on the top seed.

Forward Alex Kile led the Blades with two goals and an assist in the clinching effort.

The Icemen return home Tuesday and Wednesday. Jacksonville has seven games left in the regular season. They are still in the playoff hunt, but will need to rebound quickly. As of Sunday night the Icemen were in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. But just a few percentage points off fourth place behind South Carlina and Orlando and a spot in the playoffs.

Florida opened the scoring late in the first period with a power-play goal from Colby Sissons (18:10). The defenseman fired a seeing-eye shot from the blue line through traffic to give the Blades a 1-0 lead.

Just over four minutes into the second period, Sissons threaded a pass through the neutral zone to spring Myles Powell on a breakaway. Powell pulled the puck to his backhand and flicked it past Jacksonville goaltender Charles Williams to give the Blades a 2-0 edge (4:16).

Florida took a 3-0 lead in the middle of the second when Kile netted his 21st goal of the season on a sneaky wrister past Williams (10:41).

Two-and-a-half minutes later, Pascal Aquin put Jacksonville on the board with a power-play score (13:11).

The Everblades bagged another tally in the closing seconds of the middle period. Immediately following a power play, Hugo Roy dangled through Icemen defenders in the low slot and fed the puck to the back post for Kile to cache for his second of the night (19:25).

Jacksonville opened the third period with a goal from Ara Nazarian after the Icemen forward banked a shot off of Florida goaltender Devin Cooley and into the net (00:38).

Cooley and the Blades held off the Jacksonville offense for the rest of the third, and Florida topped off the victory with a pair of empty-net goals from Blake Winiecki (17:03) and Myles Powell (18:20). Cooley earned his 10th win of the season and stopped 33 of 35 Jacksonville shots.

The Everblades hit the ice next on Tuesday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. on the road against the Jacksonville Icemen.

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