Matt Marquardt scored twice to lead the Florida Everblades to a 4-2 win over the Orlando Solar Bears Saturday night at Germain Arena.
Three minutes into the contest, Charles Landry took a shot from the blue line, giving Marquardt the chance to catch the rebound from the top right of the crease and score the first goal.
Less then a minute into the second period, Justin Shugg received a pass from Corey Trivino and took advantage of his position at the bottom left of the crease. Shugg slipped the puck by John Curry's right pad and earned his first goal of the season bringing the score to 2-0.
The Solar Bears didn't give up. Ryan Ginand fed a pass to Nick Petersen at the top left of the crease and after multiple rebound shots, Petersen stuffed the puck into the net over an Blades goalie Pat Nagle before the end of the period.
The Blades were ready to claim the game at the beginning of the third. At the two-minute mark, as Shugg raced with a defender to get the puck and passed it through the slot to a wide open Marquardt in the right circle, Marquardt fired and scored for a 3-1 advantage.
The Solar Bears answered at the 13-minute mark. Ryan Cruthers accepted a pass from Petersen and scored bringing the score to 3-2.
With a minute left in the period, Orlando was on the power play, and pulled the goaltender to create a 6-on-4 advantage. The Everblades took advantage as Sean Whitney fed a pass to Maxime Langelier-Parent in the Blades' zone. Parent took the shot from behind his own blue line, and the puck found its way into the open net to seal the 4-2 victory. Florida improves to 2-0 in the early season.
Nagle earns the win in goal stopping 33 of 35 shots faced, while Curry take the loss allowing three goals on 35 shots.
The two teams meet again at Germain Arena on Friday. Fan favorite Ernie Hartlieb will be in attendance as the Everblades honor his time with the team by retiring his number nine jersey.