The Greenville Warriors overcame a two-goal deficit to force overtime and defeat the Florida Everblades 5-4 in a shootout Friday night at Germain Arena.
The Warriors started more aggressive and scored the first goal of the night at the 14-minute mark of the first period. Marc-Olivier Vallerand fired a backhand shot at the crease and lifted the puck past Blades goaltender John Muse for the 1-0 lead.
David Rutherford's shot from the blue line was redirected by Leigh Salters to tie the game on a second period power play.
Florida went on the power play late in the second, and with 1:33 remaining Matt Beca picked up a rebound and flipped it backside to tie the game again at 2-2.
The Blades took the lead on Rutherford's powerplay goal at 11:44 of the third period. Nearly three minutes later, Mathieu Roy redirected Rutherford's shot to extend the lead to 4-2 with 4:25 remaining only to see the Warriors rally to force overtime and the shootout.
The Warriors got goals from Brandon Wong and Francis Verreault in the shootout, while the Everblades failed to score.
Muse suffers the loss allowing four goals on 31 shots faced.
The teams meet again Saturday night, which is the fan favorite Teddy Bear Toss game.