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Everblades clinch Wawa Cup with 3-2 win

March 18, 2017
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

With the luck of the Irish in full effect on St. Paddy's Day, the Blades boogied to a 3-2 win on 90s night over the Orlando Solar Bears, securing the Wawa Sunshine Cup for the second straight year.

Alex Nedeljkovic picked up his fourth win on the season putting away 30 of 32 shots.

With the win, the Everblades (41-20) set up an opportunity to clinch a playoff spot with a Cincinnati loss at Alaska late Friday night.

The Blades started the night off quickly, scoring just 24 seconds into the contest on a goal by John McCarron off a rebound. Florida added to the lead on Zack Kamrass' slapshot on the power play.

Later in the period, the Everblades found themselves on the power play again, and added another goal on a near perfect one-timer by Brendan O'Donnell, who netted his 36th goal of the season and took sole possession of the league lead in goals.

Orlando broke up the shutout with 17 seconds left in the period on a saucer pass to Austin Block who extended his stick to deflect it past Nedeljkovic.

The Solar Bears pulled within one early in the third on an odd man rush with Patrick Watling scoring off a tip in shot in front.



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