(PR) Estero, FL – Early penalties led to two power play goals for the Everblades Friday at Germain Arena. A 2-0 lead established three minutes into the contest set the tone and helped the Florida to a 5-4 win over the Devils.
A scuffle 45 seconds into the game landed Tony Zancanaro in the box for roughing. With 20 seconds left on the Devils’ ensuing penalty kill, Slavomir Tomko took a holding call which led to a brief five-on-three. Just 13 seconds later, with goalie Gerald Coleman sprawling on the ice after the initial chance from Scott Hotham, Milan Gajic weakly tipped the loose puck toward goal mouth and into the net for a 1-0 lead. Still Just 30 seconds later, Sean Guthrie beat Coleman from the right wing circle after a rush started by Jordan Morrison for a 2-0 lead.
The Devils (15-19-4-5, 39pts) remain in third place in the East Division, nine points better than Johnstown. Florida (22-16-2-4, 50pts) keeps pace with the second place Charlotte Checkers who defeated Johnstown Friday. The rubber game between the Devils and Everblades is Saturday at 7:30 p.m.