The Everblades entered Saturday night's matchup at Germain Arena against the Greenville Road Warriors with a sub-par 6-8-1 record and looking for some consistency on both sides of the puck. They got just that, dominating the visiting Warriors 5-0.
"It was a real great team win, everyone contributed," said Everblades coach Greg Poss,"When everyone plays their roles, five guys (doing their share) it makes it a lot easier (to win)."
The returning Scott Pitt scored first for the Everblades, midway through the first period. The Everblades were on a power play, but after failing to convert with the extra-man advantage, the Blades kept the pressure on. Seconds later, Pitt took a rebounded shot from Robbie Dee and stuffed it home for the only tally of the opening period.
The Everbladed offense really got going in the second with a pair of goals 35 seconds part.
The 1-2 punch started when David Fischer fired an outlet pass to Luc Tardif, who skated nearly untouched to the net and the score. The Blades won the ensuing faceoff, with Trevor Bruess making the perfect dish to Lee Salters, who scored his fifth goal of the season to give the Everblades firm control of the game less than six minutes into the second period.
The Everblades carried the 3-0 lead into the final period and coasted from there, scoring twice more within the first 10 minutes of the period to secure the win and improve their record to 7-8-1 on the season.
"We have great balance," said Poss, "but that has to be our strength for when have call-ups and so forth."
Pat Nagle started in net for the Everblades, kicking away all of the 29 shots he faced on the night.
"Our penalty kill was huge," said Nagle. "I thought they did a great job of blocking shots and keeping shots away from me or coming from the side where I could see them."
The Everblades hit the road next week, before returning to Germain Arena on Nov. 30 to face the Gwinnett Gladiators.