Following a dominant performance, the Florida Everblades knew they were going to get the best the Elmira Jackals could throw at them Saturday night at Germain Arena, but the Everblades weren't up to the challenge, losing 4-2 on the Blades' annual Teddy Bear Toss night.
"We knew after the way we beat them (Friday night) that they were going to come to play," said Blades coach Greg Poss. "But, with the exception of (Lee) Salters, I don'y know that anybody else showed up for us (tonight)."
Florida started off the contest exactly the way they wanted to by getting on the scoreboard first after Justin Shugg tallied his fourth goal of the season just 3:15 into the match to send the Teddy Bears flying.
After the 15-minute delay, the Jackals came right back to tie the game a minute later, beating Blades netminder Pat Nagle (25 saves).
The game remained tied at 1-1 until midway through the secnd period when the Jackals took a 2-1 lead. The Everblades had a chance to tie the contest on a power play opportunity late in the period, but a mid-ice collision between Matt Beca and Shugg allowed a pair of Jackals to skate in on Nagle, who played the wrong man, allowing the short-handed tally with 30 seconds left in the period.
"That was just a comedy of errors," Said Poss.
With just 3:30 gone in the final period, the Jackals got a two-man power-play opportunity and cashed in with their fourth goal of the night to secure the win and leave the Everblades winning two of three contests.
"We weren't winning the one-on-one battles, we weren't skating," said Poss, listing the reasons why the Blades lost the game.
The Everblades hit the road next week before returning to Germain Arena on Dec. 22-23 for a two-game homestand against the Trenton Devils.