DULUTH, Ga. - The Florida Everblades rallied from a two-goal deficit late in the third period to earn a big point in the standings, but lost in the overtime shootout to the Gwinnett Gladiators 4-3 Friday night.
The loss snaps the Blades' six-game win streak.
Gwinnett struck first at the 11:40 mark of the first period. Tyler Murovich forced a turnover behind the net and fed a pass to the top of the crease to a wide open Justin Milo. Milo directed the puck past Florida goaltender Pat Nagle for the goal to give the Gladiators the 1-0 lead.
The Gladiators extended the lead on the power play after quick faceoff win.
The Blades got on the board as Jimmy Martin fired the puck toward the net that deflected off the skate of Gwinnett defenseman Will Colbert and into the net to pull the Blades within 2-1 at the end of the first period.
The 2-1 lead stood until the halfway point of the third period.
The Everblades mounted a comeback bid, thanks in part to two gritty plays by captain Mathieu Roy. Roy battled his way to the left wing and slid a pass across to a wide open Scott Pitt to pull the Blades within 3-2.
Two minutes later, Roy muscled the puck into the slot and slipped a pass to Trevor Bruess on the doorstep to tie the game.
Neither team generated much offense in the extra session, sending the game to the shootout.
The teams meet again Saturday.