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Blades pad division lead
February 17, 2017

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The Florida Everblades extended their lead in the ECHL's South Division standings Wednesday night with a 3-2 overtime win over Orlando at Germain Arena.

The Everblades' lead is now 14 points over South Carolina and Greenville that share second place. Orlando is fourth, 15 points behind.

The Blades (33-14) begin a six-game road trip at Greenville on Saturday and Sunday. They make stops in Norfolk, Elmira and Brampton before returning home to face Atlanta on March 3.

Zack Kamrass scored the game-winning goal three minutes into the overtime period and goaltender Anthony Peters made 41 saves to bring his record to 23-9 on the season.

Special teams played a major role in the first period as both teams drew four penalties, but the period ended scoreless after neither team capitalized on any the man advantage.

Florida got into more penalty trouble in the second period after Curt Gogol picked up a five-minute major penalty that put Orlando on a lengthy power play opportunity. Florida killed off all five minutes without giving up a goal, keeping the game scoreless with about eight minutes left in the second.

The Blades broke the tie with 4 1/2 minutes left in the period while on the power play. John McCarron got low on the left circle before slinging the puck in front, banging it off Evan Bloodoff's skate and through Orlando goalie Ryan Massa's five-hole for the first tally.

The Solar Bears wasted little time tying it up on Ben Danford's shot up the middle.

Just 31 seconds later, Florida countered when Mike Ferrantino sniped a shot past Massa's blocker for a 2-1 lead.

Early in the third, the Solar Bears again knotted the score on a power play. Milos Bubela made his way to the slot before slipping a shot high past Peters.

Later in the period, Peters made an unbelievable diving save against Chris Crane, keeping it a 2-2 game. Both goalies stood tall for their respective teams through the remainder of the third to send it to overtime.

Kamrass put the nail in the coffin with 2:02 remaining in overtime as he streaked through the slot and redirected a pass from Matt Berry through the five-hole to seal the win.

Peters earned his 23rd win of the season by stopping 41 of 43 shots.

The Blades extended their unbeaten streak to eight games (6-0-1-1) and their lead in the WAWA Cup standings improves to 14 points (7-2-0-0).

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