On Wednesday night, the Florida Everblades will host their fourth home game of the young season already, welcoming visiting South Carolina in what will be their second home multi-game series through their first six games of the 2015-16 season.
The Everblades are 3-0 at home so far, outscoring opponents 16-5 on the Germain Arena ice, and will look to build on their 4-2 overall start against the Stingrays.
While the Everblades have lost two of their last three after beginning the season with an unblemished three-game homestand, a pair of losses on the road makes a return to Fort Myers an opportune chance to cue another winning streak.
The Everblades will play five straight on the road after Friday’s game.
Where the Everblades currently hold a dominant 11-goal advantage over their competition on home ice, they have been matched 8-8 in their three road tests combined. A 4-1 win at Atlanta, who the Everblades hold a 3-1 record against home and away, remains the lone victory for the Everblades away from Germain.
However, if there’s a silver lining, when the Everblades have won they’ve done it in blowout fashion. In four wins altogether, the Everblades have outscored opponents 20-6.
Wednesday night will be the Everblades first meeting of the season with the Stingrays, who come into the two-game matchup with a 1-4 overall record.
The Stingrays’ biggest test: Trying to slow down Matt Marquardt.
Marquardt, a left wing for the Everblades, presently ranks tied for first overall in the ECHL individual point standings with nine points to his name through six games played. Thus far, the left-handed wing has compiled three goals and six assists.
As potent as the Everblade offense has been, their defense has been just as crucial to their balanced beginnings.
Goalkeeper Daniel Altshuller is among the best of his position in all of the ECHL, claiming 75 shots saved to 80 opponent shots attempted, and has earned an undefeated start in the Everglades net in his three appearances.
On both ends of the ice, the Everblades will look to get back on track before leaving their favored confines behind.
Fortunately for them, Germain Arena has been a victorious haven.
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