Estero, Fla. – Fabio Meier stopped all shots faced to lead the Florida Jr. Blades to a 5-0 shutout win over the Florida Eels Saturday afternoon at the Fort Myers Skatium. The Jr. Blades picked up their first win to open the 2016-17 season just down the road from their home rink in front of fans, friends and family.
At just 21 seconds after the opening puck drop, forward Tyler O'Mara struck first against Eels goaltender Nicholas Kotz for the only goal of the first period.
Within the first five minutes of the second period, Charlie Mondor and Hudson Grote we're able to find Shea Mitruska for an even strength goal to take the 2-0 lead. The Jr. Blades and Eels would use the remaining minutes in the second to trade scoring chances, but neither team would be able to capitalize on the opportunities.
A power play opportunity would start the scoring frenzy in the third as O'Mara notched his second goal of the battle. Evan Maxey and Adam Svoboda found chemistry with Trevor Bednarek where he notched his first goal in a Jr. Blades uniform at the 15:10 mark. Within two minutes, Svoboda would take advantage of another power-play opportunity to seal the 5-0 victory.
Fabio Meier earned the shutout win stopping all of the 29 shots faced, while Nicholas Kotz takes the loss allowing five goals 50 shots.
The Florida Jr. Blades return to Germain Arena for their home opener on Sunday to close out the series against the Eels. The game time is set for noon.
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