Florida Everblades

Prospect of the Week (6.1.12)

This season Bolt Prospects introduced our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their on-ice contributions.

We wanted to highlight prospects throughout the year to help fans get better acquainted with the next round of Lightning stars while recognizing the prospect’s achievement on the ice.

This week’s (belated) BP Prospect of the Week award goes to … Sebastien Piche, Charles Landry, and Pat Nagle (Florida Everblades, ECHL).

These three Lightning prospects helped the Florida Everblades to their first Kelly Cup championship last Wednesday when the ‘Blades topped the Las Vegas Wranglers, 3-2, on an overtime goal by rookie Brendan MacLean.

Kelly Cup Finals Game Night: 5-23-12

(W3) Las Vegas Wranglers 2 @ (E5) Florida Everblades 3 (OT)
Kelly Cup Finals – Florida wins best of 7 series 4-1

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 1-2-3, +7, 5 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 10 PIM
D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 11 PIM (tripping, fighting, roughing)
Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 2-9-11, +10, 51 PIM
Season Totals: 16 GP, 3-7-10, +2, 41 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 SOG, 2 PIM (roughing)
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 1-3-4, +4, 12 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play (backup)
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-1-0, 1.42 GAA, .941 sv%, 2 SO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 20-14-0-3, 2.87 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO

Champions!

Florida won their first Kelly Cup championship on Wednesday night when rookie Brandon MacLean scored early in overtime on a two-on-one to defeat the Las Vegas Wranglers, 3-2. MacLean is a former Sault Ste. Marie Greyhound who recently completed four years at Carleton University in Canada. He only played 13 regular season games for the ‘Blades.

Florida jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but eventually allowed Las Vegas to tie the game in the third period before MacLean played hero. Former Lightning draft pick and current Norfolk Admirals property Kevin Quick had a strong defensive play in overtime that eventually led to the winning goal. Lightning prospect Charles Landry played at least one shift in overtime and Sebastien Piche was among the top minute eaters for the ‘Blades all night on the blueline.

The Everblades had made the finals two previous times, but this is their first championship. Carolina prospect John Muse, who stopped 41 of 43 shots to get the win in Game 5, was named playoff MVP. Lightning prospect Pat Nagle filled in for him against Elmira and played well, including earning two shutouts. He played twice against Kalamazoo, winning Game 1, but dropping Game 2. He was replaced by Muse in Game 3.

Lightning prospect Alex Hutchings was an alternate captain for much of the season for Florida, but earned a promotion to AHL Norfolk and has been with the Admirals for the last few months.

Congratulations to the Florida Everblades, 2011-2012 Kelly Cup Champions.

(Woody Wommack/Naples News photo)

Kelly Cup Finals Game Night: 5-22-12

(W3) Las Vegas Wranglers 1 @ (E5) Florida Everblades 3
Kelly Cup Finals – Florida leads best of 7 series 3-1

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 1-2-3, +5, 5 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 10 PIM
D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-1-1, +2, 2 SOG, 2 PIM (boarding)
Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 2-9-11, +10, 40 PIM
Season Totals: 16 GP, 3-7-10, +2, 41 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, +2, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 1-3-4, +3, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play (backup)
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-1-0, 1.42 GAA, .941 sv%, 2 SO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 20-14-0-3, 2.87 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO

One more. Florida pulled within one game of winning the Kelly Cup by defeating the Wranglers, 3-1, at home on Tuesday night. Lightning prospect Charles Landry and Norfolk Admirals property Kevin Quick were back in the lineup for the Everblades. Neither registered a point, but Quick was plus-2. Sebastien Piche (pictured) earned an assist on Florida’s insurance goal to go up 3-1 with just over four minutes left in the game. Florida can hoist the Cup Wednesday night in southwest Florida.

ECHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-18-12

(W3) Las Vegas Wranglers 3 @ (E5) Florida Everblades 4 (OT)
Kelly Cup Finals – Florida leads best of 7 series 2-1

D Charles Landry, FLA: Did not play.
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 1-2-3, +5, 5 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 10 PIM
D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 38 PIM
Season Totals: 15 GP, 3-6-9, +1, 41 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: Did not play.
Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play (backup)
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-1-0, 1.42 GAA, .941 sv%, 2 SO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 20-14-0-3, 2.87 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO

Former QMJHL (Baie-Comeau, Moncton) star Matt Marquardt (pictured) scored at 13:49 of overtime to lift the Florida Everblades to a 4-3 home win over Las Vegas in Game 3 of the Kelly Cup Finals. Florida now leads the best-of-7 series, 2-1. Lightning prospect Sebastien Piche earned the primary assist on Justin Shugg’s game-tying goal with under four minutes left in regulation. Charles Landry and Kevin Quick were healthy scratches for the second straight game. Pat Nagle sat backup to John Muse, who stopped 32 of 35 shots. Game 4 is not until Tuesday night in southwest Florida.

ECHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-15-12

(E5) Florida Everblades 7 @ (W3) Las Vegas Wranglers 2
Kelly Cup Finals – Best of 7 series tied 1-1

D Charles Landry, FLA: Did not play.
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 1-2-3, +5, 5 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 10 PIM
D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (delay of game)
Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 2-7-9, +8, 38 PIM
Season Totals: 15 GP, 3-6-9, +1, 41 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: Did not play.
Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play (backup)
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-1-0, 1.42 GAA, .941 sv%, 2 SO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 20-14-0-3, 2.87 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO

After spotting Las Vegas a 2-0 lead after one period, Florida pounded the Wranglers with seven unanswered goals to win the game 7-2 and tie the best-of-7 Kelly Cup Finals series at one game apiece. Naples News reporter Woody Womack said the ‘Blades seemed to be ignited by Florida tough guy Leigh Salters attempting to fight with Wranglers goalie Joe Fallon. David Rutherford, a former teammate of Lightning prospects Dustin Tokarski and Tyler Johnson at WHL Spokane, was named first star for the game. He had a goal and two assists. Seven different players scored for Florida. Lightning prospect Charles Landry and Norfolk property Kevin Quick were healthy scratches for Florida. The series now moves to southwest Florida for games 3-5 beginning on Friday.

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