Florida Everblades

ECHL Playoff Game Night: 4-19-13

(4)Florida Everblades 4 vs. (1)Reading Royals 3
Quarterfinals: Florida leads the best-of-seven series 1-0

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 4-12-16, +7, 33 PIM

Florida, which never trailed in the opening match of the series, took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission but had to retake the lead after a lackluster start to the second period saw the game tied and fend off the Eastern Conference's top club during the course of the regular season for the better part of the final half of the contest. The host Royals doubled up the Everblades in shots, 37-16, hammering the visitors particularly hard with a 14-shot, 2-goal second period that Florida only salvaged by scoring on one of the mere 3 shots it managed to muster. Florida's special teams play, which was so critical to its first round success, shined again as the Everblades went 1-for-4 with the man-advantage while the penalty-killers negated 6 of 7 Royals opportunities. Jesse Deckert did an admirable job holding the fort, thwarting 34 of 37 shots against. Both teams square off again Saturday night in Reading.

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ECHL Playoff Game Night: 4-15-13

(4)Florida Everblades 6 vs. (5)Elmira Jackals 2
Quarterfinals: Florida wins the best-of-seven series 4-2

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 4-12-16, +7, 33 PIM

Florida clinched an opening series victory in the comfy confines of German Arena by drawing first blood early, then adding three more goals in the opening frame to build a 4-1 lead that Elmira was unable to overcome. Unlike the previous game, the Everblades had little difficulty generating offense, managing to pump out double-digit shot totals (in sum, 37) in all three periods. Florida also won the special teams battle, going 2-for-5 with the man advantage while stonewalling Elmira on all three of its power play opportunities. Jesse Deckert stopped 19 of 21 Jackals shots in the contest. Florida advances to the semifinals where it will face Reading. The Everblades will begin the seven-game series on the road, with the first match against the Royals coming Friday night.

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ECHL Playoff Game Night: 4-13-13

(4)Florida Everblades 1 @ (5)Elmira Jackals 5
Quarterfinals: Florida leads the best-of-seven series 3-2

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 SOG, 2 PIM (tripping)
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 4-12-16, +7, 33 PIM

After beating Elmira twice in its own barn to push the Jackals to the brink of elimination, Florida came up well short in its first shot at clinching a series victory, falling 4-0 before mustering its first and only goal past the midpoint of the third period. The Everblades managed 28 shots in the game but had difficulty generating offense until the game was well out of reach, as only 11 of those came through the first two frames. Both clubs ended the match 1-for-5 with the man advantage. Jesse Deckert stopped 24 of 28 Jackals shots. Both clubs will next head back to Estero for the remainder of the series, with Game 6 to be played Monday night.

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ECHL Playoff Game Night: 4-12-13

(4)Florida Everblades 5 @ (5)Elmira Jackals 4
Quarterfinals: Florida leads the best-of-seven series 3-1

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-1-1, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 4-12-16, +7, 33 PIM

Florida, after squandering a two-goal lead built up nearing the midpoint of the middle period and falling behind minutes later, scored twice in the final frame to narrowly edge Elmira and take a commanding series lead. Both teams mustered 37 shots on goal for the game, though the Everblades again won the special teams battle, burying two of its five sequences with the man-advantage while foiling the Jackals on all but one of their power play opportunities. Everblades netminder Jesse Deckert, who has played in all four matches so far, stopped 33 of 37 shots against. Charles Landry, the lone Tampa Bay Lightning prospect to appear in the series, notched his first point of the playoffs when he was credited with a secondary helper Florida's first goal, though it was largely the result of a tremendous individual effort by Brandon MacLean. Both clubs will square off one last time in New York on Saturday night.

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ECHL Playoff Game Night: 4-10-13

(4)Florida Everblades 2 @ (5)Elmira Jackals 1 (OT)
Quarterfinals: Florida leads the best-of-seven series 2-1

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 4-12-16, +7, 33 PIM

After coming out of the gate a bit sluggishly and falling behind early in the second period, Florida struck on the power play with little more than a minute remaining in regulation to send the game into the first overtime session where A.J. Jenks scored just eleven seconds in to secure a crucial road victory for the visitors. The Everblades picked up their offensive pace in the middle and final frames where they mustered 33 (14 and 19, respectively) of their 42 total shots in the contest. After opening the series with two penalty-laden matches, infractions were at a relative minimum. Florida finished 1-for-4 with the man-advantage while Elmira came up short on both of its power play opportunities. Both clubs finished two-for-six with the man advantage. Everblades netminder Jesse Deckert rebounded from allowing eight goals in Game 2 to stopping all but one of 29 shots mustered by the Jackals. Landry remains the lone Tampa Bay Lightning prospect seeing action. Elmira hosts Florida again Friday night in New York.

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