Florida Everblades

ECHL Playoff Game Night: 5-1-13

(4)Florida Everblades 1 @ (1)Reading Royals 4
Quarterfinals: Reading wins the best-of-seven series 4-3

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 13 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 11 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 4-12-16, +7, 33 PIM

There will be no repeat Kelly Cup championship. Down 2-0 just past the midpoint of the second period, Florida saw its playoff hopes slowly fading away before Reading dashed them entirely by tacking on a couple goals in the waning minutes of regulation play. Brandon MacLean managed to strike for the Everblades in order to prevent the goose-egg. Shots ended up looking balanced at 26-25 in favor of Reading for the match but Reading carried the balance of play in what proved to be a critical second period. Jesse Deckert, the late-season free agent pickup who was impressive in Florida's final stretch of regular season games, stopped 22 of 26 shots in the contest. Deckert finished the playoffs 7-4-1 having played in all but one of the Everblades postseason matches, posting a 3.17 GAA and .896 SV% in that span. Charles Landry, the Lightning's sole prospect to see action in the playoffs so far, went pointless through the Florida's last nine playoff games.

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ECHL Playoff Game Night: 4-30-13

(4)Florida Everblades 2 @ (1)Reading Royals 1
Quarterfinals: The best-of-seven series is tied 3-3

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 12 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 11 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 4-12-16, +7, 33 PIM

Facing the increasingly likely prospect of elimination while trailing by a goal midway through the third period, Florida scored two even-strength goals a minute and half apart to pull ahead for good and force a Game 7. Both teams finished the match 0-for-1 on the power play. Jesse Deckert, back in net for the Everblades after backing up Brady Hjelle for a game, stopped 26 of 27 shots to earn his seventh win of the postseason. Charles Landry, the Lightning's sole prospect to see action in the playoffs so far, has gone pointless over the last eight games. Both clubs will get their shot to close the other out Wednesday night.

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ECHL Playoff Game Night: 4-27-13

(4)Florida Everblades 4 vs. (1)Reading Royals 5 (OT)
Quarterfinals: Reading leads the best-of-seven series 3-2

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (hooking)
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 11 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 4-12-16, +7, 33 PIM

Florida stormed back from a two-goal first period deficit to stake a 4-2 past the midpoint of the final frame but Reading scored power play goals just minutes apart with regulation play winding down to force the match into overtime before finishing the Everblades for the second consecutive night. Brady Hjelle made his first start in net for the home squad, stopping 25 of 29 shots in defeat. Charles Landry's hooking minor with under three minutes remaining led to the game-tying Royals goal. With its fate hanging in the balance, Florida now heads back to Reading. The Everblades will get their crack at the Royals on Tuesday night in order to try and force a Game 7 come Wednesday.

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ECHL Playoff Game Night: 4-26-13

(4)Florida Everblades 2 vs. (1)Reading Royals 3 (OT)
Quarterfinals: The best-of-seven series is tied 2-2

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 9 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 4-12-16, +7, 33 PIM

Florida took an early lead but had to score late in regulation to push the game into overtime where Reading's T.J. Syner caught a pass that sprung him in alone on Everblades netminder Jesse Deckert, whom he beat for the game-winning goal just 4:46 in. Both clubs failed to connect on any of their five power play opportunities, although Reading's first strike was a short-handed tally. Deckert stopped 25 of 28 shots in the contest. Both clubs wage battle in Estero again Saturday night looking to push the other to the brink of elimination.

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ECHL Playoff Game Night: 4-24-13

(4)Florida Everblades 4 vs. (1)Reading Royals 1
Quarterfinals: Florida leads the best-of-seven series 2-1

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 9 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 4-12-16, +7, 33 PIM

Florida took an early lead that Reading negated in the opening minutes of the middle frame but the Everblades converted two power play opportunities in a ten minute stretch spanning the second and third periods to pull ahead for good on the scoreboard. Florida later added an empty-netter. Everblades netminder Jesse Deckert, who has delivered uneven results against stiff competition following his prolific stint to close out the regular season, turned in a rock-solid performance, stopping 28 of 29 shots against. Deckert was especially strong during the final period of play when Reading managed a 13-5 shot advantage. Florida will have a chance to push the Eastern Conference's best regular season club to the brink of elimination in the friendly confines of German Arena come Friday night in Estero.

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