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Looks like the Everblades swept the Gladiators!

 

Mon. Apr 16, 2018  -  FINAL
ATL (1)  @  FLA (4)

Tue. Apr 17, 2018  -  FINAL
ATL (2)  @  FLA (3)

Thu. Apr 19, 2018  -  FINAL
FLA (4)  @  ATL (2)

Fri. Apr 20, 2018  -  FINAL OT
FLA (3)  @  ATL (2)

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The game was good and bad.  It was really slow as far Offense goes. I believe there were 22 shots total after 2 periods.  Atlanta played to win, had an edge, and laid the body on everything that moved. Florida was in ‘meh’ mode until the third. Atlanta couldnt create any separation.

 

Florida’s PP wasn’t very organized all game. Atlanta had plenty of chances on Florida’s PP.  Florida didn’t really threaten on the PP until OT when they won it.

 

Smallman did pretty good. Was aggressive and pushed the tempo.  I was surprised to see he wasn’t on the PP. He was on the ice for two goals with at least one assist.  He drew the penalty on an aggressive play in OT that led to the series winner.  He was one of the more enthusiastic people celebrating after the win.  

 

Although I don’t see Kanzig being re-signed, he has the spirit of what our defenders need to be.  First he looked huge out there. Second he didn’t take no crap from nobody, and loved to get gritty.  Got into a few confrontations with Atlanta players.

 

Unfortunately Booth wasn’t out there but Ouellette looked solid.  I’d expect him to be at the ECHL level.  

 

They didn’t announce why they waived off the Florida goal.  

 

Not a lot of people there but my family and I were rocking ‘Canes gear.  Hopefully they noticed. I was only 7 rows from the ice.

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Florida will now face the winner of Orlando and South Carolina’s South Division Semifinal series.  Orlando leads that series 3-0.  The Everblades will host Games 1 & 2 of the second round at Germain Arena on Friday, April 27 (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, April 28

 

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Everblades Shine in Game 1 with 4-1 Win Over Solar Bears by Keaton Hanley

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ESTERO, FL – John McCarron scored a goal and added two assists to lead the Florida Everblades to 4-1 victory over the Orlando Solar Bears in Game 1 of the South Division Finals

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The two teams will meet again for Game 2 of the second-round series on Saturday

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2 hours ago, remkin said:

Our yutes are bringing it!

 

 

It's really a testament to how well Francis was doing with that part of the rebuild - the 'draft and development' stage.  It's kind of a bummer that he won't be around to reap the rewards of what was actually very solid work because these kids he brought in will lead the franchise to very good things over the next couple years, i truly believe - but not being able to make the complementary moves to ensure NHL success in the here and now - along with an impatient new owner who didn't see those moves either - sealed his fate.

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16 minutes ago, realmdrakkar said:

 

 

It's really a testament to how well Francis was doing with that part of the rebuild - the 'draft and development' stage.  It's kind of a bummer that he won't be around to reap the rewards of what was actually very solid work because these kids he brought in will lead the franchise to very good things over the next couple years, i truly believe - but not being able to make the complementary moves to ensure NHL success in the here and now - along with an impatient new owner who didn't see those moves either - sealed his fate.

True. He did the patient rebuild thing and pretty good drafting overall, especially in the second round and later (jury still out on first rounders lately though hopes for Necas are high). Also trading for Zykov and McKeown, still could play a big part.

 

But he has built a pretty good stable of prospects. Thinking back to when Dalpe, Bowman, and Boychuk were the best prospects we had and after them was even worse, we are deep indeed.

 

But he remained a bit of a one trick pony too comfortable with the plan never changing gears to make the big move.

 

In the end though, one thing was his undoing: he could never solidify the goalie position. Eddie Lack was a fail year one, yet he doubled down on him in year two, and then Darling the next year. Had he fixed that position, even unable to get off his trade hands, he might have survived.

 

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Four-Goal Third Period Propels ‘Blades to 5-1 Win in Game 2   by Keaton Hanley

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ESTERO, FL – Sam Warning and Mitchell Heard each scored twice to propel the Florida Everblades to a 5-1 victory over the Orlando Solar Bears in Game 2

Martin Ouellette only allowed one goal for the second straight night as he saved 26 of the 27 shots fired his way.  Heeter takes the loss, allowing five goals on 35 shots faced.

 

 

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Kirkpatrick Scores Twice as ‘Blades Take Game 3 at Orlando

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ORLANDO, FL – Michael Kirkpatrick scored twice to help pace the Florida Everblades to a 5-1 victory over the Orlando Solar Bears in Game 3 of the South Division Finals Thursday evening at the Amway Center.  Florida now leads the best-of-seven series 3-0.

 

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Ouellette earned the win stopping of 28 of 29 shots

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Game 3 Highlights

 

 

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‘Blades Advance to Conference Finals with 5-2 Win in Game 5

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ORLANDO, FL –Martin Ouellette made 40 saves to help the Florida Everblades defeat the Orlando Solar Bears 5-2  in Game 5 of the South Division Finals Sunday afternoon at the Amway Center. Florida wins the series 4-1, and will advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2012

The Everblades will play host to the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals at Germain Arena on Friday, May 11 .

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Wow! 8-1 in the playoffs so far? Nice. Looking at their roster I've heard of about 5 of them, but still nice to see.

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43 minutes ago, remkin said:

Wow! 8-1 in the playoffs so far? Nice. Looking at their roster I've heard of about 5 of them, but still nice to see.

 

 

Very cool!  Though of course the reason we've only heard of about 5 of them is that only about 5 of them are Canes property.  Even so, it's a winning culture for those 5.

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McCarron & Kirkpatrick Score Twice as ‘Blades Claim Game 1 by Keaton Hanley

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Michael Kirkpatrick sent Germain Arena into a frenzy when he stole the puck while shorthanded and rocketed down the ice on breakaway chance. As a Thunder player tried to keep the puck in the zone, he slipped and fell to the ice and set Kirkpatrick up on a breakaway opportunity.  Kirkpatrick cut across the crease on his backhand and lifted it over the pad of Fielding for the tally to regain the lead at 3-2.

 

Ouellette earned the win stopping 31 of the 34 shots fired his way, while field allowed four goals on 35 shots faced.

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Fielding’s 52 Saves Help Guide Thunder to 3-2 Overtime Win by Keaton Hanley

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ESTERO, FL – Terrance Wallin scored at 16:50 into overtime, while Drew Fielding made 52 saves to propel the Adirondack Thunder to a 3-2 victory over the Florida Everblades in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals Saturday night at Germain Arena.   The best-of-seven series is now tied 1-1.

 

Martin Ouellette stopped 25 of 28 shots in the loss, while Drew Fielding made a whopping 52 saves on 54 shots faced.

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Everblades Power Past Thunder to Take 3-1 Series Edge

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GLENS FALLS, NY –  The Florida Everblades scored three power play goals to help earn a 7-3 victory over the Adirondack Thunder in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals at the Cool Insuring Arena Friday night.  Florida now leads the best-of-seven series 3-1.

Ouellette earned his 10th win of the postseason making 37 saves on 40 shots faced

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Heard’s Late Goal Propels Everblades to 4-3 Win in Game 2

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LOVELAND, CO – Mitchell Heard’s dazzling goal with 36 seconds remaining in regulation, propelled the Florida Everblades to a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Eagles in Game 2 of the Kelly Cup Finals at the Budweiser Events Center Sunday night.  The best-of-seven series is now tied at 1-1.

 

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4 hours ago, Caniac514 said:

He is not even in AHL

 

Not anymore

Drayson Bowman Colorado Eagles

2017-18 Colorado Eagles ECHL 65 20 35 55

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