Everblades Facing Elimination In Second Round Series
The Florida Everblades and Reading Royals opened their second round Kelly Cup playoff series this week in Reading. Despite securing home ice in the series, the Everblades opened on the road for the first two games of the best-of-seven American Conference semifinals. Reading took advantage of their home ice advantage winning on Wednesday (7-6) and Thursday (5-4). The series shifted to Florida for game three in Germain Arena. In a tight-checking affair the Royals again claimed a one-goal decision, 2-1.
Florida is in their second must-win situation on Tuesday night in Germain Arena. The Everblades can secure another game on home ice on Friday night if they claim victory. Tickets are on sale at the T.I.B. Bank box office at Germain Arena for Tuesday night's game at 7:30 p.m. The T.I.B. Bank box office is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 (www.ticketmaster.com).
Wednesday, April 14 @ Reading Sovereign Center 7:05P
GAME NOTES: A wild game one produced a combined 13 goals between the two squads. Reading enjoyed a 4-2 lead after the first period but the Everblades responded in the second. Four straight goals by the 'Blades gave Florida a 6-4 advantage early in the final period. The Royals scored the final three goals in regulation to overcome the two-goal deficit and skate to a 7-6 win in the opening game of the series.
Thursday, April 15 @ Reading Sovereign Center 7:05PM
GAME NOTES: Despite converting three-of-three on the power-play, Florida dropped game two to the Royals 5-4 in regulation. The Royals four-goal second period gave them a two-goal lead heading to the third period. Royals forward Daniel Steiner scored two goals to close the second stanza for a 5-3 Reading advantage. Ryan Lang's goal early in the third period closed the gap to one goal, but the Everblades couldn't find the equalizer.
Saturday, April 17 vs. Reading Germain Arena 7:30PM
GAME NOTES: Ryan Cruthers goal with just under four minutes to play gave Reading its third straight one-goal victory in the series, 2-1. The Royals took a three games to nothing edge in the best-of-seven series. Marc Cavosie and the Royals scored the first goal of the game for the third consecutive game in the series to give Reading a 1-0 edge in the first. The score would remain unchanged until the 13:53 mark of the third period when Kevin Baker evened the match on a pass from Dominic Osman. Reading's rookie netminder Matt Dalton stopped 36 of 37 shots to secure the victory, while Chris Beckford-Tseu stopped 39 of 41 for the Everblades.
KELLY CUP PLAYOFFS - AMERICAN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Game 1: Wednesday, April 14 @ Reading Sovereign Center 7:05PM
Game 2: Thursday, April 15 @ Reading Sovereign Center 7:05PM
Game 3: Saturday, April 17 vs Reading Germain Arena 7:30PM
Game 4: Tuesday, April 20 vs Reading Germain Arena 7:30PM
Game 5: Friday, April 23 vs Reading Germain Arena, 7:30PM
Game 6: Saturday, April 24 vs Reading Germain Arena, 7:30PM
Game 7: Tuesday, April 27 @ Reading Sovereign Center, 7:05PM
INSIDE THE NUMBERS - KELLY CUP PLAYOFFS
Overall Record: 3-5
Home Record: 1-2
Road Record: 2-3
Penalty Kill: 31/23 74.2% (12th)
Power Play: 9/28 32.1% (1st)
Milan Gajic 7-8-15
Matthew Pistilli 3-6-9
Ross Carlson 2-6-8
Mike Bayrack 5-2-7
Plus/ Minus Leaders
Milan Gajic +5
Ross Carlson +3
Several players +1
Adrien Lemay 4.33 GAA, 0-1-0, .853
Chris Beckford-Tseu 4.12 GAA, 3-4-0, .884
Most goals: Milan Gajic (7)
Most assists: Milan Gajic (8)
Most points: Milan Gajic (15)
Most power play goals: Mike Bayrack (5)
Most power play assists: Milan Gajic (4)
Most power play points: Milan Gajic & Mike Bayrack (5)
Most shorthanded goals: NA
Most Game winners: Milan Gajic, Matthew Pistilli & Elgin Reid (1)
Most Wins: Chris Beckford-Tseu (4)
Most PIMs: Mitch McColm (13)
ECHL GOALTENDER & PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEES:
#33 Chris Beckford-Tseu 2GP RECORD: 0-2-0 GAA: 3.57 SPCT: .890% TEAM RECORD: 0-3-0
Chris Beckford-Tseu's week was highlighted by a 39-save performance in game three of the American Conference semifinals. He earned second star honors in the Everblades 2-1 game three loss.
CHRIS BECKFORD-TSEU - 6'3" 202LBS HOMETOWN: TORONTO, ON DOB: 6-22-84
LAST YEAR: FLORIDA - PHOENIX (ECHL)/ ROCHESTER (AHL) AMATEUR CLUB: KINGSTON/OSHAWA (OHL)
DRAFT STATUS: 2003 - ST. LOUIS BLUES - 5TH ROUND, 159TH OVERALL
#23 Mike Bayrack 3GP 4G, 2A = 6PTS (-1) TEAM RECORD: 0-3-0
Mike Bayrack registered five of his six points this week in game one of the American Conference semifinals in Reading on Wednesday. Bayrack netted a hat trick, all power-play goals, and two assists in Florida's 7-6 loss. In game two of the series, Bayrack added another power-play marker in the Everblades 5-4 loss.
MIKE BAYRACK - 5'11" 205LBS HOMETOWN: EDMONTON, AB DOB: 9-17-78
LAST YEAR: CHARLOTTE (ECHL) AMATEUR CLUB: PRINCE GEORGE (WHL)
#7 Milan Gajic - Leads the ECHL in post-season scoring with 15 points. His seven goals also top post-season scorers. Gajic posted goals in five straight games (7) from (4/9 - 4/15/10)...He also registered a seven-game point streak in post-season play (7-8=15) from (4/6 - 4/15/10).
#12 Matthew Pistilli - Has scored nine points in the post season (3-6=9) to lead all rookie ECHL scorers and he ranks T3rd amongst ECHL post-season scorers. Pistilli is T2nd among ECHL rookies in the post-season in goals (3) and assists (6). Matthew Pistilli is riding a three-game assist streak (3) from (4/14 - present) and has scored a point in six straight games (3-6=9) from (4/9-present)
#19 Scott Hotham - The rookie defenseman ranks T2nd in post-season scoring among D-men with six points and T3rd among rookies. He also ranks first in shots on goal with 21 in eight games in the post-season.
#23 Mike Bayrack - Mike Bayrack ranks first in power-play goals in post-season play with (5).
#24 Elgin Reid - Elgin Reid is T4th amongst D-men in scoring in the post-season and is T1st in game-winning goals in the post season.
#33 Chris Beckford-Tseu - Chris Beckford-Tseu ranks 3rd in the post season in saves (213) and minutes played (408)
4/17/10 Add Dominic Osman activated off reserve
4/17/10 Delete Ernie Hartlieb placed on reserve
4/14/10 Add Kevin Baker, F activated off reserve
4/14/10 Add Benn Olson, D activated off reserve
4/14/10 Delete Eric Lampe, F placed on reserve
4/14/10 Delete Dominic Osman, F placed on reserve
4/11/10 Add Kevin Baker, F returned from Albany (AHL)
4/11/10 Delete Kevin Baker, F placed on reserve
4/10/10 Delete Kevin Baker, F loaned to Albany (AHL)
TICKETS AND INFORMATION: The TIB Bank Box Office at Germain Arena is open from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Individual tickets to Kelly Cup Playoff game "C" at Germain Arena can be purchased at the TIB Bank Box Office, at any TicketMaster location or at www.TicketMaster.com. To order tickets by phone, call 800-745-3000. To book a group to an Everblades playoff game call 239-948-7825.
Season ticket deposits are now being accepted for the 2010-11 season at the Florida Everblades hockey headquarters. A $50 per seat deposit allows you to pick your seat for 36 Everblades regular-season home games, two preseason games and four Florida College Hockey Classic games. You get 42 games guaranteed for the 2010-11 season.
EVERBLADES ON THE AIRWAVES: All Florida Everblades playoff games, home and away, are broadcast on Fox Sports Radio, 1200/ 1460AM and on the Everblades website at www.everbladeshockey.com via Fox Sports Radio. Join the voice of the Everblades, John Curtis for all the play-by-play action. The pre-game show comes your way approximately 25 minutes before the drop of the puck with the Shoeless Joe's Sports Café pre-game show on the Everblades Radio Network presented by Blu Sushi.
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