ESTERO, FL - The Florida Everblades finished off the regular season this past week by winning all three of their games. The Everblades closed out the regular season with a record of 39-24-8 (86 pts., 4th, South Division.)
UPCOMING GAMES (All times Eastern)
Kelly Cup Playoffs - Round 1 vs. Columbia Inferno
GAME 1 - Wednesday, April 9 - Columbia at Florida, 7:30 p.m. @ Germain Arena (Ticket GAME "A")
GAME 2 - Friday, April 11 - Columbia at Florida, 7:30 p.m. @ Germain Arena (Ticket GAME "B")
GAME 3 - Saturday, April 12 - Florida at Columbia, 7:05 p.m. @ The Carolina Coliseum
GAME 4* - Monday, April 14 - Florida at Columbia, 7:05 p.m. @ The Carolina Coliseum
GAME 5* - Wednesday, April 16 - Columbia at Florida, 7:30 p.m. @ Germain Arena
The Everblades face the Columbia Inferno in the post-season for the first time in team history. During the regular season the Everblades finished with a 4-3-1 record vs. Columbia. At home the Everblades were 3-1-0 vs. Columbia, while on the road, the Everblades were 1-2-1 vs. the Inferno. The most recent meeting between the teams resulted in a 3-2 shootout victory for the Inferno on March 14 at Columbia. The Inferno finished the regular season going 2-0-1 in their last three to capture fifth place. Overall Columbia finished the regular season with a record of 33-28-11 (77 pts., 5th South Division). All-time, in the regular season, the Everblades hold a record of 29-15-8 vs. Columbia. All-time at home Florida is 18-4-4 vs. Columbia and all-time on the road vs. the Inferno, the Everblades are 11-11-4.
LAST WEEK'S GAMES
Tuesday, April 1 vs. Pensacola Ice Pilots 2-0 Win
The Everblades officially locked up fourth place in the South Division, and home ice in the first round, with a 2-0 win over Pensacola on Tuesday night at Germain Arena. Goaltender Kevin Nastiuk earned his second shutout of the season, both vs. Pensacola, by stopping 24 shots. Offensively Adam Taylor and Preston Callander scored the two goals for Florida. Florida Special Teams: PP: 0-for-6; PK: 3-for-3.
Friday, April 4 vs. Texas Wildcatters 4-2 Win
The Everblades picked up a big win over Texas on Friday night to win their second straight contest. After a scoreless first period, the teams traded goals back-and-forth over the second period with David Cornacchia and Kenndal McArdle scoring for the Everblades. With the game tied 2-2 entering the third period, the Everblades notched goals by Preston Callander and Derek Damon to propel the team to victory. In net David Shantz played a solid game, stopping 25 of 27 shots. Florida Special Teams: PP: 1-for-6; PK: 3-for-3.
Saturday, April 5 vs. Texas Wildcatters 5-3 Win
The Everblades polished off the regular season with a solid 5-3 win over Texas to finished the season on a three-game winning streak. Although Texas came out and scored the game's first two goal, the Everblades fought back to tie the score 2-2 on goals by Jarret Lukin and Preston Callander late in the first and early in the second period. Texas regained the lead a 3-2, but from there the Everblades scored three unanswered goals to pick up the win. Pete Aston notched a second period goal and J.B. Bittner gave Florida its first lead of the night early in the second period. Brad Herauf helped seal the win with a short-handed goal midway through the frame. In net Kevin Nastiuk finished the regular season in strong fashion by stopping 30 of 33 shots, including 19 in the third period and a penalty shot in the final period. Florida Special Teams: PP: 1-for-5; PK: 5-for-7.
Monday, April 7 Practice, 11:00 a.m. @ Germain Arena
Tuesday, April 8 Practice, 10:00 a.m. @ Germain Arena
Wednesday, April 9 Pre-Game Skate, 10:00 a.m. @ Germain Arena
GAME vs. COLUMBIA INFERNO, 7:30 p.m. @ Germain Arena
Thursday, April 10 Practice, 10:00 a.m. @ Germain Arena
Friday, April 11 Pre-Game skate, 10:00 a.m. @ Germain Arena GAME vs. COLUMBIA INFERNO, 7:30 p.m. @ Germain Arena
Saturday, April 12 GAME vs. COLUMBIA INFERNO, 7:05 p.m. @ The Carolina Coliseum
Sunday, April 13 OFF DAY
2007-08 EVERBLADES FINAL REGULAR SEASON NUMBERS
Overall Record 39-25-8
Home Record 26-7-3
Road Record 13-18-5
Overtime Record 1-4
Shootout Record 4-4
Power Play 69-406 (15th)
Penalty Kill 370-428 (3rd)
Derek Damon 25-50-75
Ernie Hartlieb 24-41-65
Mathieu Melanson 28-30-58
Preston Callander 25-32-57
David Cornacchia 9-32-41
Kevin Nastiuk 2.44 GAA, 5-5-2
David Shantz 2.56 GAA, 11-5-3
Justin Peters 2.57 GAA, 18-10-2
Tyler Plante 2.81 GAA, 4-5-1
Kirk MacDonald +23
Ernie Hartlieb +22
Preston Callander +22
Derek Damon +17
Player of the Week Nominees: The week's Everblades player of the week nominee is Preston Callander who picked up four points (3g, 1a) in three games this past week. This week's goalie of the week nominee is Kevin Nastiuk who was 2-0-0 with a shutout and a goals against average of 1.50.
Special Teams Breakdown: Here's a look at the special teams of the Everblades and how they finished the 2006-07 season overall, home and away: Power play: 69-for-406 (17.0%) which ranks the Everblades 15th in the ECHL. At home the Everblades were 43-for-210 (20.5%) which ranks 8th, and on the road the Everblades finished 26-for-196 (13.3%) which ranks 22nd. Penalty Kill: 370-for-428 (86.4%) which ranks the Everblades 3rd in the league. At home the 'Blades were 187-for-209 (89.5%) which is 1st in the league and on the road the Everblades have killed off 183 of 219 (83.6%) chances against them which ranks 7th.
Who's Hot!: Here's a look at who's hot for the Blades entering the playoffs: G David Shantz is 8-2-2 in his last 12 starts...F Derek Damon had points in 16 of the last 19 games (8g, 20a) and has points in 25 of the last 30 games (11g, 29a)...F Ernie Hartlieb picked up points in 15 of the last 19 games (7g, 11a)...F Preston Callander notched a point in 15 of the last 17 games (12g, 11a).
Put 'em Up!: The Everblades set three all-time team records in the penalty minute category during their 4-1 win over Gwinnett on March 28 at Germain Arena. The game featured the team's locking horns for three separate line brawls in the second and third periods. The Everblades set new records for: Most penalty minutes in one game with 113, breaking the previous mark of 79 set in 2003; Most penalty minutes in one game by an opponent as Gwinnett amassed 151, erasing the previous mark of 103 by Jackson in 2003; Most penalty minutes combined in one game with an eye-popping 264, shattering the previous high of 173 set on Feb. 8, 2003 vs. Jackson.
Top Killers!: The Everblades finished the regular season by setting a new team record for penalty killing percentage. The Everblades finished the regular season with a penalty killing with an 86.4%, which broke the previous team high of 84.2% which was accomplished two seasons ago in 2005-06. The Everblades also shattered their penalty killing percentage at home, which finished at 89.5%, dethroning the previous high of 85.2% set in 2003-04.
Florida's Playoff History: A look at how the Everblades have done in the post season: 2007: Advanced to American Conference Finals before losing to Dayton Bombers in seven games; 2006: Advanced to division finals before falling to Gwinnett; 2005: American Conference Champions, advancing to Kelly Cup Finals before falling to Trenton; 2004: Eastern Conference Champions, advancing to Kelly Cup Finals before falling to Idaho; 2003: Eliminated in South East Division Wild Card by Greenville; 2002: Advanced to second round before falling to Greenville; 2001: Eliminated in first round quarter-final series by Pee Dee; 2000: Eliminated in first round quarter-final series by Augusta; 1999: Advanced to second round semi-final series before falling to Mississippi.
Playoff Fast Facts: This is the 10th consecutive trip by the Everblades to the Kelly Cup Playoffs...their current streak of ten now ranks as the longest among current ECHL teams...South Carolina held the previous high-water mark having qualified for the first 13 years of their existence until being kept out last season...the streak of 10 straight for the 'Blades is fourth longest in ECHL history behind South Carolina (13), Dayton (11), Hampton Roads (11) and Roanoke (11)...the Everblades are 56-42 all-time in their playoff history...the Everblades have twice advanced to the Kelly Cup Finals, falling 4-games-to-1 to Idaho in the 2004 championship series, and falling 4-games-to-2 to Trenton in the 2005 championship series...the 2006-07 division title by the Everblades was the second division championship the Everblades have captured in their history, having also won their division in 1999-00 when they won the Brabham Cup as the league's top regular season team... the Everblades are 14-9 all-time in game 1 of playoff series', hold a 13-8 all-time record in game 2, are 15-6 all-time in game 3, are 5-10 all-time in game 4, are 4-7 all-time in the fifth game, are 5-1 all-time in game 6, and are 0-1 all-time in game 7.
Playoff Tickets: 2008 Kelly Cup Playoff tickets have gone on sale for the first Everblades home game. Tickets for Games "A" & "B" are on sale now at the Germain Arena box office or by logging on to www.ticketmaster.com or by calling TicketMaster at 239-334-3309. The date for Game "A" will be on April 9 and Game "B" is April 11.
Coach's Show!: The Playoff edition of 'Blades Talk!' the Everblades coach's show will air tonight from 7-8 p.m. at Don Haney's Smokehouse in Ft. Myers! The voice of the Everblades Kevin Reiter will be joined by head coach Gerry Fleming to discuss the upcoming 2008 Kelly Cup Playoffs! The show can be heard live on SportsRadio 770 AM for those who can't attend in person!
Everblades 10th Anniversary Season: 2007-08 marks the 10th Anniversary of the Florida Everblades. In their first nine years the Everblades have compiled a record of 379-198-67 in 644 games...the team has never missed the playoffs in their history, and currently have the longest current streak in the ECHL of consecutive playoff appearances...the Everblades have advanced to the Conference Finals three times in the last four years, and made back-to-back appearances in the Kelly Cup Finals in 2004 & 2005...the team has on Brabham Cup title to its name after finishing with the ECHL's best regular season record in 1999-2000, and the club has won two division titles (1999-2000 & 2006-07).
On the Air: Everblades games, home and away, can be heard on SportsRadio 770 ESPN and via the internet courtesy of Waterman Broadcasting by logging on to www.abc-7.com/sports. In addition, Everblades games can be viewed via the internet thanks to B2 Networks by logging on to www.b2live.com. Join the voice of the Everblades Kevin Reiter as he calls all the action! The Everblades pre-game show begins 20 minutes prior to game time.
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