Florida Everblades

ECHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-18-12

(W3) Las Vegas Wranglers 3 @ (E5) Florida Everblades 4 (OT)
Kelly Cup Finals – Florida leads best of 7 series 2-1

D Charles Landry, FLA: Did not play.
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 1-2-3, +5, 5 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 10 PIM
D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 38 PIM
Season Totals: 15 GP, 3-6-9, +1, 41 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: Did not play.
Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play (backup)
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-1-0, 1.42 GAA, .941 sv%, 2 SO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 20-14-0-3, 2.87 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO

Former QMJHL (Baie-Comeau, Moncton) star Matt Marquardt (pictured) scored at 13:49 of overtime to lift the Florida Everblades to a 4-3 home win over Las Vegas in Game 3 of the Kelly Cup Finals. Florida now leads the best-of-7 series, 2-1. Lightning prospect Sebastien Piche earned the primary assist on Justin Shugg’s game-tying goal with under four minutes left in regulation. Charles Landry and Kevin Quick were healthy scratches for the second straight game. Pat Nagle sat backup to John Muse, who stopped 32 of 35 shots. Game 4 is not until Tuesday night in southwest Florida.

ECHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-15-12

(E5) Florida Everblades 7 @ (W3) Las Vegas Wranglers 2
Kelly Cup Finals – Best of 7 series tied 1-1

D Charles Landry, FLA: Did not play.
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 1-2-3, +5, 5 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 10 PIM
D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (delay of game)
Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 2-7-9, +8, 38 PIM
Season Totals: 15 GP, 3-6-9, +1, 41 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: Did not play.
Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play (backup)
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-1-0, 1.42 GAA, .941 sv%, 2 SO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 20-14-0-3, 2.87 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO

After spotting Las Vegas a 2-0 lead after one period, Florida pounded the Wranglers with seven unanswered goals to win the game 7-2 and tie the best-of-7 Kelly Cup Finals series at one game apiece. Naples News reporter Woody Womack said the ‘Blades seemed to be ignited by Florida tough guy Leigh Salters attempting to fight with Wranglers goalie Joe Fallon. David Rutherford, a former teammate of Lightning prospects Dustin Tokarski and Tyler Johnson at WHL Spokane, was named first star for the game. He had a goal and two assists. Seven different players scored for Florida. Lightning prospect Charles Landry and Norfolk property Kevin Quick were healthy scratches for Florida. The series now moves to southwest Florida for games 3-5 beginning on Friday.

ECHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-14-12

(E5) Florida Everblades 1 @ (W3) Las Vegas Wranglers 2
Kelly Cup Finals – Las Vegas leads best of 7 series 1-0

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 5 PIM (fighting)
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 1-2-3, +5, 5 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 10 PIM
D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 5 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 2-7-9, +7, 36 PIM
Season Totals: 15 GP, 3-6-9, +1, 41 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 4 PIM
Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play (backup)
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-1-0, 1.42 GAA, .941 sv%, 2 SO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 20-14-0-3, 2.87 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO

Florida opened their Kelly Cup Finals series with Las Vegas by outshooting the Wranglers 33-23, but falling on the scoreboard, 2-1. Las Vegas took a 2-0 lead in the second period, and although Florida cut the lead to one with two minutes left in the game, they couldn’t get the equalizer. The game featured a brawl of sorts at the end of the second period that involved Lightning prospect Charles Landry and former Lightning draft pick Kevin Quick. Las Vegas goaltender Joe Fallon was named first star for stopping 32 of 33 shots. Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson was among those involved in pre-game festivities. Game 2 is Tuesday night in Las Vegas.

ECHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-5-12

(E3) Kalamazoo Wings 1 @ (E5) Florida Everblades 3
ECHL Eastern Conference Finals – Florida wins best of 7 series 4-1

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 1-2-3, +5, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 10 PIM
D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 2 SOG, 4 PIM (cross checking, tripping), *First Star*
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 2-7-9, +7, 36 PIM
Season Totals: 15 GP, 3-6-9, +1, 41 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 6 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play.
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-1-0, 1.42 GAA, .941 sv%, 2 SO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 20-14-0-3, 2.87 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO

For the first time since 2005, Florida is heading to the Kelly Cup Finals. Lightning prospect Sebastien Piche (pictured), acquired from Detroit in the Kyle Quincey trade, was named first star on Saturday as Florida defeated Kalamazoo 3-1 to clinch the series, 4-1. Pat Nagle, who shut out the K-Wings in Game 1 before losing Game 2, watched from the bench as Carolina prospect John Muse stopped 27 of 28 shots for his third straight win. The ‘Blades will play the Las Vegas Wranglers in the finals, starting Monday, May 14. Both teams are seeking their first Kelly Cup title. The Everblades are making their third appearance in the Kelly Cup Finals (2004 and 2005), while the Wranglers have advanced to the finals for the second time (2008). The Wranglers used to be affiliated with Calgary, then Phoenix, but currently do not have an NHL or AHL affiliate. Their director of scouting is someone Lightning fans will remember from the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals, Keith Primeau. (Photo courtesy of swamphockey.com.

ECHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-3-12

(E3) Kalamazoo Wings 3 @ (E5) Florida Everblades 7
ECHL Eastern Conference Finals – Florida leads best of 7 series 3-1

D Charles Landry, FLA: 1-1-2, +2, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 1-2-3, +5, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 10 PIM
D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 2-6-8, +6, 32 PIM
Season Totals: 15 GP, 3-6-9, +1, 41 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-1-1, +2, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (elbowing)
Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 6 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play.
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-1-0, 1.42 GAA, .941 sv%, 2 SO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 20-14-0-3, 2.87 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO

Florida is within one win of reaching the Kelly Cup Finals for the first time since 2005 after scoring seven goals on 25 shots Thursday in a 7-3 win over Kalamazoo. The victory gives the ‘Blades a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference Finals series. Lightning prospect Charles Landry, who was a healthy scratch for games 1 and 2, scored his first professional playoff goal. He also added an assist. Pat Nagle watched as John Muse made 28 saves in the win. Florida can advance to the finals by winning at home on Saturday. Games 6 and 7, if necessary, will be in Michigan. (Naples News photo)

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