Florida Everblades

ECHL Game Night: 3-24-12

South Carolina Stingrays 2 @ Florida Everblades 4

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 2-6-8, +4, 10 PIM
D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 1-1-2, E, 5 SOG, 7 PIM (boarding, fighting)
Season Totals: 13 GP, 3-6-9, +3, 39 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 31 GP, 0-10-10, -7, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 38 GP, 19-14-0-3, 2.90 GAA, .903 sv%, 1 SO

They’re in. Florida clinched a playoff spot Saturday night in the franchise's 1000th game with a big home win over South Carolina. On Friday night the ‘Blades scored five times in the second period to beat the Rays 5-2, and tonight they scored four times in the middle frame to beat the Rays 4-2 to complete the three-game sweep of South Carolina. Florida sits in fifth place in the East, three points ahead of Wheeling and four ahead of the Stingrays. Sebastien Piche (pictured) scored for the third straight game and had a Gordie Howe hat trick (goal, assist, and fight). He’s really come on lately. Pat Nagle sat backup to John Muse for the third game in a row since he returned to the ECHL.

ECHL Game Night: 3-23-12

South Carolina Stingrays 2 @ Florida Everblades 5

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 32 GP, 2-6-8, +3, 10 PIM
D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 1-0-1, -1, 3 SOG, 4 PIM (interference, tripping)
Season Totals: 12 GP, 2-5-8, +3, 32 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-1-1, -1, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 30 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 38 GP, 19-14-0-3, 2.90 GAA, .903 sv%, 1 SO

Lightning prospect Sebastien Piche scored for the second consecutive game and David Fischer and Matt Beca both had three assists each as Florida beat South Carolina for the second time this week, 5-2. All of Florida’s goals came in the second period.

With the two points on Friday Florida moved to 79 points on the season, leapfrogging both South Carolina and Wheeling for fifth in the Eastern Conference. Florida plays the Stingrays again on Saturday.

ECHL Game Night: 3-21-12

South Carolina Stingrays 3 @ Florida Everblades 4

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-1-1, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 31 GP, 2-6-8, +4, 10 PIM
D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 1-0-1, E, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 11 GP, 1-5-6, +4, 28 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 29 GP, 0-9-9, -5, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 38 GP, 19-14-0-3, 2.90 GAA, .903 sv%, 1 SO

Florida blew a 2-0 first period lead, but rebounded to top the visiting Stingrays, 4-3. Lightning prospect Sebastien Piche (pictured), acquired from the Red Wings in the Kyle Quincey/Steve Downie trade, scored his first goal as a member of the Lightning organization. His second period marker gave the ‘Blades a brief 3-2 lead. Bolt prospect Charles Landry notched his first point in 11 games with the primary assist on Piche’s first ECHL goal of the year. Piche had 12 goals last year for ECHL Toledo while with the Red Wings organization. Piche returned on Wednesday from a suspension for a boarding major. Former Lightning draftee Kevin Quick, who is now on an AHL contract with Norfolk, was scoreless for the eighth straight game. Goaltender Pat Nagle was back with the Everblades after spending a couple weeks with AHL Norfolk while Admirals goaltender Dustin Tokarski was with NHL Tampa Bay.

With the win, Florida tied South Carolina for third in the South Division standings, but more importantly tied them for sixth in the Eastern Conference standings at 77 points. Wheeling sits just ahead at 78 points. Florida is 8-2 in their last 10 games and now has an eight point cushion on ninth place Reading and Chicago. There are five games left in the regular season.

ECHL Game Night: 3-16-12

Florida Everblades 3 @ Elmira Jackals 2

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 28 GP, 2-5-7, +4, 10 PIM
D Sebastien Piche, FLA: Did not play (suspended)
Season Totals: 9 GP, 0-5-5, +4, 23 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 26 GP, 0-9-9, -5, 2 PIM (Norfolk property)

Cedric Lalonde-McNicholl scored twice in about a two minute span in the third period to put the ‘Blades ahead for good on their way to a huge road win over the conference’s second seed. With the win, Florida stays four points ahead of Cincinnati for seventh in the East. Piche missed his second game due to a suspension for a boarding major.

ECHL Game Night: 3-14-12

Florida Everblades 8 @ Reading Royals 3

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 27 GP, 2-5-7, +5, 10 PIM
D Sebastien Piche, FLA: Did not play (suspended)
Season Totals: 9 GP, 0-5-5, +4, 23 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 25 GP, 0-9-9, -5, 2 PIM (Norfolk property)

Florida posted a snowman on the scoreboard for the second straight game, this time defeating Reading in Pennsylvania, 8-3. Reading had a 2-0 lead halfway through the first period on ‘Blades goaltender John Muse. Florida reeled off four straight goals, then added four more in a 10-minute span between the end of the second period and the midway point of the third. New Lightning prospect Sebastien Piche was suspended for a boarding major in his last game. With the win, Florida is now three points behind South Carolina for sixth in the East, and four points up on Cincinnati for seventh. Chicago, who is in ninth, sits five points back of the Everblades.

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