Florida Everblades

ECHL Game Night 10-19-13

Florida Everblades 4 vs. Orlando Solar Bears 1

FW Danick Gauthier, FLA: 1-1-2, +2, 3 SOG, 2 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct)
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 3 SOG, 2 PIM

G Kristers Gudlevskis, FLA: W, 1.01 GAA, 20 S / 21 SA (.952 SV%)
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1.01 GAA, 20 S / 21 SA (.952 SV%)

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 1 SOG, 2 PIM

FW Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA (AHL Contract): 1-0-0, +1, 3 SOG, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 3 SOG, 2 PIM

D Dan Milan, FLA: Did not play
2012-2013 totals: 43 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 23 SOG, 56 PIM

FW Carl Nielsen, FLA (AHL Contract): 0-1-1, +1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM

In his North American pro debut, recent draftee Kristers Gudlevskis steered aside all but one of twenty-one shots he faced in backstopping Florida to a sound decision in its seasons opener at home over divisional rival Orlando. It took a point shot that got through past numbers in the net front to spoil Gudlevskis' shutout bid. Fellow Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier (1 G, 1 A) as well as Maxime Langelier-Parent (1 G) and Carl Nielsen (1 A), both having contracts with and on assignment from AHL Syracuse, chipped in offensively. Florida (1-0-0, 2 PTS) and Orlando (0-1-0, 0 PTS) will square off again Saturday night in Orlando.

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Bolts Finalize Deal with Gudlevskis

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis (güd-LEV-skeez, KRISS-turs) to a three-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Gudlevskis was recently drafted in the fifth round, 124th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in Newark, New Jersey.

Gudlevskis, 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, played in 56 games with HC Riga in Russia’s top junior league, the MHL, last season, posting a 27-18 record with a .927 save percentage and a 2.09 goals-against average with three shutouts. He ranked fourth in the MHL for save percentage among goaltenders with more than seven games played and sixth for goals-against average. Gudlevskis’ three shutouts were tied for 10th in the league. He also appeared in three playoff games. Gudlevskis also played in two games with the Riga Dinamo of the KHL last season, his debut in Europe’s top league, posting a 1-1 record with a .921 save percentage and 2.18 goals-against average.

ECHL Playoff Game Night: 5-1-13

(4)Florida Everblades 1 @ (1)Reading Royals 4
Quarterfinals: Reading wins the best-of-seven series 4-3

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 13 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 11 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 4-12-16, +7, 33 PIM

There will be no repeat Kelly Cup championship. Down 2-0 just past the midpoint of the second period, Florida saw its playoff hopes slowly fading away before Reading dashed them entirely by tacking on a couple goals in the waning minutes of regulation play. Brandon MacLean managed to strike for the Everblades in order to prevent the goose-egg. Shots ended up looking balanced at 26-25 in favor of Reading for the match but Reading carried the balance of play in what proved to be a critical second period. Jesse Deckert, the late-season free agent pickup who was impressive in Florida's final stretch of regular season games, stopped 22 of 26 shots in the contest. Deckert finished the playoffs 7-4-1 having played in all but one of the Everblades postseason matches, posting a 3.17 GAA and .896 SV% in that span. Charles Landry, the Lightning's sole prospect to see action in the playoffs so far, went pointless through the Florida's last nine playoff games.

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ECHL Playoff Game Night: 4-30-13

(4)Florida Everblades 2 @ (1)Reading Royals 1
Quarterfinals: The best-of-seven series is tied 3-3

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 12 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 11 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 4-12-16, +7, 33 PIM

Facing the increasingly likely prospect of elimination while trailing by a goal midway through the third period, Florida scored two even-strength goals a minute and half apart to pull ahead for good and force a Game 7. Both teams finished the match 0-for-1 on the power play. Jesse Deckert, back in net for the Everblades after backing up Brady Hjelle for a game, stopped 26 of 27 shots to earn his seventh win of the postseason. Charles Landry, the Lightning's sole prospect to see action in the playoffs so far, has gone pointless over the last eight games. Both clubs will get their shot to close the other out Wednesday night.

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ECHL Playoff Game Night: 4-27-13

(4)Florida Everblades 4 vs. (1)Reading Royals 5 (OT)
Quarterfinals: Reading leads the best-of-seven series 3-2

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (hooking)
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 11 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 4-12-16, +7, 33 PIM

Florida stormed back from a two-goal first period deficit to stake a 4-2 past the midpoint of the final frame but Reading scored power play goals just minutes apart with regulation play winding down to force the match into overtime before finishing the Everblades for the second consecutive night. Brady Hjelle made his first start in net for the home squad, stopping 25 of 29 shots in defeat. Charles Landry's hooking minor with under three minutes remaining led to the game-tying Royals goal. With its fate hanging in the balance, Florida now heads back to Reading. The Everblades will get their crack at the Royals on Tuesday night in order to try and force a Game 7 come Wednesday.

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