(4)Florida Everblades 4 vs. (1)Reading Royals 1
Quarterfinals: Florida leads the best-of-seven series 2-1
D Charles Landry , FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 9 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 4-12-16, +7, 33 PIM
Florida took an early lead that Reading negated in the opening minutes of the middle frame but the Everblades converted two power play opportunities in a ten minute stretch spanning the second and third periods to pull ahead for good on the scoreboard. Florida later added an empty-netter. Everblades netminder Jesse Deckert, who has delivered uneven results against stiff competition following his prolific stint to close out the regular season, turned in a rock-solid performance, stopping 28 of 29 shots against. Deckert was especially strong during the final period of play when Reading managed a 13-5 shot advantage. Florida will have a chance to push the Eastern Conference's best regular season club to the brink of elimination in the friendly confines of German Arena come Friday night in Estero.