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After a grueling series for each, The Florida Everblades and South Carolina Stingrays both advanced to the Division Finals. Florida downed their in-state rival Orlando Solar Bears in a heated matchup, capped by Alex Aleardi’s overtime winner in Game 6. The Stingrays needed the full seven game slate to oust the Reading Royals. Here’s a look at what should be a fun series to watch:
Final Regular Season Records:
Florida: 49-16-2-5 (105 pts) – Defeated Orlando in six game in Round One
South Carolina: 45-20-1-6 (97 pts) – Defeated Reading in seven games in Round One
Game Schedule (Home Team in BOLD CAPS and All Times Local):
Game 1 – Fri. May 1 – South Carolina at FLORIDA 7:30pm
Game 2 – Sat. May 2 – South Carolina at FLORIDA 7:00PM
Game 3 – Tues. May 5 – Florida at SOUTH CAROLINA 7:05pm
Game 4 – Wed. May 6 – Florida at SOUTH CAROLINA 7:05pm
*Game 5 – Fri. May 8 – Florida at SOUTH CAROLINA 7:05pm
*Game 6 – Mon. May 11 – South Carolina at FLORIDA 7:30pm
*Game 7 – Tues. May 12 – South Carolina at FLORIDA 7:30pm
*= If Necessary
Season Series Recap: Florida won the season series, going 8-2-1, but six of those wins came prior to South Carolina’s historic winning streak. The Stingrays have definitely been a different team since then. Florida also won all five matchups at South Carolina, all in regulation.
Leading Scorers: Adam Brace and Mike Little combined for 22 points against the Stingrays this season. Joe Devin led South Carolina with four goals against Florida in the regular season, and also leads his squad (and the league) with six goals so far in the postseason.
Florida Fact: Goalie Allen York played well against the Stingrays in the regular season with a record of 2-0-1 and 1.62 goals against average, but his status is unknown after a scary injury in Game 5 against Orlando.
South Carolina Fact: Reigning ECHL MVP and Goalie of the Year Jeff Jakaitis was nearly unbeatable in the regular season, but has had his struggles so far in the postseason, posting a paltry save percentage of .890 and a goals against average of 2.85.