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Final Regular Season Records:
Florida: 49-16-7 (105 pts)
Orlando: 37-25-10 (84 pts)
Game Schedule (Home Team in BOLD CAPS and All Times Local):
Game 1 – Fri. April 17 – Orlando at FLORIDA 7:30pm
Game 2 – Sat. April 18 – Orlando at FLORIDA 7:00PM
Game 3 – Tues. April 21 – Florida at ORLANDO 7:00pm
Game 4 – Thurs. April 23 – Florida at ORLANDO 7:00pm
*Game 5 – Sat. April 25 – Florida at ORLANDO 7:00pm
*Game 6 – Mon. April 27 – Orlando at FLORIDA 7:30pm
*Game 7 – Wed. April 29 – Orlando at FLORIDA 7:30pm
*= If Necessary
Season Series Recap: Florida won the season series 10-4-1, but only three games in the series were decided by more than two goals.
Leading Scorers: Adam Brace leads the East Division champs in scoring against their fellow Sunshine State combatants, having tallied 16 points against the Solar Bears during the regular season. Jacob Cepis leads the charge with 17 points against the Everblades.
Florida Fact: The Everblades have been a model of consistency, having made the postseason in 16 of their 17 seasons since joining the ECHL.
Orlando Fact: The Solar Bears live and die by a good start as they are 26-1-1 when leading after the 1st period, but only 6-16-5 when trailing after the opening frame.
How Florida Wins: Get up early. Orlando is not a team that plays well from behind. Look for Casey Pierro-Zabotel to get rolling. The talented forward was held off the scoresheet in his first three games since being acquired by Florida at the trade deadline, but had four points in Florida’s last two regular season games. The Everblades also need to stay out of the box, as the Solar Bears have the 4th best powerplay on the road.
How Orlando Wins: Great goaltending can carry a team in the postseason, and that is exactly what Orlando has in Garret Sparks. The Solar Bear netminder led the league in save percentage this season (.936) and has the ability to take over games. He’ll be faced with a daunting task, as Florida has a lot of firepower (five players with 50+ points in the regular season) ranking 3rd in the league in goals scored per game. If Sparks gets hot, this will be a fun series to watch.
Who wins this series? Let your voice be heard!