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ESTERO, Fla. – Four Florida Everblades scored during a 4-1 win against the Atlanta Gladiators in Game 1 of the South Division First Round at Germain Arena Monday night. The ‘Blades took the lead in the best-of-7 series 1-0. Game 2 is here tonight.

Martin Ouellette made 20 saves, while Mitchell Heard and Michael Kirkpatrick both tallied a goal and two assists.

Brett Bulmer broke the scoreless tie at the 7:35 into the second period before Atlanta responded when Alex Rauter found a way past Ouellette.

The ‘Blades took control in the third period when Heard, John McCarron, and Kirkpatrick scored three straight goals for a 4-1 lead.

Goaltender Dan Vladar made 45 saves for the Gladiators, keeping Atlanta within reaching distance for most of the battle.

Goal of the Game:

McCarron scores to give Florida a 3-1 lead in the third period.

Highlight of the Game:

Bulmer’s goal at 7:35 into the second.

Need to Know:

Carolina Hurricanes prospect Spencer Smallman recorded an assist in last night’s battle, his first of the postseason. Goaltender Callum Booth has been assigned by the Charlotte Checkers to the ‘Blades.

What’s next?

Game 2 of the Everblades versus Atlanta series starts tonight at 7:35 p.m. at Germain Arena.