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After intensely battling the South Carolina Stingrays in Game 3, but still coming up short in a 3-2 defeat, the Florida Everblades had dug themselves a hole that only a few teams in the history of the game have been able to recover from. The found themselves trailing in the series by a nearly insurmountable margin of three games to none, and the next two games of the series were on the road. That’s not exactly a recipe for an epic comeback.
However, on Wednesday night in South Carolina, the Everblades took that first step out of the darkness, but it certainly didn’t come easy. Florida did get quite the boost prior to the game, as starting goaltender Allen York was activated after a scary injury in the opening round against Orlando that put him in a local hospital. Inconsistent play on the defensive end has caused issues for the Everblades in this series, and getting York back could help bring stability, and that’s exactly what he did. York stopped 43 of 44 shots from the Stingrays, and while his performance was impressive, he would not be the only hero on this night.
Game 4 took an incredible 105 minutes and 38 seconds for a victor to be decided. After regulation and two overtime periods weren’t enough, the Everblades and Stingrays pushed through numbing fatigue into another extra frame. A wobbling shot from Gleason Fournier made its way into the crease of Jeff Jakaitis, who made a couple of terrific saves on rebound attempts, but he wasn’t able to stop them all, as Corey Trivino eventually banged home the game-winner, saving his team from a devastating sweep, and early trip to the golf course.
Game 5 is Friday night in South Carolina as the Everblades look to continue their climb out of the abyss. The Stingrays will look to take care of business, preventing the series from shifting back to Florida.