Saturday’s Kelly Cup Playoffs Recap

Florida’s offense comes through in Game 2 win
Series tied 1-1

By Chris Gill
Special to the Naples Daily News

Given the numbers, the Florida Everblades were just softening up the Elmira Jackals in Game 1 of their ECHL Eastern Conference semifinal series.

After scoring one goal on 46 shots Friday, the Everblades were dialed in early Saturday, scoring twice with their first five shots en route to a 5-0 win at First Arena.

Now tied 1-1, the series will head to Germain Arena for the next three games, giving Florida a chance to end this portion of the Kelly Cup Playoff bracket on home ice.

“Huge. Huge. Pressure means nothing this time of the year, as we saw yesterday with 46 shots on net and still came out with a loss,” Florida assistant coach Brad Tapper said. “It was huge for sure to get that win heading home, gave us some momentum. Looking forward to having our fans out, we need to pack that building and get it loud, that’s for sure.”

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Kalamazoo rallies with three third-period goals to down Stingrays
K-Wings lead series 2-0

By Pam Shebest
Kalamazoo Gazette

The Kalamazoo Wings exploded for three goals in the final seven minutes for a 4-1 win against the South Carolina Stingrays Saturday night at Wings Stadium.

The K-Wings (5-1-0) take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven ECHL Eastern Conference semifinal with games 3, 4 and, if needed, 5 at South Carolina (3-3-0) beginning Wednesday.

“It’s gonna be a little tougher on the bigger ice,” K-Wings forward Darryl Bootland said. “As long as we stick to our plan, we don’t want to play anybody else’s style. If we play K-Wings hockey, we feel like we can beat anybody.”

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Thunder use overtime to skate past Aces
Series tied 1-1

By The Stockton Record

Forward Chris D’Alvise scored 9 minutes, 19 seconds into overtime, giving the Thunder a 3-2 victory over the Alaska Aces on Saturday night in Game 2 of their best-of-seven ECHL National Conference semifinal series before a crowd of 5,561 at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska.

The Thunder tied the series at 1-1. Game 3 will be played at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Stockton Arena.

Alaska struck twice midway through the second period following a scoreless first. Defenseman Brandon Gentile scored on Thunder goalkeeper Olivier Roy at the 9:14 mark and forward Nick Mazzolini added another goal 51 seconds later, giving the Aces a 2-0 lead.

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