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American Conference – South Division Finals (Best of Seven)

#1 Florida Everblades (49-17-5) vs. #2 South Carolina Stingrays (42-23-6)

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Florida eliminated South Carolina from the Kelly Cup Playoffs in the conference quarterfinals in 2005, in the division finals in 2004 and in the wild card game in 2002.

The Everblades have qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs in every one of their 11 seasons while the Stingrays have qualified a league record 15 times in 16 seasons. Florida advanced to the Kelly Cup Finals in 2004 and 2005 and to the conference finals in 2007. South Carolina won the first Kelly Cup and became the first team to win both the regular season and postseason titles in the same year in 1997. The Stingrays, who are the all-time leader with 122 postseason games and 65 postseason wins, became the first two-time Kelly Cup winner in 2001 and advanced to the conference finals in 2008.

South Carolina won the last two meetings to improve to 3-3-0 at home and 6-6-0 overall in the regular season against the Everblades. Florida won the last two home games against the Stingrays and was 3-3-0 at home and 6-5-1 overall in the regular season.

Kevin Baker led the Everblades against South Carolina with nine goals and 18 points in 12 games while defenseman Peter Metcalf tied Baker for the team lead with nine assists and was fourth on the team with nine points in eight games. Michael Dubuc led the Stingrays against Florida with nine goals and 16 points in 10 games while Travis Morin and Pierre-Luc O’Brien tied for the team lead with eight assists and ranked second and third, respectively, with 14 and 12 points.

Florida rookie David Leggio was 2-2-1 with a goals-against average of 2.81 in seven games against the Stingrays while Jonathan Boutin was 2-1-0 with a goals-against average of 3.13 against the Everblades.

Florida leads the Kelly Cup Playoffs on the power play with 25.8 percent (8-for-31) while South Carolina is third with 23.7 percent (9-for-38). The Stingrays lead the postseason with 4.33 goals per game while the Everblades are tied for seventh with 3.20. Florida is third in goals-against average with 2.20 and South Carolina is eighth with 3.17.

South Carolina’s Maxime Lacroix is tied for the rookie lead in the Kelly Cup Playoffs with three power-play assists and four power-play points. Brad Farynuk of the Stingrays leads league defensemen in the postseason with three power-play goals and is tied for the postseason lead with three goals and five power-play points. Florida’s Peter Metcalf leads defensemen with four power-play assists and is tied for the lead with five assists while his four power-play points and six points tie him for second. Stingrays rookie Nikita Kashirsky has a four-game assist streak (4a) and a six-game point streak (1g-6a).

Friday, Apr. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
South Carolina at Florida

Saturday, Apr. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
South Carolina at Florida

Friday, May 1 at 7:05 p.m.
Florida at South Carolina

Saturday, May 2 at 7:05 p.m.
Florida at South Carolina

Sunday, May 3 at 5 p.m.
Florida at South Carolina (If Necessary)

Tuesday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m.
South Carolina at Florida (If Necessary)

Wednesday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m.
South Carolina at Florida (If Necessary)

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