The #4 seed Florida Everblades will take a 3-2 series lead to the North Charleston Coliseum after they shut out the South Carolina Stingrays on Saturday Night 3-0, “We found a different way to win tonight, and I think that’s important, especially in a seven-game series” said Head Coach Brad Raplh. Florida would open the scoring as Blake Winiecki would pick up his first goal of the series at the 11:05 mark of the first period, and that’s all the Everblades would need in Game 5. Special teams played a huge factor in tonight’s game, as Joe Pendenza would pick up a PP goal at the 17:20 mark to double the Everblades’ lead, “I think specials team has played a big factor in this series; our penalty kill wasn’t great in the regular season so we knew that was something we needed to focus on and we did a great job, and we gained momentum from it and we didn’t look back from there” said Blades defenceman Stefan LeBlanc. The Stingrays would have a huge opportunity as they would be rewarded with a five-on-three to finish the second, and that PP would carry on into the third period but couldn’t convert. Luke Lambdin picked up a PP goal for the Everblades, as they finished the night 2/4 on the man advantage and killed off all five penalties they took.(Quote). Cam Johnson stopped all 35 shots that he faced, “Ya, It was a good game, the boys played well today, I didn’t have too many challenging shots, so those game will win all day, the boys played well in front of me” said Johnson on his 35-save shutout performance, “He’s the backbone of our team” said LeBlanc about Johnson. The Everblades will look to win the series on Monday Night in South Carolina.
I'm Armand. I've been writing for the last four years, and this is my first season at ITR where I cover the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL and Metropolitan Riveters of the PHF.