A sweet deal with arrived Saturday night for the Jacksonville Icemen.
Credit history the helps to the Florida Everblades — and to Mickey Mouse.
The Icemen, seeded third in the ECHL South Division, will start out their Kelly Cup playoffs with unforeseen house gain at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on Thursday in opposition to the next-seeded Atlanta Gladiators.
Immediately after beating the Orlando Solar Bears 3-1 in Saturday night’s normal period finale, the Icemen will play not just the opener but the initial four game titles of the Kelly Cup opening-spherical collection towards the Gladiators in Jacksonville.
That’s proper: Though the Gladiators are seeded above the Icemen, Jacksonville in effect receives dwelling ice gain for the series, and in theory could get rid of the Gladiators in a sweep devoid of ever location their skates in Atlanta.
The ECHL cited arena scheduling conflicts for the transfer. Atlanta’s Fuel South Arena is booked from April 21-24 for Disney on Ice, adopted by a a few-working day Christian ministry occasion, the Orange Convention, from April 27-29.
The Everblades, so typically a nemesis for the Icemen in the earlier, indirectly lent them a encouraging stick on Saturday evening. Florida defeat Atlanta 5-3 in their year finale, overtaking the Gladiators for the No. 1 seed and pushing them down a notch into the matchup against Jacksonville. Had Atlanta gained, the Icemen would have instead experienced to participate in against the Everblades, with the Estero club receiving house ice gain.
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When do the Icemen playoffs start?
Match 1: Atlanta at Jacksonville, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21
Recreation 2: Atlanta at Jacksonville, 7 p.m. Friday, April 22
Sport 3: Atlanta at Jacksonville, 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27
Game 4: Atlanta at Jacksonville, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28
Recreation 5 (if vital): Jacksonville at Atlanta, 3 p.m. Sunday, May possibly 1
Recreation 6 (if necessary): Jacksonville at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Monday, Might 2
Sport 7 (if essential): Jacksonville at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Might 4
Icemen freeze Solar Bears in finale
Turning issue: Travis Howe scored the activity-winner late in the 1st period to elevate the Icemen past the Orlando Solar Bears 3-1 in Saturday night’s time finale at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.
A few stars: 1. Howe, Jacksonville (one particular aim). 2. Ara Nazarian, Jacksonville (one purpose). 3. Jacob Panetta, Jacksonville (a person guide).
Penalty box: The groups combined for just one penalty, a hooking insignificant versus Howe, before a bought-out crowd announced at 8,936.
About the rink: Abbott Girduckis included an vacant-net objective in the ultimate minute for the Icemen (40-27-3-2), sealing the team’s 40th victory of the time. … Goaltender Francois Brassard, named 1st-team All-ECHL this week, saved 15 photographs. … The Solar Bears (33-31-6-1) miss the playoffs, edged out for fourth by the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.
Up up coming: The Icemen get started the next Kelly Cup playoff journey in franchise record at 7 p.m. Thursday within their home arena against the Atlanta Gladiators.
Clayton Freeman handles higher school sports activities and a lot more for the Florida Instances-Union. Stick to him on Twitter at @CFreemanJAX.
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