A sweet handle arrived Saturday evening for the Jacksonville Icemen.
Credit the helps to the Florida Everblades — and to Mickey Mouse.
The Icemen, seeded 3rd in the ECHL South Division, will start their Kelly Cup playoffs with unanticipated house benefit at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on Thursday against the next-seeded Atlanta Gladiators.
Soon after beating the Orlando Solar Bears 3-1 in Saturday night’s normal season finale, the Icemen will perform not just the opener but the initially 4 video games of the Kelly Cup opening-round series versus the Gladiators in Jacksonville.
Which is correct: Though the Gladiators are seeded previously mentioned the Icemen, Jacksonville in influence gets home ice advantage for the series, and in theory could eliminate the Gladiators in a sweep without the need of ever setting their skates in Atlanta.
The ECHL cited arena scheduling conflicts for the go. Atlanta’s Gasoline South Arena is booked from April 21-24 for Disney on Ice, followed by a a few-working day Christian ministry occasion, the Orange Meeting, from April 27-29.
The Everblades, so typically a nemesis for the Icemen in the earlier, indirectly lent them a assisting stick on Saturday evening. Florida defeat Atlanta 5-3 in their time finale, overtaking the Gladiators for the No. 1 seed and pushing them down a notch into the matchup towards Jacksonville. Had Atlanta received, the Icemen would have alternatively had to participate in in opposition to the Everblades, with the Estero club acquiring household ice advantage.
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When do the Icemen playoffs start?
Recreation 1: Atlanta at Jacksonville, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21
Video game 2: Atlanta at Jacksonville, 7 p.m. Friday, April 22
Activity 3: Atlanta at Jacksonville, 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27
Activity 4: Atlanta at Jacksonville, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28
Video game 5 (if important): Jacksonville at Atlanta, 3 p.m. Sunday, May well 1
Game 6 (if necessary): Jacksonville at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Monday, Could 2
Recreation 7 (if required): Jacksonville at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May well 4
Icemen freeze Photo voltaic Bears in finale
Turning point: Travis Howe scored the game-winner late in the initial period to raise the Icemen previous the Orlando Photo voltaic Bears 3-1 in Saturday night’s year finale at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.
3 stars: 1. Howe, Jacksonville (just one target). 2. Ara Nazarian, Jacksonville (a person aim). 3. Jacob Panetta, Jacksonville (1 assist).
Penalty box: The groups blended for just one penalty, a hooking minimal versus Howe, ahead of a marketed-out group declared at 8,936.
All over the rink: Abbott Girduckis additional an empty-net goal in the remaining minute for the Icemen (40-27-3-2), sealing the team’s 40th victory of the year. … Goaltender Francois Brassard, named very first-group All-ECHL this week, saved 15 shots. … The Photo voltaic Bears (33-31-6-1) miss the playoffs, edged out for fourth by the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.
Up next: The Icemen start the second Kelly Cup playoff journey in franchise background at 7 p.m. Thursday within their household arena in opposition to the Atlanta Gladiators.
Clayton Freeman addresses superior school sports and additional for the Florida Moments-Union. Observe him on Twitter at @CFreemanJAX.
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