The Florida Everblades ended the regular season in style last weekend with a 10-0 thrashing of their in-state rival, the Orlando Solar Bears.
Saturday’s game turned out to be a warm-up for the first round of the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs in a best-of-7 series. Orlando’s fate was sealed as the Eastern Conference’s No. 8 seed with its loss.
The No. 1 seeded local favorites hosted the Solar Bears in first game of the playoffs Wednesday at Germain Arena and lost the home opener 4-2, looks like they could have used some of those goals from last saturday, the two teams meet again tonight.
This will be the second playoff series between the two in-state rivals. In their last meeting the Everblades defeated the Solar Bears 4 games to 2 in the first round of the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs where the two team played a tight series, whereby 4 of the 6 games were decided by a single goal with the Everblades winning the final game in overtime.
The other South Division semifinal series features the Greenville Swamp Rabbits and the South Carolina Stingrays.
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The playoff schedule for the first round South Division Semifinal Series was yesterday, but the remainder of the schedule is as follows:
Game 2: Friday, April 14 vs. Orlando, 7:30 p.m. (Germain Arena)
Game 3: Thursday, April 20 at Orlando, 7:00 p.m. (Amway Center, Orlando)
Game 4: Saturday, April 22 at Orlando, 7:00 p.m. (Amway Center, Orlando)
Game 5: Sunday, April 23 at Orlando, 4:00 p.m. (Amway Center, Orlando)**
Game 6: Tuesday, April 25 vs. Orlando, 7:30 p.m. (Germain Arena)**
Game 7: Wednesday, April 26 vs. Orlando, 7:30 p.m. (Germain Arena)**