Everblades lose in final seconds

Author: Alex Reed, Everblades
The Florida Everblades will face the Toledo Walleye in the Kelly Cup Finals. (CREDIT: WINK News)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – Rob Bellamy scored with 23 seconds remaining in regulation to propel the South Carolina Stingrays to a 3-2 lead over the Florida Everblades in Game 3 of the East Division Finals at the North Charleston Coliseum Tuesday Evening. South Carolina leads the best-of-seven series 3-0.

The Everblades scored the game’s first goal at 2:33 of the period. Alex Aleardi beat the defender on the right wing circle and backhanded a feed to the top of the crease to Nicolas Deschamps. Deschamps angled the puck high into the net past goaltender Jeff Jakaitis for the goal.

The Stingrays evened the score just moments after their first power play opportunity came to an end. After the power played expired, the Rays maintained possession in the zone. Derek DeBlois delivered a shot toward the ‘Blades net that was stopped by Florida netminder Allen York. The rebound was backhanded in by Sean Dolan from the top of the crease to tie the game at 1-1.

Stingrays took the lead at 7:05 in the second period when DeBlois found Michal Cajkovsky in the slot. Cajkovsky snapped a shot into the top shelf of the net to put the Rays ahead 2-1 after 40 minutes of play.

Florida pieced together a solid third period, and finally netted the equalizer at 6:20 of the third stanza when Matt Marquardt rocketed a shot that hit off the end boards. The puck bounced directly back in front to Corey Trivino who shoved the puck into the net past an out of position Jakaitis to tie the game at two.

Florida continued to press offensively, but could not find the go-ahead marker. After dodging a barrage of shots by the Everblades, the Stingrays carried the puck back the other direction. Marcus Perrier flipped a pass from the slot to the backhand of Rob Bellamy in front. Bellamy directed the puck through the five-hole of York for the goal to secure the 3-2 victory.

Jakaitis earned the win stopping 21 of 23 shots faced, while York takes the loss in his return to the lineup allowing three goals on 24 shots.

The two teams will meet again on Wednesday for Game 4 at the North Charleston Coliseum. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.

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2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs – East Division Finals, Florida Everblades vs. South Carolina Stingrays (South Carolina leads 3-0)

Game 1: Friday, May 1, S. Carolina – 6 at Florida – 3
Game 2: Saturday, May 2, S. Carolina – 4 at Florida – 2
Game 3: Tues., May 5, Florida – 2 at S. Carolina – 3
Game 4: Wed., May 6, Florida at S. Carolina, North Charleston Coliseum, 7:05 p.m.
Game 5: Fri., May 8, Florida at S. Carolina, North Charleston Coliseum, 7:05 p.m. **
Game 6: Monday, May 11, S. Carolina at Florida, Germain Arena, 7:30 p.m.**
Game 7: Tuesday, May 12 , S. Carolina at Florida, Germain Arena, 7:30 p

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