1. Home
  2. News
  3. EVERBLADES AND GROWLERS MEET AGAIN IN EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

EVERBLADES AND GROWLERS MEET AGAIN IN EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

Friday, May 19th
EVERBLADES AND GROWLERS MEET AGAIN IN EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

ESTERO, Fla. – For the third time since 2019, the Florida Everblades and Newfoundland Growlers are set to lock horns in the Eastern Conference Finals, as the Blades continue their quest for back-to-back ECHL Kelly Cup Championships and the organization’s third Kelly Cup overall. 

With victories in the first two postseason series in the books, the 2023 Kelly Cup Playoffs, presented by Lexus Dealers of Southwest Florida, resume with the opening game of the best-of-seven series Friday at Hertz Arena at 7:30 p.m. The Swamp will be the site of the first three games of the Eastern Conference Finals, with Game Two slated for Saturday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m. and Game Three on tap for Monday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. Following Game Three, the series will head north of the border for the remainder of the series starting with Game Four on Thursday, May 25 at 5:30 p.m. ET in St. John’s, Newfoundland. 

The winner of the Florida-Newfoundland series will claim the E.A. “Bud” Gingher Memorial Trophy and a spot in the 2023 Kelly Cup Finals against either the Idaho Steelheads or the Toledo Walleye who begin their best-of-seven matchup in the Western Conference Finals for the Bruce Taylor Trophy Saturday in Boise. 

In their respective divisional finals, the fourth-seeded Everblades eliminated the second-seeded Jacksonville Icemen in six games, while the top-seeded Growlers dispatched the second-seeded Reading Royals in five games. 

During the regular season, the Everblades and Growlers hooked up for a three-game series in the Sunshine State in March. Florida won the opener 4-2 on March 22, but Newfoundland closed out the set with a 3-0 win and a 3-2 victory on March 24-25, respectively. Sean Josling scored three of Florida’s six goals, with two coming in the series finale. Lukas Kälble had a team-high three assists, all coming in the series opener. 

Blades netminder Cam Johnson authored a 1-2 record and a 2.38 GAA in the three games, while his Growlers counterpart Dryden McKay made starts in the final two games, combining for 78 saves in his two wins. The Everblades were outscored by a hard-luck 8-6 margin in the series despite outshooting the Growlers by a one-side 115-69 count. Florida put 35 or more shots on goal in each game, while Newfoundland posted a high of 28 and combined for just 41 in the final two meetings. 

The rivals have met in the Eastern Conference Finals twice previously, with each team winning one series and posting a 5-5 record I individual games. In 2022, Florida took a 4-1 series victory with overtime wins in Games One and Five, while Newfoundland picked up its only win in Game Four at Hertz Arena, avoiding the series sweep by a 4-1 count. The Blades outscored the Growlers in the series 17-15. Stefan Leblanc (2 G, 5 A) and John McCarron (7 A) led the Everblades with seven points, while Ben Masella was one of five Florida players to notch two or more goals. 

In 2019, Newfoundland captured the series 4-1 and claimed three wins by way of shutout. Florida’s only win was a 5-4 victory in St. John’s. 

Single game tickets for all home games in the Eastern Conference Finals are on sale at the Fifth Third Bank Box Office at Hertz Arena, online HERE or by calling the Everblades office at 239-948-PUCK.  

Our popular 239 Deal will be back for Monday’s Game Three. Don’t miss out and be sure to secure two tickets, one program and a large bucket of popcorn for the great low price of $39! 

2023 KELLY CUP PLAYOFFS – THIRD ROUND AT A GLANCE 

Game 1

Friday, May 19

Growlers at Everblades

Hertz Arena 7:30 p.m

Game 2

Saturday, May 20

Growlers at Everblades

Hertz Arena 7:00 p.m.

Game 3

Monday, May 22

Growlers at Everblades

Hertz Arena 7:30 p.m. 

Game 4

Thursday, May 25

Everblades at Growlers

Mary Brown's Centre 5:30 p.m.

Game 5*

Saturday, May 28

Everblades at Growlers

Mary Brown's Centre 2:30 p.m.

Game 6*

Tuesday, May 30

Everblades at Growlers

Mary Brown's Centre 5:30 p.m.

Game 7*

Wednesday, May 31

Everblades at Growlers

Mary Brown's Centre 5:30 p.m.

---

JOIN THE FUN 

The 2023-24 season ticket plans are on sale now! Become a Blades 365 Member for the 2023-24 season and enjoy incredible savings and benefits! To view the Blades 365 Membership savings, benefits and options click HERE. 

Group Packages are available for a group of 10 or more! Everblades put FUN in FUNdraising! There is no handling of money or tickets and no limit to the amount of money your group can make with the Everblades easy-to-run online Fundraiser! For more information, or to reserve a Fundraiser Night at an Everblades regular season home game, call or text (239) 948-7825. 

Grab the newest and hottest Everblades merchandise by checking out the entire collection that is available online by visiting shop.floridaeverblades.com or at the Hertz Arena Pro Shop!

JOIN THE CONVERSATION  Watch every Florida Everblades game on FloHockey.TV. Listen to the exciting game action on ESPN Southwest Florida on 770 AM, 98.1 FM, 104.3 FM and online at https://espnswfl.com or everblades.mixlr.com.  

Stay up to date by following the Florida Everblades on Social Media with all the latest news, scores and promotions on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Tiktok and Twitter.   

The Florida Everblades are the proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Florida Panthers and the AHL's Charlotte Checkers.

###

Upcoming Home Games

Full Schedule
Jacksonville Icemen @ Florida Everblades
Wednesday, March 6th
Jacksonville Icemen @ Florida Everblades
Puck Drops:
7:30 PM EST
Hertz Arena
Jacksonville Icemen
JAX Jacksonville Icemen
at
Florida Everblades
FLA Florida Everblades
Hertz Arena
St. Patty's Day
Friday, March 8th
St. Patty's Day
Puck Drops:
7:30 PM EST
Hertz Arena
Orlando Solar Bears
ORL Orlando Solar Bears
at
Florida Everblades
FLA Florida Everblades
Hertz Arena
Savannah Ghost Pirates @ Florida Everblades
Wednesday, March 20th
Savannah Ghost Pirates @ Florida Everblades
Puck Drops:
7:30 PM EDT
Hertz Arena
Savannah Ghost Pirates
SAV Savannah Ghost Pirates
at
Florida Everblades
FLA Florida Everblades
Hertz Arena

Latest News

More News
Blades Stung in 3-2 Loss to South Carolina
Blades Stung in 3-2 Loss to South Carolina
Everblades Look to Take Series Against Stingrays
Everblades Look to Take Series Against Stingrays
Blades Fall Short Against Stingrays in 5-2 Loss
Blades Fall Short Against Stingrays in 5-2 Loss

Get Hockey Updates

Sign up for our email newsletter to be the first to know about news and upcoming games!