Jacksonville Icemen playoff schedule set after beating Orlando

A sweet treat arrived Saturday night for the Jacksonville Icemen.

Credit the assists to the Florida Everblades – and to Mickey Mouse.

The Icemen, seeded third in the ECHL South Division, will begin their Kelly Cup playoffs with unexpected home advantage at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on Thursday against the second-seeded Atlanta Gladiators.

After beating the Orlando Solar Bears 3-1 in Saturday night’s regular season finale, the Icemen will play not just the opener but the first four games of the Kelly Cup opening-round series against the Gladiators in Jacksonville.

That’s right: Although the Gladiators are seeded above the Icemen, Jacksonville in effect receives home ice advantage for the series, and in theory could eliminate the Gladiators in a sweep without ever setting their skates in Atlanta.

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