Published: May 23, 2012 5:34 PM EDT
Updated: May 23, 2012 6:14 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Things are heating up on the ice at Germain Arena. The Florida Everblades are one win away from winning their first ever Kelly Cup. Game five is tonight and the excitement continues to grow and so does the number of fans jumping on the bandwagon.

The ice is quiet right now, but that won't last for very long. Less than an hour ago, the players were on the ice for a final practice. The practice was optional, but the team is feeling the heat now that hockey fever is on the rise at Germain Arena.

As the clock ticks closer to game time, tickets are continuing sell at an unprecedented rate. No surprise here: the number of tickets sold have gone up with every win and the line outside the arena today is reflecting that.

By comparison, 4,700 seats were sold for the game against Las Vegas last night and as of 10:30 a.m., more than 5,500 had already been purchased.

Fans say without many local teams in Southwest Florida, it's exciting to have a hometown team to rally behind. There are 7,200 seats to fill, and not many left, but tickets are still available at the box office.

Puck drops tonight at 7:30.