Eagles claim first Kelly Cup title

The Colorado Eagles captured their first Kelly Cup championship on Monday with a 2-1 win over the South Carolina Stingrays in Game 4 of the 2017 Kelly Cup Finals at the North Charleston Coliseum.

 

It is the first sweep in the Kelly Cup Finals since Greenville defeated Dayton in four games in 2002. Colorado won its final eight games of the postseason, tying the fourth-longest playoff winning streak in ECHL history while the Eagles’ six overtime wins during the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs set a new league record.

 

Colorado’s Matt Register was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs, becoming the first defenseman to win the award in the ECHL’s 29-year history. Register, who was named the 2016-17 ECHL Defenseman of the Year, led all defensemen in the playoffs with eight goals and 24 points. His 24 points were second among all players in the postseason.

 

Shawn St-Amant led Colorado in the series with five points (1g-4a) while Matt Garbowsky scored a team-leading four goals. Lukas Hafner went 4-0 with a 1.97 goals-against average and a save percentage of .923.

 

Register, along with teammates Alex Belzile and Casey Pierro-Zabotel, captured their second Kelly Cup championships. Register and Pierro-Zabotel were members of Allen’s championship squad in 2016 while Belzile previously won the Kelly Cup with Alaska in 2014.

 

2017 Kelly Cup Finals
Game 1South Carolina 2 at COLORADO 3 (2 OT)
Game 2South Carolina 2 at COLORADO 3
Game 3COLORADO 5 at South Carolina 4 (OT)
Game 4COLORADO 2 at South Carolina 1

 

Kelly Cup Champions
2017 – Colorado defeated South Carolina, 4 games to 0
2016 – Allen defeated Wheeling, 4 games to 2
2015 – Allen defeated South Carolina, 4 games to 3
2014 – Alaska defeated Cincinnati, 4 games to 2
2013 – Reading defeated Stockton, 4 games to 1
2012 – Florida defeated Las Vegas, 4 games to 1
2011 – Alaska defeated Kalamazoo, 4 games to 1
2010 – Cincinnati defeated Idaho, 4 games to 1
2009 – South Carolina defeated Alaska, 4 games to 3
2008 – Cincinnati defeated Las Vegas, 4 games to 2
2007 – Idaho defeated Dayton, 4 games to 1
2006 – Alaska defeated Gwinnett, 4 games to 1
2005 – Trenton defeated Florida, 4 games to 2
2004 – Idaho defeated Florida, 4 games to 1
2003 – Atlantic City defeated Columbia, 4 games to 1
2002 – Greenville defeated Dayton, 4 games to 0
2001 – South Carolina defeated Trenton, 4 games to 1
2000 – Peoria defeated Louisiana, 4 games to 2
1999 – Mississippi defeated Richmond, 4 games to 3
1998 – Hampton Roads defeated Pensacola, 4 games to 2
1997 – South Carolina defeated Louisiana, 4 games to 1

 

Riley Cup Champions
1996 – Charlotte defeated Jacksonville, 4 games to 0
1995 – Richmond defeated Greensboro, 4 games to 1
1994 – Toledo defeated Raleigh, 4 games to 1
1993 – Toledo defeated Wheeling, 4 games to 2
1992 – Hampton Roads defeated Louisville, 4 games to 0
1991 – Hampton Roads defeated Greensboro, 4 games to 1
1990 – Greensboro defeated Winston-Salem, 4 games to 1
1989 – Carolina defeated Johnstown, 4 games to 3