ECHL Today – April 16


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2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs Southern Division Finals (Best-of-Five Series)

No. 4 South Carolina Stingrays (39-28-5) at No. 3 Florida Everblades (37-25-10) 7:30 ET

* South Carolina upset No. 1 Seed Columbia, three games to one, in the Southern Division Semifinals.
* South Carolina shut out No. 1 Seed and defending Southern Conference Champion Columbia 3-0 on Tuesday to win its series.
* Florida upset No. 2 Seed Roanoke, three games to one, in the Southern Division Semifinals.
* Florida won 3-2 in double overtime on Monday to win its series.
* Stingrays’ Kirk Daubenspeck is 3-1 with a 1.99 goals against average and a shutout in four playoff games.
* Florida’s Tom Buckley has a goal in every game and leads the postseason with six goals and nine points.
* Ed Courtenay leads South Carolina in the playoffs with four assists and five points.
* Everblades’ Matt Pagnutti is tied for second among ECHL defensemen with four points (1g-3a).
* Stingrays have qualified for the postseason in each of their 11 seasons, tying the ECHL record for playoff appearances and consecutive playoff appearances, winning the Kelly Cup in 1997 and 2001.
* Florida has qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of its six seasons in the ECHL.
* Ed Courtenay led South Carolina with 29 goals, 66 points, 15 power-play goals, and 31 power-play points.
* Florida’s Brian McCullough ranked second in the ECHL with 40 goals and third with 87 points.
* Florida and South Carolina met previously in the postseason with Florida winning 3-2 at South Carolina in the 2002 Kelly Cup Playoffs Southern Conference Wild Card Game.
* The Everblades were 0-2-1 at home and 2-1-0 at South Carolina in 2003-04 and are 25-12-7 all-time in the regular season and 1-0 in the postseason against the Stingrays.
* The Stingrays were 1-2-0 at home and 3-0-0 at Florida in 2003-04 and are 19-20-5 all-time in the regular season and 0-1 in the postseason against the Everblades.

2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs Central Division Finals (Best-of-Five Series)

No. 3 Gwinnett Gladiators (42-22-8) at No. 1 Louisiana IceGators (48-22-2) 7:05 CT

* No. 1 Seed Louisiana beat Pensacola, three games to two, in the Central Division Semifinals.
* Louisiana beat Pensacola 2-1 in double overtime in Game 5 on Wednesday.
* Gwinnett upset No. 2 Seed Mississippi, three games to two, in the Central Division Semifinals.
* Gwinnett beat Mississippi 2-1 in overtime in Game 5 on Wednesday.
* IceGators’ Derek Gustafson is 3-2 and ranks fourth in the playoffs with a 1.70 goals against average.
* Gwinnett’s Rick Emmett is tied for the postseason lead among defensemen with two goals and leads defensemen with two power-play goals.
* Louisiana’s Konstantin Kalmikov leads the postseason with two shorthand goals and teammate Bruce Richardson is tied for second with one shorthand goal.
* Gwinnett won 2-0 on March 28 to improve to 1-1-0 at Louisiana and 1-1-1 overall against the IceGators.
* Louisiana won 4-3 in a shootout at Gwinnett on March 9 and is 1-0-0 at Gwinnett and 2-1-0 overall against the Gladiators.
* Gladiators’ Kris Goodjohn has five points (2g-3a) and is +5 in five postseason games.
* Louisiana’s Derek Gustafson tied for the league lead in the regular season with five shutouts and ranked second with a 2.09 GAA.
* Gwinnett’s Kevin Doell led ECHL rookies with 33 goals and seven game-winning goals.

2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs Pacific Division Finals (Best-of-Five Series)

No. 4 Alaska Aces (38-28-6) at No. 3 Idaho Steelheads (40-23-9) 7:00 MT

* Alaska swept No. 1 Seed San Diego in three games in the Pacific Division Semifinals, including a 5-1 win before a standing-room-only crowd of 6,451 in Game 3 at Alaska.
* The 26-point difference between Alaska (82 points) and San Diego (108 points) ranks as the eighth biggest upset in league playoff history.
* Idaho upset No. 2 Seed Las Vegas, three games to two, in the Pacific Division Semifinals.
* Idaho won three games in a row including a 3-0 win in Game 5 at Las Vegas on Wednesday to win its series.
* Aces’ Charles Linglet is tied for third in the playoffs with five assists and is tied for fourth with seven points.
* Steelheads’ Dan Ellis is 3-0 with a 1.00 goals against average and leads the Kelly Cup Playoffs with two shutouts.
* Alaska’s Dan Murphy is 3-0 and ranks sixth in the playoffs with a 1.83 goals against average.
* Idaho’s Lance Galbraith has a game-winning goal, five points (3g-2a) and is +4 in five postseason games.
* Aces’ Joe Talbot has four goals, six points and is +5 in three playoff games.
* The Steelheads won the last two meetings at Idaho to improve to 3-1-1 at home and 5-4-1 overall against the Aces.
* The Aces won the last two meetings at Alaska to improve to 3-2-0 at home and 5-5-0 overall against the Steelheads.
* Jan Kopecky led Idaho with 24 goals, 54 points and 20 power-play points (8g-12a).
* Alaska’s Mark Smith was tied for second in the ECHL with five shorthand goals.
* Aces’ Joe Talbot was tied for sixth among ECHL rookies with 56 points (24g-32a).