Kelly Cup Playoffs Notes

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Kelly Cup Playoffs receive a well-deserved day off after a pair of overtime games on Tuesday.

Dayton has a 1-0 lead in the American Conference Finals following its 4-3 win in triple overtime with Game 2 scheduled for Thursday at Germain Arena in Estero, Fla.

Idaho has a 2-0 lead in the National Conference Finals following its 2-1 overtime win with Game 3 scheduled for Friday at Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho.

Dayton, Florida Play Ninth-Longest Game In ECHL History

Brad Farynuk ended the ninth-longest game in ECHL history on Tuesday when he scored the winning goal at 1:23 of the third overtime to give Dayton a 4-3 win and a 1-0 lead in the American Conference Finals.

Overtime Postseason Games Over 100 Minutes

Date City Series Score Scorer Overtime Series Winner
1. May 5, 2000 Greenville CF GRV 3, LA 2 Martin Masa 121:24 LA
2. Apr. 5, 2002 Lafayette DSF JCK 5, LA 4 Bogdan Rudenko 115:19 JCK
3. May 2, 2006 Anchorage DF AK 4, LV 3 Cam Keith 113:30 AK
4. Apr. 13, 1999 Biloxi CQF MIS 4, SC 3 Kevin Hilton 110:37 MIS
5. May 2, 1999 Florence CF PD 4, MIS 3 Rick Bennett 106:30 MIS
6. Apr. 9, 1991 Greensboro Finals HR 2, GBM 1 Not Available 105:47 HR
7. Apr. 22, 1998 Wheeling CF HR 4, WHL 3 Dan Ceman 103:39 HR
8. Apr. 2, 1997 Hampton Roads 1st HR 4, RNK 3 Alain Savage 101:31 HR
9. May 8, 2007 Estero CF DAY 4, FLA 3 Brad Farynuk 101:23 TBD

Teams Leading Series 2-0

In the history of the ECHL there have been 38 teams that have taken a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven series and 26 of those teams (68.4 percent) have gone on to win the series, including the Alaska Aces in the National Conference Semifinals against Bakersfield.

There have been 12 teams (31.6 percent) who have come back from a 2-0 deficit to win a seven-game series, including two teams this year. Dayton came back to beat Cincinnati in seven games in this year’s North Division Finals and Bakersfield came back to beat Fresno in six games in the National Conference Quarterfinals. The Steelheads had a 2-0 lead in the West Division Semifinals in 2006 before losing in seven games to Las Vegas. Florida has been down 2-0 twice in its history, losing in six games to Trenton in the Kelly Cup Finals in 2005 and in five games to Idaho in the Kelly Cup Finals in 2004.

Home Team Losing Games 1 and 2

Alaska became the ninth team in ECHL history to have home-ice advantage and lose Games 1 and 2.

Three times the team has come back to win the series including this year in the North Division Finals where Dayton lost Games 1 and 2 at home to Cincinnati and Game 4 at Cincinnati while winning Games 3 and 5 at Cincinnati and Games 6 and 7 at home. In 2006 in the West Division Semifinals, Las Vegas lost Games 1 and 2 at home to Idaho and Game 4 at Idaho while winning Games 3 and 5 at Idaho and Games 6 and 7 at home. In 2000 in the Kelly Cup Finals, Peoria lost Games 1 and 2 at home to Louisiana while winning Games 3, 4 and 5 at Louisiana and Game 6 at Peoria.

Five times the team has not won the series including four times in the Kelly Cup Finals. In 2005 in the Kelly Cup Finals, Florida lost Games 1 and 2 at home to Trenton and Game 6 at home to Trenton while losing Game 5 at Trenton and winning Games 3 and 4 at Trenton. In 2004 in the Kelly Cup Finals, Florida lost Games 1 and 2 at home to Idaho and Games 3 and 5 at Idaho while winning Game 4 at Idaho. In 2003 in the Kelly Cup Finals, Columbia lost Games 1 and 2 at home to Atlantic City and Games 4 and 5 at Atlantic City while winning Game 3 at Atlantic City. In 2001 in the Kelly Cup Finals, Trenton lost Games 1 and 2 at home to South Carolina and Games 4 and 5 at South Carolina while winning Game 3 at South Carolina. In 1999 in the Northern Conference Finals, Roanoke lost Games 1 and 2 at home to Richmond and lost Games 3 and 4 at Richmond.

Teams Leading Series 3-0

There have been 15 teams that have taken a 3-0 lead in a best-of-seven series and every one of those teams has gone on to win the series, including Alaska in the National Conference Semifinals against Bakersfield. Idaho had a 2-0 lead and a 3-0 lead when it beat Florida in five games in the 2004 Kelly Cup Finals.

Winning Game 1 or Game 2 Does Not Guarantee Success

Winning either Game 1 or Game 2 is often listed as a key to winning a series, but winning Game 4 or Game 5 has almost always guaranteed a series victory.

In the previous 54 seven-game series, the team that has won Game 4 has gone on to win the series 41 times (75.9 percent). Idaho lost Game 4 in the National Conference Quarterfinals this year, but still won the series. The Steelheads become the eighth team to lose Game 4 and advance, joining Bakersfield (2006) Las Vegas (2006), Florida (2005), Trenton (2005), Atlantic City (2003), Columbia (2003) and Toledo (1993). The winners of Game 5 have won 35 of the 42 seven-game series (83.3 percent), including each of the 14 finals that have lasted five games.

In the 2007 Kelly Cup Playoffs there have been six Game 5s and the team that has won Game 5 has won the series four times, including Dayton in the North Division Finals, Florida in the South Division Finals and Idaho in the National Conference Semifinals. Here is a breakdown of the record for the eventual series winner in each game:

Overall Finals
Game 1 33-21 12-6
Game 2 35-19 14-4
Game 3 40-14 10-8
Game 4 41-13 14-4
Game 5 35-7 15-0
Game 6 21-8 5-1

Down 3-1 Isn’t Impossible To Overcome

There have been only three teams in ECHL history that have overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a series, including Dayton this year in the North Division Finals. The Bombers won Game 5 (6-2 at Cincinnati) before winning Game 6 (3-0 at home) to force Game 7, which Dayton won 5-3 at home. The other two teams to overcome a 3-1 deficit are Mississippi in the Kelly Cup Finals in 1999 and Las Vegas in the Division Semifinals in 2006. Mississippi won Game 5 (2-0 at home) before winning Game 6 (7-3 at Richmond) to force Game 7 which Mississippi won 4-3 in double overtime at home. Las Vegas won Game 5 (5-2 at Idaho) before winning Game 6 (6-0 at home) to force Game 7, which Las Vegas won 6-2 at home.

There have been four other series where a team has led 3-1 and in each instance that team has won the series. Idaho led Las Vegas 3-1 in the West Division Finals in 2007. Las Vegas won Game 5 before losing 1-0 in Game 6. Fresno led Bakersfield 3-1 in the Pacific Division Finals in 2006. Bakersfield won Game 5 and won Game 6 before losing 4-2 in Game 7. Atlantic City led Cincinnati 3-0 in the Northern Conference Finals in 2003. Cincinnati won Games 4, 5 and 6 before losing Game 7. Trenton led Peoria 3-1 in the Northern Conference Finals in 2001. Peoria won Games 5 and 6 before losing Game 7.

Florida Ties Road Win Record

Florida is 3-1 on the road this season and 21-14 overall on the road in the Kelly Cup Playoffs, tying Hampton Roads (21-25) for the most road wins in the postseason. Alaska is 4-1 on the road this season and 18-9 overall on the road in the Kelly Cup Playoffs while Idaho is 6-2 on the road this year and 15-8 overall on the road in the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Dayton is 4-1 on the road this season and 12-23 overall in the postseason.

Florida Finals Appearance Will Tie Record

Florida reached the Kelly Cup Finals in 2004 and 2005, becoming only the fourth team in league history to make back-to-back trips to the championship series and the first since Toledo in 1993 and 1994. The Everblades are trying to become only the fourth team in 19 years to reach the finals three times, joining Greensboro (1990, 1991 and 1995), Hampton Roads (1991, 1992 and 1998) and Wheeling (1989, 1990 and 1993).

Alaska, Dayton, Idaho Finals Appearance Would Set Record Too

Alaska and Idaho won the Kelly Cup Championship in 2006 and 2004, respectively, while Dayton reached the Kelly Cup Finals in 2002. Seven teams in league history have advanced to the championship series two times – Florida (2004 and 2005), Jacksonville (1992 and 1996), Louisiana (1997 and 2000), Richmond (1995 and 1999), South Carolina (1997 and 2001), Toledo (1993 and 1994) and Trenton (2001 and 2005).

Alaska can become only the fifth team in league history to make back-to-back trips to the finals, joining Florida (2004 and 2005), Greensboro (1990 and 1991), Hampton Roads (1991 and 1992) and Wheeling (1989 and 1990).

Home-Ice Advantage In Overtime

There have been 59 overtime games in seven-game series and the home team has won 34 times. There have been seven overtime games in the seven-game series in 2007 and the home team has won only two times.

Overtime Wins Can Result In Series Win

Winners of 36 of the 58 overtime games in seven-game series have gone on to win the series, including a 21–7 record in Games 4–7. Nine teams that have won in overtime in Game 3 have gone on to win the series including three times in 2007 with Alaska in the National Conference Semifinal and Las Vegas and Idaho in the National Conference Quarterfinals.

Game 7s Are Not Common

In the history of the ECHL, there have been 11 Game 7s and it has only happened four times in the conference finals.

The home team is 9-2 in Game 7 and the last time that a home team lost in Game 7 was May 16, 2005 when Trenton beat Alaska to advance to the Kelly Cup Finals. The only other time that a home team lost in Game 7 was the Riley Cup Finals in 1989 when Carolina won 7-4 at Johnstown on Apr. 12, 1989.

Here is a list of Game 7s in the ECHL:

May 3, 2007 Cincinnati 3 at DAYTON 5 Division Finals
May 22, 2006 Fresno 2 at ALASKA 3 (2 OT) Conference Finals
May 6, 2006 Bakersfield 2 at FRESNO 4 Division Finals
Apr. 22, 2006 Long Beach 3 at BAKERSFIELD 4 Division Semifinals
Apr. 19, 2006 Idaho 2 at LAS VEGAS 6 Division Semifinals
May 16, 2005 TRENTON 2 at Alaska 0 Conference Finals
May 3, 2003 Cincinnati 2 at ATLANTIC CITY 3 Conference Finals
May 13, 2001 Peoria 3 at TRENTON 4 Conference Finals
May 30, 1999 Richmond 3 at MISSISSIPPI 4 (2 OT) Kelly Cup Finals
Mar. 31, 1992 Roanoke Valley 2 at GREENSBORO 6 First Round
Apr. 12, 1989 CAROLINA 7 at Johnstown 4 Riley Cup Finals

The following is a breakdown of the length of the 54 seven-game series in ECHL history:

Four Games: 12 (22.2 percent)
Five Games: 13 (24.1 percent)
Six Games: 18 (33.3 percent)
Seven Games: 11 (20.4 percent)

Since becoming a national league in 2003-04, the ECHL has seen its Kelly Cup Champion come from Alaska with the Aces in 2006, New Jersey with the Trenton Titans in 2005 and Idaho with the Steelheads in 2004.

The NHL Network in Canada has broadcast the Kelly Cup Playoffs each of the past three seasons including several games being televised live. NHL Network has televised the ECHL Game of the Week for the past three seasons and along with NHL Center Ice has broadcast the ECHL All-Star Game live for the past five years.

For the fourth year in a row, B2 Networks is broadcasting every game in the Conference Finals and the Kelly Cup Finals. The 2005 Kelly Cup Playoffs had more connections than any other hockey playoff series in B2 Networks history and the most viewers of any league in the postseason. The most-watched playoff series ever carried by B2 Networks is the 2005 Kelly Cup Finals which were the. The “Official Broadband Broadcast Provider of the ECHL”, B2 Networks has broadcast ECHL games the past four seasons including the 2007 ECHL All-Star Game. Fans can access the B2 Networks broadcast from the scores page on the ECHL web site.

The Kelly Cup trophy is named for Patrick J. Kelly, who was one of the founding fathers of the ECHL. Kelly served as Commissioner for the league’s first eight seasons and was named Commissioner Emeritus in 1996, a title that he continues to hold. Kelly, who celebrated his 50th season in professional hockey in 2002-03, coached 1,900 career games and had 935 wins. Kelly coached in the Eastern Hockey League, the Southern Hockey League and the National Hockey League where he was the only coach to ever lead the Colorado Rockies to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs had 25 or more former ECHL players for the fourth consecutive year and six former ECHL coaches for the third straight year. The ECHL has been represented on the last six Stanley Cup champions including 2006 by Carolina head coach Peter Laviolette, who became the first ECHL coach to hoist the coveted trophy, Chad LaRose, Andrew Hutchinson and assistant athletic trainer Chris Stewart.

The Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League, the ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League in 2006-07, marking the 10th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. There have been 329 players who have played in the NHL after the ECHL and 184 who have made their debut in the last five seasons. There have been over 50 former ECHL players on NHL opening-day rosters each of the past four seasons including a record 57 players this season. In each of the past five seasons there have been more than 100 players on NHL contracts who have played in the ECHL including 130 in 2006-07.

The ECHL has affiliations with 24 of the 27 teams in the AHL in 2006-07 marking the sixth season in a row that the ECHL had affiliations with 20 or more teams in the AHL. In each of the last two seasons there have been more than 225 players who have played in both the ECHL and the AHL and there were over 800 call-ups involving more than 500 players. In the last five seasons the ECHL has had more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with over 2,000 call-ups involving more than 1,000 players since 2002-03. There are 12 former ECHL coaches who are head coaches and nine who are assistant coaches in the AHL. The AHL Coach of the Year Award has been won six times by a former ECHL coach, including five times in the last seven seasons. The CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week award was won 14 times by a former ECHL player in 2006-07 while a former ECHL goaltender was named the Rbk X-Pulse/AHL Goaltender of the Month each of the last five months of the season. Six former ECHL Players were on the All-AHL Teams in 2006-07 and former ECHL players were chosen as Goaltender of the Year and Defenseman of the Year.