BOISE, Idaho (Ticker) — Jay Legault scored his second overtime goal of the postseason to help the Florida Everblades avoidbeing swept in the best-of-seven Kelly Cup finals with a 3-2victory over the Idaho Steelheads in Game 4 in front of a sellout crowd of 5,771 at the Bank of America Centre. Legault, whomanaged just one assist over the first three games of theseries, netted the game-winner 7:01 into the extra session withReggie Berg posting an assist, his league-leading 14th helper ofthe playoffs. After Idaho’s Jeff Bateman scored early in thefirst period to give the Steelheads a 1-0 lead, Florida’s BrianMcCullough answered with his fifth goal of the postseason just46 second later to tie the score. Chris Thompson added ashorthanded goal in the second period to give the Everbladestheir first lead in the finals. Jeff Maund stopped all sevenshots in overtime and finished with 36 saves overall to force afifth game in the series for Florida. Zenon Konopka scored withjust under 10 minutes remaining to even the score at 2-2 andforce overtime for the Steelheads, who had their winning streaksnapped at five games. Dan Ellis made 32 save in the losingeffort for Idaho.
The first four games of the Kelly Cup Finals have drawn standing-room-only crowds marking the first time in league history that there have been four sellouts in a row and tying the record for most sellouts in the Finals set in 1998 when Pensacola sold out Games 1, 2 and 7 and Hampton Roads sold out Game 5. The previous high for consecutive sellouts in the Finals was three set in 1993 when Toledo sold out Games 4 and 6 and Wheeling sold out Game 5, and tied in 1997 when Louisiana sold out Games 3-5.
The crowd of 5,771 for Game 4 was 115.3 percent of the capacity of the Bank of America Centre (5,006) making it the largest percent of capacity crowd in Finals history, surpassing the 114.7 percent (6,202 at 5,406-seat Wheeling Civic Center) for Game 5 of the Riley Cup Finals on April 17, 1993. The crowd of 5,278 for Game 3 was 105 percent of the capacity of the Bank of America Centre (5,006) making it the third-largest percentage of capacity crowd in Finals history.