Colorado wins 2018 Kelly Cup title

Eagles capture second consecutive title with Game 7 win

The Colorado Eagles captured their second consecutive Kelly Cup championship on Saturday with a 3-2 win over the Florida Everblades in Game 7 of the 2018 Kelly Cup Finals at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida.

Gabriel Verplaest scored the game-winning goal while shorthanded with 2:29 remaining in regulation.

Colorado, which defeated South Carolina 4 games to 0 last year, joins Allen (2015 and 2016), Toledo (1993 and 1994) and Hampton Roads (1991 and 1992) as the only back-to-back champions in the ECHL's 30-year history.

It was just the fifth time in ECHL history that the Finals series was decided in seven games (1989, 1999, 2009, 2015, 2018).

Michael Joly was named Most Valuable Player of the 2018 Kelly Cup Playoffs after posting a postseason leading 29 points (13g-16a) in 24 games.

Joly led the Eagles in the Kelly Cup Finals with four goal and nine points while Stephen MacAulay led Florida with four goals and seven points.

2018 Kelly Cup FinalsGame 1 – Florida 1 at COLORADO 3Game 2 – FLORIDA 4 at Colorado 3 Game 3 – COLORADO 5 at Florida 4 (OT)Game 4 – Colorado 6 at FLORIDA 7 (OT)Game 5 – Colorado 0 at FLORIDA 5Game 6 – Florida 2 at COLORADO 4Game 7 – COLORADO 3 at Florida 2

Kelly Cup Champions2018 – Colorado defeated Florida, 4 games to 32017 – Colorado defeated South Carolina, 4 games to 0 2016 – Allen defeated Wheeling, 4 games to 22015 – Allen defeated South Carolina, 4 games to 32014 – Alaska defeated Cincinnati, 4 games to 22013 – Reading defeated Stockton, 4 games to 12012 – Florida defeated Las Vegas, 4 games to 12011 – Alaska defeated Kalamazoo, 4 games to 12010 – Cincinnati defeated Idaho, 4 games to 12009 – South Carolina defeated Alaska, 4 games to 32008 – Cincinnati defeated Las Vegas, 4 games to 22007 – Idaho defeated Dayton, 4 games to 12006 – Alaska defeated Gwinnett, 4 games to 12005 – Trenton defeated Florida, 4 games to 22004 – Idaho defeated Florida, 4 games to 12003 – Atlantic City defeated Columbia, 4 games to 12002 – Greenville defeated Dayton, 4 games to 02001 – South Carolina defeated Trenton, 4 games to 12000 – Peoria defeated Louisiana, 4 games to 21999 – Mississippi defeated Richmond, 4 games to 31998 – Hampton Roads defeated Pensacola, 4 games to 21997 – South Carolina defeated Louisiana, 4 games to 1

Riley Cup Champions1996 – Charlotte defeated Jacksonville, 4 games to 01995 – Richmond defeated Greensboro, 4 games to 11994 – Toledo defeated Raleigh, 4 games to 11993 – Toledo defeated Wheeling, 4 games to 21992 – Hampton Roads defeated Louisville, 4 games to 01991 – Hampton Roads defeated Greensboro, 4 games to 11990 – Greensboro defeated Winston-Salem, 4 games to 11989 – Carolina defeated Johnstown, 4 games to 3