Everblades take series lead behind Ouellette's shutout

Martin Ouellette stopped all 24 shots he faced to lead the Florida Everblades to a 5-0 win over the Colorado Eagles in Game 5 of the 2018 Kelly Cup Finals on Saturday at Germain Arena. With the win, the Everblades take a 3 games to 2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

It was the first shutout in the Kelly Cup Finals since Alaska defeated Cincinnati 4-0 in Game 6 of the 2014 Finals.

Florida opened the scoring 11:41 into the first period when Michael Kirkpatrick fed Stephen MacAulay streaking down the slot, and he was able to slide a shot past Colorado goaltender Joe Cannata for his fifth goal of the postseason. The Everblades doubled their lead at 14:56 when Justin Kea poked  a loose puck into the net for his fifth of the playoffs.

Michael Kirkpatrick extended the lead to 3-0 with a power-play goal at 7:39 of the second period snapping shot past Cannata from the left-wing circle.

The Everblades added two more goals in the final period with Steven Lorentz scoring at the 12:17 mark, one-timing a shot from the right-wing circle off a pass from Brett Bulmer and Zack Kamrass lighting the lamp at 15:24.

The series heads back to the Budweiser Events Center on Wednesday for Game 6. Face-off is set for 7:05 p.m. MT and all of the action is LIVE on ECHL.TV.

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 at Colorado – Wednesday, June 6 at 7:05 p.m. MTGame 7 – Colorado at Florida – Saturday, June 9 at 7 p.m. ET (If Necessary)