Games 3 & 4 At Sovereign Bank Arena In Trenton On Friday, Saturday
PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia Phantoms, the Trenton Titans hold a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven ECHL Kelly Cup Finals against the Florida (Estero) Everblades with Games 3 and 4 scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton.
Trenton beat Florida 7-0 before a sellout crowd of 7,465 in Game 1 on Saturday and 2-1 in front of a sold-out crowd of 7,111 in Game 2 on Sunday. In the 2004 Finals against Idaho, Florida lost 5-1 in Game 1 and 6-4 in Game 2.
The Kelly Cup Finals move to Trenton for Game 3 on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Game 4 on Saturday at 7 p.m. If necessary, Game 5 would be played on May 30 at 5 p.m. Tickets are available at the Sovereign Bank Arena Box Office, by telephone at (609) 599-9500 and online at TicketMaster.com.
In the ECHL Finals for the second time in the past five seasons, Trenton defeated the Alaska Aces to win the National Conference Championship, including a 2-0 road win in Game 7 played in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 6,451 at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.
Trenton has been affiliated with the Flyers and Phantoms since joining the ECHL as an expansion team in 1999-2000. There have been countless players who have moved up to play with the Phantoms, including 15 call ups in 2004-05, and former Titans Jesse Boulerice, Todd Fedoruk and Ruslan Fedotenko all went on to play in the NHL with the Flyers.
Defenseman Stephen Wood and forwards Brett Robinson and Nick Deschenes are all under contract to the Flyers while defenseman Rosario Ruggeri, forwards Jeff Smith and B.J. Abel and goaltender Chris Houle are all under contract to the Phantoms.
In his first professional season, Wood leads defensemen in the Kelly Cup Playoffs with five power-play assists and is tied for the lead with seven power-play points. Selected to play in the ECHL All-Star Game, Wood is tied for second among defensemen in the postseason with two power-play goals and is tied for fifth in scoring (2g-6a). Robinson is tied for first among rookies with two game-winning goals and ranks fourth with six goals and 12 points while tying for fifth with six assists.
Wood and Robinson are tied for the rookie lead with five power-play assists and seven power-play points and tied for second among rookies with two power-play goals. The two are tied for second overall in power-play assists and tied for third in power-play points.
Wood had 17 points (4g-13a) and 83 penalty minutes in 42 games with Trenton and two assists and 14 penalty minutes in 24 games with the Phantoms. In his first professional season, Robinson played 64 games with Trenton, ranking second on the team in assists (38), points (58), plus-minus rating (+12) and game-winning goals (5), and five games with the Phantoms, registering one assist. Robinson scored two goals to lead the National Conference to a 6-2 win in the ECHL All-Star Game.
Deschenes is second on the team in the postseason with seven goals and fourth in scoring with 10 points. In his second professional season, Deschenes played 59 games with Trenton, tying for third on the team with 20 goals and ranking fourth with 44 points, and also played two games with the Phantoms. Selected in the fourth round (105th overall) by Philadelphia in 2002 and in his first professional season, Ruggeri has two assists in the postseason after scoring 14 points 14 points (2g-12a) in 49 regular season games with Trenton while also playing five games with the Phantoms.
In his second full professional season, Abel has a shorthand goal and nine points (2g-7a) in 16 playoff games after scoring 24 points (6g-18a) in 28 regular season games with the Titans and eight points (4g-4a) in 29 games with the Phantoms.
In his third professional season with Trenton and Philadelphia, Smith scored four goals in 17 games with the Titans and five points (1g-4a) in 41 games with the Phantoms in 2003-04. In his second season with the Titans and Phantoms, Houle was 12-10-6 with a goals-against average of 2.84 and a save percentage of .910 in 31 games with Trenton while also playing one game with Philadelphia.