Game 1 – Kelly Cup Finals

2003 Kelly Cup Finals (Best-of-Seven)

Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies at Columbia Inferno 7:05 ET / 6:05 CT

* This is the first appearance for both teams in the KeKellylly Cup Finals.
* Atlantic City and Columbia did not meet in the regular season.
* Columbia secured its Finals berth by defeating Mississippi, 4-2 in the Southern Conference Finals.
* Atlantic City won the Northern Conference Finals edging Cincinnati, 4-3.
* Columbia secured its Finals berth with a 4-2 win in Game 6 on Friday.
* Atlantic City advanced with a 3-2 Game 7 win over Cincinnati on Saturday.
* Inferno swept Greenville in the Southeast Semifinals and Pee Dee in the Southeast Finals.
* Bullies swept Trenton in the Northeast Semifinals and beat Greensboro, 3-1, in the Northeast Finals.
* Columbia leads the Kelly Cup Playoffs scoring, averaging 3.92 goals per game.
* Atlantic City ranks second in Kelly Cup Playoffs scoring, averaging 3.71 goals per game.
* Inferno ranks third in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on the power play with 28.57 percent (20-for-70).
* Bullies’ postseason power play is 21.83 percent (19-for-87).
* Columbia’s penalty kill is 85.93 percent in the Kelly Cup Playoffs (55-for-64).
* Atlantic City’s penalty kill is 87.5 percent in the Kelly Cup Playoffs (56-for-64).
* Bullies’ J. F. Caudron is tied for second in Kelly Cup Playoffs scoring with 16 points (9g-7a).
* Inferno’s Rejean Stringer is tied for fifth in Kelly Cup Playoffs scoring with 14 points (3g-11a).
* Atlantic City’s Luke Curtin leads the Kelly Cup Playoffs with 14 assists.
* Columbia’s Rejean Stringer ranks second in the postseason with 11 assists.
* Atlantic City’s J. F. Caudron ranks second in the Kelly Cup Playoffs with nine goals.
* Inferno’s Trevor Demmans leads defenseman in postseason scoring with 12 points (2g-10a).
* Bullies’ Kevin Colley leads the Kelly Cup Playoffs with five power-play goals.
* Columbia’s Barrie Moore ranks second in the Kelly Cup Playoffs with four power-play goals.
* Atlantic City’s Scott Stirling, who returned from the American Hockey League prior to the Northern Conference Finals, is 4-3 with a 2.83 GAA and a .898 save percentage in the 2003 Kelly Cup Playoffs.
* Bullies’ Matt Yeats is 4-1 in the postseason with a 2.14 goals against average and a .908 save percentage.
* Inferno’s Patrick Couture is 9-2 with a 2.09 goals against average and a .919 save percentage.* Columbia has a 7-0 record at home in the 2003 playoffs.
* Inferno won its first nine playoff games, tying the record for second-longest postseason winning streak set by Toledo in 1994, before losing to Mississippi 3-1 in Game 4 of the Southern Conference Finals.
* Atlantic City’s Mike Nicholishen is the only player in the 2003 Finals who has his name already on the Kelly Cup, earning the honor with South Carolina in 2001.
* Columbia coach Scott White was a defenseman on the 1990 ECHL Champion Greensboro Monarchs and was named the 1991-92 ECHL Defenseman of the Year.
* Atlantic City’s Mike Haviland was an assistant coach with Trenton when it lost in the 2001 Kelly Cup Finals to South Carolina.
* Columbia finished atop the Southern Conference and Southeast Division with 96 points.
* Atlantic City finished atop the Northeast Division and third in the Northern Conference with 94 points.
* Bullies led the ECHL in goals per game in the regular season, averaging 3.72 goals per game.
* Inferno ranked second in the ECHL in regular season goals per game, averaging 3.68 goals per game.
* Columbia ranked fourth in the ECHL in regular season goals allowed, averaging 2.81 goals per game.
* Atlantic City allowed 3.11 goals per game during the regular season.
* Inferno ranked third on the power play during the ECHL regular season with 21.9 percent (86-for-392).
* Bullies’ power play was 17.7 percent (83-for-469) during the ECHL regular season.
* Columbia’s penalty kill led the ECHL during the regular season with 86.1 percent (297-for-345).
* Atlantic City’s penalty kill was 82.1 percent during the regular season (303-for-396).
* Inferno’s Rejean Stringer led the ECHL in the regular season with 11 game-winning goals and ranked second in the ECHL in scoring with 96 points (37g-59a).
* J. F. Caudron led the Boardwalk Bullies in scoring with 85 points (39g-46a).
* Bullies’ Jade Galbraith ranked second among rookies in the regular season with 74 points (27g-47a).
* Columbia’s Patrick Couture ranked second in the regular season with a 2.42 goals against average.
* Inferno’s Couture was 27-11-0 with a 2.42 goals against average and a 0.917 save percentage in the regular season.
* Atlantic City’s Scott Stirling was 17-3-4 with a 2.93 goals against average with a 0.906 save percentage during the regular season.
* Bullies’ Scott Stirling was the 2003 Compuware/ECHL All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.* Inferno’s Patrick Couture was named Second Team All-ECHL.

For a complete look at Wednesday’s 2003 Kelly Cup Final Game:

All Along The Coast

Complete Kelly Cup Playoff Results and Statistics

Southern Conference Finals – Atlantic City at Columbia Inferno