Kelly Cup Finals – Game 3

2003 Kelly Cup Finals (Best-of-Seven)
Atlantic City leads 2-0

Columbia Inferno at Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies 7:35 ET / 6:35 CT

* J.F. Caudron scored two goals in Atlantic City’s 3-0 shutout win in Game 2.
* Only once, Peoria in 2000, has a team lost the first two games at home in the Kelly Cup Finals and come back to win the series.
* Scott Matzka scored at 1:17 of the third period in Atlantic City’s 1-0 win in Game 1 on Wednesday.
* Scott Stirling’s three shutouts lead the 2003 Kelly Cup Playoffs and tie the record for second-most shutouts in a postseason.
* Scott Stirling has back-to-back shutouts against Columbia and hasn’t allowed a goal in 141:29.
* This is the first appearance for both teams in the Kelly 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.
* Atlantic City leads the Kelly Cup Playoffs scoring, averaging 3.50 goals per game.
* Columbia ranks third in Kelly Cup Playoffs scoring, averaging 3.36 goals per game.
* Inferno ranks third in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on the power play with 25.6 percent (20-for-78).
* Bullies’ postseason power play ranks fifth with 21.3 percent (20-for-94).
* Columbia’s penalty kill is 86.15 percent in the Kelly Cup Playoffs (56-for-65).
* Atlantic City’s penalty kill is 87.0 percent in the Kelly Cup Playoffs (67-for-77).
* Bullies’ J.F. Caudron leads the Kelly Cup Playoffs with 11 goals and 18 points.
* Columbia’s Tim Smith leads rookies in postseason scoring with 13 points (5g-8a).
* Bullies’ Luke Curtin leads the Kelly Cup Playoffs with 16 assists and is tied for second with 17 points.
* Inferno’s Rejean Stringer is tied for sixth in Kelly Cup Playoffs scoring with 14 points (3g-11a).
* Columbia’s Rejean Stringer is tied for second in the postseason with 11 assists.
* Inferno’s Trevor Demmans leads defenseman in postseason scoring with 12 points (2g-10a).
* Bullies’ Kevin Colley and J.F Caudron lead the Kelly Cup Playoffs with five power-play goals each.
* Columbia’s Barrie Moore is tied for third 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 6-3 with a 2.09 GAA and a .918 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 9-4 with a 2.01 goals against average and a .924 save percentage.
* Columbia is 7-2 at the Carolina Coliseum in the 2003 Kelly Cup Playoffs and 8-3 all-time at home.
* The team with home-ice advantage in the ECHL Championship has won the series nine out of 14 times, including Greenville last year.
* The team winning Game 1 of the ECHL Finals has gone on to win eight of the 14 ECHL Championships, including each of the past two years with Greenville in 2002 and South Carolina in 2001.
* In the 33 seven-game series in ECHL history, the team winning Game 1 has won the series 21 times.
* Columbia is looking to become the third straight team from South Carolina to win the Kelly Cup joining the 2002 Greenville Growl and the 2001 South Carolina Stingrays.
* 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.

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