Kelly Cup Finals – Game 5

2003 Kelly Cup Finals (Best-of-Seven)

Atlantic City Leads Series 3-1

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

* Kevin Colley scored two goals in the first period of Atlantic City’s 3-1 win in Game 4.
* Only once, Mississippi in 1999, has a team been down 3-1 and come back to win the Kelly Cup Finals.
* Barrie Moore scored two shorthand goals 48 seconds apart in the third period, and Robin Carruthers added two more third period goals to spark Columbia to 5-3 come-from-behind win in Game 3.
* Scott Stirling’s shutout streak ended at 171:41 when Columbia’s Trevor Demmans scored at 10:13 of the second period in Game 3.
* Only once in the Kelly Cup Finals, Peoria in 2000, has a team lost the first two games at home and come back to win the series.
* J.F. Caudron scored two goals in Atlantic City’s 3-0 shutout win in Game 2.
* 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.
* Bullies lead the Kelly Cup Playoffs in scoring, averaging 3.44 goals per game.
* Inferno ranks third in the Kelly Cup Playoff scoring, averaging 3.31 goals per game.
* After scoring their first power-play goal of the Finals in Game 4, Inferno ranks third in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on the power play with 23.3 percent (21-for-90).
* Bullies’ postseason power play ranks sixth with 21.15 percent (22-for-104).
* Columbia ranks third in the Kelly Cup Playoffs in goals allowed with 2.31 goals per game.
* After holding the Inferno to one goal in Game 4, Atlantic City is tied for fourth in goals allowed with 2.33 goals per game.
* Columbia’s penalty kill is tied for eighth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs with 85.18 percent (69-for-81).
* Atlantic City’s penalty kill is fifth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs with 87.64 percent (78-for-89).
* Bullies Kevin Colley leads the postseason with 12 goals and is tied for the scoring lead with 19 points.
* Bullies’ J.F. Caudron ranks second in Kelly Cup Playoffs goals with 11 and is tied for the Kelly Cup Playoffs scoring lead with 19 points.
* Columbia’s Tim Smith leads rookies in Kelly Cup Playoffs scoring with 15 points and is tied for the lead among rookies with 10 assists and is third among rookies with five goals.
* Inferno’s Robin Carruthers scored two goals in Game 3 and leads rookies in the postseason with eight goals and is tied for second among rookies in scoring with 12 points.
* Bullies’ Luke Curtin leads the postseason with 17 assists and is tied for the scoring lead with 19 points.
* Inferno’s Rejean Stringer is second with 14 assists and is tied for third in scoring with 17 points.
* Inferno’s Trevor Demmans leads defenseman in the Kelly Cup Playoffs with 10 assists and 12 points.
* Bullies’ Kevin Colley leads the Kelly Cup Playoffs with seven power-play goals.
* 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 7-4 with a 2.18 GAA and a .914 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’s Josh Blackburn is 2-1 with a 2.87 goals against average and a .905 save percentage.
* Columbia is 7-2 at the Carolina Coliseum in the 2003 Kelly Cup Playoffs and 8-3 all time at home.
* Atlantic City is 7-3 at the Boardwalk Hall in the 2003 Kelly Cup Playoffs and 10-5 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.
* The team winning Game 2 of the ECHL Finals has gone on to win 10 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 2 has won the series 21 times.
* The team winning Game 3 of the ECHL Finals has gone on to win eight of the 14 ECHL Championships, including Greenville in 2002.
* In the 33 seven-game series in ECHL history, the team winning Game 3 has won the series 24 times.
* The team winning Game 4 of the ECHL Finals has gone on to win 13 of the 14 ECHL Championships, including Greenville in 2002 and South Carolina in 2001.
* In the 33 seven-game series in ECHL history, the team winning Game 4 has won the series 29 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.
* This is the first appearance for both teams in the Kelly Cup Finals.
* 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.
* 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 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’s penalty kill led the ECHL during the regular season with 86.1 percent (297-for-345).
* 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 regular season scoring with 85 points (39g-46a).

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