Kelly Cup Finals head to Stockton

The 2013 Kelly Cup Finals heads west this week, as the scene shifts to Stockton starting tomorrow night for Game 3 at 7 p.m. PT.

It is the first time in the ECHL’s 25-year history that the Finals will visit California as the Thunder look to bring a national championship to Stockton.

Stockton has long been home to the Stockton Ports of Minor League Baseball’s California League. The Ports have captured 11 league titles since 1946, with the most recent coming in 2008, but those championships have come against teams exclusively from the Golden State. No Stockton professional team has won a championship in a League with the national footprint of the ECHL.

While the Thunder trail the best-of-seven series 2 games to 0, the club has been strong on home ice during the 2013 Kelly Cup Playoffs, posting an 8-2 record at Stockton Arena. Stockton looks to become the 14th team in ECHL postseason to win a best-of-seven series after dropping the first two games, and the fourth to do so during the Finals (Carolina in 1989, Toledo in 1993 and Peoria in 2000).

Game 4 of the series is scheduled for Friday at 7:30 p.m. PT, and Game 5, if necessary, is Saturday at 7:30 p.m. PT. Click here to purchase tickets for the games at Stockton Arena.