Courtesy of Norfolk Admirals Web Site
The Hampton Roads Admirals were the last team to qualify for the 1998 Kelly Cup Playoffs. They were also the last team standing. Here is the second installment of the look back at the magical 1998 Kelly Cup Playoffs as the 11-year anniversary of the Admirals’ third ECHL championship approaches.
The 1997-98 Hampton Roads Admirals were the final team to qualify for the 1998 Kelly Cup Playoffs. They were the lowest-seeded team in the playoffs. Yet, they swept the top-seeded Peoria Rivermen in the opening round and rallied from an 0-2 series deficit to defeat the second-seeded Roanoke Express in the second round.
The Northern Conference Finals pitted the Admirals against the Wheeling Nailers. Wheeling, the fourth-seed in the conference, defeated the Toledo Storm, the third-seed, in four games during their best-of-five Northern Conference Semi-Final series. The Nailers and Admirals were Northeast Division rivals, with Wheeling taking the second spot in the division with 37 wins and 83 points while the Admirals locked down the fourth spot. Wheeling’s offense was tied for second in the conference with an average of 3.64 goals scored per game.