Preview of Friday’s Kelly Cup Finals Game 4


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2004 Kelly Cup Finals (Best-of-Seven Series)
Idaho Leads 3-0

Florida Everblades (37-25-10) at Idaho Steelheads (40-23-9) 7:05 MT

* Dan Ellis made 29 saves to earn his third shutout of the postseason and Scott Burt scored at 1:18 of the first overtime as Idaho won 1-0 in Game 3 on Wednesday.
* Idaho’s win was the second 1-0 overtime win in Kelly Cup Finals history.
Pensacola won 1-0 in overtime in Game 3 at Hampton Roads on May 12, 1998. There have been four 1-0 games in the history of the Kelly Cup Finals.
* Zenon Konopka scored two goals and David Cornacchia tallied the game-winning goal in Idaho’s 6-4 win at Florida in Game 2 on Saturday.
* Andrei Vasilyev recorded a hat trick and Dan Ellis made 30 saves in Idaho’s 5-1 win at Florida in Game 1 on May 14.
* Idaho’s Andrei Vasilyev became the first player to score three goals in a Kelly Cup Finals game since Mississippi’s Chris Schmidt in Game 6 against Richmond in 1999. The record for most goals in a game is four by Toledo’s Mark Deazeley in Game 5 of the 1994 Riley Cup Finals against Raleigh.
* Idaho’s Dan Ellis leads the Kelly Cup Playoffs with 12 wins and three shutouts while ranking third in goals against average (1.79) and tied for third in save percentage (.941).
* Everblades’ Reggie Berg leads the postseason with 13 assists and ranks second in scoring with 18 points.
* Dylan Gyori (4g-10a) and Zenon Konopka (8g-6a) lead the Steelheads in scoring in the postseason with 14 points.
* Everblades rank fourth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs in scoring with 3.13 goals per game.
* Idaho leads the postseason in scoring with 3.31 goals per game and is tied for first in goals allowed with 2.00 goals per game.
* Florida’s Tom Buckley leads the Kelly Cup Playoffs with nine goals and 20 points (9g-11a) and is tied for the postseason lead with three game-winning goals and five game-winning points (3g-2a).
* Idaho’s Jan Kopecky is tied for the Kelly Cup Playoffs lead with three game-winning goals, is tied for second with eight goals, and is tied for seventh in scoring with 13 points (8g-5a).
* Everblades’ Rob Zepp is tied for second with one shutout and eight wins while ranking 15th in goals against average (2.72).
* Steelheads’ David Bararuk ranks second in scoring among rookies with 13 points (4g-9a).
* Florida’s Ryan Brindley ranks second among defensemen with eight assists and 10 points.
* Idaho’s Darrell Hay leads defensemen in the Kelly Cup Playoffs with 10 assists and 12 points while teammate Dan Vandermeer is tied for third among defensemen in scoring with nine points (4g-5a).
* Florida’s Reggie Berg (1g-4a) and Ryan Brindley (2g-3a) are tied for the postseason lead with five game-winning points.
* Idaho’s Zenon Konopka is tied for the postseason lead with three game-winning goals and five game-winning points (3g-2a).
* Florida defenseman Tim O’Connell leads the Kelly Cup Playoffs with a plus-minus rating of +12.
* Steelheads defenseman Dan Vandermeer is tied for second in the postseason with a plus-minus rating of +11.
* Everblades’ Matt Pagnutti is tied for third among defensemen in the postseason with four goals and nine points.
* 2,787 miles and two time zones separate Boise, Idaho and Estero, Florida.
* Idaho was one of six teams from the former West Coast Hockey League that joined the ECHL for 2003-04 while Florida is in its sixth season in the league.
* Idaho began its run to the Kelly Cup Finals by overcoming an 0-2 deficit to beat Las Vegas three games to two in the Pacific Division Semifinals.
* Steelheads beat Alaska in four games in the Pacific Division Finals and Gwinnett in four games in the Western Conference Finals.
* Florida reached the Kelly Cup Finals by beating Roanoke in four games in the Southern Division Semifinals and swept South Carolina in three games in the Southern Division Finals. Everblades reached the Finals by defeating Reading in five games in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Attendance Notes
* The first two games of the ECHL Kelly Cup Finals drew standing-room-only crowds at TECO Arena with 7,374 fans for Game 1 on Friday and 7,427 for Game 2 on Saturday. The crowds are the 10th and 11th largest sellouts in ECHL Finals history and are the largest Finals crowds since 8,834 at South Carolina for the decisive game of the 2000 Kelly Cup Finals.
* The first three games of the Kelly Cup Finals have drawn standing-room-only crowds, the first time there have been three sellouts in a row in the Finals since Louisiana sold out Games 3-5 in 1997.
* The average of 6,693 per game is the highest per game average in the Finals since 1998.
* There were three sellouts in a row in the 1993 Finals as Toledo sold out Games 4 and 6 and Wheeling sold out Game 5.
* The most sellouts in a Finals is four in 1998 when Pensacola sold out Games 1, 2 and 7 and Hampton Roads sold out Game 5.
* The crowd of 5,278 for Game 3 was 105 percent of the capacity of the Bank of America Centre (5,006) making it the second-largest percentage of capacity crowd in Finals history. The largest is 115 percent (6,202 at 5,406-seat Wheeling Civic Center) for Game 5 of the Riley Cup Finals on April 17, 1993.
* The third-largest percentage of capacity crowd is 105 percent for Game 2 at Florida while the fourth-largest percentage of capacity crowd is 104 percent for Game 1 at Florida.
* Idaho has sold out its last three postseason games and had a league-leading 10 sellouts during the regular season.
* Florida has sold out its last four postseason games and ranked second in the league with eight sellouts during the regular season.