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2004 Kelly Cup Finals (Best-of-Seven Series)
Idaho Leads 1-0
Idaho Steelheads (40-23-9) at Florida Everblades (37-25-10) 7:30 ET
* Andrei Vasilyev recorded a hat trick and Dan Ellis made 30 saves in Idaho’s 5-1 win at Florida in Game 1 on Friday.
* 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.
* The 7,374 at Florida on Friday was the 10th largest selllout crowd in ECHL Finals history.
* The 7,374 was 104 percent of the capacity of TECO Arena making it the second largest percentage of capacity crowd in ECHL 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.
* Idaho’s Dan Ellis leads the Kelly Cup Playoffs with 10 wins and two shutouts while ranking third in goals against average (1.75) and tied for second in save percentage (.943).
* Everblades’ Reggie Berg has 15 points (4g-11a) in his last 10 games and leads the postseason in assists (13) and is second in scoring with 17 points (4g-13a).
* Dylan Gyori leads the Steelheads in scoring in the postseason with 13 points (4g-9a) and is +8 in his last 10 games.
* Everblades lead the Kelly Cup Playoffs in scoring with 3.31 goals per game.
* Idaho ranks second in the postseason in scoring with 3.29 goals per game and is tied for second in goals allowed with 2.00 goals per game.
* Florida’s Tom Buckley leads the Kelly Cup Playoffs with nine goals and 19 points (9g-10a) and is tied for the postseason lead with three game-winning goals and five game-winning points (3g-2a).
* Steelheads’ Andrei Vasilyev has a three-game goal streak (5g) and has seven points (5g-2a) in his last five games.
* Idaho’s Jan Kopecky is tied for the Kelly Cup Playoffs lead with three game-winning goals while tied second with seven goals and is tied for sixth in scoring with 12 points (7g-5a).
* Everblades’ Rob Zepp is tied for second with one shutout and eight wins while ranking 11th in goals against average (2.43).
* Steelheads’ David Bararuk ranks fourth in scoring among rookies with 11 points (4g-7a) and has seven points (2g-5a) in his last five games.
* Florida’s Ryan Brindley is tied for second among defensemen with seven assists and nine points.
* Idaho’s Darrell Hay leads the Kelly Cup Playoffs among defensemen with eight assists and 10 points while teammate Dan Vandermeer is tied for second 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 has the postseason’s third best plus-minus rating (+10).
* Everblades’ Matt Pagnutti is tied for third among defensemen with four goals in the Kelly Cup Playoffs and he is tied for fifth among defensemen with seven 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.