Preview of Wednesday’s Kelly Cup Finals Game 3


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2004 Kelly Cup Finals (Best-of-Seven Series)
Idaho Leads 2-0

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

* 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 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 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.
* Idaho’s Dan Ellis leads the Kelly Cup Playoffs with 11 wins and two shutouts while ranking third in goals against average (1.93) and tied for fourth in save percentage (.937).
* Everblades’ Reggie Berg has 14 points (5g-9a) in his last 10 games and leads the postseason in assists (13) while ranking second in scoring with 18 points (5g-13a).
* Dylan Gyori (4g-10a) and Zenon Konopka (8g-6a) lead the Steelheads in scoring in the postseason with 14 points.
* Everblades ranks second in the Kelly Cup Playoffs in scoring with 3.47 goals per game.
* Idaho leads the postseason in scoring with 3.47 goals per game and ranks third in goals allowed with 2.13 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).
* Steelheads’ Andrei Vasilyev has a three-game home goal streak (3g) and has eight points (5g-3a) 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 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) and has seven points (1g-6a) in his last five games.
* Florida’s Ryan Brindley ranks second among defensemen with eight assists and 10 points.
* Idaho’s Darrell Hay leads the Kelly Cup Playoffs among defensemen with 10 assists and 12 points while teammate Dan Vandermeer is tied for third 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 playoffs 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.