Today In The ECHL – May 5


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2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals (Best-of-Five Series)
Florida Leads 2-1
Winner Will Advance To Kelly Cup Finals

No. 3 Florida Everblades (37-25-10) at No. 5 Reading Royals (37-25-10) 7:05 ET

* Steve Belanger made 26 saves to earn a shutout in his professional debut and Craig Mischler scored four points (2g-2a) in Reading’s 6-0 win against Florida in Game 3 on Sunday.
* Ryan Brindley scored the game-winning goal late in the third period and Rob Zepp had 22 saves in Florida’s 5-3 win in Game 2 before a record standing-room only crowd of 7,738 at TECO Arena on Friday.
* Rob Zepp made 45 saves to earn his first professional postseason shutout in Florida’s 1-0 win against Reading in Game 1 on Wednesday.
* Florida’s Tom Buckley leads the Kelly Cup Playoffs with eight goals and 18 points and is tied for the lead in assists with 10.
* Royals’ rookie David Masse leads the Kelly Cup Playoffs with 10 power-play points (4g-6a) and ranks third in scoring with 13 points (5g-8a).
* Everblades’ Rob Zepp is tied for second in the postseason with seven wins and ranks ninth with a 2.18 goals against average.
* Reading’s Cody Rudkowsky leads the postseason with 359 saves and 715 minutes, is tied for second in wins with seven and ranks fourth with a goals against average of 2.01.
* Florida leads the Kelly Cup Playoffs in scoring with 3.80 goals per game.
* Everblades’ Reggie Berg is tied for the Kelly Cup Playoffs lead with 10 assists and is second in scoring with 14 points (4g-10a).
* Royals’ Kent Davyduke is tied with teammate David Masse for third in the postseason with eight assists and is tied for sixth in scoring with 11 points (3g-8a).
* Florida defenseman Tim O’Connell leads the postseason in plus-minus rating with +14.
* Reading’s Mat Snesrud is tied for the lead among defensemen in the postseason with two game-winning goals and four goals.
* Florida’s Matt Pagnutti is fifth among defensemen in the postseason with six points (3g-3a).
* Royals’ power play ranks second in the postseason with 21.2 percent (14-for-66).
* Royals’ Dean Arsene is tied for sixth among defensemen with five points (1g-4a) and is tied for second in plus-minus rating with +9.
* No. 3 Seed Florida swept No. 4 Seed South Carolina in three games in the Southern Division Finals.
* No. 5 Seed Reading upset No. 3 Seed Peoria, three games to one, in the Northern Division Finals.
* Florida upset No. 2 Seed Roanoke, three games to one, in the Southern Division Semifinals.
* Reading upset No. 1 Seed Wheeling, three games to two, in the Northern Division Semifinals.
* No. 5 Seed Reading upset No. 4 Seed Johnstown 2-1 in Wild Card Game on April 5.
* First-ever meeting between Southern Conference Champion Florida and Northern Conference Champion Reading.
* Florida has qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of its six seasons in the ECHL.
* In its third season, Reading is making its first postseason appearance.

2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs Western Conference Finals (Best-of-Five Series)
Idaho Leads 2-1
Winner Will Advance To Kelly Cup Finals

No. 3 Gwinnett Gladiators (42-22-8) at No. 3 Idaho Steelheads (40-23-9) 7:05 MT

* Jan Kopecky scored two goals, including the game-winning goal, in Idaho’s 3-1 win against Gwinnett in Game 3 before a record standing-room only crowd of 5,476 on Saturday.
* Chris Durno scored two goals, including the game-winning goal, and Michael Garnett made 33 saves in Gwinnett’s 3-1 win against Idaho in Game 2 on Wednesday.
* Zenon Konopka scored the game-winning goal and Dan Ellis made 35 saves in Idaho’s 5-3 win at Gwinnett in Game 1 on Tuesday.
* Steelheads’ Zenon Konopka is tied for the Kelly Cup Playoffs lead with three game-winning goals and is tied for sixth in the postseason with 11 points (5g-6a).
* Gwinnett rookie Chris Durno is tied for second in the postseason with seven goals, and is tied for fourth in scoring with 12 points.
* Idaho’s Dan Ellis leads the Kelly Cup Playoffs in shutouts (2) and wins (8) and ranks third in goals against average (1.81).
* Gladiator’s goaltender Michael Garnett is tied for second in the Kelly Cup Playoffs with seven wins and ranks second with 358 saves.
* Steelhead’s Darrell Hay leads defensemen in the postseason with seven assists and nine points.
* Gwinnett’s Kris Goodjohn is tied for the postseason lead among rookies with two game-winning goals and is tied for second with five goals and 12 points.
* Gladiators’ defenseman Rick Emmett is tied for the postseason lead with four power-play goals.
* Steelheads’ Jan Kopecky is tied for second in the Kelly Cup Playoffs with seven goals and is tied for sixth with 11 points.
* Gwinnett’s Troy Milam is tied for third among defensemen in the Kelly Cup Playoffs with five assists.
* Steelheads’ Lance Galbraith is tied for fourth in the postseason with six goals and tied for 10th with 10 points.
* Gladiator’s power play ranks third in the postseason with 19.6 percent (11-for-56).
* Idaho rookie David Cornacchia is tied for third among defensemen in the Kelly Cup Playoffs with five assists.
* Steelheads’ penalty kill ranks third in the postseason with 88.6 percent (39-for-44).
* First-ever meeting between Pacific Division Champion Idaho and Central Division Champion Gwinnett.
* No. 3 Seed Idaho beat No. 4 Seed Alaska, three games to one, in the Pacific Division Finals.
* Gwinnett upset No. 1 Seed Louisiana, three games to one, in the Central Division Finals.
* Idaho upset No. 2 Seed Las Vegas, three games to two, in the Pacific Division Semifinals.
* Gwinnett upset No. 2 Seed Mississippi, three games to two, in the Central Division Semifinals.
* Gwinnett’s Kevin Doell was named ECHL Rookie of the Year after leading rookies in the regular season with 33 goals and seven game-winning goals.
* Jan Kopecky led Idaho with 24 goals, 54 points and 20 power-play points (8g-12a) in the regular season.