Colorado Eagles win Kelly Cup championship with sweep of South Carolina
June 5, 2017
Join your 2017 ECHL Kelly Cup champion Colorado Eagles on Friday for the Official Kelly Cup Celebration Party at the Budweiser Events Center.
When: 6:30pm, Friday (Doors open 5:30pm)
Where: Budweiser Event Center, Loveland CO
Monday night in the North Charleston Arena in Charleston, S.C., the Colorado Eagles realized a moment a decade in the making.
The Eagles beat the South Carolina Stingrays 2-1 to sweep the Kelly Cup Finals and win their first ECHL championship since joining the league — their third overall, according to a news release from the team. They won Central Hockey League titles in 2004-05 and 2006-07 before joining the ECHL in 2011-12.
Luke Salazar scored Colorado's game-winning goal 1 minute, 19 seconds into the second period when he secured a rebound from Shawn St-Amant and snapped it past South Carolina goalie Parker Milner from the low slot.
Casey Pierro-Zabotel also scored for the Eagles. Derek Arnold had the Stingrays' only goal.
Colorado defenseman Matt Register was named the playoffs MVP, the first defenseman to ever be so honored. Register led all defensemen and was second overall in the playoffs with 24 points. His 16 assists were the best in the postseason, and he scored Colorado's game-winning goal in double overtime of game one of the Kelly Cup Finals.
Despite two of the games going into overtime, the Eagles thoroughly dominated the series. They scored on 21 percent of their power plays against a Stingrays team that allowed opponents to convert only 13 percent of their advantages throughout the playoffs.
Colorado outshot South Carolina 151-117 in the series, putting Stingrays keeper Parker Milner under constant assault. His Eagles counterpart, Lukas Hafner, saved 92 percent of the shots he faced and finished the postseason with a 14-2 record. Colorado Eagles 2, South Carolina Stingrays 1
COL 1 1 0 — 2
SC 1 0 0 — 1
1st Period — COL, Casey Pierro-Zabotel (Matt Register, Shawn St-Amant) (PP) 17:10; SC, Derek Arnold (Olivier Archambault, Steve Weinstein) 17:45.
2nd Period — COL, Luke Salazar (St-Amant, Pierro-Zabotel) 1:19.
3rd Period — No scoring.
Shots — SC 26, COL 44.
Saves — SC (Parker Milner) 42, COL (Lukas Hafner) 25.
Power plays — SC 0/3, COL 1/2