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Colorado Wins 2018 Kelly Cup Title

June 9, 2018 - ECHL (ECHL) News Release

PRINCETON, N.J. - The Colorado Eagles captured their second consecutive Kelly Cup championship on Saturday with a 3-2 win over the Florida Everblades in Game 7 of the 2018 Kelly Cup Finals at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida.

Gabriel Verplaest scored the game-winning goal while shorthanded with 2:29 remaining in regulation.

Colorado, which defeated South Carolina 4 games to 0 last year, joins Allen (2015 and 2016), Toledo (1993 and 1994) and Hampton Roads (1991 and 1992) as the only back-to-back champions in the ECHL's 30-year history.

It was just the fifth time in ECHL history that the Finals series was decided in seven games (1989, 1999, 2009, 2015, 2018).

Michael Joly was named Most Valuable Player of the 2018 Kelly Cup Playoffs after posting a postseason leading 29 points (13g-16a) in 24 games.

Joly led the Eagles in the Kelly Cup Finals with four goal and nine points while Stephen MacAulay led Florida with four goals and seven points.

2018 Kelly Cup Finals

Game 1 - Florida 1 at COLORADO 3

Game 2 - FLORIDA 4 at Colorado 3

Game 3 - COLORADO 5 at Florida 4 (OT)

Game 4 - Colorado 6 at FLORIDA 7 (OT)

Game 5 - Colorado 0 at FLORIDA 5

Game 6 - Florida 2 at COLORADO 4

Game 7 - COLORADO 3 at Florida 2

Kelly Cup Champions

2018 - Colorado defeated Florida, 4 games to 3

2017 - Colorado defeated South Carolina, 4 games to 0

2016 - Allen defeated Wheeling, 4 games to 2

2015 - Allen defeated South Carolina, 4 games to 3

2014 - Alaska defeated Cincinnati, 4 games to 2

2013 - Reading defeated Stockton, 4 games to 1

2012 - Florida defeated Las Vegas, 4 games to 1

2011 - Alaska defeated Kalamazoo, 4 games to 1

2010 - Cincinnati defeated Idaho, 4 games to 1

2009 - South Carolina defeated Alaska, 4 games to 3

2008 - Cincinnati defeated Las Vegas, 4 games to 2

2007 - Idaho defeated Dayton, 4 games to 1

2006 - Alaska defeated Gwinnett, 4 games to 1

2005 - Trenton defeated Florida, 4 games to 2

2004 - Idaho defeated Florida, 4 games to 1

2003 - Atlantic City defeated Columbia, 4 games to 1

2002 - Greenville defeated Dayton, 4 games to 0

2001 - South Carolina defeated Trenton, 4 games to 1

2000 - Peoria defeated Louisiana, 4 games to 2

1999 - Mississippi defeated Richmond, 4 games to 3

1998 - Hampton Roads defeated Pensacola, 4 games to 2

1997 - South Carolina defeated Louisiana, 4 games to 1

Riley Cup Champions

1996 - Charlotte defeated Jacksonville, 4 games to 0

1995 - Richmond defeated Greensboro, 4 games to 1

1994 - Toledo defeated Raleigh, 4 games to 1

1993 - Toledo defeated Wheeling, 4 games to 2

1992 - Hampton Roads defeated Louisville, 4 games to 0

1991 - Hampton Roads defeated Greensboro, 4 games to 1

1990 - Greensboro defeated Winston-Salem, 4 games to 1

1989 - Carolina defeated Johnstown, 4 games to 3

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