Kelly Cup Finals Game Night: 5-23-12

(W3) Las Vegas Wranglers 2 @ (E5) Florida Everblades 3 (OT)
Kelly Cup Finals – Florida wins best of 7 series 4-1

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 1-2-3, +7, 5 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 10 PIM
D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 11 PIM (tripping, fighting, roughing)
Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 2-9-11, +10, 51 PIM
Season Totals: 16 GP, 3-7-10, +2, 41 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 SOG, 2 PIM (roughing)
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 1-3-4, +4, 12 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play (backup)
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-1-0, 1.42 GAA, .941 sv%, 2 SO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 20-14-0-3, 2.87 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO

Champions!

Florida won their first Kelly Cup championship on Wednesday night when rookie Brandon MacLean scored early in overtime on a two-on-one to defeat the Las Vegas Wranglers, 3-2. MacLean is a former Sault Ste. Marie Greyhound who recently completed four years at Carleton University in Canada. He only played 13 regular season games for the ‘Blades.

Florida jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but eventually allowed Las Vegas to tie the game in the third period before MacLean played hero. Former Lightning draft pick and current Norfolk Admirals property Kevin Quick had a strong defensive play in overtime that eventually led to the winning goal. Lightning prospect Charles Landry played at least one shift in overtime and Sebastien Piche was among the top minute eaters for the ‘Blades all night on the blueline.

The Everblades had made the finals two previous times, but this is their first championship. Carolina prospect John Muse, who stopped 41 of 43 shots to get the win in Game 5, was named playoff MVP. Lightning prospect Pat Nagle filled in for him against Elmira and played well, including earning two shutouts. He played twice against Kalamazoo, winning Game 1, but dropping Game 2. He was replaced by Muse in Game 3.

Lightning prospect Alex Hutchings was an alternate captain for much of the season for Florida, but earned a promotion to AHL Norfolk and has been with the Admirals for the last few months.

Congratulations to the Florida Everblades, 2011-2012 Kelly Cup Champions.

(Woody Wommack/Naples News photo)