With 24 hours to go before the 2017 Kelly Cup Finals resume, I thought this would be a good time to look at the candidates who could walk away with the playoff MVP award, should their team win the Kelly Cup.
Here’s my top five, through game two of the Finals:
5. Lukas Hafner
After getting off to a 7-0 start to his playoff career, Hafner is once again on another impressive run, winning his last five starts. Currently, Hafner has a 2.44 goals against average (7th best among all goaltenders,) and a .902 save percentage (13th best). Time and time again in these playoffs, he has made the big save when the club needs him most. That is a stat that cannot be quantified.
4. Rob Flick
Flick has been one of the top offensive players in the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs and is currently fourth among all skaters in postseason scoring with 20 points (11G, 9A). The London, Ont. native’s 11 goals and 65 shots on net are second in the ECHL, while his three game-winning goals are tied for fourth-most in the league with Julian Nantel. The sixth-year forward was also the top performer for SC during the regular season with 63 points (31 goals, 32 assists) in 60 games.
3. Matt Register
If there is a “Mr. Clutch” in these playoffs, it’s Matt Register. The rear guardsman for Colorado leads all players with five game-winning goals in the playoffs. In addition, Register has recorded 10 points (2G, 8A) in his last six games, and leads all defensemen with 22 points (7G, 15A) — including 10 on the power play (4G, 6A) in 18 playoff games.
2. Parker Milner
To be honest, this is more like “#1a” in my book. The biggest winner of this seven-day layoff in the Finals? Parker Milner. After playing six games in ten days, including a double overtime game the day after traveling cross-country, it would be fair to say Milner and the rest of the Stingrays were getting fatigued.
All that said, Milner really has been the backbone of this Stingrays playoff run. As he goes, so go the ‘Rays. When Milner has allowed three or more goals, the Stingrays are 2-7. But, when he allows two or fewer goals, Milner and the Rays are 10-1.
1. Alex Belzile
Belzile has put on a scoring clinic for the Eagles during the playoffs. He leads all scorers with 26 points (14G, 12A) in 16 playoff games. Further, he leads all players with five power play goals and six power play assists. In addition, he has multiple points in seven of the 16 playoff contests he has played in and has played a strong defensive game, too, with a +11 rating.
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