ESTERO, Fla. – The Everblades came alive in front of a home crowd of 6,013 in the first period, but failed to maintain momentum en route to dropping Game 3 to the Colorado Eagles in overtime 5-4 at Germain Arena. The Kelly Cup Finals best-of-seven series is now led by the defending-champion Eagles two games to one.
Matt Mackenzie opened the high-scoring first period at the 3:09 mark off a feed from John McCarron and Mitchell Heard. Just 44 seconds later, Matt Garbowsky responded with a shorthanded tally to tie the battle 1-1. Colorado found its first lead of the night when Michael Joly notched a power-play goal against Martin Ouellette. Under two minutes later, Colorado took a two-goal led off a power-play tally from Travis Barron. With just four minutes remaining in the first, Brett Bulmer and McCarron both beat goaltender Joe Cannata to end the frame with the ‘Blades tied 3-3.
Exiting the first intermission, McCarron scored shorthanded off a pass from Spencer Smallman who earned his fourteenth point of the postseason. The goal would be the lone of the second ending the frame with the ‘Blades ahead 4-3.
A quiet third period for the ‘Blades gave the Eagles the opportunity to send the battle into overtime after Ryan Olsen scored on Ouellette at the 10:50 mark.
Before ‘Blades fans could ring in the victory, the Eagles stopped their excitement short in overtime when Olsen tallied his second goal of the night to end the Game 3 battle 5-4.
Cannata earned the win stopping 30 shots against the ‘Blades, while Ouellette takes the loss allowing five goals on 28 shots.
Goal of the Game:
Brett Bulmer’s sixth goal of the playoffs, showing off why his nickname is Hollywood.
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Highlight of the Game:
Olsen’s third period goal that sent the battle into overtime.
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Need To Know:
The ‘Blades are going to need to find a way not to let Colorado get under their skin, as off-ice and after whistle antics have lead to penalties on the ice, and that is where the ‘Blades need to take back the advantage.
“They play physical and they are not scared of the rough stuff,” Everblades defenseman Derek Sheppard said. “We just know we need to stick to what we do best that’s play big and heavy, transition well and we should be alright.”
The production crew has been working overtime at Germain Arena to put on an elaborate show for the fans. Fair warning – this has led to an increase of smoke and lights, so if you are attending a game be prepared to take it all in.
Game 4 of the Kelly Cup Finals series starts Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Germain Arena.
Kelly Cup Final Schedule:
Colorado 2, Florida 1
Friday, May 25: Colorado 3, Florida 1
Sunday, May 27: Florida 4, Colorado 3
Wednesday, May 30 : Colorado 5, Florida 4
Friday, June 1: Colorado at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 2: Colorado at Florida, 7 p.m.
x – Wednesday, June 6: Florida at Colorado, 9:05 p.m
x – Saturday, June 9: Colorado at Florida, 7:00 p.m.
x – if necessary