ESTERO, FLA. – After taking a loss Wednesday night for Game 3, the Florida Everblades needed a win to keep the Colorado Eagles from being one win away from claiming the Kelly Cup.
After a furious Colorado comeback late in the third period to force overtime, Everblades defenseman Gus Young scored the overtime-winner ending the battle 7-6 in front of an energetic crowd of 6,881 at Germain Arena. The best-of-seven Kelly Cup Finals series is now tied 2-2.
Mitchell Heard scored twice, while Justin Kea, Stephen MacAulay, and Joe Cox all added additional tallies to Young’s overtime goal. Cox is now tied for first in the postseason among rookies with three power-goals.
Martin Ouellete made 20 saves while Eagles Joe Cannata stopped 16 on 21 shots before being replaced by Sam Brittain who made nine saves on 11 attempts.
Both Matt Register and Matt Garbowsky scored for the Eagles in the first half of the second period, before the four unanswered goals in under eight minutes happened in the third by Cliff Watson, Register, J.C. Beaudin and Joey Ratelle.
Goal of the Game:
Young’s overtime winner that came 8:28 into overtime that tied the series 2-2. The goal couldn’t have come at a better time for Young after his second period play; it’s his third of the postseason.
The biggest goal of @GusYoung70's life!!! Young's OT game winner brings the @FL_Everblades back to even in the series. It's now a 3 game series with 2 of those games being played at @GermainArena! See you again tomorrow night for Game 5! #DefendTheSwamp #LetsGoBlades pic.twitter.com/mC7QQewfVN
— Andrew McDevitt (@AMcDevittTV) June 2, 2018
Highlight of the Game:
There were a lot of goals to pick from in Game 4 but Justin Kea’s beauty in the first to give the ‘Blades their first lead of the night is it.
MAJOR KEA ALERT
— Florida Everblades (@FL_Everblades) June 2, 2018
Need To Know:
The Eagles onslaught of goals against in the third were all the result of them excelling on the power-play. In fact, five out of the six tallies were power-play goals. The continuous advantage the Eagles have is taking advantage of the ‘Blades when they take penalties. Look for the ‘Blades to be more disciplined in Game 5, especially after the likelihood of Heard seeing a potential suspension coming for a head-butting penalty at the 15:17 mark in the third period.
The official statement on Michael Kirkpatrick is day-to-day per Everblades broadcaster Alex Reed since the hit in the third period of Game 1.
Game 5 of the Kelly Cup Finals series starts Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Germain Arena.
Kelly Cup Final Schedule:
Colorado 2, Florida 2
Friday, May 25: Colorado 3, Florida 1
Sunday, May 27: Florida 4, Colorado 3
Wednesday, May 30: Colorado 5, Florida 4
Friday, June 1: Florida 7, Colorado 6
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