Category: East Coast Hockey League

Dyson Stevenson Nets Two to Lead Thunder to 4-1 Victory over Americans

After splitting the first two regular season games between the Allen Americans and the Wichita Wingnuts in Kansas, the two bitter rivals traveled to Texas on Saturday for the Americans’ home opener. Thanks to two goals by Dyson Stevenson and a pair of goals by the Thunder in the first and second periods, Wichita handily…

Stuart Skinner Stones Americans in Shootout to Give Thunder Victory, 6-5

It was a wild affair in Wichita on Friday night as an eight goal second period turned a 1-0 Thunder lead into a 5-4 lead heading into the third. The Americans would tie the score, sending the game to a shootout where Stuart Skinner would make three great saves to help give the Wichita Thunder…

Dante Salituro Silences the Thunder in Americans 4-0 Victory

The Allen Americans looked to earn their first victory of the season on Saturday night, and do so on the home ice of their archrivals, the Wichita Wingnuts. Thanks to a goal and two assists by Dante Salituro and 34 saves by C.J. Motte, the Americans earned the victory, blanking the Thunder, 4-0. That moved…

Colorado Eagles Advance in Kelly Cup Playoffs with 5-3 Victory over Thunder

After losing the last two games at home, the Colorado Eagles were hoping that Wichita would prove to be as friendly as it had been in the first two games of this Kelly Cup first round matchup. Thanks to three points by Michael Joly, the Eagles were able to win their third game on the…

Dyson Stevenson Helps Thunder Stave-Off Elimination, 6-0

Faced with the very distinct possibility that their season was coming to an end, the Wichita Thunder put together their best all-around performance of the season, getting 29 saves from Shane Starrett and three points from Dyson Stevenson on their way to a 6-0 victory over the Colorado Eagles. That made the series 3-1 in…

Gabriel Verpaelst Leads Colorado Comeback, Eagles Up 3-0

For the third straight game, the Wichita Thunder found themselves on top, taking a 2-0 lead early in the second period, but the Colorado Eagles would respond with four unanswered goals to win Game 3 of their first round Kelly Cup matchup, 4-2. Gabriel Verpaelst led the comeback with a goal and assist in the…

Special Teams Puts the Colorado Eagles Up 2-0 on Wichita Thunder

The Colorado Eagles once again used their prolific special teams to take Game 2 of their series versus the Wichita Thunder. The Eagles scored two power-play goals and killed off six Thunder power-plays in downing Wichita 5-2. J.C. Beaudin and Drayson Bowman each had 2 assists for the Eagles. The Thunder were looking to get…

J.C. Beaudin Helps Eagles Draw First Blood with OT Game-Winner

Colorado Eagles in the first round of the Kelly Cup playoffs. There was a lot of question marks for the Thunder entering the series, but no more so than in net, where Shane Starrett would be the No. 1 goaltender despite winning just one of his last seven starts. Starrett proved to be absolutely brilliant,…

Chase for Kelly Cup 2018: R. 1 – South Carolina Stingrays vs. Orlando Solar Bears

The Chase for the Kelly Cup begins with a Round 1 matchup between the South Carolina Stingrays and the Orlando Solar Bears. South Carolina finished second in the South Division and had the third-best record in the ECHL with 104 points. Orlando finished a distant third with 75 points. The Stingrays won the season series 7-3-0-1.

Chase for Kelly Cup 2018: R. 1 – Florida Everblades vs. Atlanta Gladiators

The Chase for the Kelly Cup begins with a Round 1 matchup between the Florida Everblades and the Atlanta Gladiators. Florida had the top record in the ECHL, earning 112 points and was one of only two teams that had at least 50 wins this season. Atlanta enters the post-season as the team with the least amount of points (69) of any club in the playoffs.

Chase for Kelly Cup 2018: R. 1 – Adirondack Thunder vs. Worchester Railers

The Chase for the Kelly Cup begins with a Round 1 matchup between the Adirondack Thunder and the Worchester Railers. Adirondack narrowly beat out the Manchester Monarchs for the North Division title by winning their last game of the season. They enter as the division winner with the fewest points (89) in a division that saw the top four teams separated by just 7 points. Adirondack lost the season series, 4-5-0-3.

Chase for Kelly Cup 2018: R. 1 – Toledo Walleyes vs. Indy Fuel

The Chase for the Kelly Cup begins with a Round 1 matchup between the Toledo Walleyes and the Indy Fuel. Toledo finished first in the Central Division and had the second best record overall in the ECHL (105). They were one of just two teams that recorded at least 50 wins this season (the Florida Everblades have 53). Indy finished fourth in the division. Toledo won the season series 8-1-0-0.

Chase for Kelly Cup 2018: R. 1 – Manchester Monarchs vs. Reading Royals

The Chase for the Kelly Cup begins with a Round 1 matchup between the Manchester Monarchs and the Reading Royals. Manchester finished second in the North Division, just a point behind the Adirondack Thunder. The Monarchs and Royals were separated in the standings by just one point, this despite the fact that Reading won the season series.