12 Alums Win ECHL's Kelly Cup
Providence alum Nick Mazzolini scored his ECHL-leading 11th playoff goal in the deciding Game 6 as he and 11 other former NCAA players led the Alaska Aces to the Kelly Cup in a 4-2 series win vs. Cincinnati.
Twelve schools were represented on the Aces' playoff roster. Four of the team's top five playoff scorers were NCAA alums, with Brendan Connolly (Ferris State), Evan Trupp (North Dakota) and John Ramage (Wisconsin) trailing Mazzolini. Mazzolini finished the playoffs with 31 points in 21 games, also leading the club in plus/minus (+15) and penalty minutes (46).
Vermont alum Rob Madore became the first player from the losing team to be named MVP of the Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Cincinnati goaltender played every second in net for the Cyclones and posted a .930 save percentage. He is the third consecutive NCAA alum to win playoff MVP honors, following Riley Gill (Reading/Western Michigan) and John Muse (Florida/Boston College).
Four of the Aces' top five scorers in the playoffs were NCAA alums,
|Alaska Aces Former College Players|
|Brendan Connolly||Ferris State|
|Kane Lafranchise||Alaska Anchorage|
|Tom Mele||American International|
|Ross Ring-Jarvi||Gustavus Adolphus|
|Andy Taranto||Alaska Fairbanks|
|Evan Trupp||North Dakota|
Includes all players who have seen action in the playoffs
Note: This article initially failed to include Hobart alum Brad Richard.