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Florida captures E.A. "Bud" Gingher Trophy as Eastern Conference champions

Sunday, May 29th
Florida captures E.A. "Bud" Gingher Trophy as Eastern Conference champions

The Florida Everblades claimed the E.A. “Bud” Gingher Trophy as Eastern Conference champions on Saturday with a 6-5 overtime win over the Newfoundland Growlers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Florida wins the series 4 games to 1, and awaits the winner of the Western Conference Finals between the Toledo Walleye and Utah Grizzlies in the 2022 Kelly Cup Finals. Toledo leads the series 3 games to 1, with Game 5 taking place on Saturday night in West Valley City, Utah. The Everblades started quickly in Game 5, scoring three times in the opening 4:10 of the contest. Newfoundland responded with two goals of its own before the opening period ended, but second-period tallies from Darik Angeli and Alex Aleardi restored Florida’s three-goal lead. However, the Growlers tallied three times in a 3:33 span late in the third period to pull even, sending the game to the extra session. In overtime, Florida’s Xavier Bouchard scored the winning goal just one minute into the extra session with a wrist shot from the right-wing circle. Aleardi’s three goals in the series led Florida while Stefan Leblanc (2g-5a) and John McCarron (0g-7a) shared the team lead with seven points each. Newfoundland was led by Tyler Boland, who scored four goals, and Gordie Green, who had six points (2g-4a). The Everblades, who won the Kelly Cup title in 2012, advance to the Kelly Cup Finals for the fifth time (2004, 2005, 2012, 2018 and 2022), which ranks second all-time in ECHL history. The trophy is named in recognition of E.A. “Bud” Gingher, who was Chairman of the ECHL Board of Governors from 1992-95. Gingher, who passed away in 2002, co-founded the Dayton Bombers in 1991 and owned the team for seven seasons, serving as President and Governor until selling the team in 1998. Gingher was inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame in 2010.E.A. “Bud” Gingher Trophy Champions2022    Florida Everblades2021    South Carolina Stingrays2020    Trophy not awarded due to COVID-192019    Newfoundland Growlers2018    Florida Everblades2017    South Carolina Stingrays       2016    Wheeling Nailers       2015    South Carolina Stingrays       2014    Cincinnati Cyclones  2013    Reading Royals         2012    Florida Everblades    2011    Kalamazoo Wings     2010    Cincinnati Cyclones  2009    South Carolina Stingrays       2008    Cincinnati Cyclones  2007    Dayton Bombers        2006    Gwinnett Gladiators  2005    Florida Everblades    2004    Florida Everblades    2003    Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies       2002    Dayton Bombers        2001    Trenton Titans           2000    Peoria Rivermen        1999    Richmond Renegades1998    Hampton Roads Admirals

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