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Eagles Win Game 4 In Triple Overtime

The Avalanche's ECHL affiliate leads the Western Conference Finals 3-1

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

The Colorado Eagles are one win away from reaching their first-ever Kelly Cup Finals.

Matt Garbowsky scored 3:07 into the third overtime to give the Eagles a 5-4 victory against the Toledo Walleye on Friday night at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado. Colorado leads the best-of-seven ECHL Western Conference Finals series 3-1.

Game 5 is Saturday night in Loveland.

The Colorado Avalanche has three prospects playing for the Eagles, the team's ECHL affiliate, and they were once again key contributors for the club.

One game after scoring his first goal of the postseason, defensive prospect Sergei Boikov had one of the biggest nights of his young career. The Khabarovsk, Russia, native recorded a goal and two assists, leading all players in scoring for the contest.

Boikov has seven points in 13 playoff games, placing him third on the team in scoring among D-men.

Forward Julien Nantel, who tallied the overtime-winner in Game 3 on Wednesday night, ended the contest with a plus-2 rating, three shots and an assist, bringing his postseason point total to 10 (six goals, four assists).

Defenseman Mason Geertsen had four shots on goal, tied for the most in the game by a blueliner.

Colorado and Toledo traded markers in the first period before Ryan Harrison gave the Eagles a 3-2 lead 2:33 into the middle frame. The advantage didn't last long as the Walleye tied the game 24 seconds later.

Toledo took its second lead of the night at 7:27 of the third period and was less than three minutes away from tying the series at two games apiece when A.J. Jenks was called for interference. The Eagles took advantage of the late power play as Casey Pierro-Zabotel scored with 2:09 remaining to tie the outing and force extra time.

The Eagles are undefeated in overtime during the postseason, having won all four matchups that have gone past regulation.

In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Manchester Monarchs and South Carolina Stingrays are tied 2-2. Game 5 is Saturday in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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