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Four Flames prospects in ECHL final

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

Four Calgary Flames prospects are vying for the Kelly Cup, the East Coast Hockey League's championship.

The Las Vegas Wranglers, a farm team of the Calgary Flames in the ECHL, enter the Kelly Cup Finals as the National Conference Champions against the American Conference Champion Cincinnati Cyclones.

There are four Calgary Flames prospects playing in Las Vegas. They are Ryan Donally (third round, 2003); Adam Cracknell (ninth round, 2004); goalie Kevin Lalande (fifth round, 2005) and Aki Seitsonen (fourth round, 2004).

Cracknell is second in playoff scoring in the ECHL. In 15 games he has 21 points, one behind leader David Desarnais of Cincinnati.

Led by Flames prospect Kevin Lalande in net, Las Vegas swept Utah in the National Conference Finals after beating Alaska in five games in the conference semifinals and Stockton in six games in the quarterfinals.

In only his rookie season, Kevin Lalande leads all ECHL goalies in playoffs wins registering 11 in 14 games played for a remarkable .786 winning percentage.

Lalande and Cracknell, along with Las Vegas teammates Donally and Seitsonen will be attending the Flames Prospect Camp this July 20-27 in Calgary.

Las Vegas set an ECHL record by becoming the first team to record three straight 100-point seasons after posting a 47-13-12 record for 106 points. Las Vegas recorded its second straight National Conference Regular Season Championship in 2007-08.

Cincinnati recorded the second highest point total in ECHL history with 115 points after going 55-12-1-4 (.799 winning percentage). The 55 wins was the second-highest total in ECHL history. The Cyclones swept the Johnstown Chiefs in the first round of the playoffs. Cincinnati edged the Reading Royals in seven games to advance to the American Conference Finals. The Cyclones needed five games to beat South Carolina and advance to the Kelly Cup Finals.

Cincinnati owns home-ice advantage in the best-of-seven series after finishing with 115 points and the Brabham Cup Championship (regular season champions).

The first two games of the series are in Cincinnati, OH at U.S. Bank Arena. Game One of the Kelly Cup Finals is Saturday, May 24th at 4:30 PM (PDT). Game Two of theKelly Cup Finals is scheduled for Sunday, May 25th at 4:30 PM (PDT). The next three games of the series will shift to Las Vegas, NV at the Orleans Arena. Game Three will take place on Thursday, May 29th at 7:05 PM at the Orleans Arena. Game Four will start at 7:05 PM at the Orleans Arena on Friday, May 30th at the Orleans Arena. If necessary, Game Five will take place on Monday, June 2nd at 7:05 PM at the Orleans Arena. If needed, the last two games of the Finals would take place at the U.S. Bank Arena, starting on Thursday, June 5th at 4:30 PM (PDT) with Game Six. If necessary, Game Seven would be played on Saturday, June 7th at 4:30 PM (PDT).

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