First, a second to appreciate the fact that members of the Avalanche organization are still playing hockey in June. This might not happen again for a long time.
In Game 3 of the Kelly Cup Finals against the Florida Everblades, the Colorado Eagles took the lead 3-1, the third of which saw Travis Barron score the his first professional goal on a net front tip. Then the Eagles coughed up the lead and even fell down by one but the come back was on as they tied the game in the third period and won in overtime off of a great pass from Julien Nantel to Ryan Olsen. The team continues to live on the edge but will generate magic from just about anyone in the lineup at any given moment.
Ryan Olsen with the clutch gene for @ColoradoEagles tonight! Olsen had the tying goal in the third period and the GWG in OT.
— ECHL (@ECHL) May 31, 2018
The Eagles started the game sloppy and lethargic in Game 4 and then they found themselves down 6-2 with under ten minutes to go. Old friend Mitch Heard committed a match penalty and the Eagles scored three goals while on that man advantage. With under two minutes to go JC Beaudin fed Joey Ratelle in the slot to complete the impossible comeback and tie the game 6-6. Unfortunately overtime was not as kind and the Eagles dropped a rare game in the extra frame. Beaudin still has not been credited with the primary assist on the 6-6 goal so here’s the video evidence below of the point for posterity. He should have a goal and two primary assists on the final three goals that the Eagles scored. Beaudin has always quietly shown up in big moments and this game was no different.
— Colorado Eagles (@ColoradoEagles) June 2, 2018
Game 5 was a complete disaster with the Eagles getting shutout 5-0 and now trail 3-2 in the final series. It was their third game in four nights including two overtimes and back to back after their heroic comeback the night before. The team looked completely drained. Hopefully Game 6 at home after three days off will be the ticket to rejuvenation because it is now an elimination game for the Eagles on Wednesday, June 6th. If they win that contest then Game 7 is back in Florida on Saturday, June 9th. Do they have one more magic trick to pull or has the clock struck midnight on this wild and incredible postseason run?
Credit to the Colorado Eagles for the photo