Former Golden Knights battle in ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs
A trio of former Clarkson University Hockey players will be looking to meet up in the Championship of the East Coast Hockey League when the Kelly Cup series begins in Late May.
Nik Pokulok, who completed his Clarkson career in early March, has made a big impression in his first professional hockey postseason action. Pokulok lifted the Stockton Thunder to a come-from-behind, 4-3 sudden-death overtime victory over the Alaska Aces in Game 6 of the ECHL Western Conference semifinals on April 30 at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. Pokulok finished off a pass from former Golden Knight Shawn Weller with 12:47 left in overtime to clinch the semifinal series for Stockton.The Thunder are now playing the Idaho Steelheads in the Western Conference Final for the right to advance to the ECHL Kelly Cup Finals. Stockton currently holds a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven ECHL Western Conference finals over Idaho as the series moves to Stockton Arena on Wednesday.
The Reading Royals, with Julien Cayer on the roster, have advanced to ECHL Eastern Conference finals. Reading is currently leading its best-of-seven series against the Cincinnati Cyclones 2-0. The Royals and Cyclones play Game 3 of their series on Wednesday at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cayer played in 49 games recording three goals and six assists as Reading won the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference titles during the regular season.
In his first professional postseason action, Pokulok has scored two goals while posting a +4 plus/minus rating through 15 games.
In 15 playoffs games this spring, Weller has tallied six goals and three assists.