After eliminating the Alaska Aces from the postseason and clinching the Western Conference championship last night, the Las Vegas Wranglers announced today the four home dates for the 2012 Kelly Cup Finals. The team will play the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals, between the Florida Everblades and the Kalamazoo Wings, and the three road games will be announced once that series is complete.
The best-of-seven series begins in Las Vegas on Monday, May 14, and is as follows:
Game 1 on Monday, May 14, at 7:05 p.m. – Orleans Arena
Game 2 on Tuesday, May 15, at 7:05 p.m. – Orleans Arena
Game 3 – TBD
Game 4 – TBD
Game 5 – TBD
Game 6 on Friday, May 25, at 7:05 p.m. (if necessary) – Orleans Arena
Game 7 on Saturday, May 26, at 7:05 p.m. (if necessary) – Orleans Arena
In the 2012 Kelly Cup Finals, the third-seeded Wranglers will have home-ice advantage over either team by being a higher seed than Florida and having a better regular-season record than Kalamazoo. This will be head coach Ryan Mougenel’s first trip to the Kelly Cup Finals with the Wranglers after advancing his team to the postseason in both 2010 and 2011. The Wranglers last went to the Kelly Cup Finals in 2008, falling in six games to the Cincinnati Cyclones.
The Florida Everblades finished with the 2011-12 regular season with a 39-26-2-5 record to enter the playoffs as the Eastern Conference’s fifth seed. The Kalamazoo Wings, current holder of the E.A. “Bud” Gingher Memorial Trophy for winning the Eastern Conference championship last season, had a 38-26-2-6 regular season record for the third seed. The Everblades currently lead the Eastern Conference Finals series 2-1.
Playoff tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the Wranglers front office at (702) 471-PUCK (7825). Fans can purchase playoff strip tickets starting at $18 per game, or buy individual game tickets starting at $20. Tickets for kids ages 12 and under are just $8.