Kelly Cup

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The Estero-based Florida Everblades took on the reigning Kelly Cup champion Colorado Eagles over the weekend for the last game in the ECHL finals. 

The chants of "Let's go Blades!" were nearly deafening Saturday night.

This is the thing about minor league hockey. Unlike the much-larger arenas of the NHL, the stands are typically packed with almost entirely fans of the home team.

Such was the case at Germain Arena – where the crowd of more than 7,700 spectators was an unpolluted sea of green.

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The Florida Everblades are in it to win it – still. “It” being the ECHL Kelly Cup.

Joe Cox tied up the last game for the Blades with a breakaway goal in the first period. But, the forward’s sixth goal of the playoffs couldn’t stop the Colorado Eagles from winning the game 4-2.

“After the loss, I kind of went into the locker room, and we were like, ‘Okay, the game’s over. Let’s start preparing for next game. Leave what was in the past in the past,'" Cox said. "And, that was our mindset."