LOVELAND, CO – The Colorado Eagles came all the way back from a 3-1 second period deficit to defeat the Toledo Walleye 6-3 in Game Five of the ECHL Western Conference Final and win the series four games to one. At the center of this brilliant comeback was former Mount Royal Cougar Forward Cam Maclise.
Trailing 3-2 with 3:51 left in the second period, Cam Maclise went to work. Maclise broke down the right side and ripped a wrist shot past the goaltender to tie the game 3-3.
After the Eagles took a 4-3 lead at the beginning of the third period, Maclise added an insurance marker on a tipped point shot to solidify the victory.
The win sealed the series for the Eagles and punched their ticket to the ECHL's Kelly Cup Finals against either the South Carolina Stingrays or the Manchester Monarchs.
The win also highlighted the emergence of Cam Maclise as a dominant professional player. Less than three months into his first pro season, Maclise is proving that he can be an impact player at this level.
After the Mount Royal Cougars were eliminated from the Canada West Playoffs by the eventual champions from Saskatchewan, Maclise and fellow Cougar Matt Brown jumped a plane for Colorado to suit up for the Eagles.
Maclise dressed in all 13 of the Eagles final regular season games notching four goals and two assists. Head Coach Aaron Schneekloth saw past Maclise's modest regular season numbers and began to count on him down the stretch.
Schneekloth's confidence in Maclise has paid off during Colorado's run to the finals. Maclise has five goals and five assists in 16 playoff games. However, the most telling statistic is his +9 rating. Maclise ranks second on the team in plus/minus and has proven to be one of the Eagles' most well-rounded forwards.
The journey will continue for Maclise and the Cougars who will open the Kelly Cup Finals at home on Friday, May 26.
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