Former Halifax Mooseheads goaltender Jonathan Boutin is three wins away from winning the Kelly Cup.
The 24-year-old has backstopped the South Carolina Stingrays to the East Coast Hockey League best-of-seven final against the Alaska Aces. He has a 2.64 goals-against average, a .909 save percentage and a 12-3 record in 15 starts.
The Stingrays and Aces are tied 1-1 in the series.
Boutin, a former third-round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning, is with the Stingrays on a minor-league contract. His three-year NHL deal with the Lightning expired last summer.
He spent parts of three seasons with the Mooseheads from 2001 to 2004, starting 47 games in 2002-03.
Also vying for the Kelly Cup is Aces blueliner Derick Martin, who spent two seasons with the Saint Mary’s Huskies.