ECF Game 7 Preview-Wheeling at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.May 24, 2016
2016 KELLY CUP PLAYOFFS: EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS-GAME 7-SERIES TIED, 3-3
Wheeling Nailers (11-8 playoffs, 37-26-5-4 regular season)
South Carolina Stingrays (11-7 playoffs, 44-18-7-3 regular season)
North Charleston Coliseum, 7:05 p.m.
Fans at tonight's game may enjoy $2 beer specials as part of Stingrays Happy Hour from 6-8 p.m. Additionally, hot dogs are just $2 all night long! Please note, there will be a limit of two hot dogs per visit to the concession stand in order to keep the lines moving efficiently.
TICKET NOTE FOR FANS
Fans who have signed up for Playoff Ticket Packages are to use ROUND THREE, GAME D tickets for tonight's game.
The South Carolina Stingrays host the Wheeling Nailers for a decisive Game 7 of the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals this evening. Entering tonight’s contest, the series is tied, 3-3, after the Nailers earned a 4-3 victory last night in overtime to force Game 7. The winner of the Eastern Conference Finals will play the Allen Americans in the 2016 Kelly Cup Finals. The Americans advanced to the Finals with a 4-1 series win over the Fort Wayne Komets. South Carolina and Allen met in the 2015 Kelly Cup Finals with the Americans taking the series in seven games
GAME 6 RECAP
The South Carolina Stingrays scored twice in the first six minutes of the game, including a tally just 43 seconds into the contest, but the Wheeling Nailers prevailed with a 4-3 overtime win to force Game 7. Jarrett Burton was the overtime hero for the second time this series at the North Charleston Coliseum, notching the winning tally with just 1:18 remaining in the extra-session. Kelly Zajac, Stephan Vigier and Caleb Herbert had the goals for South Carolina in the loss.
GAME 7 HISTORY
Both teams experienced Game 7 heroics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Stingrays won Game 7 on home ice on May 11 on a double-overtime goal by Joe Devin. The South Carolina forward has four Game 7 goals in the last two seasons, including two overtime winning tallies. His goal in triple-overtime last season helped the Stingrays beat Toledo in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals and advance the club to the 2015 Kelly Cup Finals. The Nailers scored a Game 7 victory last round on a Riley Brace goal in overtime at WesBanco Arena. All-time, the Nailers are 2-2 in Game 7’s while the Stingrays are 4-1.
SPECIAL TEAMS TIME
Special teams was the difference in Game 6. The Nailers were 2-for-4 on the powerplay while South Carolina was 0-for-8. With that mark, the Nailers penalty kill surpassed the Stingrays, taking over the top spot in the ECHL’s postseason at 88.2%.
THE STREAKS CONTINUE
Both David Pacan and Austin Fyten collected an assist yesterday to extend their point-streaks to nine, and 10 games respectively. Pacan has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in that stretch, while Fyten has collected 11 points (four goals, seven assists) during his streak.
KELLY CUP EXPERIENCE ON THE BENCH
South Carolina coach Spencer Carbery won a Kelly Cup with the Stingrays in 2009 as a player. Carbery owns a 207-115-38 record, and a 31-30 mark in the postseason, as the club’s head coach.