Game 3 Preview- South Carolina at Adirondack, 7 p.m.May 3, 2016
2016 KELLY CUP PLAYOFFS: EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS, GAME 3-SERIES TIED, 1-1
South Carolina Stingrays (5-2 playoffs, 44-18-7-3 regular season)
Adirondack Thunder (5-2 playoffs, 38-28-2-4 regular season)
Glens Falls Civic Center, 7 p.m.
WATCH PARTY AT KING STREET GRILLE-NORTHWOODS
Fans are encouraged to head to King Street Grille-Northwoods, to catch tonight's game. Fans 21 and up may enjoy a special offer of $3 Drafts, including Bud Light, Michelob Ultra, Shocktop and Landshark during all Stingrays Watch Parties at King Street Grille.
GAME 2 RECAP
Austin Fyten’s goal midway through the second period of play proved to be the only goal needed as the Stingrays evened the best-of-seven series with the Adirondack Thunder with a 1-0 victory Saturday. South Carolina netminder Mark Dekanich stopped 21 shots to earn the shutout, and South Carolina held the Thunder to 0-for-5 on the power play.
POWER PLAY GOALS HARD TO COME BY
The Stingrays and Thunder enter this evening’s game as two of the league’s top teams in the ECHL on the penalty kill in the postseason. Adirondack ranks second at 91.2% (34 times shorthanded, three goals allowed) while South Carolina is third at 87.1% (31 times shorthanded, four goals allowed). Both teams are 1-for-11 in the series on the power play. The Stingrays finished the regular season with the ECHL’s best penalty kill at 87.5%.
In the postseason, the Stingrays have outshot their opponents in all seven games. South Carolina is firing the second most shots per game in the postseason at 35.14, while allowing the least shots at 22.43. Meanwhile, Adirondack has only outshot their opponent once in the playoffs and has only taken 37 shots versus the Stingrays in the series so far. They are second to last in the postseason with only 24.29 shots for per game.
TAKE THE LEAD, WIN THE GAME
In the postseason, both South Carolina and Adirondack are unbeaten when leading after the second period of play. Both teams are 5-0 when they hold a lead through 40 minutes of play.
PUCK STOPPER OR PLAYMAKER?
South Carolina goaltender Mark Dekanich has two assists in five postseason appearances.
KELLY CUP EXPERIENCE
The Stingrays enter the playoffs with plenty of postseason experience. Six players on the Stingrays’ roster were part of the team’s run to the Kelly Cup Finals last season, including Derek DeBlois who finished third on the team with 29 points, and Joe Devin, who scored 13 goals in the playoffs. The club also has Bobby Shea on the roster who won a Kelly Cup in 2013 with the Reading Royals.