Game 5 Preview- South Carolina at Adirondack, 7 p.m.May 7, 2016
2016 KELLY CUP PLAYOFFS: EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS, GAME 5-SERIES TIED, 2-2
South Carolina Stingrays (6-3 playoffs, 44-18-7-3 regular season)
Adirondack Thunder (6-3 playoffs, 38-28-2-4 regular season)
Glens Falls Civic Center, 7 p.m.
WATCH PARTY AT KING STREET
Fans are encouraged to head to King Street Grille-
The South Carolina Stingrays visit the Adirondack Thunder for Game 5 of the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals this evening. The series it tied, 2-2. South Carolina is coming off a 6-0 win in Game 4 after dropping Game 3 on the road, 3-1. Both clubs are coming off 4-1 series victories in the opening round, with South Carolina beating #7 Kalamazoo and the Thunder topping #3 Manchester. The two teams met three times during the regular season with South Carolina posting a 1-1-1-0 record versus the Thunder. The Stingrays are the all-time ECHL leader in playoff victories and are tied for the most Kelly Cup Championships with three.
GAME 4 RECAP
In a pivotal Game 4, the South Carolina Stingrays scored early and often to earn a 6-0 win to tie the best-of-seven series, 2-2. Caleb Herbert scored one minute into the game and Joe Devin added a pair of goals in the victory. Netminder Mark Dekanich earned his second shutout of the postseason, stopping 30 shots. The Stingrays went 3-for-4 on the power play and were an amazing 11-for-11 on the penalty kill.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SAUCE
Rookie defenseman Colton Saucerman enjoyed a standout performance during Thursday’s Game 4. Saucerman, who was celebrating his 24th birthday, scored a goal and added an assist in the 6-0 victory. The defenseman joined the Stingrays out of Northeastern University in April. He has five points (one goal, four assists) in five playoff games for the Stingrays.
20 FOR DEVIN
After being held without a goal in the first three games of the series, forward Joe Devin scored twice in Thursday’s 6-0 win. He leads the team with seven goals in the playoffs and now has 20 career ECHL playoff goals in 36 postseason contests. As of Friday, Devin was third in the ECHL during the postseason with 11 points.
MAKING HIS MARK
South Carolina goaltender Mark Dekanich has registered a pair of shutouts in the series after posting two shutouts during the entire regular season. Dekanich’s two shutouts are tied for the most in the ECHL during the postseason with Fort Wayne’s Pat Nagle. He owns the second best goals-against average at 1.65 and has allowed two goals in his last three starts. The native of North Vancouver, B.C. celebrates his 30th birthday on Tuesday.