Game 6 Preview: Adirondack at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.May 10, 2016
2016 KELLY CUP PLAYOFFS: EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS, GAME 6-ADIRONDACK LEADS SERIES, 3-2
Adirondack Thunder (7-3-0 playoffs, 38-28-2-4 regular season)
South Carolina Stingrays (6-3-1 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.
The South Carolina Stingrays host the Adirondack Thunder for Game 6 of the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals this evening. The Thunder lead the series, 3-2. Adirondack claimed two of three games in Glens Falls as the series now shifts back to North Charleston for Game 6 tonight, and if needed, Game 7 tomorrow. 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.
GAME 5 RECAP
The Adirondack Thunder took a 3-2 series lead with a 3-2 overtime win in Game 5 in Glens Falls. The Stingrays battled back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game on a Spencer Humphries goal late in the third period. The Thunder got the game-winning goal from forward Gunnar Hughes at 11:21 of the extra session.
KICK-STARTED BY HERBIE
In each of the Stingrays’ last three games, forward Caleb Herbert has scored the club’s first goal of the game. Herbert is tied for the team lead with seven goals in the postseason after posting three goals in 27 playoff games last year.
BACKS AGAINST THE WALL
During last season’s run to the Kelly Cup Finals, the Stingrays faced a similar situation to tonight’s game. Entering Game 6 of the Kelly Cup Finals, the Stingrays trailed 3-2 in the best-of-seven series with Allen. South Carolina fended off elimination and forced Game 7 with a 4-1 win on home ice.
Recent success shows that South Carolina will bounce back with a victory in Game 6 tonight. The club has not lost two straight games since January 23 and January 29. Following each of their previous two losses in this series, the Stingrays battled back with shutout victories, winning 1-0 in Game 2 and 6-0 in Game 4.
DEXSHOW HITS 3-0
South Carolina goaltender Mark Dekanich turns 30 today. Dekanich is 4-3-1 in the postseason with a 1.78 goals-against average and two shutouts for South Carolina.