Rays Fall to Thunder, 3-1, In Game 3May 3, 2016
The South Carolina Stingrays (5-3) fired a dozen shots on goal in the third period of play but were unable to find the tying goal as the Adirondack Thunder (6-2) earned a 3-1 victory in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Tuesday. Caleb Herbert had the lone goal for South Carolina who now trails Adirondack, 2-1, in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Thursday in Glens Falls.
South Carolina got the perfect start on the road in Game 3, striking 3:50 into the game. Herbert notched his fifth goal of the postseason on a wrist shot from the slot. David Pacan won a face-off to Wade Epp. He moved the puck to Herbert in the high slot. The forward cocked his stick back and snapped a wrist shot over the glove of Adirondack netminder Ken Appleby to make it 1-0 for the visitors.
The Thunder would tie the game on the power play at 13:30 of the first period. With two Stingrays tied up along the boards, Mitchell Heard walked in front of the goal and placed a perfect shot past netminder Mark Dekanich's blocker to tie the game, 1-1.
Both Appleby and Dekanich were strong all night long, making several fantastic saves to keep the game tied. However, late in the second period, the Thunder took the lead. A turnover in front of the South Carolina net resulted in a Ryan Lomberg goal for Adirondack to make it 2-1 Thunder. Herbert attempted to clear the puck, but it sat loose in the slot, and Lomberg beat Dekanich over the shoulder to give the Thunder its first lead.
The Stingrays would throw 12 shots at Appleby in the third period, including two glorious chances in the dying seconds. Without a stick, Appleby denied a wrist shot, then saw the rebound pop just wide of South Carolina's Marcus Perrier who was attacking the goal. The Thunder would eventually clear the puck, and Gunnar Hughes would score an empty net goal with 15 seconds left to make it 3-1.
The Stingrays outshot the Thunder 29-27. Appleby was the 1st Star with 28 saves. The Thunder were 1-for-5 on the power play while the Stingrays were 0-for-3.
The series continues on Thursday with Game 4 at the Glens Falls Civic Center at 7 p.m Fans are invited to the Watch Party at King Street Grille-Northwoods for Thursday's contest, and all road playoff games.