The Sin Bin’s Kelly Cup Playoff Coverage is presented by Kalwei Law Firm

When doing the research on these teams, it is amazing how similar they are stats wise. Here is our breakdown of what should be a very entertaining championship series.

Final Regular Season Records:

Allen: 48-14-6-4 (106 pts—Western Conference Regular Season Champions)

South Carolina: 45-20-1-6 (97 pts)

Playoff Records:

Allen: 12-6 (Western Conference Champions)

South Carolina: 12-8 (Eastern Conference Champions)

Game Schedule (Home Team in BOLD CAPS and All Times Local):

Game 1 – Sun, May 31 – South Carolina at ALLEN 4:05 pm

Game 2 – Tue., June 2 — South Carolina at ALLEN 7:05 pm

Game 3 – Wed., June 3 — South Carolina at ALLEN 7:05 pm

Game 4 – Sun., June 7 – Allen at SOUTH CAROLINA 7:05 pm

*Game 5 – Tue., June 9 — Allen at SOUTH CAROLINA 7:05 pm

*Game 6 – Wed., June 10 — Allen at SOUTH CAROLINA 7:05 pm

*Game 7 – Sun., June 14 — South Carolina at ALLEN 4:05 pm

*= If Necessary

Season Series Recap: This is the first meeting ever between the two teams.

Playoff Leading Scorers: The Allen Americans are led offensively by Greger Hansen, who has lit the lamp 10 times this postseason, and by Chad Costello, who leads the team with 16 assists.

South Carolina is led by forwards Joe Devin and Andrew Rowe, who have each scored 11 goals in these playoffs. The Stingrays also have Wayne Simpson, who is the leading scorer in the Kelly Cup Playoffs with 31 points (9G, 22A) in 20 games.

Allen Fact: The Americans have had much of their playoff success this year on home ice, with an 8-2 record. Allen has scored 5 or more goals in a game 6 times this playoff season.

South Carolina Fact: The Stingrays come into the Kelly Cup Finals with a ton of youthful exuberance, with 8 of the 13 rookies in the Finals series. For as much success as Allen has had at home, the Stingrays have shared equal success on the road, with an 8-2 record. 

How Allen Wins: Allen must be physical with and without the puck if they are to win the series. The Americans hold a distinct weight advantage over the Stingrays in every position on the ice. That physicality should pay off when it comes to their puck possession game and wearing down the smaller Stingrays. To fully capture that edge physically, the Americans will need to stay out of the box. Allen holds a 92 penalty minute “advantage” over the Stingrays.

How South Carolina Wins: It goes without saying, but the Stingrays’ offensive trio of Wayne Simpson/Andrew Rowe/ Joe Devin will need another strong offensive series. But South Carolina will also need rookies such as Derek DeBlois, Caleb Herbert and Frankie Simonelli to provide scoring depth as well. Obviously, it never hurts when you ECHL MVP in goal for you and Jeff Jakaitis will need to have a strong series. 

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