The Sin Bin’s Kelly Cup Playoff Coverage is presented by Kalwei Law Firm
One game for glory. Thats what game 7 boils down to. In the Steve Martinson era, the Allen Americans are a perfect 9-0, including 1-0 in these playoffs.
Allen came out and set the tone early by playing very physically and shooting pucks from every angle. Americans opened the scoring on a set play coming out of the 70-second timeout at the mid point of the 1st. Chad Costello fired a puck from the top of the faceoff circle that beat Stingrays goaltender Jeff Jakaitis high blocker-side. When scoring the first goal in the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs, Allen is 9-1. The scoring would continue just 76 seconds later, when Vincent Arseneau poked a rebound by Jakaitis to give Allen a 2-0 lead.
Forward Ian Schultz was helped off the ice during the period with what appeared to be a leg injury. When asked at the intermission on Schultz’s status for the rest of the game, head coach Steve Martinson said “it doesn’t look good.”
Chad Costello, the Johnston, IA native, opened the scoring at 3:16 of the 2nd period, taking a puck in from the faceoff circle and deeking Jakaitis to give Allen a 3-0 lead. Gary Steffes scored his 14th of the playoffs at 6:21 of the period as he put a Chris Crane shot by Jakaitis to balloon the lead to 4-0. The fourth goal spelled the end of the night for the reigning ECHL MVP. In came backup netminder Clay Witt, who seen action in game 2 of the series, allowing two goals. With the change in tendys, the Stingrays began putting pressure on Allen goaltender Riley Gill, who was equal to the task. The Stingrays owned play for most of the second half of the period, but Spencer Asuchak scored his 13th of the playoffs on the power play with 8 seconds left in the period to give Allen a 5-0 lead.
The third period was little more than a coronation for the Americans. South Carolina spoiled Riley Gill’s shutout bid as Andrew Rowe scored a power play goal at 11:25 of the 3rd period to dent the Allen bulge to 6-1.
For Allen, it is their 3rd straight championship, a first for any team in the Dallas-Fort Worth market.