NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – Game one on Friday night was a sloppy offensive game with nine goals and 14 total powerplays between the two teams. Game two was the exact opposite as the goalies stole the show. After surrendering two goals on eight shots in game one, Mark Dekanich would stop all 21 shots he faced for the 1-0 shutout victory.
It was a physical game from the start and a gathering formed after each whistle. The physical play was a big story in the first period. There were big hits by both sides including one that caused Thunder captain Peter MacArthur to bleed on the ice. He would return after quick repairs. South Carolina would have to kill three penalties in the first and would do so just fine with tremendous work by Dekanich.
The second period was controlled mostly by the Stingrays in what has become a common theme so far in the playoffs. South Carolina had the momentum with the help of two powerplays in the frame. They were unable to score on the man advantage but Austin Fyten found his own rebound and buried it to break the scoreless tie as Ryan Lomberg stepped out of the box.
Adirondack was inspired to start the third period and prevented the Stingrays from getting a shot on Ken Appleby for over 10 minutes in to the period. Dekanich had the answer for every shot. The Thunder came closest to tying it when Lomberg hit the post past Dekanich but the puck stayed out.
This is Mark Dekanich’s first career ECHL playoff shutout. He improves to 3-2 with a 1.92 goals against average and a 0.905 save percentage in the playoffs.
Appleby stopped 29 of 30 shots he faced in the loss and falls to 5-2 with a 1.96 GAA and 0.934 SV %.
South Carolina made one roster change bringing in Spencer Humphries for rookie Colton Saucerman. Humphries, who had been injured, gives the Stingrays a fourth right handed defenseman and only improves their overall depth.
The series now tied at 1-1 shifts up to Glens Falls Civic Center for the next three games. Game 3 is on Tuesday night at 7 PM.
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