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Stingrays force Game 7 with 4-1 win


The South Carolina Stingrays defeated the Allen Americans 4-1 on Wednesday in Game 6 of the Kelly Cup Finals to even the series 3-3 and force a decisive Game 7 on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. CT at the Allen Event Center.

South Carolina opened the scoring 8:59 into the contest when Marcus Perrier deflected a Wade Epp shot past Allen goaltender Riley Gill for his fourth goal of the playoffs.

The Stingrays added to their lead with a pair of goals two and a half minutes apart in the second period. Joe Devin scored his 12th goal of the playoffs at 11:47 to make it 2-0 and Frankie Simonelli notched his third of the postseason at 14:12 to make it 3-0 after 40 minutes of play.

Allen got on the board 4:07 into the final period on a Vincent Arseneau tally but Devin added his second goal of the night on a power play with 1:45 left to set the final

It will be the eighth Game 7 in the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs (out of 15 series). In the previous five postseasons, there were a total of five Game 7s.

This marks just the fourth time in 27 years that the ECHL Finals will be decided in a Game 7. The road team has won two of the previous three with Carolina winning at Johnstown in 1989 and South Carolina winning at Alaska in 2009. The only home team to win a Game 7 in the Finals is Mississippi over Richmond in 1999.

South Carolina will be playing its third Game 7 of the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs, joining the Toledo Walleye who played three Game 7s earlier this postseason, for the most Game 7s in a single playoff season in ECHL history. The Stingrays defeated Reading 3-2 in the East Division Semifinals and Toledo 1-0 in triple overtime in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Allen defeated Ontario 3-1 in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals.