By Doyle Woody
Anchorage Daily News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Before Game 5 of the ECHL Kelly Cup Finals last Saturday, with the Alaska Aces’ season on the line, coach Keith McCambridge made his most startling move of the postseason. He removed second-team all-league defenseman and alternate captain Matt Shasby from the lineup and replaced him with Nick Tuzzolino.
Tuzzolino, who had not yet played in the Finals and had not appeared in a hockey game for 16 days, kick-started the odd-man rush that generated Lance Galbraith‘s second-period goal to open the scoring.
With Tuzzolino delivering a strong all-around performance and Colin Hemingway providing an overtime goal, the Aces beat the South Carolina Stingrays 3-2 at the North Charleston Coliseum in South Carolina to force Thursday night’s Game 6 at Sullivan Arena. South Carolina owns a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.