Atlantic City’s Stirling Makes 18 Saves In 1-0 Win, Bullies Lead Kelly Cup Finals 1-0

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Ticker) — Scott Stirling stopped all 18 shots he saw and Scott Matzka notched the only goal ofthe game as the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies blanked theColumbia Inferno, 1-0, in the opening game of the Kelly CupFinals. Stirling recorded his second shutout of the playoffs,recording six saves in each period. Overall, he improved to 5-3in eight postseason appearances. Matzka scored his fifth goal inthe playoffs 77 seconds into the third period for AtlanticCity, which handed Columbia its first home loss of the playoffs.Patrick Couture, who was 9-2 through the first three rounds ofthe postseason, had 30 saves for the Inferno, who will attemptto even the series at home on Friday.

DATE – 05/07/03

Atlantic City (1) AT Columbia ( 0)

SCORE BY PERIODS
Atlantic City 0 0 1–1
Columbia 0 0 0–0

FIRST PERIOD — Scoring: None. Penalties: Rivard, ATC (Slashing), 16:14. Wansborough, CBA (Cross checking), 17:53.

SECOND PERIOD — Scoring: None. Penalties: Henkel, ATC (Elbowing), 1:52.

THIRD PERIOD — Scoring: 1, Atlantic City-Matzka 5 (game winner) (Curtin; Rivard) 1:17. Penalties: Walterson, ATC (Holding), 3:59.

SHOTS ON GOAL
Atlantic City 12 9 10–31
Columbia 6 6 6–18

Power Play Conversions: Atlantic City – 0 of 1, Columbia – 0 of 3.
Goalies: Atlantic City-Stirling (18 shots, 18 saves; record: 5-3-0). Columbia-Couture (31 shots, 30 saves; record: 9-2-1).
A: 2084. Referee: Koharski. Linesmen: O’Brien; Kneale.