Friday’s Kelly Cup Playoffs Recap


Condon, Nailers blank Stingrays
Wheeling leads series 1-0

Staff Report
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – Mike Condon was one of the best players for the Wheeling Nailers during the regular season, and on Friday night, he started the playoffs that way as well. Condon turned aside all 23 shots he faced, while Chaz Johnson, Christiaan Minella, and Mike Ratchuk lit the lamp, as Wheeling won the opening game of its best-of-seven series, 3-0 against the South Carolina Stingrays at North Charleston Coliseum.

The Nailers were eager to begin the playoffs, and it showed early, as they needed just 1:46 to open the scoring. Paul Cianfrini won a puck battle in the right corner, before dropping a pass off to Chaz Johnson in the right circle.

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Road Warriors edge K-Wings 2-1
Greenville leads series 1-0

Staff Reports
Greenville News

Greenville jumped out to take a second period lead and never looked back in a 2-1 win over Kalamazoo in game one of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinals matchup Friday night.

The Road Warriors Bretton Cameron scored the winning goal in the 3rd period as Greenville held on and defeated Kalamazoo 2-1.

Warriors Marc-Olivier Vallerand scored the first goal of the night at 8:15 in the second period. Andrew Rowe got the assist.

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Carroll comes up big as Condors win 1-0
Bakersfield leads series 1-0

By Mike Griffith
Californian Staff Writer

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — In a series where hard-nosed physical play is going to be the norm, Bakersfield’s "grind line" came up big on Friday night.

Andrew Carroll deflected a shot from Erik Burgdoerfer for the only goal 4:59 into the third period as the Condors opened the ECHL playoff with a 1-0 victory over the Utah Grizzlies.

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Steelheads open playoffs with win over Eagles
Idaho leads series 1-0

By Brian Murphy
Idaho Statesman

In the days leading up to Friday night’s opener against Colorado, Idaho’s Josh Robinson explained how it feels when a goaltender is confident in net.

"When you’re on your game … you just think you’re going to stop it no matter what. Throw something out, it’s going to hit me," Robinson said. "(The puck) slows down. When you’re on your game, it can look huge and slow as if it’s coming at you in slow motion."

Friday night, just hours after finding out he’d start Game 1, Robinson showed what a goalie at the top of his game looks like.

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Hayes’ gritty effort leads Stockton past Ontario
Thunder lead series 1-0

By Scott Linesburgh
Record Staff Writer

STOCKTON – Ryan Hayes was a different guy on Friday.

The normally affable, calm forward put on a clinic in playoff intensity, throwing himself all over the rink and scoring the final goal as the Thunder beat the Ontario Reign 3-1 in Game 1 of the first round of the ECHL Western Conference playoffs in front of a crowd of 3,042 at Stockton Arena.

Stockton put forth a complete performance, which included a 26-save showing from goaltender Brian Foster and three-point games from Jeremy Langlois and Joey Martin. And the No. 7-seeded Thunder outshot the No. 2-seeded Reign 39-27.

But Hayes led the way with a gritty, hard-hitting effort that was quite different from his usual work.

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Aces open playoffs with win over Wranglers
Alaska leads series 1-0

By Doyle Woody
Anchorage Daily News

Their leader sought redemption, and seized it. A veteran who joined the team in midseason, explicitly in search of a championship, glimpsed what he covets. And the team defense that furnishes the foundation of success delivered.

The Alaska Aces found a lot to like in their ECHL Kelly Cup playoff opener Friday night at Sullivan Arena.

Buoyed by captain Nick Mazzolini’s three-point performance, the first two-goal ECHL playoff game of Jordan Morrison’s career and defense that provided goaltender Gerald Coleman a relatively stress-free night, the Aces generated a 5-1 victory over the Las Vegas Wranglers.

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