By Doyle Woody
Anchorage Daily News
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Everywhere you turn in these ECHL Kelly Cup Finals, some player or coach is talking about how every hockey game could be decided by one mere moment. Glory, they keep saying, hangs on one split second, one bounce of the puck, one mistake or one prosperous play.
In the South Carolina Stingrays’ 4-2 win over the Alaska Aces in Game 3 Wednesday night, which furnished the home team a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series, that moment arrived with 3 minutes, 6 seconds remaining.
With the Stingrays leading 3-2 at the North Charleston Coliseum, Aces winger Colin Hemingway carried the puck down the right wing in South Carolina’s zone, got a step on his defender and spied Lance Galbraith (pictured) driving down the slot to the net. Hemingway slap-passed the rolling puck onto the doorstep of Stingrays goaltender James Reimer and Galbraith redirected it hard on the rookie.
But Reimer got his stick on Galbraith’s shot, which was earmarked for the fabled five-hole, the opening between the goalie’s pads, and he smothered the rebound.