South Finals Feature Two Of ECHL’s Best
In Stingrays’ Morin, Florida’s Baker

By Andrew Miller
The Post and Courier

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – One is a gifted passer, a shifty skater with deceptive speed, that can dangle an opponent one instant and then make the perfect tape-to-tape delivery that leaves everyone on both benches shaking their collective heads.

The other is a born goal scorer. A sniper in every sense of the word with a quick release, a knack for finding open ice and a cannon for a shot.

Meet South Carolina’s Travis Morin and Florida’s Kevin Baker — two of the most dominant offensive players in the ECHL this season and a feature matchup in the South Division final series.

Game 3 of their best-of-seven series is Friday at 7 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum. The series is tied at 1-1.

Morin and Baker combined for 83 goals, 107 assists and 190 points during the regular season. Baker, the ECHL’s MVP, led the league in scoring (102), goals (57), power-play goals (27) and game-winning goals (10). Morin, a first team All-ECHL selection, led the league in assists (62), was third in points (88) and had the best plus-minus rating at plus-37.

“This is a great opportunity for the fans from both teams to see two of the best going at it, and I hope they appreciate it,” South Carolina coach Jared Bednar said. “This is a great matchup. It’s not every series you get two first-team All-ECHL performers going at it. Obviously, it’s not Travis versus Kevin, it’s Florida versus South Carolina, but they are such big parts of their respective teams it’s hard not to get caught up in what they’re doing on the ice.”

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