COLUMBIA, S.C. (Ticker) — Scott Stirling stopped all 19 shots he faced to help the Atlantic City BoardwalkBullies blank the Columbia Inferno, 3-0, and take a 2-0 lead inthe best-of-seven Kelly Cup Finals. Stirling, who blankedColumbia, 1-0, in the first game, extended his shutout streak inthe playoffs to 141:29 and notched his league-leading thirdshutout of the postseason. J.F. Caudron tallied with 4:50remaining in the second period and then struck on the power play6:13 into the final stanza with Kevin Colley and Luke Curtinpicking up an assist on the play. With the two goals, Caudron isnow the top goal scorer in playoffs with 11. Stefan Rivardscored into an empty net with 75 seconds remaining in the gameto secure the win for Atlantic City, which will try to take acommanding 3-0 series lead Saturday at home. Patrick Couturemade 26 saves in the loss for Columbia, which has lost its onlytwo home games of the postseason in the finals.
DATE – 05/09/03
Atlantic City (3) AT Columbia ( 0)
SCORE BY PERIODS
Atlantic City 0 1 2–3
Columbia 0 0 0–0
FIRST PERIOD — Scoring: None. Penalties: Darby, CBA (Roughing), 3:09. Caudron, ATC (Roughing), 4:35. Pittman, CBA (Roughing), 10:37. Metcalf, ATC (Hooking), 14:40. Labelle, CBA (Roughing), 17:54. Talbot, ATC (Roughing), 17:54. St. Croix, CBA (Cross checking), 18:06. Talbot, ATC (Ten minute misc.), 20:00. Labelle, CBA (Ten minute misc.), 20:00. Owens, CBA (Roughing), 20:00.
SECOND PERIOD — Scoring: 1, Atlantic City-Caudron 10 (game winner) (Nicholishen; Henkel) 15:10. Penalties: Demmans, CBA (Tripping), 5:31. Darby, CBA (Tripping), 10:44. Spadafora, ATC (Hooking), 16:12.
THIRD PERIOD — Scoring: 2, Atlantic City-Caudron 11 (power play) (Colley; Curtin) 6:13. 3, Atlantic City-Rivard 5 (empty net) (unassisted) 18:45. Penalties: Spadafora, ATC (Hooking), 2:39. Moore, CBA (Roughing), 4:56. St. Croix, CBA (Cross checking), 5:30. Furey, ATC (Holding), 7:53. Colley, ATC (Roughing), 18:18. St. Croix, CBA (Roughing), 18:18. Spadafora, ATC (Roughing), 18:18. Wansborough, CBA (Roughing), 18:18. Spadafora, ATC (Roughing), 18:18. Vial, CBA (Unsportsmanlike Cond), 18:18. Maltby, ATC (Fighting, Major), 18:18. Vial, CBA (Fighting, Major, Game misc.), 18:18. Labelle, CBA (Fighting, Major), 19:59. Munn, ATC (Fighting, Major), 19:59. Matzka, ATC (Slashing, Major, Game misc.), 20:00. Cabana, CBA (Slashing), 20:00.
SHOTS ON GOAL
Atlantic City 11 8 10–29
Columbia 4 6 9–19
Power Play Conversions: Atlantic City – 1 of 6, Columbia – 0 of 5.
Goalies: Atlantic City-Stirling (19 shots, 19 saves; record: 6-3-0). Columbia-Couture (28 shots, 26 saves; record: 9-3-1).
A: 3899. Referee: Ernst. Linesmen: O’Brien; Phillips.