Wednesday’s Kelly Cup Playoffs Recap

Condon posts second shutout of series in 1-0 win
Wheeling leads series 3-0

By Shawn Rine
The Intelligencer

WHEELING – The South Carolina Stingrays have gotten progressively better each game during their Eastern Conference quarterfinal with the Wheeling Nailers. The difference in the Best-of-7 series is that Mike Condon has simply been brilliant from the start.

Condon made 38 saves Wednesday night at WesBanco Arena, none bigger than Dan Pallis’ blast through traffic from the point with 42 seconds left, as Wheeling held on for a 1-0 victory to put South Carolina in a 3-0 hole and on the brink of elimination. Game 4 is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday.

It’s Condon’s eighth shutout of the season, fifth in seven starts, and second in three playoff games – tying the most in franchise history for an entire postseason. To take it a step farther, the rookie goaltender is 7-0 in April – five shutouts – with a 0.42 goals-against average and a robust .987 save percentage.

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Road Warriors edge Kalamazoo 2-1 in overtime
Greenville leads series 2-1

By Myron Hosea
Greenville News

It wasn’t so much the extra time that got the win for Greenville Friday night. It was the few inches that the puck got past the goal line.

The Road Warriors defeated Kalamazoo 2-1 in overtime in front of 2,129 fans at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The win gives Greenville a two-games-to-one edge in the series.

Greenville will host game four of the best-of-seven series Friday with game five on Saturday. Both will start at 7 p.m.

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Froese tallies late, Cyclones win 2-1
Cincinnati leads series 3-0

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A late goal from Byron Froese and a solid performance between the pipes was enough to lift the Cyclones over the Orlando Solar Bears by a 2-1 final score in front of 1,784 at U.S. Bank Arena on Wednesday night. With the victory, the Cyclones take a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the Kelly Cup Playoffs.

Hot off a hat trick and a five-point performance in Game 2, Froese converted a timely game-winning goal, inching his team within one game toward advancement. Goaltender Rob Madore (23 saves) was impressive in net, stopping all but one of the 24 shots he faced.

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Stockton completes sweep with 2-1 win
Thunder win series 4-0

By George Alfano
Record Correspondent

ONTARIO – For the first two periods, the Thunder saw the strong Reign team it expected at the start of the playoff series.

In the third period, Stockton played like the team it has been through this series. James Henry and Nick Trembly scored third-period goals to lift the Thunder to a 2-1 victory on Wednesday in front of 3,637 at Citizens Business Bank Arena.

Stockton completed the four-game sweep to earn a place in the ECHL Western Conference semifinals against the winner of the Bakersfield-Utah series. It also earned the Thunder some rest to heal some of its bumps and bruises.

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Aces take command with 5-1 win
Alaska leads series 3-0

By Doyle Woody
Anchorage Daily News

The Alaska Aces have been a hockey team doubling as a demolition crew in their playoff series with the Las Vegas Wranglers, who they have reduced to rubble in the first three games of the ECHL’s Western Conference quarterfinals.

Alaska’s 5-1 victory at Orleans Arena on Wednesday night, which earned it a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 series, continued to make this series even more lopsided than suggested by the teams’ seeding — No. 1 for the Aces, No. 8 for the Wranglers.

The Aces can sweep their first-round project Friday night in Sin City.

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