North Charleston, SC - The Adirondack Thunder were unable to solve South Carolina netminder Mark Dekanich as they dropped a 1-0 decision to the Stingrays on Saturday evening at the North Charleston Coliseum. The South Carolina win evens the Eastern Conference Semi-Final series at one game apiece.
South Carolina opened the scoring midway through the second period as they converted just after the Thunder had killed off a penalty. The Stingrays won an offensive zone faceoff and Caleb Herbert got the puck on net, which was denied by Adirondack netminder Ken Appleby, but following a second Appleby save, Austin Fyten was on hand to bury it on his second chance. Herbert and defenceman Bobby Shea collected the helpers on Fyten’s third goal of the playoffs.
Despite an early push from the Thunder in the third period, they were unable to solve Dekanich, who held on for his first career ECHL playoff shutout with 21 saves. The series now shifts back to Upstate New York for Game 3, set to faceoff on Tuesday evening at the Glens Falls Civic Center. South Carolina’s win solidifies Game 5 on Saturday evening, with puck drop set for 7:00 p.m.