Stingrays Blown Out In Game 7, Lose Kelly Cup To Allen

Published: Jun. 15, 2015 at 12:17 AM EDT
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ALLEN, TX - The South Carolina Stingrays (15-12) fell to the Allen Americans (16-8) 6-1 in Game 7 of the 2015 Kelly Cup Finals at the Allen Event Center Sunday night. The Americans captured the 2015 Kelly Cup Championship, their first ECHL title.

The Americans opened the scoring 10:31 into the first period as forward Jamie Schaafsma won a faceoff back to forward Chad Costello and beat Stingrays netminder Jeff Jakaitis (L, 11 saves on 15 shots) with a wrist shot over the blocker on the outside of the left-wing circle. Moments later, Americans forward Vincent Arseneau made it 2-0 tipping a shot past the right pad of Jakaitis at 11:47.

In the second period, the Americans tacked on three more goals, chased Jakaitis and took a 5-0 lead into the second intermission. Costello capitalized off a Stingrays turnover in the neutral zone at 3:16 of the frame for a breakaway goal and his second of the contest. Forward Gary Steffes recorded this 13th goal of the playoffs at 6:21 to send Jakaitis to the bench in favor of Clay Witt (11 saves on 13 shots). As the clock wound down, forward Spencer Asuchak knocked in a power-play tally past Witt with eight seconds remaining.

Arseneau picked up his second goal of the game at the 8:51 mark of the third period to make it 6-0. The Stingrays jumped on the scoreboard while on the power play as forward Andrew Rowe redirected a shot from defenseman Michal Cajkovsky under the blocker of Americans goaltender Allen Gill (W, 27 saves on 28 shots) at 11:25. Defenseman Drew MacKenzie picked up the second assist. Both teams finished the game 1-for-2 on the power play.