LOVELAND, CO. – The Colorado Eagles scored a pair of power-play goals, including the game-winner, as Colorado held on for a 3-2 victory over the South Carolina Stingrays in Game Two of the Kelly Cup Finals on Sunday. Rookie forward Shawn St-Amant notched a goal and an assist in the win, while goaltender Lukas Hafner stopped 25 of the 27 shots he faced for his 12th victory of the playoffs.
South Carolina started the scoring when forward Steven McParland snagged a rebound on the side of the net and snapped it past Hafner to give the Stingrays a 1-0 edge just 4:00 into the contest.
Colorado would even the score early in the second period when forward Matt Garbowsky tipped a shot from the point into the back of the net on the power play to tie the game at 1-1 at the 3:34 mark of the middle frame.
Just over a minute later, Eagles defenseman Sean Zimmerman would slice through the left circle and snap a shot past Stingrays goalie Parker Milner to give Colorado the 2-1 advantage with 15:23 remaining in the middle frame.
As time wound down in the second period, the Stingrays would earn their third power play of the contest and they would find a way to capitalize. With only 51 seconds remaining in the second period, Olivier Archambault would knock Hafner off his skates in the crease while defenseman Steve Weinstein fed the puck into the back of the net. It was ruled a good goal by the referee, drawing the score back even at 2-2.
Heading into the third period Colorado would create its fifth power play of the evening and once again it would lead to results on the scoreboard. With the Eagles on the man-advantage, forward Casey Pierro-Zabotel circled behind the net of Milner before feeding a pass in the low slot, which St-Amant would bash home to give the Eagles a 3-2 lead with 9:51 left in regulation.
South Carolina would pull Milner in favor of the extra attacker, but to no avail as Colorado held on for the 3-2 win. The victory now gives the Eagles a 2-0 series lead as the two teams prepare to renew their series in South Carolina on Sunday, June 4th for Game Three.
Colorado finished the night going 2-for-5 on the power play, while South Carolina generated one goal on four opportunities on the man-advantage.
The Eagles return to action when they face the South Carolina Stingrays in Game Three of the Kelly Cup Finals on Sunday, June 4th at 5:05pm MT at the North Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, South Carolina. Tickets for the Kelly Cup Finals are on sale now and can be purchased at the Budweiser Events Center box office or online at ColoradoEagles.com.