FireAntz force Game 3
[FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.] - The Fayetteville FireAntz of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) defeated the Florida Seals 8-1 Saturday Night to force the deciding game in the best-of-three series. The victory was the first playoff win in franchise history. The Seals won game one, 2-1. Game three will be in Florida on Tuesday at 7:35 pm.
The FireAntz came out blazing in the 1st period as Rob Meanchoff netted his first of the playoffs just 3:11 into the game. George Nistas followed with his first of four goals on the night at 5:24. Kory Baker, who had four assists in the game, had helpers on both goals. Justin Keller cut the lead in half with a slapshot from the blue line at the 15:42 mark.
Fayetteville extended the lead in the 2nd period on goals from Nistas and Nick Kormanyos. In the 3rd frame, the club didn't let up. Three consecutive power play goals by Nistas (2) and Dean Jackson and a goal by Scott Corbett provided the final scoring of the evening.
The FireAntz were successful on four of six power play opportunities while the Seals didn't score on either of their power play chances. Chad Collins turned aside 38 of 39 shots and Terry Denike gave up all eight of the FireAntz' goals while stopping 28 shots.
Kory Baker leads the SPHL playoffs in points with 5 (1G, 4A) and plus/minus with a +5 George Nistas leads the SPHL playoffs in goal with 4 Chad Collins leads the SPHL playoffs with a 1.51 goals against average and a .958 save percentage
Game three, the deciding game of the series, will be played in Florida on Tuesday at 7:35 pm. Fans may follow the action live on pointstreak.com. They may also listen to the game on ESPNFlorida.com, by clicking on "Listen Live in Orlando." For a small fee, fans may watch the game, live, at livesportsnetwork.com/SPHL.
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