ABC News 4 | Matt Dillane
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — The Lowcountry’s hockey team hasn’t had an easy road to the finals — it hasn’t had a true home game in weeks.
But Monday night, the South Carolina Stingrays punched their ticket to the 2021 Kelly Cup Finals and took home the E.A. “Bud” Gingher Trophy, defeating the Greenville Swamp Rabbits in front of around 500 loyal fans in North Charleston.
The Stingrays have been forced to play at the Carolina Ice Palace throughout the playoffs after winning six in a row to close out the regular season and grabbing the final postseason place in the Eastern Conference.
However, scheduling conflicts with the North Charleston Coliseum forced South Carolina to the much more intimate venue up Interstate 26.
After taking town the top-seeded Florida Everblades in a series that went the distance, the Stingrays dispatched the Swamp Rabbits in four games.
South Carolina now awaits the winner of the Western Conference Finals between the Allen Americans and the Fort Wayne Komets.
The Stingrays have won three cups since 1993.