Stingrays Take Down Solar Bears 3-1 to Open Homestand
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC -
Forward Jack Downing scored two goals late in the third period to push the South Carolina Stingrays (38-19-2-3) over the Orlando Solar Bears (37-21-2-2) 3-1 at the North Charleston Coliseum Friday night to kick off a five-game homestand.
Stingrays forward Wayne Simpson opened the scoring at 15:47 of the first period snapping a shot under the blocker of Solar Bears goaltender Cody Reichard (L, 22 saves on 25 shots) from the left-wing circle. Forward Louke Oakley picked up the lone assist.
The Solar Bears tied the contest 55 seconds into the third period off a wrist shot from defenseman Bryce Aneloski, beating Stingrays goaltender Jeff Jakaitis (W, 36 saves on 37 shots). Late in the frame, forward Jack Downing reclaimed the lead for the Stingrays at 16:13 with help from forward Peter Boyd and defenseman Steve Spinell and made it a two-goal cushion 31 seconds later on the power play blasting a pass from defenseman Brendan Ellis over the right pad of Reichard. Defenseman Ryan Grimshaw added the second assist. The Stingrays finished the game 1-for-4 on the power play while the Solar Bears went 0-for-5.
The Stingrays celebrate Military Appreciation Night with Lowcountry Harley-Davidson on Saturday, March 22 against the Orlando Solar Bears at 7:05 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum. The players will wear special camouflage jerseys during the contest and auction them after the game with proceeds benefiting The Harbour House of Charleston. For more information of Military Appreciation Night, The Harbour Houseof Charleston or to see the jerseys, visit StingraysHockey.com!