Heeter Stifles Stingrays With 41 SavesJan 13, 2018
The South Carolina Stingrays (22-9-3-1) put 42 shots on net Saturday night, but Orlando Solar Bears (17-17-4-1) goaltender Cal Heeter stopped all but one of the chances to secure a 2-1 victory for the visitors at the North Charleston Coliseum.
Heeter’s counterpart, Jeff Jakatis, turned aside 18 shots for the Stingrays in a losing effort, while defenseman Paul Geiger scored the lone tally of the night for South Carolina on the power play.
The Stingrays held a 12-8 shot advantage in the first period, but neither team was able to get a puck past the opposing goaltender in the opening frame.
Orlando scored twice in the second, which was all the offense they needed in the game. Kale Kerbashian made it 1-0 on a goal at 2:22 of the middle period and Max Novak extended the edge to 2-0 with his 12th of the season at 6:28.
South Carolina then got on the board with a power play strike off the stick of Geiger at 13:02 of the second. Assists on the goal went to forwards Patrick Gaul and Hampus Gustafsson. The helper was the first point of Gustafsson’s ECHL career.
It was a 15-7 edge in shots for the Stingrays in the second, followed up by a 15-5 spread in the third, but Heeter stopped all opportunities that came his way. South Carolina had a 42-20 shots on goal advantage in the game.
During the third period, the Stingrays had an apparent tying goal waived off by referee Alex Normandin, who cited a crease violation.
Both teams finished with one goal on the power play in the contest, with Orlando going 1-for-6 and South Carolina ending at 1-for-8
The Stingrays are back on the North Charleston Coliseum ice Sunday afternoon when they battle the Jacksonville Icemen at 3:05 p.m.
Single-game tickets for all Stingrays home games during the 2017-18 season are on sale now at the North Charleston Coliseum Box Office and ticketmaster.com.
Group tickets for 10 or more fans are on sale now featuring discounted pricing and great benefits! After Sunday’s game fans will have the chance ‘Skate With The Rays’! For more information and to place an order call the Stingrays front office at 843-744-2248 or stop by 3300 W. Montague Ave. Suite A-200 during business hours.