Late Comeback Gives Stingrays Point In StandingsMar 28, 2017
Two late third period goals by Cody Corbett and Olivier Archambault forced overtime and earned the South Carolina Stingrays (36-27-3-1) one point in the standings Tuesday night before ultimately falling 4-3 to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits (37-24-4-1) at the North Charleston Coliseum.
Archambault scored twice in the contest for South Carolina and now has eight goals in his past seven games, while Andrew Cherniwchan added two third period assists and defenseman Cody Corbett scored his first goal as a member of the Stingrays.
South Carolina remains in fourth place in the South Division standings with 76 points, two ahead of fifth-place Cincinnati and one behind third-place Orlando.
The Swamp Rabbits got out to a hot start and took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Allen McPherson just 1:42 into the game.
Greenville then opened up a 2-0 lead with a power play strike by Brandon Alderson that came with just eight seconds remaining in the first period and the Stingrays were behind by two goals going into the first intermission despite outshooting the Swamp Rabbits 16-9 in the opening period.
Archambault got South Carolina on the board in the second frame with his 15th goal of the year at 9:33. The forward took a lead pass from John Parker into the offensive zone and fired a wrist shot to the top right corner of the net to cut the Greenville lead to 2-1. Patrick Gaul also picked up an assist on the play for his 26th helper of the season.
Alderson responded for Greenville with his second goal of the night at 17:31 of the second and put the Swamp Rabbits up by two goals at 3-1 as the teams headed into the third period.
South Carolina didn’t have many offensive chances early on in the third but struck to make it a one-goal game again just five seconds into a power play after Ahti Oksanen went to the box for hooking at 16:28.
Kelly Zajac won the face-off to Cherniwchan, who moved the puck over to Corbett for a blast that beat Greenville goaltender Jeff Malcolm to make it a 3-2 game. Corbett’s first goal with the Rays now gives him five points in his first six games with the team.
The Stingrays evened the score exactly three minutes later with just 32 seconds to play in regulation on a rebound shot by Archambault. With an extra attacker on the ice, Cherniwchan took an initial shot from the top of the zone that hit Malcolm and bounced to his left over to Archambault who knocked it in. Forward Kevin Dufour was credited with the second assist on the play, his third helper in four games with South Carolina.
But Greenville earned the victory in the extra session when Tommy Thompson beat Parker Milner up high with a shot at 1:39 of the overtime period. The unassisted goal came after Milner made two high quality saves to keep the Rays in the game early in overtime.
The Stingrays finished their 14-game season series against the Swamp Rabbits with a record of 9-2-3-0.
South Carolina out-shot the Swamp Rabbits 37-27 in the contest, while each team converted one power play opportunity with SC going 1-for-4 and Greenville finishing at 1-for-5.
Malcolm earned the win for the Swamp Rabbits with a total of 34 saves, while Milner had 23 stops for South Carolina.
The Stingrays remain at home for a crucial weekend series with the Orlando Solar Bears on Friday and Sunday. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. on Friday night, while Sunday’s game begins at 3:05.
Single-game tickets for all Stingrays games during the 2016-17 season are on sale now at the North Charleston Coliseum Box Office and ticketmaster.com.
Ticket packages and Groups of 10 or more are on sale now featuring discounted pricing and great benefits. Friday’s game see the Rays wear throwback jerseys as they celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their first Kelly Cup Championship in 1997! For more information or 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.