Marchment Scores Two As Solar Bears Hold Off RaysMar 31, 2017
Despite tying the game in the third period, the South Carolina Stingrays (36-28-3-1) surrendered a late goal to Orlando Solar Bears’ (35-24-6-3) forward Mason Marchment and fell to their South Division opponents by a score of 4-3 at the North Charleston Coliseum on Friday night.
South Carolina forwards Andrew Cherniwchan and Derek Arnold each had multi-point efforts in the contest with a goal and an assist for Cherniwchan and two helpers for Arnold in the loss. Rookie forward Kevin Dufour also scored his first professional goal for the Stingrays late in the first period in his fifth game with the Rays.
The Stingrays did receive help in the push for the playoffs as the Cincinnati Cyclones fell 4-3 to the Fort Wayne Komets. The Cincy loss keeps South Carolina in fourth place, the final spot in the South Division for the upcoming Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Orlando was able to take an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Mason Marchment at just 5:45 of the opening period.
Later in the frame, the Solar Bears increased their lead to 2-0 on Eric Faille’s 26th tally of the season at 17:57.
South Carolina got on the board in the final minute of the period with Dufour’s first at 19:38. The Quebec City, Que. native came into the offensive zone on a 2-on-1 but when his first attempt was saved by goaltender Ryan Massa, he found the rebound at the side of the net and stickhandled from backhand to forehand before punching it home. Assists on the Rays’ first goal of the game were given to both Cherniwchan and Arnold.
The Solar Bears retook the two-goal advantage 3-1 in the second period on a goal by Joe Perry at 3:23 of the middle frame.
But the Stingrays got within one at 3-2 on captain Joe Devin’s 14th strike of the season, which came at 10:05 of the second. Devin was fed a perfect pass by Olivier Archambault and rifled a shot past Massa. Once again, it was Arnold with the second assist on the South Carolina marker.
Cherniwchan evened the score at 3-3 in the third, scoring off a short-handed breakaway at 5:59 of the final period. The Hinton, Alta. native’s 11th of the year reignited the Stingrays and came with an assist from John Parker.
But that was the final shot South Carolina could get past Massa in the contest and the Solar Bears picked up the game-winner from Marchment at 12:43 of the last period.
Massa earned the win for Orlando by making 29 saves in the game, while Parker Milner made the start in net for South Carolina and stopped 28 shots.
The Stingrays scored the only power play goal of the contest and were 1-for-3 on the man-advantage, while Orlando finished 0-for-3. Both teams finished with a total of 32 shots on net in the game.
The Stingrays and Solar Bears meet for the final time during the 2016-17 regular season on Sunday afternoon at 3:05 p.m.
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. Sunday’s game features a performance from the ZOOperstars! 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.