Monardo Gives Rays 1-0 Series Lead In 2OT ThrillerApr 28, 2017
Domenic Monardo scored his second goal of the game in the final minute of double-overtime to give the South Carolina Stingrays a 3-2 win and a 1-0 series lead over the Florida Everblades on Friday night at Germain Arena in the South Division Finals of the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Parker Milner picked up the win for South Carolina, making 34 saves in the contest. The netminder allowed early goals to the Everblades on each of their first two shots in the first period but shut the door thereafter, holding Florida scoreless for the final 91 minutes of the game.
It was a quick start for the Everblades, who took the early lead with two goals in the first period. Brant Harris got the first tally at 3:23 of the opening frame before Michael Kirkpatrick added on another strike at 7:30 to make it 2-0.
South Carolina got on the board in the second period with a power play goal by Steven McParland at 4:41. His first strike of the postseason made it 2-1 with assists to Andrew Cherniwchan and Joe Devin. McParland batted the puck out of the air while deep in the offensive zone and saw it go over the blocker of Florida goaltender Anthony Peters.
With the assist, Devin continued his scoring streak for the Stingrays and has now been on the scoresheet with points in all seven postseason games.
Later in the frame, the South Carolina tied the game on a goal by Monardo at 16:31 of the second from Steve Weinstein and Olivier Archambault. Monardo’s strike came on a wrist shot through traffic from in between the circles in the offensive zone.
Both teams were unable to score in the third period and the game continued to overtime. It was the first time for the Stingrays in the extra session during this postseason run.
After the squads came up scoreless in the first OT, the game headed to a second extra session.
Monardo broke the ice at 19:05 of the fifth period with his fourth tally of the postseason. The unassisted marker came on a wrist shot from the left circle that went off the blocker of Peters and dropped down into the net. The goal was the first by either team in over 60 minutes of action.
Peters finished the contest with 26 saves in the loss for the Everblades. Florida outshot South Carolina 36-29 in the game.
The Stingrays finished 1-for-5 on the power play while holding Florida scoreless on their three man-advantage opportunities (0-for-3).
The series resumes on Saturday night at 7 p.m. with Game 2 at Germain Arena. South Carolina returns home for Games 3 and 4 at the North Charleston Coliseum on Monday and Wednesday night. Both contests will begin at 7:05 p.m.
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Photo Credit: Kevin Bires