Rays Bounce Back with 6-1 Win Saturday

Jan 30, 2016

01/30/2016 9:02 PM -

NORFOLK, V.A.-Five points from new addition Brandon Magee, and three power play goals, helped the South Carolina Stingrays (22-16-3-2) earn a 6-1 victory over the Norfolk Admirals (19-25-1-1) at the Norfolk Scope Saturday night. Just 24 hours after losing 8-2 to the Admirals, the Stingrays got back on track, thanks in part to 37 saves from goalie Mark Dekanich. 

After falling behind 5-0 the night prior, the Stingrays opened the scoring Saturday night. Magee, who joined the Stingrays from the Idaho Steelheads last week, scored his first goal with his new club at 9:03 of the opening period. With the Stingrays on the power play, forward Paul Rodrigues made a diving play to knock the puck loose on the left wing. Magee came up with the puck and centered a pass to Nick D'Agostino. The defender passed it right back to Magee. The forward deflected the puck on his backhand into the net to make it 1-0.

Greg Chase would tie the game for the Admirals at 13:42 of the first period on a one-timer from the slot. The goal was the fourth of the weekend for Chase and 11th of the season for the Norfolk forward. 

South Carolina would gain the lead back with just 24 seconds remaining in the first period. Joe Devin scored his ninth goal of the season on a slap shot that changed directions several times. Devin's slap shot hit a defender and popped up into the air. It arched over the head of goalie Nic Riopel and hit the crossbar before rolling into the net to make it 2-1 Stingrays. Rodrigues and Magee assisted on the goal.

In the second period, Magee would score again on the power play at 7:34. Patrick Gaul brought the puck into the offensive zone and took a wrist shot that was denied by Riopel. The rebound sat loose in the slot, and Magee's second wack at the puck beat a sprawled Riopel to make it 3-1 Stingrays.

The power play would strike again at 15:32 to give the Stingrays a 4-1 lead. Defenseman Brendan Ellis beat a screened Riopel with a wrist shot from the point to extend the visitor's lead. D'Agostino collected his second assists and Magee notched his fourth point of the game.

The Stingrays would add a pair of goals in the third period. Marcus Perrier scored from David Pacan at 3:41 off a face-off win. With an empty net at 17:15, Magee unselfishly passed up a chance at a hat trick to feed Rodrigues for a goal to make it 6-1.

After being pulled one night prior, Dekanich was sharp for South Carolina all night long. He made several key saves both in the opening and closing minutes of the game. The Admirals outshot the Stingrays 38-30.

South Carolina went 3-for-5 on the power play while Norfolk was 0-for-4.

The Stingrays return home for a pair of games next weekend. The club hosts the Brampton Beast on Friday, February 5 at 7:05 p.m. That game is a Rays 4 Pack Night, featuring 4 tickets, 4 sodas, 4 hot dogs and one large popcorn for just $65! On Saturday, February 6, the Stingrays host the rival Florida Everblades for Military Appreciation Night presented by APECS Aerospace. The Stingrays will be wearing special jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game to benefit America's Mighty Warriors. Debbie Lee from America's Mighty Warriors will also be in attendance, and the game features a CD giveaway to the first 1,500 fans plus FREE parking. Additionally, active or retired military members, veterans, and Gold Star Families can request complimentary tickets to the game courtesy of APECS Aerospace via StingraysHockey.com/military

For more information, fans may visit StingraysHockey.com or call 843-744-2248. 

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