Rays Honor Troops with 8-1 Win over FloridaFeb 6, 2016
02/06/2016 10:48 PM -
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.-On Military Appreciation Night presented by APECS Aerospace, the South Carolina Stingrays (24-16-3-2) honored the armed forces with a big victory over the Eastern Conference's top team. In front of 7,299, the Stingrays dominated the rival Florida Everblades (31-13-0-1), winning 8-1 Saturday night at the North Charleston Coliseum. The victory was the third straight for South Carolina.
After the Gabriel Desjardins opened the scoring for Florida at 4:16 of the first period, the Stingrays, wearing special camouflage and stars and stripes accented jerseys, scored eight unanswered goals in the win. Two goals in less than a minute's span in the first period gave the Stingrays a lead that they would never surrender.
Brett Cameron scored his second goal in as many nights, notching his 13th goal of the season on the power play at 6:52, snapping a wrist shot from the slot over the blocker of goalie Rassmus Tirronen to make it 1-1.
At 7:37, David Pacan extended his point streak to eight games with his 15th goal of the season, deflecting a Brendan Ellis shot past Tirronen to make it 2-1 Stingrays.
After a Stephan Vigier power play goal at 16:41 made it 3-1 South Carolina in the first period, the Stingrays added three more goals in the second period. Defenseman Nick D'Agostino's point shot was deflected by a Florida defender and redirected into the net to make it 4-1 at 12:43. The goal was D'Agostino's first with the Stingrays.
The Stingrays would add a pair of highlight reel goals from Joe Devin and Patrick Gaul to extend the lead to 6-1. Devin scored at 14:38, shaking off a defender while charging down the left wing. He crashed the goal and flipped a shot over Tirronen's glove to give the Stingrays at 5-1 lead. Not to be outdone, Gaul scored at 19;00, cutting around a defender and also beating Tirronen over the glove while falling to the ice. The goal was his second of the season.
New addition Casey Thrush scored his first goal with the Stingrays at 7:25 of the third period, and Paul Rodrigues added a late power play goal at 16:18 to make it 8-1.
Pacan, Rodrigues and Eliis led the team with three points on the evening. Netminder Mark Dekanich earned the win, stopping 28 shots for the Stingrays.South Carolina's power play went 3-for-5 on the evening. It was the first time since October 16 that the Everblades allowed two or more power play goals in a game.
After the game, the Stingrays auctioned the special jerseys worn Saturday to raise proceeds for America's Mighty Warriors. Dekanich's jersey raised a team-high $2,000.
The Stingrays hit the road next week and take on the ECHL's top team, the Missouri Mavericks on Tuesday night at 8:05 p.m. Fans are encouraged to head to the official Watch Party at King Street Grille-Northwoods.