Rays Top Fuel 3-1 on SundayDec 6, 2015
12/06/2015 3:39 PM -
INDIANAPOLIS, I.N.- Paul Rodrigues broke a 1-1 deadlock at the 8:28 mark of the third period to lead the South Carolina Stingrays to a 3-1 win over the Indy Fuel on Sunday the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. South Carolina would also get 24 saves from goaltender Mark Dekanich and goals from Stephan Vigier and Brett Cameron in the win.
With the game even at one-goal each, South Carolina broke the tie midway through the third period. Defenseman Wade Epp let a shot go from the left point that was blocked in the slot. Rodrigues collected the loose puck and stepped towards Indy goaltender Shane Owen. He snapped a shot that beat the goaltender over the blocker for his second goal of the season to give South Carolina a 2-1 lead.
The Stingrays would score an empty net goal at 19:17 off the stick of Brett Cameron make it 3-1 and preserve the win, while handing the Fuel an eighth straight loss. The victory was the second straight win for South Carolina and was the club's sixth win in a 10-game road trip that ends next Friday in Atlanta.
For the sixth straight game, South Carolina opened the scoring Sunday in Indy. Vigier scored his third goal in as many games at the 13:37 mark of the first period. Vigier started the play, sending a pass in front for David Pacan. The Indy defense cleared the puck to the slot, but right to Vigier. The forward snapped a wrist shot that beat Owen below the blocker to make it 1-0 South Carolina. The goal was Vigier's sixth goal of the season.
The Fuel would even the score midway though the second period on the power play. Garett Bembridge struck for his ninth goal of season on a one-timer from the left wing. Alex Lavoie's first centering pass failed, but his second attempt to Bembridge was on-target. The one-time shot beat a sprawled Dekanich at 7:40 to make it 1-1.
Dekanich and the Stingrays penalty kill would not falter late in the second period as they killed off 47 seconds of five-on-three action to keep the score at 1-1 heading into the third period. Dekanich earned his fifth win of the season in goal. Each team fired 25 shots in Sunday's game.
South Carolina visits Atlanta next Friday at 7:05 p.m. to conclude a 10-game road trip. Fans are invited to catch the game at the Official Watch Party Destination of the Stingrays, King Street Grille-Northwoods. All road games air at King Street Grille-Northwoods and fans 21 and up may enjoy a special offer of $3 Drafts, including Bud Light, Michelob Ultra, Shocktop and Landshark during all Stingrays Watch Parties at King Street Grille. The Stingrays return home to the North Charleston Coliseum for games on Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13. Saturday is Hockey Heroes for Epilepsy Night, featuring a post-game jersey auction and a Cool Ray Bobblehead giveaway as the Stingrays host Greenville at 7:05 p.m. Sunday is the annual Teddy Bear Toss at 3:05 p.m. versus Atlanta. The afternoon also is a Crews Subaru and Charleston County Parks Family Days game featuring $5 Kids Tickets and $5 Kids Meal, plus FREE parking. Santa will also be in attendance. Ticket information is available online at StingraysHockey.com.
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