Rays Welcome 10,000+ for Pack the House NightJan 23, 2016
01/23/2016 9:37 PM -
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.- Saturday's South Carolina Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Pack the House Night offered just about everything a fan could imagine, outside of the final result. The South Carolina Stingrays (21-15-3-2, 47 points) scored just 18 seconds into the game, but the Greenville Swamp Rabbits (20-17-6-0, 46 points) earned a 4-3 victory in front of a capacity crowd of 10,350 at the North Charleston Coliseum Saturday night. A back-and-forth game thrilled the crowd that enjoyed $5 tickets and free parking as part of an annual tradition.
From the opening puck drop, the fans were treated to a show. Marcus Perrier dropped the gloves with Tyler Elbrecht just three seconds into the game. Perrier landed several right hooks that stumbled Elbrecht and got the crowd on its feet. The buzz continued 15 seconds later when David Pacan notched his fourth goal in as many games. Pacan collected the puck behind the Greenville goal and wrapped the puck to the crease. Greenville goalie Allen York made the save, but Pacan poked in the rebound into the net to make it 1-0 South Carolina.
The second period saw the teams trade blows on the scoreboard. A five-goal middle frame ended with the two teams, tied, 3-3, through 40 minutes. The Swamp Rabbits scored first, notching a pair of goals at 4:24 from Michael St. Croix and Joey Holka at 6:10. Holka's goal came on a back-door pass from Andrew Dommett that snuck past the left pad of South Carolina goalie Vitek Vanecek.
Less than two minutes after Holka's goal, the Stingrays tied the game on Perrier's fifth goal of the season. Pacan stole the puck in neutral ice and rushed down the left wing. His first pass was blocked, but the second attempt came back to him. He fed Perrier in the slot, and the forward beat York over the glove to make it 2-2.
The two teams would trade goals late in the second period again with the tallies coming just 1:05 apart. First, Joe Houk beat Vanecek on a net mouth scrum, roofing a shot over the goaltender. Vanecek was bumped into by his own teammate Trevor Gillies and could not make the save as the Swamp Rabbits took the lead.
At 18:05, Wade Epp evened the score, snapping a wrist shot from the blue line that found it's way past a screened York. After intense pressure in the offensive zone, Brett Cameron worked the puck back to Epp on the left point. He struck for his second ECHL goal to make it 3-3. Perrier assisted, completing a "Gordie Howe Hat Trick."
The lone goal of the third period came at 1:44 off the stick of Greenville's Bretton Cameron. Already with two assists in the game, Cameron added his 11th goal of the season for the Swamp Rabbits. A scramble in front of Vanecek saw the puck pop to the slot. Cameron lifted a shot through traffic that found the back of the net for the eventual game-winning goal.
Greenville outshot South Carolina, 30-26. Both teams failed to convert on the power play with the Swamp Rabbits going 0-for-3 and the Stingrays going 0-for-1.
South Carolina heads to Norfolk for a pair of games next weekend before returning home on February 5-6. The club hosts Military Appreciation Night with presenting sponsor Apecs Aerospace on Saturday, February 6 featuring a post-game jersey auction. Ticket information is available on StingraysHockey.com.