Stingrays Cool Off Solar Bears 3-2Feb 12, 2017
The South Carolina Stingrays (26-20-2-1) moved into a third place tie in the ECHL’s South Division standings with a 3-2 win over the Orlando Solar Bears (24-18-5-2) Sunday afternoon at the North Charleston Coliseum.
Domenic Monardo ran his point streak to six games with a first period goal and Andrew Cherniwchan had a goal and an assist in the contest which included the game winner. Goaltender Adam Carlson earned his eighth victory of the season with a 25-save performance.
Monardo’s tally was the lone goal of the opening period and came in the final minute at 19:21. Forward Rob Flick left a drop pass off to the Oakville, Ont. native, who scored for the third straight game by beating Orlando goaltender Ryan Massa with a wrist shot through the blocker side. Cherniwchan earned the second assist on the play for his fifth helper of the year.
The Solar Bears tied the game at 1-1 at 1:41 of the second frame on a goal by forward Patrick Watling and the game remained even until the third.
South Carolina regained the lead when Patrick Gaul deflected a puck past Massa that was shot by linemate John Parker. Gaul’s eighth tally of the year made it 2-1 at 2:05 of the final period and was also assisted by Kelly Zajac, who picked up his 36th helper of the year which leads the team.
However, just 1:35 later, Orlando evened the game at 2-2 on a short-handed goal by Brenden Miller.
The Stingrays got the last word later in the frame when Cherniwchan scored the game-winner from Colton Saucerman and Marcus Perrier during a 4-on-4 situation. Saucerman was deep in the offensive zone and worked the puck back to Cherniwchan on the point for a quick one-timer that went to the top right corner of the net.
Orlando had a few chances late in the contest to get back in the game, including a power play after South Carolina took a bench minor penalty for too many men on the ice. But the Solar Bears came up empty as Carlson and the Rays closed the door.
South Carolina was 0-for-7 on the power play, while Orlando also finished scoreless at 0-for-6 on the man-advantage. The Solar Bears out-shot the Rays 27-26 in the contest, with Massa making 23 saves.
South Carolina is back at home to face the Atlanta Gladiators on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the North Charleston Coliseum at 7:05 p.m.
Single-game tickets for all Stingrays games during the 2016-17 season are on sale now at the North Charleston Coliseum Box Office and ticketmaster.com.
Ticket packages and Groups of 10 or more are on sale now featuring discounted pricing and great benefits. Tuesday’s game features a Valentine’s Day Happy Hour with $2 beers from 6-8 p.m. and $2 hot dogs all night! For more information or to place an order call the Stingrays front office at 843-744-2248 or stop by 3300 W. Montague Ave. Suite A-200 during business hours.