Stingrays Fall 4-3 In Overtime On Opening NightOct 22, 2016
The South Carolina Stingrays (0-0-1-0), proud affiliate of the Washington Capitals, fell 4-3 in overtime to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits (2-2-0-0) on opening night at the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday night in front of a loud crowd of 5586 home fans.
Defenseman Daniel New, who was signed earlier today by the Stingrays, scored the first goal of the season for South Carolina and added an assist later in the game, while John Parker and Joe Devin each scored short-handed goals in the OT loss.
Greenville took an early lead at 5:36 of the opening period when Brandon Alderson scored his second tally of the year for the Swamp Rabbits to make it 1-0 with assists from Allan McPherson and Adam Chapie.
New tied it up with his first of the season on a shot from the point that got through traffic in front of the net, evening the game at 1-1. The goal, which was scored at 9:44 of the first period had assists from both Patrick Gaul and Steven McParland.
Later in the period while the Rays were killing a penalty to forward Andrew Cherniwchen, Parker rushed out to a loose puck in the neutral zone and sped in alone on a breakaway. The forward lifted the puck over Greenville goaltender Brandon Halverson for a short-handed goal and gave the Stingrays a 2-1 lead. Parker’s unassisted goal was his first professional tally.
The Rays got their second short-handed goal of the night and increased the lead to 3-1 in the middle period when new team captain Devin scored off a 2-on-1 with linemate Kelly Zajac. New picked up the second assist on the team’s third goal of the night.
But the Swamp Rabbits got back into the game and made it 3-2 later in the second on a goal by Angelo Miceli at 13:33.
Greenville tied the game at 3-3 at 13:24 of the third period when Allan McPherson scored his first goal of the season off a feed from Adam Chapie. The teams only combined for 11 total shots in the final stanza in a tight third period before heading to overtime.
In the extra 3-on-3 frame there were early chances for both sides and Devin had a great look in front of the net but hit the right post with his shot attempt. Greenville then came back the other way and defenseman Joe Houk found the winner at 3:36 of the overtime period. The goal was Houk’s first of the season for the Swamp Rabbits.
Greenville outshot South Carolina 37-24 on the night, while both teams were scoreless on the man-advantage with the Swamp Rabbits going 0-for-4 and the Rays finishing 0-for-1.
Halverson got the win in net, making 21 saves for Greenville, while Parker Milner took the loss for South Carolina after stopping 33 shots.
The Stingrays are back at home Tuesday night to face the Wichita Thunder at 7:05 p.m.
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