Stingrays Fall to Swamp Rabbits, 5-3, Friday

Oct 23, 2015

10/23/2015 9:08 PM -

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.-The Greenville Swamp Rabbits held off the South Carolina Stingrays to earn a 5-3 win in their Home Opener at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena Friday night. 

A back-and-forth opening period saw three goals in a span of just over three minutes. The Swamp Rabbits struck for a pair of goals to take an early 2-0 lead. Jack Combs opened the scoring, converting from the left wing on a two-on-one rush at 8:25 of the opening period for Greenville. 
Only 1:31 later, Bretton Cameron scored for the Swamp Rabbits with a wrist shot that beat a screened Stingrays goaltender Mark Dekanich to make it 2-0 Greenville. 

The Stingrays would respond quickly. Less than a minute later at 10:52, Max Sauve scored his first goal as a Stingray. South Carolina broke the puck ahead on an odd-man rush. Sauve skated down the right wing and beat Greenville goalie P.J. Musico through the five-hole to make it 2-1. 
After an Emerson Clark breakaway goal for Greenville late in the first period, the Stingrays scored a late goal in the second period to cut the lead to 3-2. Stephan Vigier, acquired in a trade with Toledo earlier this week, beat Musico with a wrist shot for his first goal of the season. After a penalty kill, Andrew Johnston stole the puck from the Greenville goaltender out of his crease. He fed Vigier off the bench, and the forward's shot found the net short-side with only 1:05 left in the second period. 

The Swamp Rabbits would pull away with a pair of goals in the third period. Josh Nicholls scored on the power play at 6:10 to make it 4-2. The Stingrays would strike to keep the score close at 7:47 as Joe Devin's slap shot converted for his first goal of the season. 

However, the Swamp Rabbits would add one more tally on a goal by Ryan Rashid on a deflection with only 1:56 remaining. Rashid's redirect of a shot beat Dekanich through the five-hole to put South Carolina's comeback hopes out of reach. Following the goal, there was a delay as fans threw carrots onto the ice. 

A scrappy game was a scrum result in three fights with only 20 seconds remaining in second period. South Carolina's Bobby Shea fought three times in the contest.

Tomorrow night the Stingrays host the Swamp Rabbits at the North Charleston Coliseum. It is Great Outdoors Night as Greenville visits at 7:05 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear camo to be entered to win prizes. On Sunday, Atlanta visits South Carolina at 3:05 p.m. and it's Princess and Pirates Day with Blackbeard's Cove and a Crews Subaru & Charleston County Parks Family Days game with $5 Kids Tickets & $5 Kids Meals. The game also features a Postgame Skate with the Rays. Tickets are available to both games at the North Charleston Coliseum Box Office or through Ticketmaster. Fans may visit StingraysHockey.com for more information. 

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