Stingrays Ride Offensive Eruption To 8-2 WinDec 10, 2016
The South Carolina Stingrays (11-9-1-0) got two-goal performances from Derek DeBlois, Dylan Margonari and Rob Flick on their way to an 8-2 win over the Greenville Swamp Rabbits (11-9-2-0) Saturday night at the North Charleston Coliseum.
DeBlois, who was returning from a lengthy injury, scored on his first two shots of the season during the first three minutes of the contest and finished with four points (two goals, two assists) on the night. Forwards Joe Devin and Steven McParland were also major contributors to the offense, each assisting on three goals.
After being shut out by Greenville Friday night, South Carolina responded with their highest-scoring output of the season to date, scoring three in the first, two in the second and three more in the third period.
DeBlois lit the lamp at 2:44 of the opening period to give the Stingrays a lead they never relinquished. Assists from Kelly Zajac and Wade Epp, who was also returning to the lineup from injury, helped DeBlois blast one into the upper part of the net to make it 1-0.
The forward stayed on the ice and scored his second of the year just 16 seconds after his first, one-timing the puck past Swamp Rabbits goaltender Jeff Malcolm. Zajac and Devin picked up assists on the Warwick, R.I. native’s second strike that got the Coliseum crowd alive and South Carolina a 2-0 lead.
Greenville got on the board with a goal by defenseman Justin DaSilva, but South Carolina forward Alex Gacek restored the team’s two-goal lead with his seventh tally of the year from McParland at 13:59. The Stingrays took a 3-1 lead into the first intermission.
The Swamp Rabbits again made it a one-goal game early on in the middle period when forward Bretton Cameron beat Stingrays’ netminder Parker Milner to cut the lead to 3-2.
South Carolina did not allow a goal the rest of the evening, scoring five straight to close up the game. Zajac had the first response to bring the lead up to 4-2, finding a rebound in front to beat Malcolm for his fifth goal of the year. Assists went to linemates Devin and DeBlois, with the goal coming at 13:00 of the second.
Later in the period, Margonari scored his first of the evening and third of the season on the power play from defenseman Steve Weinstein and McParland to make it 5-2 at 16:23.
Flick took over for South Carolina in the third, scoring on the power play from Devin and DeBlois at 2:35 of the third to make it 6-2 before his second tally at 11:31 from Margonari and forward John Parker.
In between Flick’s goals, it was Margonari who got his second goal of the game and fourth of the year from both McParland and defenseman Marcus Perrier at 3:30 of the final period.
In total, 11 skaters registered a point for the Stingrays in the victory. Flick now leads the squad with eight goals on the season. South Carolina outshot Greenville 37-21 in the game.
The Stingrays were 2-for-4 on the man-advantage, while the Swamp Rabbits came up empty on the power play going 0-for-2.
Milner recorded his eighth win of the year for South Carolina, making 19 saves in the contest. On the other side of things, it was a rough night for Malcolm, who made 29 saves while allowing all eight goals.
South Carolina now hits the road for three games in Norfolk with the Admirals during the upcoming week, starting Wednesday night at 7:15 p.m. The Stingrays return to the North Charleston Coliseum on Dec. 20 to once again face Greenville.
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