North Charleston, SC – The South Carolina Stingrays (36-16-5-6) defeated the Cincinnati Cyclones (38-20-4-5) 6-2 in front of 3,917 at North Charleston Coliseum Sunday afternoon. Stingrays rookie Rob Ricci recorded his first professional hat trick and goaltender Todd Ford earned his 100 ECHL victory stopping 20 of 22 Cyclones shots.
The Cyclones kicked off the scoring at 6:31 of the first period as forward Brett Robinson tapped in a loose puck past Stingrays goaltender Todd Ford off a shot from defenseman Brian O’Hanley. The Stingrays responded on the power play off a drive from Ricci at 9:08 from defenseman Nick Klaren and Trevor Bruess.
Stingrays forward Jake Hauswirth made it 2-1 on the power play at 4:50 of the second period from Klaren and defenseman Jay Cascalenda. The Stingrays grabbed a two-goal lead at 17:53 when forward Scott Bartlett snuck a shot under the right arm of Cyclones goaltender Robert Mayer from Klaren and Ford.
Stingrays’ Ricci netted his second goal of the night and 21 of the season at 4:25 of the third period from forward Keith Johnson and rookie Dain Prewitt. Cincinnati cut the Stingrays lead in half at 8:13 with a tally from O’Hanley. Forwards Scott Reynolds and Barret Ehgoetz earned assists. Stingrays defenseman Jay Cascalenda found the twine moments later on the power play at 10:14 from Bruess and Prewitt. The Stingrays completed the game scoring shorthanded at 18:28 with Ricci’s hat-trick marker from forward Trent Campbell and defenseman Grant Farrell. Mayer suffered his eighth loss of the season kicking away 19 of 25 Stingrays chances. The Stingrays finished the night 3-for-8 on the power play while the Cyclones went 0-for-5.
The Stingrays welcome the Florida Everblades for a three-in-three home weekend starting on Friday, March 12 at 7:05 p.m. at North Charleston Coliseum. Friday is Military Appreciation Night featuring $2 Green Beer and Green Ice! The Stingrays will wear special camouflage jerseys honoring all branches of the military. The jerseys will be auctioned off LIVE at the end of the game. On Saturday, March 13 at 5:00 p.m., the Stingrays celebrate Faith and Fun Night with 100.9 WAY FM with a special post-game concert with Group 1 Crew! Don’t miss any of the fast-paced, hard-hitting action of the South Carolina Stingrays. Ticket packages for the 2010-11 season are on sale now for as low as $26 a month. Call the Stingrays front office at 744-2248 or click here for more information. For all the latest Stingrays news visit www.stingrayshockey.com. Stingrays Hockey – Family Affordable Entertainment.