North Charleston, SC –Stingrays forward Gregg Johnson scored the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Stingrays a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Cyclones in front of 2,197 at North Charleston Coliseum Saturday night. The win ties the best-of-five series at two games apiece.
The Stingrays broke open the scoring at 11:21 of the first period as defenseman Dylan Yeo beat Cyclones goaltender Jeremy Smith with a wrist shot from the bottom of the right-wing circle. Defenseman Derek Keller recorded the lone assist. Cyclones forward Barret Ehgoetz tied the game at 18:58 from forward Josh Heidinger and Mathieu Aubin.
The Cyclones took a 2-1 lead at 14:33 when forward Ian McKenzie tipped in a pass from Ehgoetz over the left pad of Stingrays goaltender Todd Ford. Forward Will Ortiz registered the second assist. Stingrays forward Trevor Bruess tied the game moments later beating Smith over the left shoulder from the right-wing circle at 15:49. Forward Jake Hauswirth and Keller earned assists.
For the second straight night, the Stingrays and Cyclones skated to overtime with the Stingrays holding a 21 to 20 shot advantage. South Carolina’s Johnson buried the game-winning goal at 6:09 redirecting a blast from Keller. Defenseman Jeff Caister received the second assist on Johnson’s first goal of the playoffs. Ford finished the night stopping 22 of 24 Cyclones shots. Smith suffered the loss kicking away 22 of 25 Stingrays chances. The Cyclones ended the contest 0-for-1 on the power play while the Stingrays went 0-for-4.
Join the Stingrays for Game 5 of the American Conference Quarterfinals series against the Cincinnati Cyclones tomorrow, Sunday, April 11 at 7:05 p.m. at North Charleston Coliseum. Listen to all the action on 1340 AM The Boardwalk and www.stingrayshockey.com. 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 $31 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.