Estero, FL –Trent Campbell recorded a goal and an assist as the South Carolina Stingrays (33-22-2-2) defeated the Florida Everblades (30-26-1-3) 3-1 Friday night at Germain Arena.
Stingrays forward Rob Ricci grabbed the game’s opening tally with 29 seconds to play in the first period firing a wrist shot under the right pad Everblades goaltender Bobby Goepfert from the bottom of the right-wing circle. Forward Luke Popko earned the lone assist.
Froward Pierre-Luc O’Brien made it 2-0 Stingrays 52 seconds into the third period from Campbell. The Everblades pulled within one late in the frame when defenseman Elgin Reid buried a shot past Stingrays netminder Shane Owen from between the circles at 19:09. Forwards Alexandre Imbeault and Matt Beca registered assists. Campbell sealed the victory for the Stingrays with an empty-net goal from defenseman Nate Kiser at 19:44.
Owen improved to 3-0-0 against the Everblades stopping 27 of 28 shots. Goepfert suffered the loss kicking away 28 of 30 Stingrays opportunities. The Rays ended the night 0-for-2 on the power play while the Everblades went 0-for-1.
The Stingrays conclude their two-game series against the Everblades tomorrow, Saturday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. at Germain Arena. Catch all the action live on 950 The Zone and www.stingrayshockey.com. The Rays return to the North Charleston Coliseum on Tuesday, March 8 and Wednesday, March 9 at 7:05 p.m. against the Elmira Jackals and Cincinnati Cyclones. Seeing the Stingrays gets Cheaper by the Dozen! Get 12 tickets for any Stingrays weekday game (excluding Fridays) and 12 hats for $120! Also grab two tickets for any weekday game (excluding Fridays) for the price of one in the Stingrays’ Buy One Get One Package! Call the Stingrays Office at (843) 744-2248 or visit www.stingrayshockey.com for more information.
Join the Stingrays for Faith and Fun Night presented by 100.9 Way FM and free parking on Saturday, March 12 at 5:00 p.m. as they battle the Cincinnati Cyclones at the North Charleston Coliseum. Stay after the contest for a postgame Christian concert with Decyfer Down and Chasen! Celebrate Military Appreciation Night presented by Force Protection on Sunday, March 13 against the Cyclones at 4:00 p.m. The Stingrays will wear special camouflage jerseys and auction them off live at the end of the game. Sunday is also Kid’s Day featuring $5 kid’s tickets and a pregame kid’s carnival! Call the Stingrays Office at (843) 744-2248 or visit www.stingrayshockey.com for more information. Become a fan of the Stingrays on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCStingraysHockey. Stingrays Hockey – It’s More Than Just a Game.