North Charleston, SC –The Cincinnati Cyclones (26-25-6-3) defeated the South Carolina Stingrays (33-25-2-2) 4-1 at the North Charleston Coliseum Wednesday night. Nikita Kashirsky netted the lone goal for the Rays.
Cyclones forward Dustin Sproat grabbed the opening marker on the power play 52 seconds into the second period slipping a shot between the legs of Stingrays goaltender Shane Owen from between the faceoff circles. Forward Samson Mahbod and defenseman Garrett Suter earned the assists. Forward Casey Pierro-Zabotel made it a 2-0 Cyclones lead while on the man advantage at 14:01 from forwards Dan Eves and Mathieu Aubin.
The Stingrays jumped on the board on the power play at 8:55 of the final frame when Kashirsky tapped in a rebound over the left pad of Cyclones netminder Brian Foster from the bottom of the right-wing circle. Forward Ryan Del Monte and defenseman Patrick Cullity recorded assists. The Cyclones reclaimed a three-goal lead at 12:23 when forward Jake Hauswirth snapped a shot between the legs of Owen. Forwards Brady Calla and Mike Liambas added assists. Sproat wrapped up the game scoring with his second of the night at 14:47 from Aubin and Pierro-Zabotel.
Owen was handed the loss stopping 28 of 32 Cyclones shots. Foster ended the night blocking 23 of 24 Stingrays opportunities. The Stingrays went 1-for-3 on the power play while the Cyclones finished 2-for-8.
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