NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – Matt W. Reid
and Matt Stefanishion
scored two goals each to lift the South Carolina Stingrays over the Augusta Lynx 7-2 in front of 4,752 at the North Charleston Coliseum.
“That was our most complete effort of the season,” South Carolina assistant coach Jared Bednar said. “We’re really happy with the win. It was basically mistake-free. Everyone played a part in this victory.”
South Carolina (18-14-2, 38 points) opened the scoring just 17 seconds into the game. Reid took a pass from Cail MacLean
and deposited his 11th goal of the season beating goaltender Nathan Marsters
. The secondary assist went to Nate Kiser
Stefanishion made it 2-0 for the Stingrays burying his fifth tally of the campaign at 7:30 from Chris Chaput
and Donny Grover
Reid went back to work at the 3:46 mark of the second converting a pass from Evan Schwabe
. The secondary helper went to MacLean.
Just 37 seconds later, Peter Szabo
won the face-off to Donny Grover
, who rifled a shot from the right point in for his sixth marker of the season beating Marsters. Dave McKee
took over in net for the Lynx with the Stingrays ahead 4-0.
Augusta (16-18-0, 32 points) solved goaltender Davis Parley
at 6:29 of the second, Ryan Lang
netted his team-leading 16th goal of the campaign from Ken Scuderi
and Shane Hynes
, who was named as the Lynx All-Star Game representative.
Szabo let go with a shot on a 5-on-3 power play with assists going to Grover and Schwabe at 8:43 to make it 5-1 for South Carolina.
In the third, Cam McCaffrey
ripped a shot into the back of the net for his eighth of the season. Brendan Bernakevitch
and Ryan Bennett
garnered helpers. Mike Erickson
closed the gap to four, by depositing his ninth of the year from Brian Passmore
, who was making his return to the Lynx, and Aaron Slattengren
Stefanishion rounded out the scoring with 1:19 left in the third, assisted by Szabo and Grover.
South Carolina converted on 1-of-3 power play opportunities, while Augusta went 0-for-5 on the man advantage. Stingrays outshot the Lynx 42-27.
The Stingrays wrap up their three-game homestand at 4 p.m. on Sunday against the Johnstown Chiefs, an original member of the ECHL, at the North Charleston Coliseum. The Carolina Ice Palace presents Sunday Kids Day, which offers a $5 ticket for each kid 12-and-under and postgame Skate with the Rays.
Join Mike Kelly, “Voice of the Stingrays” for live play-by-play action on ESPN Radio 910 The Team and online at www.stingrayshockey.com beginning at 3:45 p.m. with the Benito’s Pregame Show. Watch the game live on the web telecast for $6 each at www.stingrayshockey.com, courtesy of B2 Networks.
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