Elmira, NY – Forward Billy Ryan scored two goals and Matt Pope added two points (1g, 1a) as the South Carolina Stingrays (5-2-0-0) toppled the Elmira Jackals (3-3-0-0) 5-3 at First Arena Saturday night.
A night after going 4-for-14 on the power play, the Stingrays broke open the scoring with a man-advantage marker from Pope at 10:59 of the first period firing a rebound past Jackals goaltender Timo Pielmeier (L, 26 saves on 31 shots). Forward Danick Paquette picked up the assist on Pope’s fourth goal of the season. Moments later,Ryan made it a 2-0 Stingrays lead on the power play at 14:17 from forwards Sean Dolan and Pope.
The Jackals cut the lead in half early in the second period with a power-play goal from Artem Demkov at 3:12 from defenseman Craig Rivet. Stingrays forward David de Kastrozza made it 3-1 late in the frame lifting a shot over the glove of Pielmeier from the bottom of the right-wing circle. Forward Anthony Maiani recorded the assist.
Ryan made it a three-goal lead for the Stingrays on the power play at 3:46 of the third period from Dolan. The Jackals answered back with two quick tallies to pull the game within one. Demkov blasted a shot from the top of the right-wing circle past Stingrays netminder Philipp Grubauer (W, 29 saves on 32 shots) at 5:16. Demkov’s seventh goal of the season was unassisted. Forward Maxim Gratchev capitalized on a shorthanded breakaway to make it 4-3 at 9:39. Stingrays forward Trent Campbell silenced the crowd with a late tally at 18:59 to seal the victory. Defenseman Phil Oreskovic and de Kastrozza registered assists. The Stingrays wrapped up the night going 3-for-5 on the power play while Elmira fisnished 1-for-6.
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