Greenville, SC – The Greenville Road Warriors (6-5-0-0) defeated the South Carolina Stingrays (8-4-0-1) 2-1 in the shootout at the Bi-Lo Center Saturday night.
After a scoreless first period, Stingrays forward Greg Stewart was awarded a penalty shot at 14:49 of the second frame after being hooked from behind. Road Warriors goaltender Nic Riopel (W, 35 saves on 36 shots) kept the Stingrays off the board with a right-pad save. Moments later, Stewart found the twine with a power-play goal at 18:11 firing a shot over the blocker of Riopel through a screen. Stingrays defenseman Nick Tabisz and forward Matt Pope recorded assists on Stewart’s first goal of the season.
With one minute left in regulation, Road Warriors forward Marc-Olivier Vallerand evened the score lifting a backhanded shot over the glove of Stingrays netminder Philipp Grubauer (L, 28 saves on 29 shots) from the bottom of the right-wing circle. Defenseman Wes Cunningham and forward Connor Shields added assists.
Neither side could light the lamp on overtime. In the shootout, Tabisz and forward Pierre-Luc O’Brien provided goals for the Stingrays, but Road Warriors forward Brett Robison netted the game-winning goal in the seventh round. The Stingrays ended the night 1-for-4 on the power play while the Road Warriors finished 0-for-5.
The Stingrays wrap up a three-game series against the Road Warriors on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:35 p.m. at the Bi-Lo Center. The Rays return to the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday, November 19 at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday, November 20 at 4:00 p.m. against the Gwinnett Gladiators. Saturday is Epilepsy Awareness Night! Call the Stingrays Office at (843) 744-2248 to find out more on how you can help fight against epilepsy. Celebrate Kid’s Day on Sunday! All kid’s tickets are $5! Meet Patrick from SpongeBob SquarePants, play in real snow outside the Coliseum during Snow Day presented by Yard Icing and stay after the game for postgame autographs with the entire Stingrays team!
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