ESTERO, Fla. – Viktor Dovgan scored two goals in the third period to propel the South Carolina Stingrays to a 5-3 come from behind win over the Florida Everblades before 6,433 at Germain Arena.
“We challenged the guys in the second intermission and they responded perfectly,” South Carolina coach Jason Fitzsimmons said. “Dovgan was flying and got rewarded with a pair of goals. It’s nice to head into the All-Star break on a positive note.”
Florida (24-11-0, 48 points) opened the score at 14:08 of the first period. Dustin Johner came back to haunt his former team by burying his 13th goal of the season in front of goaltender Davis Parley, who was making his 12th consecutive start, from Jonathan Lehun and Reggie Berg.
Less than one minute later South Carolina (20-14-3, 43 points) replied on the power play. Cail MacLean deposited his own rebound past netminder David Shantz for his team-leading 14th tally of the season. Assists went to Matt W. Reid and Evan Schwabe, who both extended their point streaks to seven games.
In the second, Josh Anderson gave the Stingrays a 2-1 lead at the 2:34 mark by firing a puck over the left shoulder of Shantz for his sixth goal of the year. Jarrett Konkle and Brendan Bernakevitch garnered assists.
Derek Damon tied the score at 2-2 with an unassisted goal for his fifth of the campaign at 9:12.
Johner registered his second goal of the contest on a centering feed that went off a stick in close and trickled over the line to give Florida a 3-2 lead through 40 minutes. Lehun and Berg picked up assists.
Just 57 seconds into the third, MacLean tied the score at 3-3 by snapping home his second of the night. Peter Szabo and Chris Chaput collected assists.
Then 58 later, Dovgan unleashed a shot from the left point getting through traffic for his second of the season from Cam McCaffrey and Ryan Bennett.
Dovgan put the game away at the 9:46 mark by sending a shot off the end glass that bounced back to him in the slot and he made no mistake netting his second of the game.
South Carolina went 1-for-8 on the power play, while Florida failed to convert on six opportunities with the man advantage. Everblades outshot the Stingrays 42-33.
South Carolina gets back into action at 7 p.m. on Friday against the Charlotte Checkers at Charlotte Bobcats Arena. For live play-by-play action join Mike Kelly, “Voice of the Stingrays” on ESPN Radio 910 The Team and online at www.stingrayshockey.com beginning at 6:45 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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