BEAUMONT, Texas – Goaltender Davis Parley turned aside 47 shots to register his league-leading 20th victory of the season backstopping the South Carolina Stingrays past his former team, the Texas Wildcatters 6-2 in his return visit to Ford Arena.
“Parley was tremendous,” South Carolina coach Jason Fitzsimmons said. “Davis is a true professional. Goaltending was the difference and he has been a pleasure to watch. We spread around the scoring and it was a great way to begin a six-game road trip.”
South Carolina (22-15-3, 47 points) came out firing on all cylinders. Evan Schwabe fed Matt W. Reid for a one-time shot from the slot beating goaltender Matt Yeats for his team-leading 16th goal of the season at 5:05.
Nate Kiser made it 2-0 for the Stingrays unleashing a slapshot from the blue line at the 17:08 mark that went off the goalpost and into the net. Chris Chaput picked up an assist on Kiser’s 3rd goal of the campaign and second in as many games.
Just 40 seconds later, Stephen Werner put a shot from the right circle by Yeats for his fifth tally in eight South Carolina games this season. Peter Szabo garnered the lone helper.
In the second period, Donny Grover wired a shot from the point with the power play for his seventh goal of the season from Reid and Schwabe at 1:29 to give the Stingrays a commanding 4-0 lead.
Texas (23-12-5, 51 points) captain Brandin Cote solved goaltender Davis Parley, who won his American Hockey League debut with Hershey on Wednesday, on the Wildcatters 35th shot of the night at 5:37 on the power play from Olivier Proulx.
Stingrays regained their four-goal lead on a power play of their own. Schwabe took a pass from Cail MacLean at the side for his 13th marker of the year. Szabo also collected an assist.
Chaput made it 6-1 by depositing his 14th of the season from Szabo at 12:28.
Proulx gave Texas its second goal on the power play with 3:20 remaining in regulation. Leon Hayward and Jonathan Paiement had the helpers.
South Carolina went 3-for-8 with the man advantage, while Texas converted on 2-of-10 opportunities. Wildcatters outshot the Stingrays 49-31.
Additional Note: ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna was in attendance for a visit from the league office in Princeton, New Jersey.
The Stingrays continue their three-game road trip in Texas for an 8:35 p.m. ET game on Friday against the Wildcatters at Ford Arena in Beaumont. 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 8:20 p.m. ET 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.
South Carolina returns home for its next contest at a special 5 p.m. start time on Saturday, February 10 versus the Dayton Bombers at the North Charleston Coliseum. In association with Young and Associates, the Stingrays and Focus on the Family present “Faith and Fun Night” with a free postgame concert performed by “Big Daddy Weave” for everyone that purchases a ticket to the game.
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