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Wildcatters Double Stingrays 6-3

By: Mike Kelly
BEAUMONT, Texas – James Sanford and Olivier Proulx registered a goal and two assists each to lead the Texas Wildcatters over the South Carolina Stingrays 6-3 before 3,086 at Ford Arena.

“We got behind early with penalty trouble,” South Carolina coach Jason Fitzsimmons said. “I don’t like the outcome but I like the effort that we displayed. There were more positives than negatives from this game and we look forward to the third and final game of the series tomorrow.”

Texas (24-12-5, 53 points) opened the score on the power play. Wildcatters captain Brandin Cote netted his 19th goal of the season beating goalie Davis Parley at 18:06 from Alex Leavitt and Proulx.

Kevin Baker made it 2-0 for the Wildcatters at the 2:01 mark of the second period tipping home his 20th goal of the campaign on a shot from Sanford, who was making his Texas debut. Mike Madill also garnered an assist.

Just 27 seconds later, Texas went up 2-0 as Proulx extended his goal-scoring streak to four games by scoring his 18th tally of the year from Sanford and Baker.

Matt W. Reid got South Carolina (22-16-3, 47 points) on the scoreboard by notching his team-leading 17th marker of the season at 6:58 from Stephen Werner.

Alex Leavitt regained the three-goal lead for Texas by potting his sixth of the year at 8:55 of the middle period. Helpers went to Daniel Sparre and Proulx.

Stingrays cut the margin in half at 4-2 for Texas, as South Carolina forward Jarrett Konkle slapped in his fifth goal of the season from the slot. Matt Stefanishion and Brendan Bernakevitch garnered assists.

In the third, T.J. McElroy made it a one-goal game, tallying his fifth of the year on the power play from Evan Schwabe.

But Sanford capitalized on a Wildcatters 5-on-3 man advantage to put the game out of reach.

Rosa completed the scoring by sliding the puck into the empty-net in the dying seconds.

South Carolina went 1-for-8 with the man advantage, while Texas converted on 2-of-7 opportunities. Wildcatters outshot the Stingrays 41-40.

The Stingrays wrap up three-game road trip in Texas with an 8:05 p.m. ET game on Saturday versus the Wildcatters at Ford Arena in Beaumont. Join Mike Kelly, “Voice of the Stingrays” for live play-by-play action on Real 1340 and online at www.stingrayshockey.com beginning at 7:50 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 against 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.

Don’t miss the fast-paced, action-packed, family affordable fun! Purchase your flex tickets today. You pick the games; you pocket the savings! For more information call (843) 744-2248 to speak to a ticket sales manager.

Individual tickets can be purchased at the North Charleston Coliseum box office, by calling Ticketmaster at (843) 554-6060 and online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Discounted groups tickets, birthday packages, Kids Club information and fundraiser opportunities are available by calling (843) 744-2248 or by visiting online at www.stingrayshockey.com. Stingrays Hockey – A Whole Lot Cooler!


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