ESTERO, FL – The South Carolina Stingrays (23-10-4-1) forced overtime before falling to the Florida Everblades (26-9-3-2) by a final score of 2-1 on Saturday night at Hertz Arena.
The Stingrays jumped out to a 1-0 lead for the first time this series after outshooting the Everblades 18-8 in the first period. Josh Wilkins got the Stingrays on the board with 2:06 remaining in the opening stanza, shoveling a shot past Evan Fitzpatrick for the advantage.
Florida tied the game at one goal apiece 11:41 into the second period on Brad Morrison’s sixth goal of the year. Morrison fired a shot past Clay Stevenson through traffic off a faceoff win from Joe Pendenza for the 1-1 game to finish the second period.
After a scoreless third frame, the teams headed to overtime where Pendenza netted the game-winning goal with 1:37 left in the extra period. Pendenza made his way to the net and slid the puck through the five-hole of Stevenson for the 2-1 final.
The Stingrays return to action next Friday, February 3rd for an inter-divisional matchup against the Worcester Railers at the DCU Center. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m.
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