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STINGRAYS POWER PAST GHOST PIRATES IN BOUNCE BACK EFFORT

Sunday, March 17th
STINGRAYS POWER PAST GHOST PIRATES IN BOUNCE BACK EFFORT

SAVANNAH, GA—The South Carolina Stingrays defeated the Savannah Ghost Pirates 6-4 on Sunday afternoon. Garin Bjorklund made 29 saves and picked up his 14th victory of the year. Jacob Hudson tallied his first career hat trick and earned the game’s number-one star.

BOX SCORE

The Stingrays struck first on a shorthanded tally by Austin Magera, who ripped a wrist shot past Savannah netminder Jesper Vikman to make it 1-0 Stingrays. Hudson made it 2-0 when he stole the puck at the right-wing circle and snapped it past Vikman to double the Stingray lead. 

Savannah cut the deficit to one when Brent Pedersen wired a wrist shot past Bjorklund right after the Ghost Pirates had won a face-off.

The Stingrays restored their two-goal lead when Hudson tallied his second goal of the afternoon just 46 seconds into the second period. Nick Leivermann grabbed the puck on the left wall and fired a shot that Hudson redirected past Vikman to make it 3-1 South Carolina. 

Simon Pinard pulled Savannah back within one with a power play goal from the bottom of the left circle. The goal was Pinard’s team-leading 20th goal of the season.

Marko Reifenberger made it 4-2 Stingrays when he scored on a wrist shot from the high slot. The goal was Reifenberger’s first professional tally.

Pederson made it 4-3 when he knocked in a centering feed from Ross Armour. The goal was his second of the afternoon.

With 4:41 remaining in the second period, Hudson completed his hat trick. He knocked in a loose puck right in front of the goal to make it 5-3 Stingrays.

Halfway through the third period, the Ghost Pirates cut it to 5-4 with a late tally from Pat Guay, but that was as close as they would get. Magera iced the game with a late empty netter to make it a 6-4 final.

The Stingrays are back in action on Friday night at the North Charleston Coliseum, where they will take on the Orlando Solar Bears at 7:05 pm.

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