Stingrays cast shadows in 5-1 win over Orlando

November 19, 2022 — ECHL (ECHL) — South Carolina Stingrays news release

South Carolina Stingrays’ Chase Stewart celebrates winning with the team
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC — The South Carolina Stingrays (7-3-1-0) outplayed the Orlando Solar Bears (4-6-1-1) with a final score of 5-1 behind Tyler Wall’s 25 save on Saturday night at the North Charleston Coliseum.

Bear Hughes opened the scoring with his seventh goal of the season at 11:46 in the first period. Jonny Evans made a no-look pass to the tape from Hughes, who ripped a shot past Jack LaFontaine for a 1-0 lead from the right circle.

During the penalty shootout, Tarek Baker intercepted a pass and led a two-for-one rush into the offensive zone, scoring his fourth goal of the year. As the lone defender took the pass away, Baker lobbed a shot over LaFontaine to double the Stingrays’ lead.

Kevin O’Neil added his seventh goal of the year with less than two minutes remaining in the first period. Michael Kim held a clearance attempt in the zone and fed O’Neil, who unleashed a one-timer past LaFontaine for the Stingrays’ 3-0 advantage to end the first frame.

South Carolina’s power play revived late in the second half when Carter Turnbull scored his 10th goal of the season as team leader after 14:33 in the middle verse. Turnbull cleaned a rebound from a first shot by Hughes that extended the Stingrays’ lead to 4-0.

Orlando conceded a goal almost two and a half minutes later when Michael Brodzinski scored his third goal of the season on the power play. Brodzinski netted a shot that hit South Carolina’s wall for their only goal of the competition to end the second period.

Ryan Scarfo completed the strike for the Stingrays’ third power play goal of the night and extended the result to a 5-1 lead. Gavin Gould’s shot was deflected straight to the tape by Scarfo, who set up on the back door and slipped the puck past LaFontaine for his second marker of the season.

Wall stopped 25 of 26 shots for his third win of the year while the power play scored three goals on seven tries in the competition.

The Stingrays wrap up their three-game weekend tomorrow, November 20, when the team hosts the Orlando Solar Bears at the North Charleston Coliseum at 3:05 p.m. Fans are encouraged to bring new and boxed underwear and socks to wear on the ice after the Stingrays scored their first goal on Undie Sunday, presented by Gildan.

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