Stingrays drop overtime fight in Jacksonville

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC — The South Carolina Stingrays (6-3-1-0) lost to the Jacksonville Icemen (6-5-0-0) in their first overtime game of the season, earning a point from the loss. This was the first Friday night matchup at the North Charleston Coliseum this year.

The two teams remained scoreless for the first 20 minutes before the Stingrays broke through early in the second period. South Carolina capitalized on a missed error from Jacksonville when Carter Turnbull swept home a rebound from Gavin Gould for a 1-0 lead after just over two minutes. Turnbull’s goal was his team-leading ninth marker of the season.

Kevin O’Neil scored another six minutes later with his sixth goal of the season from Josh Wilkins. O’Neil ran to the right circle where he tightened the puck and lifted his shot over Olof Lindbom’s shoulder for a 2-0 lead.

As time drew to a close in the second frame, the Stingrays’ power play went into the net for Wilkins’ fourth goal of the year. A crisp pass from Jonny Evans to O’Neil ended with a tap-in from Wilkins at the back door for a 3-0 advantage.

Jacksonville fought back when Luke Lynch scored the first Icemen goal with 40 seconds remaining in the second half. Lynch deflected a shot off a Stingrays defender who was deflected at net for his third goal of the season.

Two goals down in the third half, Zach Jordan scored his first marker of the year to halve the deficit. The Stingrays’ Clay Stevenson countered the first two shots he saw, but Jordan slid the final try past a sweeping goaltender at the 4:20 mark of the last frame.

Lynch leveled the game a minute and six seconds later when the Icemen power play converted their only try of the night. A South Carolina miss gave Jacksonville the chance to set up a game in which Brandon Fortunato deflected a pass down the middle for Lynch, who in turn lifted the puck over Stevenson’s shoulder to level the score by three goals apiece.

Both teams remained scoreless until the end of regulation time, forcing the Stingrays into their first overtime game of the season. A minute and 32 seconds after overtime, Ara Nazarian scored his sixth goal of the year, ending Jacksonville’s comeback.

The Stingrays return to action tomorrow, November 19, when the team hosts the Orlando Solar Bears at the North Charleston Coliseum at 6:05 p.m