Defenseman Scooter Vaughan had a goal and an assist and Jack Downing scored the game-winner as the South Carolina Stingrays edged the Greenville Road Warriors, 3-2, in hockey Sunday at the North Charleston Coliseum.
Defenseman Scooter Vaughan netted a goal and an assist for the Stingrays (11-2-1-2).
Greenville (7-8-1-1-) opened the scoring 1:19 into the second period as forward Marc-Olivier Vallerand knocked in a rebound past the left pad of Stingrays goaltender Jeff Jakaitis (14 saves on 16 shots) from between the faceoff circles.
The Stingrays responded on the power play at 9:56 with defenseman Jeremy Price’s first professional goal on assists by Vaughan and forward Chad Painchaud.
Vaughan put the Stingrays up 2-1 unassisted at 13:22, stepping out of the penalty box and capitalizing on a breakaway by beating Greenville’s Jeff Malcolm (20 saves on 23 shots) under the blocker.
Less than a minute later, Road Warriors forward J.M. Rizk buried his second goal of the season to even the contest at 2.
After missing the last five games due to injury, Downing buried the game-winner at 2:53 of the third period with help from Painchaud and defenseman Derrick Pallis.
South Carolina finished the contest 2-for-5 on the power play while the Road Warriors went 0-for-5.
The Stingrays kick off a six-game road trip Wednesday against the Toledo Walleye at 7:15 p.m. at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.
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