Orlando vs. South CarolinaWhen: Tonight, 7:05 p.m. Where: North Charleston ColiseumTickets: $5, 744-2248
It took nearly a decade, but the Idaho Steelheads finally got a little bit of revenge against the South Carolina Stingrays.
The last time the Stingrays faced the Steelheads was in 2004, and South Carolina won both games — 3-1 and 4-2 — at the old Bank of America Arena.
Austin Fyten scored a goal and added an assist, and Tyler Beskorowany stopped 37 shots to lead the Steelheads past South Carolina, 4-3, on Friday night before a crowd of 2,656 at the North Charleston Coliseum.
The Steelheads, one of the top teams in the ECHL’s Western Conference, improved to 26-10-5 (57 points). The Stingrays fell to 20-22-4 (44 points).
The Stingrays and Steelheads are two of the most storied franchises in ECHL history with five ECHL Kelly Cup championships between the two teams. The Steelheads made the 2,000-mile trek from Idaho, landing in Atlanta and making the five-hour drive to the Lowcountry late Thursday night.
The Steelheads appeared to be suffering from a case of jet lag during the opening period. The Stingrays dominated the first period, recording a season-high 17 shots, but had nothing to show for it as the game remained scoreless going into the first intermission.
“We had a great first period, a lot of puck possession inside their zone, and we had some grade-A scoring chances,” said Stingrays coach Spencer Carbery.
“But when you’re facing a goalie like Tyler Beskorowany you’ve got to dig a little bit deeper. You have to get to those dirty areas and then you’ve got to give a second effort to get a goal.”
The Steelheads power play, which recorded two goals in two chances, proved to be the difference in the game.
“They were able to score way too easy on their power play,” Carbery said.
“It took them less than a minute to score each time. We didn’t do a good job of getting into shooting lanes.”
After Ian Watters power play goal for Idaho, Justin Courtnall tied the game after a nice pass from Scooter Vaughan midway through the second period.
The Steelheads extended their lead to 3-1 on goals from Sam Carrick and Fyten.
But Tyler McNeely, who finished with two goals, scored too cut the gap to 3-2 just 3:13 into the final period.
Andrew Carroll pushed the Idaho lead back to two goals, 4-2, with his power play goal.
McNeely got the final goal of the night with two seconds left in regulation.
“We did some good things, but not enough good things to beat a team like Idaho,” Carbery said.
The Stingrays play host to the Orlando Solar Bears today at 7 p.m. at North Charleston Coliseum and again at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Idaho 0 2 2—4
South Carolina 0 1 2—3
First Period: No goals. Penalties: No penalties.
Second Period: 1. I, Watters 3 (Cullity, Isaacs), 7:09 (PP). 2. SC, Courtnall 3 (Vaughan), 10:58. 3. I, Carrick 10 (Robinson, Toews), 11:57. Penalties: Toews, I (bench - too many men), 2:53; Mangan, SC (bench - too many men), 6:07; Toews, I (bench - too many men), 17:44.
Third Period: 4. I, Fyten 13 (Isaacs), 1:10. 5. SC, McNeely 10 (Dee, Vidmar), 3:13. 6. I, Carroll 10 (Cullity, Fyten), 16:17 (PP). 7. SC, McNeely 11 (Cherniwchan, Dee), 19:58 (PP). Penalties: Robinson Idh (hooking), 5:59; Bidlevskii Sc (closing hand on puck), 15:36; Fyten Idh (roughing), 19:37.
Shots on Goal: Stingrays 17-8-15-40; Idaho: 9-11-4-24. Penalties: Stingrays 4-8; Idaho 2-4. Power Play: Stingrays 1 for 4; Idaho 2 for 2. Goalies: Stingrays – Jeff Jakaitis (4-4-2) 24 shots, 20 saves. Idaho – Tyler Beskorowany (11-8-4) 40 shots, 37 saves. A: 2,569.
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