Stingrays storm by Solar Bears, 9-3
Nine different players recorded multi-point games as the South Carolina Stingrays blasted the Orlando Solar Bears, 9-3, in front of a sellout crowd of 10,385 on Pack the House Night at the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday night.
Forward Tyler McNeely led the Stingrays (21-22-1-3) with a season-high five points on one goal and four assists, while Robby Dee and Chris Langkow each had two goals and an assist. South Carolina scored four goals in the second period and five in the third after falling behind early.
The Solar Bears (19-21-2-2) jumped on the board first with a power-play goal from Ryan Cruthers, who beat Stingrays goaltender Ryan Zapolski (24 saves on 27 shots) at 8:59 of the first period.
But it was all Stingrays after that.
South Carolina responded with four goals in the middle frame to take a 4-1 lead into the second intermission. Hunter Bishop tied the game 30 seconds into the period with his team-leading 17 goal of the season, slipping a shot between the legs of Solar Bears goalie Patrick Killeen (22 saves on 31 shots).
Langkow put the Stingrays on top at 11:43, and less than a minute later, Dee scored. With two seconds left in the period, Langkow tipped in a shot from Colby Cohen.
In the third period, the Stingrays added goals from Dee, Scooter Vaughn, McNeely, Derek Foam and Patrick Gaul.
The Stingrays finished 4 for 7 on the power play, while the Soar Bears went 1 for 4.
The Stingrays host the Solar Bears at 3 p.m. today for Kidís Day at the Coliseum. All kids tickets and kidís meals are $5. A pregame kidís carnival with Charleston Fun Factory will be held, and kids can bring ice skates for a postgame skate with the Stingrays.