Stingrays shut down Walleye
Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis stopped all 30 shots he faced to help the South Carolina Stingrays shut out the Toledo Walleye (27-18-0-4) 3-0 at the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday.
Stingrays forward Matt Beca opened the scoring on the power play at 17:51 of the first period, tipping a rebound inside the left post and over the right pad of Walleye goaltender Kent Simpson (20 saves on 23 shots).
Forwards Andrew Cherniwchan and Phil Mangan picked up assists.
Forward Hunter Bishop made it 2-0 at 1:11 of the second frame after his shot from the left-wing circle deflected off the skates of former Stingrays defenseman Phil Oreskovic and past the glove of Simpson.
Forward Alex MacLeod and defenseman Cam Brodie registered assists.
Mangan sealed the victory for the Stingrays (25-23,1-3) with his 11th goal of the season 7:21 into the third period with help from defenseman Luka Vidmar and Bishop.
The Stingrays ended the contest 1 for 5 on the power play while the Walleye (27-18-0-4) went 0 for 3.
The Stingrays host the defending Kelly Cup champion Florida Everblades on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at the Coliseum. Get two tickets for the price of one at the Coliseum box office.
South Carolina then hits the road to open a three-game series with the Solar Bears in Orlando on Friday at 7 p.m.