Zapolski sparks Stingrays
Goaltender Ryan Zapolski tied an ECHL all-time single-season record with his eighth shutout, making 22 saves to help the South Carolina Stingrays defeat the Greenville Road Warriors, 3-0, at the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday night.
The victory by the Stingrays (33-24-4-3) over the Road Warriors (32-24-2-4) pushed South Carolina’s home point streak to a season-high 12 games (10-0-2-0).
The Stingrays and Road Warriors wrap up their three-game series when they tangle again today at 3 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum.
The Stingrays kicked off the scoring on a power play at 7:05 of the first period with a blast from defenseman Kevin Quick at the right-wing point.
Defenseman Luka Vidmar and forward Robby Dee assisted on Quick’s second goal off the season.
Forward Alex MacLeod made it a 2-0 Stingrays lead, tapping a loose puck under the pads of Road Warriors goaltender Scott Stajcer, who had 21 saves on 23 shots, with 4:57 left in the second period.
Forward Peter Boyd picked up his first point as a Stingray with the primary assist, and South Carolina defenseman Cam Brodie added his 10 assist of the season.
In the third period, Stingrays forward Patrick Gaul added an empty-net unassisted power-play goal with seven seconds to play.
The Stingrays ended the night 2 for 7 on the man-advantage while the Road Warriors went 0 for 6.