Stingrays extend point streak with shootout victory

The Stingrays’ Tyler Johnson tries to get a shot past Greenville’s Jordie Johnson (39) and Road Warriors goalie Scott Stajcer (35) on Sunday at the North Charleston Coliseum. Buy this photo

The South Carolina Stingrays extended their home point streak to a season-high 13 games (11-0-2-0) by defeating the Greenville Road Warriors, 3-2, in a shootout at the North Charleston Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

Forward Patrick Gaul put the Stingrays (34-24-4-3) up 1-0 at 12:40 of the first period by deflecting a shot from defenseman Derek Foam between the legs of Road Warriors goaltender Scott Stajcer, who had 14 saves on 16 shots. Forward Alex MacLeod picked up the second assist.

In the second period, forward Chris Langkow gave the Stingrays a two-goal lead 53 seconds into the frame with help from forward Tyler Johnson and defenseman Scooter Vaughan.

Seconds later, the Road Warriors pulled the game back within one with a goal from forward Jordie Johnston at 1:08. Then forward Marc-Olivier Vallerand tied the contest on a power play with his 20th goal of the season, lifting a shot over the left shoulder of Stingrays goaltender Ryan Zapolski, who had 30 saves on 32 shots, from the top of the right-wing circle.

After a scoreless third period, Stingrays forwards Andrew Cherniwchan and Johnson lit the lamp and Zapolski stopped four of five Road Warriors shooters to seal the victory.

The Stingrays ended the contest 0 for 5 on the power play while Greenville went 1 for 3.

The Stingrays kick off a three-game road trip against the Florida Everblades on Wednesday night in Fort Myers. The two teams meet again Friday and Saturday.

The Stingrays return to home ice March 22 for Hall of Fame Night, presented by The Post and Courier, when South Carolina hosts the Gwinnett Gladiators at 7 p.m.

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