Kalamazoo, Mich. — South Carolina’s Jack Downing and Chad Painchaud scored in the shootout, while goalie Jeff Jakaitis stopped four of five Kalamazoo shooters in a 3-2 victory Saturday night at Wings Stadium.
The Stingrays (14-2-1-2) pushed their unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-0-1) and improved to 7-0-0-2 on the road.
After a scoreless first period, Wings forward Yanni Gourde gave Kalamazoo (7-6-0-2) a 1-0 lead late in the second period when his shot from the right-wing circle deflected off a Stingrays skate and between the legs of Jakaitis (28 saves on 30 shots) at 15:07.
Stingrays forward Downing tied the game on the power play 40 seconds into the third period, snapping a shot past the glove of Wings goaltender Joel Martin (22 saves on 24 shots) from the top of the left-wing circle. Defensemen Scooter Vaughan and Jeremy Price added assists.
Forward Marc Hagel put the Stingrays on top with a man-advantage marker at 11:49 from defenseman Derrick Pallis and forward Wayne Simpson. But moments later, the Wings struck on the power play to make it 2-2 off the stick of defenseman Sam Ftorek.
After a scoreless overtime period, the Stingrays prevailed in the shootout.
The Stingrays finished the game 2 for 6 on the power play, while the Wings went 1 for 4.
The Stingrays continue a six-game road trip Friday against the Orlando Solar Bears at 7:30 p.m. at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., and return to the North Charleston Coliseum on Dec. 14 to take on Orlando at 7:05 p.m. on College Night and Teddy Bear Toss benefiting Debi’s Kids.
The Stingrays will wear special Clemson University jerseys and auction them live after the contest. Clemson alum and two-time Super Bowl Champion Jim Stuckey will drop the ceremonial first puck along with Charleston native and “Survivor: One World” finalist Chelsea Meissner. Bring a new or gently used stuffed animal to the game to throw on the ice after the Stingrays score their first goal for the annual Teddy Bear Toss.
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