GREENVILLE - Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis made 40 saves to help South Carolina defeat Greenville, 3-2, at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Friday night.

The Stingrays improved to 20-5-1-2, while the Road Warriors fell to 12-14-1-1.

Stingrays defenseman Luka Vidmar broke open the scoring with his first goal of the season at 11:08 of the first period, ripping a shot under glove of Road Warriors goaltender Connor Knapp (28 saves on 31 shots) from the left-wing circle. Forwards Paul Rodrigues and Peter Boyd added assists.

Boyd made it a two-goal advantage 44 seconds into the third period with help from Rodrigues and forward Patrick Gaul.

The Road Warriors jumped on the board with an unassisted power-play goal from forward Jordie Johnston at 7:57, beating Jakaitis under the glove from the right-wing circle.

Forward Lindsay Sparks made it 3-1 for the Stingrays at 15:22, knocking in a rebound off the right pad of Knapp. Forward Wayne Simpson grabbed the lone assist.

Road Warriors forward Justin Vaive pulled the game back within one at 16:56. With Knapp pulled for the extra skater, Greenville generated numerous chances in front of Jakaitis, but could not find tying tally.

The Stingrays ended the contest 0 for 2 on the power play while the Road Warriors went 1 for 4.

The Stingrays return to the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday to host the Wheeling Nailers on Holiday Holdover Troops Night presented by the USO and Verizon Wireless.