Elmira, N.Y. - South Carolina's third-period rally fell short as the Stingrays dropped a 3-2 decision to Elmira at First Arena on Sunday.
After closing a three-game in three-day weekend, the Stingrays (34-17-2-3) continue a season-long six-game road trip in the Midwest, visiting the Toledo Walleye in Toledo, Ohio, on Wednesday.
Elmira (21-27-2-5) took a two-goal advantage after a first-period goal by former Stingrays forward Jordan Pietrus on the power play at 7:43 and a second-period score by forward Artem Demkov just 1:28 into the second period.
The Stingrays cut the lead in half on Paul Rodrigues sixth goal of the season. The forward slipped a wrist shot under the glove of Jackals goaltender Neil Conway (38 saves on 40 shots) from the left-wing circle at 3:59 on assists by Kyle Bodie and Anthony Collins.
Jackals captain Jean Bourbeau made it 3-1 on the man advantage at 5:35.
Late in the period and with defenseman Steve Spinell in the penalty box, the Stingrays' Luke Greiner smashed in a pass from forward Wayne Simpson off the near post for his second shorthanded goal of the season at 16:56. Defenseman Ryan Grimshaw added the second assist.
The Stingrays powered 16 shots on goal in the third period to the Jackals' five, but Elmira was able to hang on.
Max Strang had 19 saves on 22 shots for South Carolina.
The Stingrays finished the contest 0 for 3 on the power play, while the Jackals went 2-for-3.
After Wednesday's game, the Stingrays are at the Kalamazoo Wings on Friday and at Gwinnett on March 14 before their next home game, which is against Gwinnett on March 15 on Lowcountry Food Bank Night.
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