Defenseman Bryce Aneloski forced overtime with his third goal of the game, and Orlando defeated South Carolina, 4-3, in a shootout Saturday night at the North Charleston Coliseum.
The Stingrays (38-19-2-4) opened the scoring 13:20 into the first period when forward Luke Greiner lifted a backhanded shot over the right shoulder of Solar Bears netminder Maxime Clermont (33 saves on 36 shots). Forward Ryan Santana and defenseman Ryan Grimshaw registered assists.
Seconds later, Aneloski tied the game at the 13:36 mark for the Solar Bears (38-21-2-2).
Forward Dale Mitchell put the Stingrays back up, 2-1, at 17:29, capitalizing on a 5-on-3 power play with forwards Peter Boyd and Jack Downing.
Jumping on a 5-on-3 man advantage early in the second period, the Solar Bears struck at 4:51 with Aneloski's second tally of the game, beating Stingrays goaltender Allen York (32 saves on 35 shots).
Stingrays forward Peter Boyd made it 3-2, knocking a rebound past Clermont for his team-leading 22 goal of the season at 9:38.
Aneloski forced overtime with the hat-trick marker while on the power play at 6:13 of the third period.
The Stingrays rifled five shots in overtime, but could not solve Clermont.
In the shootout, forward Wayne Simpson scored for the Stingrays, but the Solar Bears slipped two past York for the win.
South Carolina finished the game 1 for 6 on the power play, while the Solar Bears went 2 for 4.
Sunday is Kid's Day and Mascot Mania at the North Charleston Coliseum as the Stingrays host the Greenville Road Warriors at 3 p.m. Mascots from around the Lowcountry will be at the game to celebrate Cool Ray's birthday including Bucky from Charleston Southern, Clyde from the College of Charleston, Blackbeard of Blackbeard's Cove, Andy Armadillo from Texas Roadhouse, First Federal's Filbert the Squirrel, Monkey Joe from Monkey Joe's, Time Out Teddy of Exchange Club of South Carolina and Rowdy from the Road Warriors.
All kid's tickets are $5 at the Coliseum box office as well as $5 kid's meals at the concession stands. Bring your ice skates for a postgame skate with the entire team. Pattison's Academy for Comprehensive Education students, teachers and families will join the Stingrays on the ice for the skate.