Four-goal first lifts Stingrays

Four goals in the first period, including two from forward Stephan Vigier, powered the South Carolina Stingrays (28-17-4-2) to a 4-1 win over the Greenville Swamp Rabbits (24-20-6-0) on Friday at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Forward Brett Cameron extended his point streak to eight games, collecting a goal and two assists in the victory, and South Carolina goaltender Vitek Vanecek stopped 31 shots.

The Stingrays scored twice on the power play in the first period. Vigier started the scoring, collecting his 13th goal of the season at 2:41 before Bobby Shea scored with the man advantage at 8:33.

Cameron extended the lead with his team-best 17th goal of the season a few minutes later at 11:04.

Less than five minutes later, Vigier scored his second goal of the period on a rebound following a David Pacan shot to make it 4-0.

Vanecek earned his ninth victory of the season with his performance.

With less than a minute left in the first period, Greenville’s Daren Dziurzynski scored on the power play to make it 4-1.

South Carolina outshot Greenville 34-32 on the evening. The Stingrays went 2 for 5 on the power play while Greenville was 1 for 7.

The Stingrays and Swamp Rabbits play again on Saturday at 7 p.m.