Greenville — Forward Alden Hirschfeld scored two goals, but the South Carolina Stingrays fell to the Greenville Road Warriors, 5-2, at the Bi-Lo Center on Friday night.
Hirschfeld opened the scoring with his first professional goal at 5:42 beating Road Warriors goaltender Adam Courchaine under the blocker from the bottom of the left-wing circle. The Road Warriors (1-2-0-0) tied the game at 7:57 with a tally from forward Brandon Wong. Forward Sean Berkstresser added the lone assist. Towards the end of the period, Road Warriors forward Scott Pitt made it 2-1 beating Stingrays (1-1-0-0) netminder Adam Morrison under the blocker at 18:11.
Forward Marc-Olivier Vallerand gave the Road Warriors a two-goal lead on a shorthanded marker at 8:29 of the second frame.
Rookie Francis Verreault pushed the score to 4-1 at 1:28 of the third period. Hirschfeld potted his second goal of the game on the power play at 11:19 with help from forward Andrew Cherniwchan. Berkstresser completed the game scoring at 17:30. Forwards Bretton Cameron and Shayne Wiebe added assists. The Stingrays finished the night 1 for 5 on the power play while the Road Warriors went 0 for 3.
The Stingrays return to the North Charleston Coliseum today to host the Ontario Reign for the first time in team history at 7:05 p.m. It is Military Appreciation Night, and the Stingrays will wear special Stars and Stripes jerseys and auction them live after the game with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the USO. The USO will also be collecting items to send to troops overseas.
For a complete list of items, visit StingraysHockey.com.
The Stingrays wrap up their season series against the Reign on Sunday at 3:05 p.m. at the Coliseum during Kids Day, when all kids tickets are just $5.