Stingrays come up short in shootout

- South Carolina wrapped up a three-game road trip with a 3-2 shootout loss to Greenville at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Sunday afternoon.

After a quiet first period, Stingrays forward Brock Higgs lit the lamp with under 48 seconds remaining in the middle stanza for a 1-0 lead. Defenseman Drew MacKenzie found Higgs between the faceoff circles off the right point. Blueliner Wade Epp added the second assist.

Road Warriors forward and former Stingray Paul Rodrigues tied the contest 4:53 into the third period, lifting a backhanded shot over the right shoulder of Stingrays goaltender Adam Morrison (24 saves on 26 shots).

The Stingrays (17-12-1-5) responded at 10:44 when forward John Mitchell redirected a shot from defenseman Marcus Perrier behind Road Warriors netminder Jeff Malcolm (36 saves on 38 shots). Defenseman Andrew Blazek picked up the second assist and his first point with the Stingrays.

The Road Warriors (23-13-0-1) fought back again, forced overtime and the eventual shootout with forward Trevor Parks tipping a pass from forward Kyle Jean between the legs of Morrison at 15:32.

In the breakaway contest, Mitchell scored in the second round, but the Road Warriors beat Morrison twice for the victory. The Stingrays finished the game 0 for 5 on the power play, while the Road Warriors went 0 for 4.

The Stingrays return to the North Charleston Coliseum for a three-game homestand starting Friday against the Toledo Walleye at 7:05 p.m.

All college and military tickets are $7 with ID at the Coliseum box office.