Stingrays drop 5th straight

Playing its third game in three days, South Carolina suffered its fifth straight loss with a 7-2 setback against the Toledo Walleye on Sunday afternoon at the North Charleston Coliseum.

The Stingrays fell to 17-14-1-6, while Toledo improved to 25-5-3-2.

The Walleye kicked off the scoring 4:34 into the contest as Josh Holmstrom caught a pass from behind the net and lifted a shot past Stingrays goaltender Jeff Jakaitis (9 saves on 13 shots). Moments later, Walleye rookie Tyler Barnes made it 2-0 with his 14 goal of the season at 10:04.

In the second period, the Walleye added two more tallies to send Jakaitis to the bench in favor of Adam Morrison (6 saves on 9 shots). Forward Kyle Bonis gave the Walleye a three-goal cushion at 6:02 off a turnover followed by team captain Kyle Rodgers’ fifth goal of the campaign at 9:05.

Forward Caleb Herbert put the Stingrays on the scoreboard at 10:43, knocking in a pass from forward Braden Pimm off the right post of Walleye netminder Jeff Lerg (29 saves on 31 shots). Defenseman and ECHL All-Star Garrett Haar added the second assist.

Forward Andrew Ammon lit the lamp for the Stingrays at 7:23 of the third period, but the Walleye added markers from forward Justin Mercier at 2:09 and 10:53 and Barnes at 13:38 to complete the game scoring. Forwards Patrick Gaul and Derek DeBlois added assists on Ammon’s tally.

The Stingrays finished the game 1 for 4 on the power play, while the Walleye went 2 for 3.

The next game for South Carolina is Saturday against the Reading Royals at the North Charleston Coliseum on Pack the House Night. All tickets are $5 and parking is free. Buy tickets for Saturday’s game with no fees at stingrayshockey.com. The Stingrays will host the Deputy Joseph Matuskovic Charity Hockey Game between the Charleston Enforcers and North American Blue at the North Charleston Coliseum prior to the game. The two police teams tangle at 3:00 p.m., and Pack The House Night follows at 7:05. Tickets are $10 for both contests with $5 from every ticket going to the Deputy Matuskovic Charity Fund. The Charleston Enforcers are also holding a silent auction featuring sports memorabilia, local art, gift certificates, vacation packages and more.

The Stingrays will hold Star Wars Day on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 3:05 p.m. against the Florida Everblades at the North Charleston Coliseum. Sunday is a Family Sunday and Kids Day featuring $5 kids tickets and $5 kids meals. Meet your favorite Stingrays players after the game during the Health First Postgame Meet and Greet. Grab advance $5 kids tickets online at stingrayshockey.com with no fees.