There are times when it’s difficult for South Carolina Stingrays coach Spencer Carbery to focus on the big picture.
The big picture for South Carolina was that the Stingrays earned two points in the ECHL standings for their 4-3 shootout victory over the Brampton Beast on Friday night at the North Charleston Coliseum.
But after the game it was hard for Carbery to totally enjoy the victory and overlook a few sloppy plays and some poor decisions with the puck.
Brett Cameron had a goal and two assists and Joe Devin scored on the power play and got the game-winner in the second round of the shootout as the Stingrays (23-16-5, 51 points) won for the second straight time. The Beast fell to 14-20-10 (38 points).
“I’ve got to focus on the big picture because that was a huge two points for us and a much-needed win in our own building,” Carbery said. “It wasn’t pretty, we made a lot of mistakes, things we’ll have to clean up before Florida gets here tomorrow, but a huge, huge win and a big two points.”
The Stingrays came out and pressured the Beast all over the ice, outshooting Brampton 8-0 in the first 10 minutes of the game.
“We came out with a lot of jump, a ton of energy, and had them back on their heels a little bit,” Carbery said. “They were down a few players, so they put five guys behind the puck to start the game. We don’t see that too much, so we had to make some adjustments, but we got some chances.”
Unfortunately, the Stingrays had little to show for all their hard work as the two teams went into the first intermission scoreless.
Fourteen seconds into the second period, Cameron blasted a shot past Brampton goalie Drew Fielding, but the celebration was short-lived.
Just 12 seconds after Cameron’s goal, Steven Kaunisto tied the game for Brampton.
“We just had a lapse and give Brampton credit for it, they made us pay,” Carbery said.
Devin put the Stingrays back up with his power-play goal with 16 minutes left in the second period.
The Beast started to gain some momentum at the end of the second period and it carried over to the third. Reggie Tracci and Nick McParland each scored as Brampton grabbed a 3-2 lead just 3:26 into the final period.
South Carolina defenseman Kevin Quick, a former Stingrays captain, tied the game with a slap shot from the blue line.
“Great job by Kevin to get the puck on net and find a hole and score,” Carbery said. “Really liked the way the guys didn’t panic and battled back after we got down a goal in the third period.
Pacan and Devin each scored in the shootout for the Stingrays.
It was the first time in South Carolina history that the Stingrays had faced a team from Canada during the regular season.
Carbery, a native of Victoria, British Columbia, said it had been a while since he’d heard his country’s national anthem.
“I thought the woman who sang ‘O Canada’ did a great job,” Carbery said. “Nice to hear it in our own building.”