Stingrays extend win streak to seven

Forward Braden Pimm registered three assists, all in the third period, and forward Andrew Rowe buried the game-winning tally with under three minutes to play to lift the South Carolina Stingrays (25-18-1-6) over the Orlando Solar Bears (24-19-3-0), 4-2, Tuesday night at the Amway Center.

The win extended the Stingrays’ winning streak to a season-high seven games.

The Solar Bears broke the scoreless tie 22 seconds into the second period while on the power play as forward Carson McMillan slipped a shot under the blocker of Stingrays goaltender Jeff Jakaitis (30 saves on 32 shots) from the top of the right-wing circle.

The Stingrays responded just over two minutes later when forward Rob Ricci knocked a loose puck past Solar Bears netminder Garret Sparks (39 saves on 42 shots) at 2:31. Forward Rob Bellamy added the lone assist.

Solar Bears forward Brett Findlay made it 2-1 at 4:54, catching a pass from former Stingray Stefan Della Rovere and moving it past a sprawling Jakaitis.

Stingrays defenseman Drew MacKenzie knotted up the score early in the third period, rifling a shot over the shoulder of Sparks at 4:33 with help from Pimm and Rowe. With the clock winding down, Pimm found forward Derek DeBlois behind the net. DeBlois quickly shuffled a pass over to Rowe between the faceoff circles to bury the game-winning marker with 2:42 remaining. DeBlois sealed the victory with an empty-net tally at 19:19 from Pimm.

The Stingrays finished the contest 0-for-2 on the power play, while the Solar Bears went 1-for-4.

Stingrays goalie Adam Morrison was named the ECHL’s Goalie of the Week.