ESTERO, FLA. — The South Carolina Stingrays (30-18-1-6) tied an ECHL season-high with their 12th consecutive win tonight, taking down the Florida Everblades,(33-12-2-4), 5-3, Friday night at Germain Arena.
The Stingrays are tied with the Reading Royals for the longest winning streak this season and look to tie the longest winning streak in team history Saturday night against the Everblades.
The Stingrays opened the scoring 2:34 into the contest when forward Brandon Wong caught a pass from forward Wayne Simpson and snapped a shot past the glove of Everblades goaltender Daniel Altshuller (23 saves on 27 shots) off the right-wing circle. The Everblades responded at 9:59 off a tally from defenseman Mike Little that trickled under the pads of Stingrays netminder Jeff Jakaitis (19 saves on 22 shots).
Forward Derek DeBlois put the Stingrays back in front 58 seconds into the middle stanza, dancing around Altshuller for his 14th goal of the season. Forward Andrew Rowe added the lone assist. Halfway through the frame, Stingrays defenseman Frankie Simonelli capitalized on the power play for his first ECHL tally at 11:44 from Wong and Rowe.
Stingrays forward Tim Spencer made it 4-1 with his sixth goal of the campaign at the 26-second mark of the third period. With the clock winding down and Altshuller pulled for the extra skater, the Everblades lit the lamp twice within 11 seconds to make it 4-3. Everblades team captain Jordan Henry started the comeback with a power play goal at 17:25 quickly followed by forward Adam Brace’s team-leading 21st marker of the season at 17:36.
Stingrays forward Sean Dolan sealed the victory with an empty-net goal with help from Wong at 19:21. Both teams finished the game 1-for-4 on the power play.
The Stingrays close a three-game road trip against the Everblades at 7 p.m. at Germain Arena in Estero.