Forward Scott Campbell scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in the final minute of regulation to give the South Carolina Stingrays (2-0-0-1) a 2-1 victory over the Greenville Road Warriors (2-1-0-0) at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena Friday night. Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis earned his second victory of the season making 24 saves.
The Stingrays and Road Warriors skated a scoreless two periods of action with both goaltenders standing tall. Jakaitis kept the Road Warriors off the scoreboard with 17 saves through 40 minutes including stops on two 2-on-1 breaks and denied forward J.M. Rizk all alone on top of the crease midway through the contest. Netminder Connor Knapp (L, 36 saves on 38 shots) backstopped the Road Warriors including 44 seconds of a 5-on-3 power play in the opening frame.
Road Warriors forward Andrew Carroll found the back of the net on the power play 5:33 into the third period with help from forwards Josh Nicholls and Brandon Hynes. In the final minute of action and Jakaitis pulled for the extra skater, Campbell tied the contest 1-1 at the 19:30 mark knocking in a rebound off a Scooter Vaughan shot from the point. The Stingrays won the ensuing faceoff and dumped the puck behind Knapp only to setup Campbell with 4.9 seconds remaining for the game-winning marker. Forwards Jordan Owens and Igor Gongalsky picked up the assists. The Stingrays finished the game 0-for-5 on the power play while the Road Warriors went 1-for-2.
The Stingrays celebrate Opening Night with a Stingrays Alumni Game, Zooperstars!, 2013-14 schedule giveaway presented by Savage Law Firm and free parking tomorrow, Saturday, October 26 at 7:05 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum vs. the Road Warriors.
Hall of Fame players such as Jason Fitzsimmons, Dave Seitz, Brett Marietti, Rick Vaive, Rob Concannon and Matt Scherer along with fan-favorites Johann Kroll, Trevor Johnson and more return to the Coliseum ice for a pregame Alumni Game at 2:00 p.m. Admissions is FREE with purchase of an Opening Night ticket. Click here for complete rosters of Team Zucker and Team Bavis!