The South Carolina Stingrays (4-7-0-1) fell to the Kalamazoo Wings (6-4-0-0) 5-3 at Wings Stadium Wednesday afternoon. Stingrays forward Matthew Pistilli recorded two assists.
The K-Wings grabbed a 2-0 lead with goals from forward Brett Lysak at 3:01 and defenseman Elgin Reid on the power play 8:26. Stingrays forward Tyler Johnson cut the lead in half at 10:44 beating K-Wings goaltender Joel Martin (W, 29 saves on 32 shots) under the blocker with a wrist shot from the bottom of the left-wing circle. Pistilli earned the lone assist. Forward Dustin Cloutier reclaimed a two-goal lead for Kalamazoo slipping a shot under the right arm of Stingrays netminder Shawn Hunwick (L, 25 saves on 30 shots) from the left circle. With 36 seconds left in the period, Stingrays forward Mike Hamilton pulled it back within one with help from defenseman Tommy Cross and Pistilli.
Forward Aaron Clarke made it a 4-2 K-Wings lead 1:26 into the second period lifting a shot over the glove of Hunwick from the right-wing circle.
Stingrays forward Alden Hirschfeld buried his fourth goal of the season unassisted at 10:55 of the third period. Lysak sealed the victory with his second marker of the contest at 14:22. The Stingrays finished the game 0-for-3 on the power play while the K-Wings went 1-for-3.
The Stingrays continue their six-game road trip Friday, November 9 against the Wings in Kalamazoo, MI at 7:30 p.m. at Wings Stadium return to the Coliseum on Friday, November 16 against the Florida Everblades at 7:05 p.m. for Salute to Heroes Night with local EMS, fire and police departments.