The SouthCarolina Stingrays (0-0-0-1) opened the 2013-14 season with a with a 3-2shootout loss to the Reading Royals (1-0-0-0) at Santander Arena Saturdaynight. Forwards Jack Downing and Jordan Owens lit the lamp forthe Stingrays and goaltender Jeff Jakaitis added 26 saves.
Royalsforward T.J. Syner kicked off the scoring on the power play 5:49 intothe contest lifting a shot over the glove of Jakaitis (SOL, 26 saves on 28shots) from the bottom of the right-wing circle. Forwards David Marshalland Dustin Gazley added assists.
Downingpulled the game even early in the second period completing a 3-on-1 rush withdefenseman Kevin Quick and forward Chad Painchaud at 4:23.Moments later, Owens made it a 2-1 Stingrays lead on the man-advantage knockingin a rebound between the legs of Royals netminder Riley Gill (W, 20saves on 22 shots) at 5:58 with help from forward Scott Campbell. RookieWayne Simpson recorded his first professional point with the secondassist.
Forward LouieCaporusso knotted up the score with a power-play tally at 4:10 of the thirdperiod from forward Stanislav Galiev and defenseman Ryan Kavanaugh.In overtime, the Stingrays received a full two-minute 5-on-3 power play withRoyals forward Yannick Tifu and defenseman Bryant Mollein the penalty box for tripping, but Gill kept the Stingrays off thescoreboard. Owens capitalized in the fourth round of the shootout, but Tifufound the back of the net in the second round and Syner sealed the victory inthe sixth frame. The Stingrays ended the night 1-for-6 on the power play whilethe Royals went 2-for-6.
TheStingrays continue a three-game season-opening road trip tomorrow, Sunday,October 20 against the Royals at 4:05 p.m. at Santander Arena and celebrateOpening Night, Stingrays Alumni Game, Zooperstars! and 2013-14schedule giveaway presented by Savage Law Firm at the North CharlestonColiseum on Saturday, October 26 against their in-state rivals, theGreenville Road Warriors, at 7:05 p.m.