Jakaitis’ Strong Play Leads Stingrays Over Road Warriors 3-2
GREENVILLE, SC -
Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis made 40 saves to help the South Carolina Stingrays (20-5-1-2) defeat the Greenville Road Warriors (12-14-1-1) 3-2 at the Bon Secours wellness Arena Friday night.
Stingrays defenseman Luka Vidmar broke open the scoring with his first goal of the season at 11:08 of the first period ripping a shot under glove of Road Warriors goaltender Connor Knapp (L, 28 saves on 31 shots) from the left-wing circle. Forwards PaulRodrigues and Peter Boyd added assists.
Boyd made it a two-goal Stingrays advantage 44 seconds into the third period with help from Rodrigues and forward Patrick Gaul. The Road Warriors jumped on the board with an unassisted power-play goal from forward Jordie Johnston at 7:57 beating Jakaitis under the glove from the right-wing circle.
Forward Lindsay Sparks made it 3-1 for the Stingrays at 15:22 knocking in a rebound off the right pad of Knapp. Forward Wayne Simpson grabbed the lone assist. Road Warriors forward Justin Vaive pulled the game back within one at 16:56. With Knapp pulled for the extra skater, Greenville generated numerous chances in front of Jakaitis, but could not find tying tally. The Stingrays ended the contest 0-for-2 on the power play while the Road Warriors went 1-for-4.
The Stingrays return to the North Charleston Coliseum tomorrow, Saturday, December 28 to host the Wheeling Nailers on Holiday Holdover Troops Night presented by the USO and Verizon Wireless. Cheer the Stingrays to victory with over 300 men and women serving in our Armed Forces from Fort Jackson!