Defenseman Drew Baker registered a goal and an assist, but the South Carolina Stingrays (31-15-1-3) fell to the Cincinnati Cyclones (30-19-1-1) 5-2 on Dog Days of Winter at the North Charleston Coliseum Friday evening.
Cyclones forward Jonathan Hazen kicked off the scoring 1:55 into the contest lifting a shot over the glove of Stingrays goaltenderJeff Jakaitis (L, 16 saves on 20 shots). Forward Brian Nugent made it 2-0 at 10:48. The Stingrays cut the lead in half late in the frame when forward Jack Downing slipped a feed from forward Patrick Gaul over the glove of Cyclones Joe Howe (W, 27 saves on 29 shots) from the top of the crease. Baker picked up the second assist.
In the second period, the Cyclones found the back of the net twice for a 4-1 advantage. Forward Trevor Lewis lit the lamp for his 11 goal of the season at 10:34 followed by defenseman Josh McFadden's marker at 15:16. With 3:10 to play, Baker buried his third goal of the season with help from forwards Dale Mitchell and Wayne Simpson to pull the game back within two. McFadden completed the scoring on a shorthanded empty-net goal with 13 seconds remaining in the third period. The Stingrays finished the game 0-for-3 on the power play.