The SouthCarolina Stingrays (33-15-2-3) fought back in the third period to forceovertime, only to fall to the Orlando Solar Bears (32-16-1-2) 3-2 at the NorthCharleston Coliseum Tuesday night.
TheStingrays broke open the scoring 2:11 into the contest when forward NickLarson buried his first goal as a Stingrays blasting a pass from forward PaulRodrigues between the legs of Solar Bears goaltender Cody Reichard(W, 30 saves on 32 shots). Solar Bears forward Taylor Matson tied thegame on the power play at 11:24 lifting a loose puck over the glove ofnetminder Max Strang (OTL, 22 saves on 25 shots) from the top ofthe crease. Defenseman Corey Fienhage put the Solar Bears up with 55seconds remaining when his shot from the right-wing point slipped between thelegs of Strang.
In the thirdperiod, Stingrays defenseman Drew Baker capitalized on the man advantagefor his fourth goal of the season at 10:34. Forwards Peter Boyd and JackDowning added assists. Solar Bears forward Tyler Murovich scored thegame-winning tally 33 seconds into the extra session to take the win. Bothteams finished the game 1-for-3 on the power play.
TheStingrays kick off a season-long six game road trip on Friday, February 28against the Reading Royals at 7:05 p.m. at Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania.The journey also features stops in Elmira, New York (March 1-2), Toledo,Ohio (March 5), Kalamazoo,Michigan (March 7) and Duluth, Georgia(March 14). The Stingrays return to the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday,March 15 for Lowcountry Food Bank Night at 7:05 p.m. against the GwinnettGladiators.