The South Carolina Stingrays (47-16-7-1) scored four goals in the third period to come from behind and beat the Greenville Swamp Rabbits (23-40-7-1) for the ninth time in 12 meetings this season on Friday night by a score of 4-1, completing a weekend sweep that saw back-to-back three-goal victories at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.
With their 47th win of the year, the Stingrays tied a team record for most wins in a regular season and have an opportunity to break that mark on Saturday afternoon in their final contest of the year against the Orlando Solar Bears.
Forward Jake Kamrass scored twice to lead the way for the Rays, while Jonathan Charbonneau picked up three assists and both Kelly Zajac and Mason Mitchell each had two helpers. Parker Milner turned aside 19 shots and recorded his 28th victory of the year for South Carolina.
Austin McKay scored the only goal of the night for the Swamp Rabbits to give them a 1-0 advantage at 17:45 of the opening period right before the teams headed into the first intermission.
South Carolina dominated the second and outshot Greenville 17-4, but couldn’t beat goaltender Ty Rimmer who stopped all the shots that the Rays threw his way. The Swamp Rabbits continued to hold a 1-0 lead into the third.
The Stingrays broke through 3:06 into the third when defenseman J.C. Brassard scored his second goal of the season on the power play from Charbonneau and Zajac. Brassard let a shot go from the top of the zone that beat Rimmer over his left shoulder with traffic in front to tie things up at 1-1.
Then defenseman Evan Fiala gave SC the 2-1 lead less than three minutes later with his first professional goal at 6:05. The play was set up by Charbonneau, who faked and then dropped the puck off to Fiala with an open net to shoot at. Kamrass earned the second assist on the goal, that turned out to be the game-winner.
Kamrass was back out there to increase the lead to 3-1 with his fourth goal of the season at 8:13 of the final period. The rookie was once again set up by Charbonneau, who slipped the puck to the center of the zone and set Kamrass free on a break to the net. Mitchell had the second helper on the play, his first career ECHL assist.
After the Stingrays killed off a 5-minute major penalty to forward Tad Kozun for elbowing and continued to hold a two-goal lead, Kamrass sealed the win with an empty-net goal for his second tally of the night from Zajac and Mitchell.
South Carolina outshot Greenville 38-20 in the contest, with Rimmer making 34 saves in a losing effort for the Swamp Rabbits. The Rays were 1-for-3 on the man-advantage while holding their in-state rival to an 0-for-3 night on the power play.
With the win, SC head coach Ryan Warsofsky now has a record of 18-4-4 against Greenville since he took over behind the bench at the start of the 2016-17 season.
The Stingrays will close their regular season against Orlando on Saturday night at the North Charleston Coliseum at 7:05 p.m.
-per South Carolina Stingrays