Florida Surges Past South Carolina

Stingrays Host Socially Distant Sellout on Military Appreciation Night

Florida Surges Past South Carolina
Despite an aggressive effort at the start, the South Carolina Stingrays (9-7-4-0) came up short to the Florida Everblades (16-5-0-1) in front of a socially distant sellout crowd on Military Appreciation Night Saturday at the North Charleston Coliseum, falling by a final score of 5-1. (Source: South Carolina Stingrays)

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. Despite an aggressive effort at the start, the South Carolina Stingrays (9-7-4-0) came up short to the Florida Everblades (16-5-0-1) in front of a socially distant sellout crowd on Military Appreciation Night Saturday at the North Charleston Coliseum, falling by a final score of 5-1.

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Forward Dan DeSalvo scored the lone goal of the night for South Carolina, netting a power play tally during the second period.

The Rays came out with great energy in front of the loud crowd but were unable to get a puck past goaltender Jake Hildebrand in the opening frame despite outshooting Florida 12-5.

Stefan LeBlanc opened the scoring for the Blades and made it 1-0 at 18:50 of the first.

Early on in the second, DeSalvo got SC back in the contest with a power play goal at 2:24 from Zach Malatesta and Andrew Cherniwchan.Before the end of the middle frame, Florida’s Levko Koper put his team back on top by a 2-1 score on a setup from LeBlanc at 14:13.

The Everblades scored three unanswered goals in the third, putting distance between themselves and South Carolina. Joe Pendenza made it 3-1 at 14:35, before Alex Kile struck at 15:39 and Koper registered his second tally of the night to close the scoring in the final minute at 19:43.

Each team finished with 12 penalty infractions in the contest, totaling 84 minutes. The Rays went 1-for-6 on the man-advantage, while Florida finished 0-for-7 on the power play. The Everblades outshot South Carolina 31-28 in the contest, with Hildebrand making 27 saves.

Goaltender Jake Kupsky got the start and turned aside 26 shots in a losing effort for the Stingrays.SC will complete their homestand on Sunday afternoon when they host Jacksonville at the North Charleston Coliseum at 3:05 p.m.