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Hildebrand Holds Down Stingrays

The Stingrays dropped another game in Florida to Everblades on Friday night
The Stingrays dropped another game in Florida to Everblades on Friday night(South Carolina Stingrays)
Published: Mar. 12, 2021 at 10:28 PM EST
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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – Florida Everblades (23-8-0-2) goaltender Jake Hildebrand earned a 29-save shutout and Michael Huntebrinker scored twice in the third period during a 4-0 win over the South Carolina Stingrays (12-12-6-2) Friday night at Hertz Arena.

Goaltender Hunter Shepard turned out 31 shots in a losing effort for South Carolina, who was blanked for the first time during the 2020-21 season.

The two clubs were scoreless after the first 20 minutes, with Florida out-shooting SC 12-9 after the opening frame.

Colby Sissons put the Everblades in front 1-0 during the middle frame, scoring on a power play opportunity at 13:14. Florida once again had the edge in shots on goal in the second by a 13-9 margin.

At 5:01 of the final frame, Florida’s Levko Koper extended the advantage to 2-0 with his 10th goal of the season.

Huntebrinker picked up both of his tallies in the final five minutes of the third, posting a power play goal at 15:50 and an even-strength marker at 18:09 to seal the victory for the Everblades.

Florida finished with 35 shots on goal, while the Stingrays ended with 29. The Everblades were 2-for-5 on the man-advantage and held SC to a 0-for-3 mark on the power play.

South Carolina returns home next week for a 3-game series against the Fort Wayne Komets at the North Charleston Coliseum beginning Friday night at 7:05 p.m.