Stingrays Beat Everblades in Double OT

Posted May 1, 2017

(via the Stingrays)

Andrew Cherniwchan did exactly what he has done all season to win game three: go to the front of the net. He banged home a rebound off a Rob Flick shot to help the South Carolina Stingrays to a 1-0 win over the Florida Everblades in double overtime on home ice.

South Carolina now holds a 2-1 series lead, with the next two games coming on at the North Charleston Coliseum as well.

Parker Milner had his third straight Monday night shutout with 38 saves. Alex Nedeljokvic stopped 37 shots in the tight contest.

Neither team played with much offensive jump in the opening two periods. South Carolina had ten shots through 30 minutes of play, Florida had 11. The best offensive chance for either team came when the goalpost stopped Matt Berry on a breakaway late in the second period.

Flick, South Carolina’s top-scorer, was shadowed the entire night by Florida’s defenders. Of his four shots on goal, only his shot in double overtime resulted in much damage.

Trevor Gillies returned to the lineup for South Carolina as a starter, a message to Florida for Mitchell Heard’s actions at puck drop in game two. He tripped Kevin Raine for a penalty kill on the opening shift, then took out Curt Gogol on his second shift with a knee-on-knee collision. Gogol needed assistance coming off the ice, but he would return. Gillies received a major and a game misconduct.

Stingrays head coach Ryan Warsofsky left the penalty box empty for the first two minutes, taking advantage of a rule where a team can use their whole bench for the penalty kill if the offending party is also given a game misconduct. Olivier Archambault served the remaining three minutes.

Following a hard hit on John Parker, the Everblades were on a 3-on-1 late in the middle frame. Then Patrick Gaul and Curt Gogol droped gloves to stop the play. Gogol dropped a falling Gaul with one punch, then Marcus Perrier charged him.

Linesmen stepped in before Perrier could do physical damage. Gogol received a double minor for roughing, Gaul got a minor for roughing, Perrier got an unsportsmanlike conduct minor.

The teams played a tamer third period, with neither side taking a penalty until Olivier Archambault slashed the stick out of Brant Harris’s hands with three minutes to play in regulation.

Cherniwchan had the only shot of the second extra frame, as Flick’s shot rolled on net and did not hit Nedeljkovic.

The puck was going to roll wide if not for Cherniwchan’s hustle along the right side of the ice. He had less than a foot to put the puck in the net, but that was enough for his fourth goal of the playoffs.

Game four between these two sides comes to North Charleston Coliseum on Wednesday night.