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Stingrays Fall 2-1 in Game 2, Drop First Two Games At Home
via Sarah Hobday
The South Carolina Stingrays surrendered two goals in the second period, enough for them to fall on home ice once more to the Orlando Solar Bears. The Rays now find themselves in a 0-2 hole to start the series with the next three games in Orlando.
Max Novak opened the scoring on the power play for the Solar Bears less than a minute into the second period. Then with the period winding down, the Rays committed a brutal defensive zone turnover and J.J. Piccinich made them pay, giving the Solar Bears a 2-0 lead after two frames.
The Rays would get a goal from Mason Mitchell to cut the lead in half with half a period to play. Solar Bears goaltender Cal Heeter would slam the door from there on making 23 saves in the win.
The Rays went 0-for-3 on the power play tonight making them a stunning 0-for-9 on the series. If the Stingrays are to come back in the series, they will need to get some power play goals.
Now this is not unfamiliar territory for the Stingrays as they fell behind 0-2 in their first round series to Greenville last season before making it to the Kelly Cup Finals. However both of those games were in Greenville. The Stingrays have a lot of work ahead of them if they want to to play in front of a crowd in North Charleston again this season.