Stingrays Fall 2-1 in Overtime, Are on Brink of Elimination

Posted April 20, 2018

The South Carolina Stingrays dominated the first 20 minutes in Orlando outshooting the Solar Bears 21-2. The Solar Bears first shot came with 30 seconds left in the period on a dump in from center. However, Solar Bears netminder Cal Heeter kept the Rays off the board.

Mason Mitchell, who is the Rays’ only goal scorer of the series, would open up the scoring with 12:13 to play in the middle frame. Orlando would respond, scoring on what developed into a four-on-two rush to tie the game with 3:14 to play in the period.

The Stingrays had a chance to win it in overtime when the Solar Bears were called for a too many men on the ice penalty, but instead Hunter Fejes went end to end and scored to win the game for Orlando, giving them a 3-0 series lead. Heeter made 49 saves in the win and Parker Milner stopped 28 in the loss.

One of the main reasons the Rays find themselves in a 3-0 whole is the power play. They have surrended two short handed goals and are 0/14 on the series. If the Rays want any chance at coming back in this series, they will need to start capitalizing on their chances. Game four is Saturday in Orlando at 7.