Stingrays squeak by Florida 3-2

(Stingrays PR)-

North Charleston, SC - Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis made 39 saves and forward Hunter Bishop scored twice to lead the South Carolina Stingrays (26-23-1-3) to a 3-2 victory over the Florida Everblades (24-17-4-5) at the North Charleston Coliseum Wednesday night.

Stingrays defenseman Scooter Vaughan kicked off the scoring 5:47 into the first period lifting a wrist shot over the glove of Everblades goaltender Pat Nagle (L, 19 saves on 22 shots) from between the faceoff circles. Defenseman Cam Brodie and forward Patrick Gaul added assists.

Bishop made it a 2-0 Stingrays lead 49 seconds into the second period burying his team-leading 22 goal of the season with help from defenseman Tommy Cross and forward Robby Dee. The Everblades jumped on the board with a tally from forward Mathieu Roy at 9:40. Forward Brody Sutter tied the contest at 16:58 with his seventh goal of the season tapping a loose puck past the right arm of Jakaitis.

Late in the third period, Bishop buried the game-winning tally snapping a pass from defenseman Luka Vidmar past a surprised Nagle along the goal line. Defenseman Derek Foam registered the second assist. Both teams finished the contest 0-for-2 on the power play.

The Stingrays open a three-game road trip against the Orlando Solar Bears on Friday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida and return to the Coliseum on Friday, February 22 for the Dog Days of Winter against the Gwinnett Gladiators at 7:05 p.m. Bring your dog to the game! Have a dachshund? Enter your dog into the Weiner Dog Race during the first in second intermissions by calling (843) 744-2248!

2013 Pink Packs are on sale now! The Stingrays celebrate their 7th Annual Pink in the Rink presented by East Cooper Regional Medical Center benefiting Susan G. Komen Lowcountry on Saturday, February 23 at 7:05 p.m. against the Greenville Road Warriors!

Help the Stingrays fight breast cancer with a Pink Pack! Each Pink Pack includes a ticket to the game with best available seating, a ticket to Hockey 101 with the Stingrays coaching staff and a 2013 Pink in the Rink puck, t-shirt and hat for $30! $5 from every Pink Pack will be donated to fight breast cancer! Click here to purchase your Pink Pack today!

Pink in the Rink group packages are available for groups of 10 or more starting at $11 with a portion on the proceeds going to fight breast cancer! Call the Stingrays Office at (843) 744-2248 for more information!