Stingrays push Greenville to edge with game 5 win
The South Carolina Stingrays secured a 3-2 lead in their first round best-of-seven series Friday night with a 4-2 win over the Greenville Swamp Rabbits in Game 5 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.
Rob Flick had a goal and an assist in the contest to up his postseason total to eight points (five goals, three assists), while goaltender Parker Milner made 22 saves to earn his third consecutive victory for South Carolina.
Greenville took the initial lead in the game in the first period on a goal by Matt Prapavessis at 5:54 of the first period to make it 1-0. The Swamp Rabbits took their advantage into the first intermission, despite South Carolina outshooting their opponent 9-6.
The Stingrays evened the score early on in the second period on a goal by Domenic Monardo from Flick at 3:14. A give-and-go play set Monardo free in front of the Greenville net. The Oakville, Ont. native brought the puck to the backhand and patiently waited before lifting it into the top of the net over Swamp Rabbits’ goaltender Jeff Malcolm.
58 seconds later, forward Derek Arnold found open space in the Greenville end and beat Malcolm with a wrist shot for his first goal of the playoffs to give South Carolina a 2-1 lead. Defenseman Cody Corbett was given the lone assist on the tally, which gave the Stingrays their first lead of the series during a game played in Greenville.
Then at 8:31 of the second, Flick scored his fifth of the postseason to push the Stingrays’ lead to 3-1. Assists on the goal were credited to Joe Devin as well as Kelly Zajac.
With the helpers, Devin and Zajac have now picked up at least a point in all five games of the series, both totaling six points. Devin has two goals and four assists, while Zajac has three goals and three assists.
Greenville cut the game to 3-2 on a goal by Tristan King at 13:12 of the final period, but the Stingrays responded quickly on a strike by John Parker at 14:33 to restore their two-goal lead at 4-2.
Parker’s second goal in as many games came off a rush that was set up by Patrick Gaul, who earned his first assist and third point of the postseason.
The Stingrays finished 1-for-5 on the power play in the contest while holding Greenville scoreless in eight man-advantage opportunities (0-for-8). South Carolina outshot Greenville 30-24 in the game. Malcolm made 26 saves and took the loss for the Swamp Rabbits.
South Carolina now has a chance to close out the series at home when the teams return to the Lowcountry for Game 6 on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum.
Single game tickets for Game 6 at the North Charleston Coliseum are on sale now at the arena’s box office and online at ticketmaster.com.
To secure the same great seats for all home playoff action, sign up for our ‘Pay As We Play’ ticket package, on sale now through the Stingrays office. You will be locked in for all the excitement of the postseason and only pay for the games that are hosted at the North Charleston Coliseum.