Written by Keaton Hanley
ESTERO, FL— The South Carolina Stingrays rallied from a 2-0 third period deficit defeat the Florida Everblades 3-2 Saturday night at Germain Arena.
Winners of their last five, the Everblades looked to extend their streak to six on Saturday night in the third game of the series against the South Carolina Stingrays. Anthony Peters got the nod for the Blades, starting in his seventh consecutive game, while Parker Milner manned the crease for the Stingrays for the third time in as many nights.
In the first period of play both the Blades and Stingrays exchanged chances. While the Stingrays had two power plays, Anthony Peters was outstanding for the Blades, saving everything fired his way. In the Stingrays second chance on the man advantage Peters was able to make a sprawling save to keep the Stingrays from stuffing in the puck right in front of the net keeping it tied at zero. The teams would head to the first intermission tied at zero.
Florida matched its shot total of eight before the halfway point of the second period, generating multiple offensive chances, keeping the Stingrays on edge. Kirkpatrick was robbed on a cross crease attempt set up by Harris about seven minutes into the period when Milner was able to extend his pad out to the post keeping the game tied.
Akim Aliu was able to get the Blades on the board first breaking the scoreless tie, after drawing a penalty, taking a high stick from Rob Flick. On the ensuing power play, Aliu blasted a slap shot from the point through traffic to tickle the twine for his second power play goal in back to back games.
Matt Berry would extend the lead with a mere nine seconds left in the period, with a forehand fake to his backhand roofing it on Milner’s blocker side with the primary assist going to Aliu who set him up beautifully on the breakaway all the way from the he Blades end of the ice.
Colton Saucerman on the power play would get the Stingrays on the board a little under seven minutes into the third period, firing a shot from the point making it a 2-1 game.
Patrick Gaul made it a tie game with 8:57 left in the third, wristing a shot past Peters on a rebound off a Saucerman slap shot off the faceoff.
About fifty seconds later, the Stingrays believed they took their first lead, only for the goal to be called off because of a clear goaltender interference.
Tanski at the end of a power play would one time shot by Peters with 2:53 left in the period to give the Stingrays a one goal advantage late in the game.
The Blades would get multiple chances within the last minute with Peters pulled and then a late power play with fifteen seconds left in the game. Milner took the onslaught saving every shot fired his way, thus snapping the Blades win streak at five games, and giving the Stingrays a 3-2 victory and tying the season series at three games apiece.
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