South Carolina Stings Trenton, 6-3
Trenton, NJ - A four-goal second period flurry from the South Carolina Stingrays (8-2-1-2) spoiled a strong start for the Trenton Devils and they were unable to regroup, dropping the contest 6-3 Wednesday night at the Sovereign Bank Arena.
The Devils came into the contest riding a three-game winning streak after sweeping a weekend series with the Elmira Jackals. The team utilized all its healthy players to cope with the losses of Jeff Prough and Chris Murray who were called up to Lowell on Tuesday.
Trenton took an early lead at 5:03 of the first with a highlight reel-worthy tally from Brett Wilson. Mike Harder got the play started by intercepting a pass in the neutral zone and tossing it over to Tim Kunes at the top of the left circle. Kunes found a wide open Wilson in front who spun around and slid the puck between his own legs under the stick of goaltender Todd Ford. Just over five minutes later, Scott Bartlett re-directed a strong Justin Coutu wrist shot from the point just inside the left post to give the Devils the early 2-0 edge. Kory Nagy had the secondary assist. The Devils controlled most of the action in the opening period, registering 14 shots, but failed to convert on a late five-on-three power play that lasted just under two minutes. The missed opportunity proved to be costly as the Stingrays escaped the one-sided period with only a two-goal deficit.
The game got away from Trenton in the second period as South Carolina scored three goals in the first six minutes to take the lead and added another at 16:37. Spencer Carbery, Nikita Kashirsky, Michael Dubuc and Gregg Johnson were the Stingray scorers.
Trenton caught a break a minute and a half into the third period when Gregg Johnson carried the puck into the Devils zone on a 2-on-1 break, faked a pass and slammed the puck between Gerald Coleman's legs. The goal was waved off however as it was ruled that the net was knocked off its moorings. The Stingrays made one count though at 5:05 into the third when Matt Fornataro scored after an overwhelming amount of pressure in the Devils zone. Gregg Johnson got his second of the game at 13:00 minutes of the third to make it 6-2.
Kory Nagy cut the Stingray lead to 6-3 with a hard wrister from just inside the blue line that made its way through traffic and past Ford. Brett Wilson and Jeremy Akeson assisted. The goal wasn't enough as the Devils dropped to 5-4-1-1 on the season.
Devils remain tied for second place in the East Division with the Reading Royals, who will be the Devils opponent this weekend for a home-and-home series. Trenton visits Reading Friday at 7:05 p.m. with the return engagement Saturday at 7 p.m. at Sovereign Bank Arena.
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