NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – Michael Kim's late goal was too much for the Greenville Swamp Rabbits to overcome, as they fell 2-1 to the South Carolina Stingrays on Friday night at the North Charleston Coliseum.
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The first period saw Greenville's goaltender, Ryan Bednard, tested early and often, as South Carolina outshot the Swamp Rabbits 11-5 in the opening 20 minutes.
The second period began with a scoreless game still intact, but the scoreline changed at 2:22, as Nikita Pavlychev scored his seventh of the season, putting Carter Souch's rebounding shot into the net, for the 1-0 Greenville lead. Late in the period, at 18:57, the Stingray answered back with Jack Adams' fifth of the season to send the game to the third period at 1-1.
In the third, Greenville continued to remain atop the league's road penalty-kill standings, killing off a short 5-on-3 and a four minute 5-on-4 power-play to keep the game tied at 1-1. Late in the game, at 17:03, South Carolina's Michael Kim scored the eventual game winner, putting the puck off the post and into the net.
With the loss, the Swamp Rabbits fall to 18-5-0-0 but remain atop the South Division and Eastern Conference standings. The loss also snaps Greenville's franchise-record eight-game road winning streak. The Stingrays improved to 14-7-2-0 and remain in second in the South and the Eastern Conference.
The Swamp Rabbits travel to Gas South Arena in Duluth, Georgia on Saturday night for a 7 p.m meeting with the Atlanta Gladiators.
Swamp Rabbits Single-Game tickets, Full Season, and Half Season Tickets for the 2023-24 season are on sale now at SwampRabbits.com or by calling (864) 674-7825.