Jacksonville Sports Day

ECHL: Aquin’s Two Goals, Assists Pace Icemen in Sweep of South Carolina

PHOTO By NANCY BEECHER/Florida Sports Wire

A three-goal third period comeback by the South Carolina Stingrays (9-8-6-0) forced overtime, but a tally 1:10 into the extra session by Brendan Warren pushed the Jacksonville Icemen (9-9-1-1) on top for good by a final score of 4-3 on Saturday night at Veterans Memorial Arena.

The visitors were down 1-0 after the first 20 minutes, allowing a power play goal at 10:42 to Pascal Aquin.

Aquin added on to the Jacksonville lead in the second, scoring at 2:10 to extend the Icemen advantage to 2-0. Craig Martin found the back of the net for the second straight night to tack on to the lead and make it 3-0.

The Ray’s scored goals by Dylan Steman and two by Zach Malatesta in the third to send the contest into OT for the second straight game.

Kyle Keyser stopped 32 shots in the victory for Jacksonville, while Jake Kupsky finished with 19 saves in a losing effort for South Carolina.

The Icemen had the only man-advantage tally of the night and finished 1-for-3 on the power play while holding the Rays off the board during all three of their opportunities.

SC had the edge in shots on goal by a 35-23 margin.

On Friday night South Carolina Stingrays never trailed during regulation, but a power play goal in overtime from Nick Saracino gave the Jacksonville a 3-2 win. Aquin had two assists in the victory.

The Orlando Solar Bears host the Icemen at the AdventHealth Rink at Amway Center on Friday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. Icemen back at home Saturday and Sunday against Orlando.

The Stingrays return to action on Wednesday as they begin a 3-game road series in Estero, Fla. against the Florida Everblades at 7:30 p.m.

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