Reading clips Stingrays in SO, 5-4

READING, Pa-The South Carolina Stingrays’ struggles continued on Thanksgiving Eve as they dropped as 5-4 shootout decision to the host Reading Royals Wednesday night. The ‘Rays (7-11-0-2) 16 points erased a three goal deficit only to be thwarted in 3-2 in a shootout as Adam Morrison took the loss in goal.
 
The Sovereign Center crowd of 3,350 saw both teams have power outages with the extra man advantage. The visitors went 0-5 on their opportunities while Reading couldn’t cash in on three power plays. Still there were plenty of fireworks as the teams exploded for eight goals combined.  
 
The explosion started at the 6:44 mark as forward Kirk MacDonald (Ian O’Conner, Bryant Molle) gave the Royals a 1-0 lead beating Morrison glove side high.   Exactly six minutes later Evan Barlow doubled the score as David Marshall provided the setup.
 
Reading (11-6-0-1) 23 points extended the lead to 3-0 in period three as Defenseman Denny Urban hammered home his seventh of the season. It came off a pass from forward Barry Almeida. Urban leads all ECHL defensemen in scoring with 17 points. He is trailed for the overall scoring lead among D-men by South Carolina’s Tommy Cross who also has 17 points but with six goals. Cross got his sixth of the season to send the game into overtime mid way in the third period.  
 
The Rays responded with fireworks of their own in the middle stanza.   Chris Langkow beat former ‘Rays’ goalie Philipp Grubauer at 7:41 to crack the scoring column.
 
Matthew Pistilli got the assist.  
 
Next up Captain Shawn Weller picked up his sixth of the season with assists going to Pistilli and Langkow at 17:33. The score stood at 3-2 but that total didn’t last long.  
 
Just 11 seconds later Reading struck for their fourth goal as the fireworks this time were set off by Reading’s Evan Barlow (Adam Comrie, David Marshall) just 11 seconds after the Weller strike.    Just as Reading got comfortable with a two goal margin Hunter Bishop cannonaded a shot past Grubauer at 18:26 off setups from Ryan Turek and Cross. The teams skated off for the second intermission with Reading holding a 4-3 advantage.
 
Cross got his aforementioned sixth of the season at 10:56 in period three to tie the game and eventually send it into a scoreless overtime and the shootout. Pistilli and Daniel Koger were successful in the shootout round but Reading got scores from Marshall, Urban and Yannick Tifu to claim the two points.
 
The Stingrays continue their road trip Friday in a matchup with Elmira.
   
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