Icemen beat South Carolina again, climb to first place in ECHL South

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The puck in play during the second period of an ECHL hockey game between the Jacksonville Icemen and the South Carolina Stingrays at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, April 18, 2021.  [Gary Lloyd McCullough/For the Jacksonville Icemen]
The puck in play during the second period of an ECHL hockey game between the Jacksonville Icemen and the South Carolina Stingrays at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, April 18, 2021. [Gary Lloyd McCullough/For the Jacksonville Icemen]

Turning point: Croix Evingson notched his first goal of the season, a tie-breaking score 58 seconds into the second period, lifting the Jacksonville Icemen into first place in the ECHL South and past the South Carolina Stingrays 5-2 Sunday at North Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, S.C.

Three stars: 1. Andrew Cherniwchan, South Carolina (one goal). 2. Jake Coleman, South Carolina (one goal). 3. Vladislav Mikhalchuk, Jacksonville (two goals).

Penalty box: The teams combined for 88 penalty minutes, including a large skirmish near the end of the second period that resulted in game misconducts for Jacksonville defenseman Zach Berzolla and Stingrays forward Jade Miller.

Around the rink: The Icemen also won 3-1 against South Carolina (9-12-2-0) on Saturday night, with goals from Jake Elmer, Christopher Brown and Luke Lynch. ... With the weekend sweep, the Icemen (15-8-1-1) leapfrog the idle Florida Everblades into first in the division. ... Elmer and Ben Hawerchuk also scored Sunday for the Icemen. ... Goaltender Charles Williams saved 26 of 28 shots.

Up next: The Icemen return home for a 7 p.m. Wednesday kickoff against the Atlanta Gladiators.

The Times-Union

This article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: ECHL hockey report: Jacksonville Icemen-South Carolina Stingrays, Dec. 19

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