Soft shot for Stingrays sinks Lynx

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. --- There's no such thing as a bad shot. Just ask South Carolina Stingrays winger Trent Campbell.


Campbell got the game-winning goal less than 4 minutes into the second overtime period, and Marty Guerin added two goals in regulation as South Carolina rallied for a 3-2 victory over Augusta on Tuesday night at the North Charleston Coliseum.

With the victory, the Stingrays forced a fifth and deciding game in the best-of-five Kelly Cup Playoffs series with the Lynx. Game 5 will be tonight at 7 p.m. in Charleston.

South Carolina has thrown everything but the Zamboni driver at Augusta goalie Bobby Goepfert during the series, but the former Providence College star has been equal to the task.

So when Campbell's relatively weak shot from the left wing hit Goepfert's shoulder, bounced up and trickled down his back and past the goal line for the game-winning goal, no one was more surprised than Campbell.

"Between the periods, everyone kept talking about getting shots on net," said Campbell, who recorded his first goal of the series. "You're not going to score unless you shoot, and I was just trying to get something on net."

The Stingrays came pouring off the bench to mob Campbell and celebrate the team's second overtime win in as many nights.

"There's no such thing as a bad shot, especially in overtime," the Stingrays' Cail MacLean said. "We've really struggled to score on (Goepfert), so to finally get one past him was a great feeling."

After dropping the first two games of the series in Augusta, few gave the Stingrays a chance to rally back and send it into a decisive Game 5.

"Two days ago, things were looking pretty bleak," Stingrays coach Jared Bednar said.

Stingrays goalie Josh Johnson was solid, stopping 27 of 29 shots, including a game-saving stop on Matt Christie in the final 2 minutes of regulation.

Travis Fuller and Matt Auffrey scored goals for the Lynx, who were without injured captain Louis Goulet in the loss. Goulet won't play in Game 5 tonight.


South Carolina vs. Augusta

GAME 1: Lynx 5, Stingrays 2

GAME 2: Lynx 4, Stingrays 3 (OT)

GAME 3: Stingrays 3, Lynx 2 (OT)

GAME 4: Stingrays 3, Lynx 2 (2 OT)

TODAY: Augusta at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.

NOTE: The winner of the series advances to the division semifinals to face the Texas Wildcatters. Start time has yet to be determined.



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