Game Preview: Atlanta at Stingrays, 3:05 p.m.

Dec 13, 2015

12/13/2015 9:54 AM -


Atlanta Gladiators (13-8-1-0, 27 points) at South Carolina Stingrays (14-9-1-1, 30 points), 3:05 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum


The South Carolina Stingrays, celebrating 23 seasons in the Lowcountry and proud affiliate of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL), look to finish a three-game weekend on a high note this afternoon as the Atlanta Gladiators come to town. South Carolina is coming off a 5-1 win over Greenville last night on home ice. The game was the Stingrays first at home in nearly a month and Joe Devin notched a hat trick while Mark Dekanich had 30 saves. The Stingrays and Gladiators met in Atlanta on Friday night with the Gladiators taking a 3-2 victory. The Gladiators won their lone meeting this season in North Charleston, 5-3, on October 25.

Today is the Teddy Bear Toss! After the Stingrays first goal, fans will throw Teddy Bears onto the ice to benefit the Salvation Army Angel Tree. It's also a Crew's Subaru and Charleston County Parks Family Days game featuring $5 Kids Tickets and $5 Kids Meals. The game also features FREE parking and an apperance from Santa.

After today's game, head to King Street Grille-Northwoods for the Postgame Meet and Greet. Fans will enjoy great food and drink including half-price wings, and can get autographs & photos with Cool Ray and following players scheduled to appear:

Paul Rodrigues
Jordan Kwas
Ryan Ruikka
David Pacan
Patrick Gaul
Derek DeBlois
Jared Staal
(Players subject to change)


Forward Joe Devin scored his first ECHL hat trick yesterday in a 5-1 win over Greenville. Devin scored twice in the opening period and finished off the hat trick in the second period. He is tied for the team lead with eight goals and leads the team with 18 points.

Atlanta enters today's game with three straight wins. The Gladiators beat Orlando 2-1 last night in overtime on home ice. The Gladiators outshot Orlando 39-20 on the evening to earn their second win against Orlando in a week. Goaltender Kent Patterson has started the club's last three games, allowing just six goals in that span.

South Carolina forward Brett Cameron loves to play against Atlanta. In three games this season, Cameron has 4 points (two goals, two assists) agains the Gladiators. Cameron, a rookie out of Alaska-Anchorage, is tied for the team lead with eight goals on the season.

South Carolina goaltender Vitek Vanecek is away from the team as he has been selected to participate in the Czech Republic’s World Junior Championships Evaluation Camp. He is expected to be a key piece for the Czech squad at the tournament which is being held in Helsinki, Finland from Dec. 26-Jan. 5. The Stingrays have Mark Dekanich, who shut out Atlanta 3-0 on November 21, and Branden Komm available this weekend in goal. Komm is 2-0-0-0, but has not played since November 7.

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