Stingrays Weekly Report - April 2Apr 2, 2018
Heading into the final week of the 2017-18 regular season the South Carolina Stingrays are carrying an overall record of 45-16-6-1 with four games remaining on their schedule and sit in second place in the ECHL’s South Division, seven points behind the leading Florida Everblades. The Stingrays defeated Kalamazoo on Tuesday night last week before splitting a weekend series in Jacksonville against the Icemen. South Carolina has secured home ice for the first round of the 2018 Kelly Cup Playoffs and will host Games 1 and 2 at the North Charleston Coliseum on April 12 and 14.
The Stingrays close out the regular season with four games this week. First, on Tuesday night South Carolina hosts the Florida Everblades for the final showdown of the top two teams in the South Division during the regular season. They will then travel to Greenville for contests against the Swamp Rabbits on Thursday and Friday before returning home to face likely first-round opponent Orlando on Saturday evening.
STINGRAYS RECORD: 45-16-6-1
LAST WEEK: 2-1-0-0
TUESDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 2, KALAMAZOO WINGS 1
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)
Two first period goals were all the South Carolina Stingrays needed to defeat the Kalamazoo Wings on Tuesday night at the North Charleston Coliseum, skating off with their fifth straight win by a score of 2-1. Reigning ECHL Goaltender of the Week Parker Milner was excellent in between the pipes again for the Stingrays, making 23 saves on the way to securing his 26th win of the season. Forwards Jake Kamrass and Kelly Zajac also had multi-point efforts in the victory, with Kamrass scoring a goal and an assist while Zajac registered two helpers.
FRIDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 3, JACKSONVILLE ICEMEN 1
(Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, FL)
After a delayed start to the game due to traffic, the South Carolina Stingrays ran their winning streak to a season-high six games with a 3-1 victory over the Jacksonville Icemen on Friday night at the Veterans Memorial Arena. Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis made 21 saves in the contest to earn his 17th win of the year for South Carolina, who has 45 wins and 97 points in the standings through 67 games. Forward Kelly Zajac also picked up a goal and an assist to reach the 50-point mark for the second consecutive season with 20 tallies and 30 helpers.
SATURDAY: JACKSONVILLE ICEMEN 4, SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 1
(Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, FL)
The South Carolina Stingrays fell behind early and couldn’t come back against the Jacksonville Icemen on Saturday night at the Veterans Memorial Arena, falling by a final score of 4-1. Kelly Zajac had the only goal for the Stingrays in the defeat, scoring his 21st tally of the year in the third period from Jake Kamrass.
Tuesday, April 3 – vs. Florida Everblades, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Thursday, April 5 – at Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7 p.m. (Bon Secours Wellness Arena)
Friday, April 6 – at Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7 p.m. (Bon Secours Wellness Arena)
Saturday, April 7 – vs. Orlando Solar Bears, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Goals: 20 – Kelly Zajac
Assists: 36 – Steven Whitney
Points: 54 – Steven Whitney
Plus/Minus: Plus-22 – Danny Federico
Penalty Minutes: 219 – Marcus Perrier
Shots On Goal: 180 – Joe Devin
Wins: 26 – Parker Milner
Goals Against Average: 1.88 – Parker Milner
Save Percentage: 0.929 – Parker Milner
ZAJAC HITS 50
Forward Kelly Zajac reached the 50-point plateau for the second consecutive season over the weekend, scoring a goal and two assists. Zajac is now on a four-game point streak and has totaled a goal and six assists for seven points during the stretch. With 51 points (20 goals, 31 assists) in 57 games this season, Zajac is one point shy of his 52-point campaign (13 goals, 39 assists) from a year ago. The Winnipeg, Man. native also leads the team with eight power play goals on the year.
KAMRASS CONTINUES HIS HOT PLAY
Rookie forward Jake Kamrass has continued to help the Stingrays on offense since making his professional debut during the middle of March. The Atlanta native has now posted nine points with two goals and seven assists in his first eight games. After completing his collegiate career last month with UMass-Lowell, Kamrass has fit well with forwards Kelly Zajac and Steven Whitney on the team’s top offensive line. The attacker has also posted 18 total shots on goal.
South Carolina has been a defensive-oriented team all season, led by their goaltending and defense. In addition to allowing fewer goals than any other ECHL squad (145), the Stingrays allow an average of just 27.1 shots on goal per contest, which is second-best in the league. In 68 games this season, SC has scored 55 more goals than they’ve allowed. The Rays have given up just three shorthanded tallies all season and have allowed two goals or less in seven of their last eight outings.
Single-game tickets for the 2017-18 season are on sale now at the North Charleston Coliseum Box Office and ticketmaster.com.
Groups of 10 or more are on sale now featuring discounted pricing and great benefits! For more information or to place an order call the Stingrays front office at 843-744-2248 or stop by 3300 W. Montague Ave. Suite A-200 during business hours.