Stingrays Weekly Report - April 24Apr 24, 2017
The South Carolina Stingrays turned around their playoff series with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits by winning all three games last week and now have a 3-2 advantage with a potential closeout game coming Monday night in North Charleston. South Carolina has won the last three games by a combined score of 16-3, playing some of their best hockey of the season.
This is the first ever postseason series between South Carolina and Greenville. The clubs have met 102 times in their history during the regular season, with the Rays holding a 54-30-8-10 all-time record. This year, South Carolina went 9-2-3 vs. the Swamp Rabbits before playoff action began. Game 6 on Monday in North Charleston begins at 7:05 p.m.
STINGRAYS RECORD: 40-28-3-1 (3-2 postseason)
LAST WEEK: 3-0
MONDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 6, GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS 0
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)
The South Carolina Stingrays returned home for Game 3 and put on one of their best performances of the season in a 6-0 pounding of the Greenville Swamp Rabbits Monday night at the North Charleston Coliseum to pull the series score to 2-1. Forward Rob Flick led the way with a hat trick performance and nine shots on goal, while goaltender Parker Milner picked up a shutout after holding the Swamp Rabbits off the board in the contest with 25 saves.
TUESDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 6, GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS 1
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)
The South Carolina Stingrays put up six goals for the second consecutive night to defeat the Greenville Swamp Rabbits 6-1 and even the teams’ first round best-of-seven series at 2-2 on Tuesday night at the North Charleston Coliseum. Kelly Zajac scored in both the second and third periods for South Carolina, while goaltender Parker Milner was in the zone for the second straight game, making 36 saves. Defenseman Steve Weinstein also added two assists for the Stingrays in the victory.
FRIDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 4, GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS 2
(Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Greenville, SC)
The South Carolina Stingrays secured a 3-2 lead in their first round best-of-seven series Friday night with a 4-2 win over the Greenville Swamp Rabbits in Game 5 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Rob Flick had a goal and an assist in the contest to up his postseason total to eight points (five goals, three assists), while goaltender Parker Milner made 22 saves to earn his third consecutive victory for South Carolina.
Game 6 – Monday, April 24 – vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
*Game 7 – Tuesday, April 25 – at Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7 p.m. (Bon Secours Wellness Arena)
STINGRAYS PLAYOFF LEADERS
Goals: 5 – Rob Flick
Assists: 4 – Olivier Archambault, Joe Devin, Steve Weinstein
Points: 8 – Rob Flick
Plus/Minus: Plus-4 – Joe Devin
Penalty Minutes: 20 – Domenic Monardo
Shots On Goal: 26 – Rob Flick
Wins: 3 – Parker Milner
Goals Against Average: 2.60 – Parker Milner
Save Percentage: 0.908 – Parker Milner
COUNT ON THE CAPTAIN
Stingrays’ captain Joe Devin is currently on a 10-game point scoring streak and has been on the scoresheet in 13 of his last 15 games since returning to the team after a stint in the AHL with the Cleveland Monsters. He has totaled seven goals and nine assists since coming back to South Carolina and finished the regular season with 33 points (16 goals, 17 assists) in 48 games. In the postseason Devin is second on the team with six points (two goals, four assists) and has factored into a goal for SC in all five contests.
FLICK TAKES OVER
Forward Rob Flick has come through for South Carolina when the team has needed him most this season and has been in prime form during the postseason. Last Monday Flick tallied three points including two goals and an assist to help defeat Greenville 6-0 in Game 3 while registering nine shots on net. He then added a goal and an assist in Tuesday’s Game 4 win and Friday’s Game 5 victory. Flick has eight total points (five goals, three assists) during the first round series.
ZAJAC CONTINUES STEADY OFFENSIVE PRESENCE
Forward Kelly Zajac has been on the scoresheet in all five playoff games for South Carolina and made his biggest impact on Tuesday night, scoring two goals in a Game 4 win. The Winnipeg, Man. native scored a breakaway goal in Game 1 and assisted on both of Joe Devin’s goals in Games 2 and 3. Zajac has been one of the team’s top scorers all year, leading South Carolina with 39 assists during the regular season. He was also second-best on the squad with 52 points. Both numbers were career-highs for the fifth-year pro.
SPECIAL TEAMS RISING TO THE OCCASION
The Stingrays have picked up their play on special teams in the postseason and are among the league leaders in both power play and penalty kill through five games. South Carolina is second in penalty kill, allowing just two goals despite being short-handed 28 times, which is the most among playoff teams. The power play is 7th, having scored five goals during 25 opportunities (20%).
Single game tickets for first round Game 6 are on sale now at the North Charleston Coliseum Box Office and online at ticketmaster.com.
To secure the same great seats for all home playoff action, sign up for our ‘Pay As We Play’ ticket package, on sale now through the Stingrays office. You will be locked in for all the excitement of the postseason and only pay for the games that are hosted at the North Charleston Coliseum.
Groups of 10 or more are on sale now featuring discounted pricing. 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.