Stingrays Weekly Report - December 11Dec 11, 2017
The South Carolina Stingrays won all four of their games and outscored their opponents a combined 19-6 last week. The Rays did not allow more than two goals in any of the four contests, sweeping home-and-home series with both Greenville and Atlanta. By picking up eight points, SC has moved into sole possession of second place in the ECHL’s South Division with an overall record of 14-4-3-1 and 32 points. The point total is also second-best in the Eastern Conference and fourth in the league.
This week, South Carolina is in the sunshine state for three games against the ECHL’s top team, the Florida Everblades. With a record of 18-2-1-2 through 23 games, Florida has secured 39 points in the standings. The two teams were even during the regular season last year, splitting 10 matchups 5-5 before the Stingrays eliminated the Everblades in five games during the postseason in the South Division Finals.
STINGRAYS RECORD: 14-4-3-1
LAST WEEK: 4-0-0-0
TUESDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 8, GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS 2
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)
The South Carolina Stingrays lit the lamp a season-high eight times Tuesday night while routing the Greenville Swamp Rabbits 8-2 in their second meeting of the week at the North Charleston Coliseum. Linemates Patrick Gaul and Patrick Megannety each had three points in the victory, while team captain Joe Devin racked up three assists and goaltender Parker Milner stopped 28 shots to earn the win in between the pipes.
THURSDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 4, GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS 2
(Bon Secours Wellness Center – Greenville, SC)
The South Carolina Stingrays scored four straight goals after getting behind in the first period and defeated the Greenville Swamp Rabbits by a final score of 4-2 on Thursday night at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Forward Taylor Cammarata had a goal and an assist in the victory, while defenseman Paul Geiger added two assists and goaltender Parker Milner turned aside 24 shots to earn the win.
SATURDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 3, ATLANTA GLADIATORS 1
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)
Dylan Margonari scored twice, Taylor Cammarata picked up two assists and Parker Milner stopped 27 shots as the South Carolina Stingrays defeated the Atlanta Gladiators 3-1 on Kids Takeover Night that also included the team’s annual Teddy Bear Toss at the North Charleston Coliseum Saturday night. The victory was the 100th all-time win over the Gladiators for South Carolina in a series that started during the 2003-04 season. SC has more regular season wins over the Gladiators franchise than any other current ECHL team.
SUNDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 4, ATLANTA GLADIATORS 1
(Infinite Energy Center – Duluth, GA)
The South Carolina Stingrays won their fourth consecutive game this week by defeating the Atlanta Gladiators 4-1 at the Infinite Energy Center on Sunday afternoon. Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis turned in a fine performance, making 31 saves while holding the Gladiators to just one goal in the contest. Patrick Gaul also played a central role by scoring a goal and two assists in the win, while defenseman Joey Leach got on the board with a goal and an assist.
Wednesday, December 13 – at Florida Everblades, 7:30 p.m. (Germain Arena)
Friday, December 15 – at Florida Everblades, 7:30 p.m. (Germain Arena)
Saturday, December 16 – at Florida Everblades, 7:00 p.m. (Germain Arena)
Goals: 9 – Andrew Cherniwchan
Assists: 12 – Kelly Zajac, Joe Devin
Points: 19 – Joe Devin
Plus/Minus: Plus-11 – Danny Federico
Penalty Minutes: 71 – Trevor Gillies
Shots On Goal: 63 – Dylan Margonari
Wins: 7 – Jeff Jakaitis
Goals Against Average: 2.13 – Parker Milner
Save Percentage: 0.927 – Parker Milner
CAMMARATA COMING INTO HIS OWN
Rookie forward Taylor Cammarata is currently on a 7-game point streak in which he has scored 10 points on four goals and six assists. The Plymouth, Minn. native has been very effective at the offensive end since being inserted into the lineup last month, scoring points in nine of his first 10 professional games and collecting a total of 13 points on six goals and seven assists. Cammarata also leads all ECHL rookies with a shooting percentage of 31.6%.
MARGONARI MAKES IT RAIN TEDDY BEARS
Second-year forward Dylan Margonari had points in all four Stingrays games last week, including 2-goal games on Tuesday vs. Greenville and Saturday against Atlanta. His first strike on Saturday came five minutes into the game and got the Rays on the board, triggering the team’s annual Teddy Bear Toss. The Greensburg, Pa. native has totaled eight points on five goals and three assists in his last seven games. Margonari’s eight goals this season are second-most on the team.
BINDULIS TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
Rookie defenseman Kris Bindulis was a big part of South Carolina’s four-win week, scoring points in all four victories. Ever since Tuesday’s eight-goal output against Greenville in which he scored his first professional tally and finished with a +6 rating, Bindulis has come into his own. The Riga, Latvia native also had a goal and an assist Thursday night in Greenville and added helpers in wins over Atlanta on Saturday and Sunday. Thru seven games with the Rays this year, the blueliner has six points on two goals and four assists with a +2 rating.
MILNER BECOMING A MAINSTAY
Parker Milner is near the top among all of the ECHL’s goaltender statistics this season. After eight appearances, the netminder has a record of 6-0-2 with a goals-against average that is third-best in the league at 2.13 and a 0.927 save percentage that is ranked seventh among all qualifying goalies. The dependable Stingrays backstop was in net for the first three of the team’s wins during their current four-game streak and did not allow more than two goals in any of those contests.
Single-game tickets for the 2017-18 season are on sale now at the North Charleston Coliseum Box Office and ticketmaster.com.
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