Stingrays Weekly Report - December 18

Stingrays Weekly Report - December 18

Dec 18, 2017

The South Carolina Stingrays have returned from the Sunshine State with a series win, defeating the Florida Everblades in two of the three matchups at Germain Arena last week. By taking the series, South Carolina solidified their grip on second place and cut their deficit of the Everblades to five points for first. Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis capped off the week with a shutout win on Saturday night to clinch the series for the Rays, who held Florida to a 0-for-11 mark on the power play in the three contests.

South Carolina has three games during the upcoming week, with a home contest against Atlanta sandwiched in between trips to battle Greenville. The Stingrays have already faced the Swamp Rabbits and Gladiators more than any other ECHL team this season, going 4-1-1 against Greenville and 4-0-2 vs. Atlanta.

STINGRAYS RECORD: 16-5-3-1
LAST WEEK: 2-1-0-0

WEDNESDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 4, FLORIDA EVERBLADES 2
(Germain Arena – Estero, FL)

In his 300th career ECHL game, all coming with the South Carolina Stingrays, Patrick Gaul scored a late goal in the third period to give his team a 4-2 victory over the Florida Everblades at Germain Arena on Wednesday night. Defenseman Joey Leach also scored twice in the game for the Stingrays, while Parker Milner stopped 25 shots to record the win over Florida, who had the best overall record in the ECHL at the start of the night.

FRIDAY: FLORIDA EVERBLADES 4, SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 3
(Germain Arena – Estero, FL)

Forward Michael Kirkpatrick scored with just 2:20 left in the third period to break a 3-3 tie and give the Florida Everblades a 4-3 win over the South Carolina Stingrays at Germain Arena on Friday night. The Stingrays were led by three skaters that recorded two points as Paul Geiger picked up a goal and an assist and both Andrew Cherniwchan and Joey Leach added two helpers apiece. Goaltender Parker Milner made the start for South Carolina and turned aside 27 saves in a losing effort.

SATURDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 1, FLORIDA EVERBLADES 0
(Germain Arena – Estero, FL)

Paul Geiger scored the only goal of the night shorthanded in the third period and Jeff Jakaitis stopped all 18 shots that came his way as the South Carolina Stingrays defeated the Florida Everblades 1-0 at Germain Arena on Saturday night. With the victory, the Stingrays took the three-game series this week on the road by a score of two games to one. SC now has 36 points and sits in second place in the South Division standings, five points behind the Everblades who are in first.

THIS WEEK
Thursday, December 21 – at Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7:00 p.m. (Bon Secours Wellness Arena)
Friday, December 22 – vs. Atlanta Gladiators, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Saturday, December 23 – at Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7:00 p.m. (Bon Secours Wellness Arena)

STINGRAYS LEADERS
Goals: 9 – Andrew Cherniwchan
Assists: 12 – Kelly Zajac, Joe Devin
Points: 20 – Joe Devin
Plus/Minus: Plus-11 – Danny Federico
Penalty Minutes: 71 – Trevor Gillies
Shots On Goal: 66 – Dylan Margonari*
Wins: 8 – Jeff Jakaitis
Goals Against Average: 2.32 – Parker Milner
Save Percentage: 0.921 – Parker Milner
* Currently with Hershey (AHL)

LEACH EXPANDS HIS OFFENSIVE ROLE
Stingrays’ defenseman Joey Leach has stepped up the offensive side of his game as of late, posting seven points in his last four games. The Wadena, Sask. native scored his first goal of the year last Sunday in Atlanta, blasting a shot by goaltender Dan Vladar in the first period. He followed up the performance with another first period goal to get SC on the board during Wednesday night’s win in Florida. Then when the Everblades pulled goaltender Callum Booth for an extra attacker, Leach was able to hit the empty net from his own goal line to seal the win. Now in his fifth professional season, Leach has 12 total points (3g, 9a) and was on the scoresheet in each of the Rays’ games in Florida last week.

CAMMARATA COMING INTO HIS OWN
Rookie forward Taylor Cammarata's 9-game point streak came to an end Saturday night in Florida. It was the first time he had been held off the scoresheet since Nov. 19 and only the second game he hasn't had a point in this season. The Plymouth, Minn. native has been very effective at the offensive end since being inserted into the lineup last month, scoring points in 11 of his first 13 professional games and collecting a total of 15 points on seven goals and eight assists. Cammarata is also second among all active skaters with a 28% shooting percentage.

JAKAITIS SHUTS DOWN THE EVERBLADES
Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis recorded his first shutout of the season on Saturday, making 18 saves in a 1-0 victory over Florida. It was his 24th career ECHL shutout. The veteran netminder has lowered his goals-against average to 2.51 and his save percentage is up to 0.905 through 12 games. Having played in 718 total minutes, Jakaitis owns a record of 8-3-1.

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.

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