Stingrays Weekly Report - December 27Dec 27, 2017
The South Carolina Stingrays hit the 40-point mark in the standings with a dramatic 3-2 shootout win on Saturday night in Greenville, securing their fourth straight victory over the Swamp Rabbits. The Rays are just three points behind the first-place Florida Everblades in the South Division and have the third-highest point total in the ECHL. South Carolina owns the top penalty killing unit in the league at 89.9% through 28 games, allowing just 12 power play goals in 119 shorthanded situations this season.
South Carolina turns their attention to the Atlanta Gladiators this week, with a home-and-home series beginning on the road Friday night. The Stingrays have already faced Atlanta seven times this season, going 4-1-2 against the Gladiators. After Friday night's battle, the series shifts to North Charleston on Saturday night.
STINGRAYS RECORD: 18-6-3-1
LAST WEEK: 2-1-0-0
THURSDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 3, GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS 1
(Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Greenville, SC)
Kelly Zajac scored twice and Jeff Jakaitis made 19 saves in another impressive defensive performance by the South Carolina Stingrays to defeat the Greenville Swamp Rabbits by a score of 3-1 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Thursday night. In the first of three games in three consecutive days, forward Tim McGauley assisted on both of Zajac’s goals in the second period while defenseman Frankie Simonelli also picked up two helpers in the victory.
FRIDAY: ATLANTA GLADIATORS 4, SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 3
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)
Phil Lane scored twice and Brady Vail added three assists for the Atlanta Gladiators, who held off a third period comeback attempt by the South Carolina Stingrays for a 4-3 decision at the North Charleston Coliseum on Friday night. Steven Whitney had a goal and an assist for South Carolina while Patrick Gaul picked up two helpers in a losing effort. Goaltender Parker Milner got the start and made a total of 18 saves for the Stingrays.
SATURDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 3, GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS 2
(Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Greenville, SC)
The South Carolina Stingrays defeated the Greenville Swamp Rabbits in dramatic fashion Saturday night at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena, winning a shootout in the third round and picking up two points with a 3-2 victory. Defenseman Frankie Simonelli beat Greenville goaltender Ty Rimmer with a wrist shot to seal the win. Forward Tim McGauley had both regulation goals for South Carolina and also scored in the shootout, while Jakaitis stopped 30 shots to earn his 10th win of the season.
Friday, December 29 – at Atlanta Gladiators, 7:35 p.m. (Infinite Energy Center)
Saturday, December 30 – vs. Atlanta Gladiators, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Goals: 10 – Andrew Cherniwchan
Assists: 14 – Joe Devin
Points: 22 – Joe Devin
Plus/Minus: Plus-9 – Danny Federico, Patrick Gaul
Penalty Minutes: 71 – Trevor Gillies
Shots On Goal: 77 – Joe Devin
Wins: 10 – Jeff Jakaitis
Goals Against Average: 2.35 – Jeff Jakaitis
Save Percentage: 0.913 – Parker Milner
MCGAULEY FINDS SUCCESS IN GREENVILLE
Forward Tim McGauley had two big games on the road against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits last week. He first posted two assists on goals by Kelly Zajac in a 3-1 victory Thursday. Then added his second career 2-goal game before scoring in the shootout in SC's 3-2 win over Greenville on Saturday. McGauley was the only Rays' skater to finish with four points last week and now has 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in 24 games this season.
PLAYING IT CLOSE
The Stingrays have done well in close games this season, posting a record of 10-4-3-1 in 1-goal contests. SC has found a way to secure points in 14 of those 18 close games, helping themselves stay close to the top in the South Division standings.
JAKAITIS STAYS HOT WITH TWO MORE WINS
Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis has won his last four starts and now has a record of 10-3-1 this season in 14 games played. During those last four wins, Jakaitis has a goals-against average of 0.97 and a save percentage at 0.960. In two starts against Greenville last week, Jakaitis went 2-0-0 with a goals-against of 1.44 and a save percentage at .942 against the team with the top offense in the ECHL entering the week.
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.