Stingrays Weekly Report - December 5

Stingrays Weekly Report - December 5

Dec 5, 2016

After dropping Friday night’s game in Greenville 5-4, the South Carolina Stingrays rebounded to defeat the Swamp Rabbits 3-1 on Saturday and 2-1 Sunday afternoon. Both Saturday and Sunday’s games were tied 1-1 heading to the third period and the Rays scored late game-winning goals in each. Kelly Zajac had Saturday’s deciding strike with 2:07 remaining, while Alex Gacek scored with 1:01 left on Sunday to vault the Stingrays in front.

South Carolina has now won five of their last six games and is in 4th place in the ECHL’s South Division with 21 points. The Stingrays will host Greenville for two more contests this weekend on Friday and Saturday at the North Charleston Coliseum.

STINGRAYS RECORD: 10-8-1-0
LAST WEEK: 2-1-0-0

FRIDAY: GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS 5, SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 4
(Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Greenville, SC)

After losing an early lead and falling behind in the second period, the South Carolina Stingrays had a late-game comeback fall short and dropped Friday night’s game to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits 5-4 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. South Carolina finished the game with 46 shots on net and got goals from four different skaters in the loss. Forward John Parker had a goal and an assist, while forward Rob Flick scored his fifth goal of the year and extended his season-high point scoring streak to seven games.

SATURDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 3, GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS 1
(Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Greenville, SC)

Kelly Zajac’s game-winning goal with 2:07 to play gave the South Carolina Stingrays a 3-1 victory over the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Saturday night at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Forward Rob Flick also had a tally for South Carolina and extended his point-scoring streak to eight games, while Adam Carlson made 20 saves to earn his third victory of the season.

SUNDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 2, GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS 1
(Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Greenville, SC)

For the second straight day, the South Carolina Stingrays got a late goal to break a tie game and held on to defeat the Greenville Swamp Rabbits at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Sunday it was forward Alex Gacek who played hero, scoring his sixth goal of the season with just 1:01 left to play. Stingrays’ goaltender Parker Milner made 25 saves to earn his seventh win of the year, while rookie forward Dylan Margonari scored his second goal of the season in the second period.

THIS WEEK
Friday, December 9 – vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Saturday, December 10 – vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)

STINGRAYS LEADERS
Goals: 6 – Steven McParland, Rob Flick, Alex Gacek
Assists: 13 – Kelly Zajac
Points: 17 – Kelly Zajac
Plus/Minus: Plus-6 – Steven McParland, Danny Federico, Steve Weinstein
Penalty Minutes: 64 – Marcus Perrier
Shots On Goal: 60 – Rob Flick
Wins: 7 – Parker Milner
Goals Against Average: 2.16 – Adam Carlson
Save Percentage: 0.920 – Adam Carlson

COMING THROUGH IN CRUNCH TIME
The Stingrays have done well in tight games early on in the 2016-17 season. South Carolina has an 8-0-0-0 record in games that have been tied heading into the third period. Both of the Stingrays wins last week were tied 1-1 with 20 minutes remaining, with the team pulling out victories with late goals. The Stingrays also have a 6-2-1-0 record in one-goal games and a 4-1 record in overtime this year.

SUNDAY SPECIAL
South Carolina has won on Sunday afternoon five weeks in a row, dating back to a Nov. 6 overtime win over Elmira. After captain Joe Devin’s strike in the extra session against the Jackals, the Stingrays defeated Orlando 3-2 on the road Nov. 13, knocked off Colorado 5-2 at home on Nov. 20, and squeaked out a 1-0 overtime victory in Atlanta Nov. 27 before Sunday’s 2-1 win against the Swamp Rabbits. The Rays do not play again on a Sunday afternoon until a trip to Atlanta on Jan. 8.

ZAJAC LEADING THE WAY
Stingrays’ forward Kelly Zajac is leading the team in scoring through 19 games with four goals and 13 assists. Although he has been a playmaker and focused on distributing the puck, Zajac scored a big goal late in Saturday night’s win over Greenville. The Winnipeg, Man. native deflected a shot by defenseman Max Nicastro into the net with just 2:07 left on the clock to put South Carolina ahead in the third period. Zajac also recorded assists in both Friday and Saturday’s games in Greenville, finishing the weekend with a +3 rating.

PARKER PROVIDING OFFENSE
Forward John Parker had a goal and an assist on Friday in Greenville, accounting for his first career multi-point performance. He then assisted on Dylan Margonari’s tally in Sunday’s game for his third point of the weekend series. The Green Brook, N.J. native is now sixth on the team in scoring this season with nine points (three goals, six assists) so far in his rookie year.

LEACH STEPS RIGHT IN
Defenseman Joey Leach jumped into the lineup last weekend after being reassigned by the Hershey Bears and made an immediate impact, picking up three assists and finishing the three-game road trip with a +2 rating and seven shots on net. Paired with Max Nicastro, Leach provided help in all areas, playing on both the power play and penalty kill. A year ago, the blueliner appeared in 58 regular season games with the Stingrays, scoring 17 points (six goals, 11 assists).

Single-game tickets for the 2016-17 season are now on sale at the North Charleston Coliseum Box Office and ticketmaster.com. Full and half-season ticket plans are also available.

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