Stingrays Weekly Report - February 5

Stingrays Weekly Report - February 5

Feb 5, 2018

Two more wins over Orlando and Jacksonville last weekend have pulled the South Carolina Stingrays to within four points of the Florida Everblades for first place in the ECHL’s South Division and also put them 12 points ahead of their nearest opponent, the Atlanta Gladiators. The Stingrays have also scored power play goals in three consecutive games, and have the fifth best home man-advantage percentage in the ECHL at 20.8%. South Carolina has the top defense and penalty kill in the league, allowing just 2.33 goals per game along with a killing rate of 91.1%.

The Rays head north this weekend to play their first games outside of the South Division since early November against North Division opponents Worcester and Manchester. Friday’s matchup with the Railers will be the first ever contest between the two teams. South Carolina will then face the Monarchs for the first time since the two met up in the Eastern Conference Finals last May, a series the Stingrays won 4-3 in seven games.

STINGRAYS RECORD: 29-11-4-1

LAST WEEK: 2-1-0-0

TUESDAY: NORFOLK ADMIRALS 5, SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 3
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)

The visiting Norfolk Admirals earned a regulation victory over the South Carolina Stingrays for the first time this season by scoring three times in a short span during the second period on their way to a 5-3 decision. Stingrays goals came from forwards Kelly Zajac, Tim McGauley and Marcus Perrier, while Joe Devin had two assists.

FRIDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 6, ORLANDO SOLAR BEARS 2
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)

Six different scorers led the South Carolina Stingrays to a 6-2 win over the Orlando Solar Bears on Friday during Star Wars Night at the North Charleston Coliseum. Four skaters had multi-point efforts including forwards Joe Devin, Steven Whitney and Nick Roberto, who each registered a goal and an assist, while defenseman Travis Walsh added two helpers. Goaltender Parker Milner earned the win by making 23 saves.

SATURDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 2, JACKSONVILLE ICEMEN 1 (SO)
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)

The South Carolina Stingrays prevailed in a close, low-scoring contest Saturday night, defeating the Jacksonville Icemen 2-1 in a shootout at the Veterans Memorial Arena. Marcus Perrier scored the only goal for the Rays in regulation, while Steven Whitney had the game-winner in the skills session and goaltender Jeff Jakaitis stopped 30 shots to pick up his 13th win of the year.

THIS WEEK
Friday, February 9 – at Worcester Railers, 7:05 p.m. (DCU Center)
Saturday, February 10 – at Manchester Monarchs, 6:00 p.m. (SNHU Arena)
Sunday, February 11 – at Manchester Monarchs, 3:00 p.m. (SNHU Arena)

STINGRAYS LEADERS
Goals: 14 – Steven Whitney, Kelly Zajac
Assists: 24 – Joe Devin
Points: 37 – Joe Devin
Plus/Minus: Plus-18 – Danny Federico
Penalty Minutes: 116 – Marcus Perrier
Shots On Goal: 131 – Joe Devin
Wins: 14 – Parker Milner
Goals Against Average: 2.20 – Parker Milner, Jeff Jakaitis
Save Percentage: 0.920 – Parker Milner

TOP NOTCH GOALTENDING TANDEM
South Carolina goaltenders Parker Milner and Jeff Jakaitis have made up the top tandem in the league this season and are both currently tied for third in the ECHL with a goals-against average of 2.20. Milner has one more win (14) than Jakaitis (13), and also has the edge in save percentage at 0.920 which is just ahead of Jakaitis’ mark of 0.915. The two have combined for more than 2,200 minutes in net this year and each has recorded one shutout performance.

PERRIER HEATING UP ON OFFENSE
Forward Marcus Perrier has scored goals in three of his last four games, including his second power play goal of the year during the second period of Saturday night’s shootout win in Jacksonville. The fourth-year Stingray who plays both forward and defense has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 38 games this season while leading the team with 116 penalty minutes.

WHITNEY ON A ROLL AS HE RETURNS TO HOME STATE
Forward Steven Whitney has points in four of his last five games and helped get SC a win in Jacksonville on Saturday by scoring the shootout-winning goal in the 4th round of the skill session. He now has 33 points this season (14 goals, 19 assists) in 36 games. The native of Reading, Mass. will be back in his home state this weekend with a matchup against Worcester on Friday. Whitney has played in Worcester before, visiting as a member of the Norfolk Admirals in the AHL on two separate occasions to face the old Sharks franchise. On April 12, 2013, the forward scored twice including the game-winning goal in a 4-3 win over the Sharks and was named first star of the game.

WALSH DISHING OUT ASSISTS
Defenseman Travis Walsh had four assists last week with two helpers in consecutive games and has now totaled 13 (two goals, 11 assists) in 17 games for South Carolina this season. The Haslett, Mich. native also has six power play points with a goal and five assists during the team’s man-advantage. Now in his second pro year, Walsh finished with 27 points in 65 regular season games last season with the Idaho Steelheads.

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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