Stingrays Weekly Report - January 16

Stingrays Weekly Report - January 16

Jan 16, 2018

The South Carolina Stingrays are at the halfway mark of the 2017-18 regular season with 23 wins in their first 36 games. A total of 50 points has South Carolina in second place in the ECHL’s South Division and puts the team on pace to hit triple digits by the end of the year. The Rays capped off a 4-game home week with a victory over Jacksonville on Sunday, securing six points from the four contests against four different teams with a 3-1 record.

South Carolina is currently idle during the league’s All-Star break, but will resume play Friday night with a trip to Norfolk for two weekend games against the Admirals. The Stingrays have fared well against Norfolk this season, winning all three previous matchups between the two South Division opponents.

STINGRAYS RECORD: 23-9-3-1
LAST WEEK: 3-1-0-0

TUESDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 5, NORFOLK ADMIRALS 4 OT
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)

Frankie Simonelli secured two points for the South Carolina Stingrays by completing a hat trick 22 seconds into overtime to defeat the Norfolk Admirals 5-4 in comeback fashion on Tuesday night at the North Charleston Coliseum. Kelly Zajac also had a big night for the Stingrays with a goal and two assists, while Tim McGauley picked up two helpers and Joe Devin converted on a breakaway for his 11th goal of the year. Goaltender Parker Milner got the win, making 18 saves after coming in during the second period in a relief effort.

FRIDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 3, ATLANTA GLADIATORS 1
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)

It was a great defensive effort for the South Carolina Stingrays on Friday night to defeat the Atlanta Gladiators by a score of 3-1 while allowing just 27 shots on goal at the North Charleston Coliseum. Captain Joe Devin led the way with a goal and an assist and is now tied for the team lead in both goals (12) and points (29). Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis made 26 saves to earn his 11th win of the season and forward Tim McGauley had two assists in the victory.

SATURDAY: ORLANDO SOLAR BEARS 2, SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 1
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)

The South Carolina Stingrays put 42 shots on net Saturday night, but Orlando Solar Bears goaltender Cal Heeter stopped all but one of the chances to secure a 2-1 victory for the visitors at the North Charleston Coliseum. Heeter’s counterpart, Jeff Jakatis, turned aside 18 shots for the Stingrays in a losing effort, while defenseman Paul Geiger scored the lone tally of the night for South Carolina on the power play.

SUNDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 3, JACKSONVILLE ICEMEN 1
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)

Second period goals by defensemen Joey Leach and Paul Geiger helped the South Carolina Stingrays defeat the visiting Jacksonville Icemen by a score of 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at the North Charleston Coliseum. Leach finished with a goal and an assist, while forward Steven Whitney scored an empty net goal to seal the victory for South Carolina in the third period and added an assist on Leach’s tally in the win. Goaltender Parker Milner made the start and stopped 16 shots to record his 11th win of the season.

THIS WEEK
Friday, January 19 – at Norfolk Admirals, 7:05 p.m. (Norfolk Scope)
Saturday, January 20 – at Norfolk Admirals, 7:05 p.m. (Norfolk Scope)

STINGRAYS LEADERS
Goals: 13 – Steven Whitney
Assists: 20 – Kelly Zajac
Points: 29 – Joe Devin
Plus/Minus: Plus-12 – Danny Federico 
Penalty Minutes: 104 – Marcus Perrier
Shots On Goal: 106 – Joe Devin
Wins: 11 – Jeff Jakaitis, Parker Milner
Goals Against Average: 2.35 – Jeff Jakaitis
Save Percentage: 0.910 – Jeff Jakaitis, Parker Milner

GEIGER CONVERTING ON THE POWER PLAY
Defenseman Paul Geiger has scored power play goals in two straight games for the Stingrays and has contributed three goals on the man-advantage this season. Saturday’s strike got South Carolina within one goal of the Solar Bears, while Sunday’s tally turned out to be the game-winner in a 3-1 victory over Jacksonville. Playing in South Carolina while on loan from the AHL’s Hershey Bears, Geiger has totaled 15 points on five goals and 10 assists in 27 games on the blue line for the Rays this season.

TWO IS BETTER THAN ONE
Parker Milner and Jeff Jakaitis have made up one of the league’s top goaltending tandems this season, each securing 11 wins for South Carolina. The two also have the same 0.910 save percentage this year, with Jakaitis appearing in 17 games and Milner suiting up for 16. Jakaitis’ goals against average of 2.35 is 6th in the ECHL, while Milner’s GAA mark of 2.46 is 8th. Both netminders appeared in two games last week and neither allowed more than two goals in any single game.

WHITNEY CONTINUES HIS HOT PLAY
Forward Steven Whitney has been one of the hottest offensive players for South Carolina as of late and has scored goals in seven of the team’s last 10 games. The Reading, Mass. native had his eight-game point streak snapped in Saturday’s loss to Orlando, but came back with a goal and an assist in Sunday’s win over Jacksonville. In the last 10 games, Whitney has produced 14 points on seven goals and seven assists. Now in his fifth professional season, the forward is third on the team in scoring this year with 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 27 games.

SHOOTING TO WIN
The Stingrays have a 15-4-1 record when outshooting their opponent this season. SC has some of the most impressive defensive numbers in the league, allowing just 27.28 shots on goal per game, which is second-best in the ECHL. In total, the Rays have allowed fewer shots on goal than any other team this season.

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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