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Stingrays Weekly Report - January 22

Jan 22, 2018

Fresh off gaining three points in the standings from two games in Norfolk last weekend, the South Carolina Stingrays now have an eight-point cushion for second place in the ECHL’s South Division. The team’s 53 total points is tied for third best in the league and SC has games in hand on all of their divisional opponents. Both of the team’s games in Norfolk were tied 2-2 at the end of regulation. Defenseman Kris Bindulis scored the winner for the Rays on Friday, while the Admirals emerged victorious on Saturday in the final minute of the extra period.

South Carolina has a four-game week on the horizon that starts with a trip to play Jacksonville on Wednesday night. The team then returns home for three games this weekend in which they’ll take on Orlando Friday and Saturday night before hosting Norfolk on Sunday afternoon.

STINGRAYS RECORD: 24-9-4-1
LAST WEEK: 1-0-1-0

FRIDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 3, NORFOLK ADMIRALS 2 OT
(Norfolk Scope – Norfolk, VA)

Kris Bindulis helped the South Carolina Stingrays overcome a last-minute push from the Norfolk Admirals, scoring at 1:45 of overtime to secure a 3-2 victory on Friday night at the Norfolk Scope. Hampus Gustafsson scored his first professional goal and Tim McGauley added his seventh tally of the season, while Steven Whitney posted two assists and Parker Milner stopped 35 shots.

SATURDAY: NORFOLK ADMIRALS 3, SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 2 OT
(Norfolk Scope – Norfolk, VA)

An overtime goal by Grant Besse gave the Norfolk Admirals a 3-2 win over the South Carolina Stingrays on Saturday night at the Norfolk Scope. Forwards Kelly Zajac and Hampus Gustafsson had the goals for the Stingrays in a losing effort.

THIS WEEK
Wednesday, January 24 – at Jacksonville Icemen, 7:30 p.m. (Veterans Memorial Arena)
Friday, January 26 – vs. Orlando Solar Bears, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Saturday, January 27 – vs. Orlando Solar Bears, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Sunday, January 28 – vs. Norfolk Admirals, 3:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)

STINGRAYS LEADERS
Goals: 13 – Steven Whitney
Assists: 20 – Kelly Zajac
Points: 31 – Joe Devin
Plus/Minus: Plus-14 – Danny Federico
Penalty Minutes: 104 – Marcus Perrier
Shots On Goal: 109 – Joe Devin
Wins: 12 – Parker Milner
Goals Against Average: 2.35 – Jeff Jakaitis
Save Percentage: 0.913 – Parker Milner

GUS GETS GOING
Forward Hampus Gustafsson scored his first professional goal Friday night in the Stingrays’ win over Norfolk. It didn’t take long for him to get his second tally, as he was also able to score during the second period of Saturday night’s game. Gustafsson is in his rookie season and now has three total points for South Carolina through his first 11 ECHL games.

MILNER MAKING IT LOOK EASY
After securing a win in Friday’s game, goaltender Parker Milner leads the Stingrays with 12 victories this season. The netminder was less than a minute away from recording his first shutout of the season, but a last-minute comeback by the Admirals foiled that chance. Still, Milner’s goals-against average dropped to 2.43 in the win, which is seventh-best in the ECHL. The Pittsburgh, Pa. native has won in each of his last three appearances during the last two weeks.

OVERTIME WINNER GIVES BINDULIS 1ST CAREER GWG
Defenseman Kris Bindulis’ third career goal came in overtime on Friday night, giving South Carolina a 3-2 victory over the Norfolk Admirals. The tally also served as his first-career game-winning marker. The Stingrays have seen their fair share of overtimes already this season, with 11 of their contests going past regulation. South Carolina has a record of 5-4 in games decided during 3-on-3 play, as well as a 1-1 mark during shootouts in 2017-18.

TOP DOGS ON DEFENSE
The Stingrays have allowed an average of 2.47 goals per game this season, which gives them the top defensive unit in the ECHL through their first 38 games.

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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