Stingrays Weekly Report - January 23Jan 23, 2017
After splitting a pair of games over the weekend, the South Carolina Stingrays have moved into a tie with the Orlando Solar Bears for second place in the ECHL’s South Division. Rebounding from a 4-0 shutout loss at Atlanta Saturday, John Parker scored twice including an overtime winner to knock off the Greenville Swamp Rabbits Sunday. Rookie forward Tim McGauley, who assisted on the game-winner, recorded two assists in the win and now has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his first 15 games with South Carolina.
The Stingrays have a busy week with four games on the schedule. South Carolina will head to Greenville Tuesday for a weekday matchup and then return home for three weekend games at the North Charleston Coliseum. Friday and Saturday night the Florida Everblades will be in town for 7:05 p.m. starts, while the Atlanta Gladiators make their first visit to the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon for a 3:05 p.m. game.
STINGRAYS RECORD: 22-14-1-1
LAST WEEK: 1-1-0-0
SATURDAY: ATLANTA GLADIATORS 4, SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 0
(Infinite Energy Center – Duluth, GA)
The South Carolina Stingrays were held quiet by the Atlanta Gladiators and goaltender Matt Ginn Saturday night, dropping their first contest after the league’s all-star break by a final score of 4-0 at the Infinite Energy Center. Stingrays’ netminder Parker Milner made 24 saves in the defeat, while Ginn stopped 25 shots to record the shutout for Atlanta.
SUNDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 4, GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS 3 OT
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)
The South Carolina Stingrays made it six straight victories over the Greenville Swamp Rabbits when John Parker scored his first career overtime game-winner to give his team a 4-3 win Sunday afternoon at the North Charleston Coliseum. Parker had two goals and an assist in the game, while linemate Tim McGauley accounted for three assists as the Stingrays moved into a tie with the Orlando Solar Bears for second place in the ECHL’s South Division standings. Goaltender Adam Carlson returned from an injury and made 28 saves for South Carolina, including four important stops in overtime to pick up his fourth win of the year.
Tuesday, January 24 – at Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7:30 p.m. (Bon Secours Wellness Arena)
Friday, January 27 – vs. Florida Everblades, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Saturday, January 28 – vs. Florida Everblades, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Sunday, January 29 – vs. Atlanta Gladiators, 3:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Goals: 17 – Rob Flick
Assists: 30 – Kelly Zajac
Points: 40 – Kelly Zajac
Plus/Minus: Plus-11 – Steven McParland, Danny Federico
Penalty Minutes: 107 – Marcus Perrier
Shots On Goal: 124 – Rob Flick
Wins: 17 – Parker Milner
Goals Against Average: 2.35 – Adam Carlson
Save Percentage: 0.919 – Adam Carlson
PARKER PROVIDES THE DRAMATIC ENDING
Rookie forward John Parker sent Stingrays fans home happy Sunday when he scored the game-winning goal in overtime to defeat the Swamp Rabbits 4-3. The tally was his second of the game and seventh of the season in his 31st contest with South Carolina. Parker also recorded an assist in the contest on a first period goal by Olivier Archambault and finished the game with a +3 rating.
MARGONARI HUNTS SWAMP RABBITS
Dylan Margonari has excelled in games against in-state rival Greenville this season, scoring six of his nine goals in 10 appearances vs. the Swamp Rabbits. Sunday was no different, as the forward notched the Rays’ first goal of the game to even the contest at 1-1 in the opening period. Margonari has a total of 15 points (nine goals, six assists) in 29 games during his rookie season with South Carolina.
ESCAPING THE CLOSE ONES
The Stingrays have been successful in close contests this season, with a record of 11-4-1-1 in one-goal games. South Carolina has also done well in overtime, winning seven of their nine games that have gone past regulation.
South Carolina has the top defensive unit in the ECHL, allowing just 2.55 goals per game through 38 contests this season. The Stingrays also allow the least amount of shots on goal per game in the league, giving up an average of 27.18 per contest.
Single-game tickets for the 2016-17 season are on sale now at the North Charleston Coliseum Box Office and ticketmaster.com.
Ticket packages and Groups of 10 or more are on sale now featuring discounted pricing and great benefits. The first 1,500 children 14-and-under will receive a Stingrays replica youth jersey when the Rays take on Florida Jan. 28! 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.