Stingrays Weekly Report - January 29

Stingrays Weekly Report - January 29

Jan 29, 2018

The South Carolina Stingrays recorded a weekend sweep of three games in three days at home to finish the previous week with a 3-1 record. South Carolina has the best home record among all South Division teams at 15-4-3-0 through 22 contests in North Charleston. In addition, the Stingrays have crept closer to the first place spot in the standings, now just five points back of the Florida Everblades. The team allowed just four total goals in their four games last week, allowing just one tally in three of the contests to go along with a shutout of Orlando on Saturday. As a result of the four excellent defensive performances, the Stingrays have lowered their goals allowed average to 2.31 per game.

South Carolina will conclude their January schedule on Tuesday night with a matchup at home against the Norfolk Admirals. The team will then welcome back the Orlando Solar Bears for a Friday night battle before heading to Jacksonville to face the Icemen on Saturday night. After Friday’s game, the Rays will hit the road for four straight.

STINGRAYS RECORD: 27-10-4-1
LAST WEEK: 3-1-0-0

WEDNESDAY: JACKSONVILLE ICEMEN 1 SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 0
(Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, FL)

Jacksonville Icemen goaltender Austin Lotz stole the show Wednesday night at the Veterans Memorial Arena, shutting out the South Carolina Stingrays while making 28 saves in a 1-0 decision. The Stingrays had the edge in play for most of the night, allowing just 10 total shots on goal, including just one in the second period. Goaltender Parker Milner stopped nine shots in a losing effort for the Rays.

FRIDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 3, ORLANDO SOLAR BEARS 1
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)

A three-goal outburst at the start of the third period propelled the South Carolina Stingrays to a 3-1 victory over the Orlando Solar Bears Friday night at the North Charleston Coliseum. The home tallies all came in a span of fewer than three minutes at the start of the final frame, with Kelly Zajac, Hampus Gustafsson and Danny Federico each scoring for the Stingrays. Defenseman Frankie Simonelli chipped in with two assists, while goaltender Jeff Jakaitis turned aside 19 shots and earned the win in between the pipes.

SATURDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 5, ORLANDO SOLAR BEARS 0
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)

Parker Milner pitched a 38 save shutout of the Orlando Solar Bears in front of 8,831 fans in a 5-0 win for the South Carolina Stingrays on Saturday night at the North Charleston Coliseum. Kelly Zajac also starred in the victory for the Stingrays with two goals, while Nick Roberto scored his first professional goal along with an assist and Hampus Gustafsson found the back of the net for the fourth time in five games.

SUNDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 3, NORFOLK ADMIRALS 1
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)

The South Carolina Stingrays racked up 47 shots and completed a sweep of their three home games over the weekend with a 3-1 victory over the Norfolk Admirals on Sunday afternoon at the North Charleston Coliseum. Forwards Kelly Zajac, Tim McGauley and Marcus Perrier each scored for South Carolina in the win, while goaltender Adam Carlson made 25 saves.

THIS WEEK
Tuesday, January 30 – vs. Norfolk Admirals, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Friday, February 2 – vs. Orlando Solar Bears, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Saturday, February 3 – at Jacksonville Icemen, 7:30 p.m. (Veterans Memorial Arena)

STINGRAYS LEADERS
Goals: 13 – Steven Whitney, Kelly Zajac
Assists: 21 – Joe Devin
Points: 33 – Joe Devin, Kelly Zajac
Plus/Minus: Plus-16 – Danny Federico
Penalty Minutes: 111 – Marcus Perrier
Shots On Goal: 120 – Joe Devin
Wins: 13 – Parker Milner
Goals Against Average: 2.21 – Parker Milner
Save Percentage: 0.920 – Parker Milner

ZAJAC STRIKING EARLY AND OFTEN
Forward Kelly Zajac has scored goals in three straight games for South Carolina and is now tied for the team lead with 13 tallies and 33 points this season. The Winnipeg, Man. native scored the first goal for the Stingrays in all three home games over the weekend, with Friday and Saturday’s tallies coming on the power play. He finished with two goals Saturday and totaled four on the weekend as a whole.

MILNER TAKES IT UP ANOTHER NOTCH
Goaltender Parker Milner has been one of the best netminders in the ECHL once again this season but has ratcheted his play up another notch in the past few weeks. The Pittsburgh, Pa. native has allowed two goals or less in five straight games, as well as seven of his last eight appearances. His 2.21 goals-against average is now tied for third-best in the ECHL. Last week Milner played two games and allowed just one goal, including a 38-save shutout of Orlando on Saturday night.

GUS GETS GOING
Forward Hampus Gustafsson has elevated his game and become a consistent scoring threat for the Rays during the past two weeks, scoring four times in six games. The rookie picked up his first professional goal on Jan. 19 in Norfolk and has taken off ever since, scoring again the following night against the Admirals before notching two more goals in the first two Rays games of the weekend, wins over Orlando. Gustafsson now has seven total points for South Carolina through his first 15 ECHL games.

TOP DOGS ON DEFENSE
The Stingrays have allowed an average of 2.31 goals per game this season, which gives them the top defensive unit in the ECHL through their first 42 games. South Carolina also owns the top penalty killing rate in the league at 90.6% with just 16 power play goals allowed in 170 shorthanded situations this year. In their four games last week, the Rays were 14/15 on the PK and scored two shorthanded goals.

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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