Stingrays Weekly Report - January 2Jan 2, 2018
After splitting two games with the Atlanta Gladiators last week to close the 2017 calendar year, the South Carolina Stingrays are preparing for a weekend series with division rival Florida this weekend. The Stingrays finished the month of December with an overall record of 9-4-1. South Carolina has also been having an outstanding year on the defensive side of the puck with the top penalty killing unit in the league at 90.5% through 30 games and a goals-allowed average of just 2.47, which is second-best in the league.
The Stingrays and Everblades met last month for a 3-game series in Estero, Fla., with South Carolina winning two of the three matchups between the top two teams in the South Division. The Rays currently trail first-place Florida by five points in the standings.
STINGRAYS RECORD: 19-7-3-1
LAST WEEK: 1-1-0-0
FRIDAY: ATLANTA GLADIATORS 4, SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 2
(Infinite Energy Center – Duluth, GA)
The Atlanta Gladiators scored all four of their goals during the second period, getting the offense the needed to defeat the South Carolina Stingrays by a final score of 4-2 on Friday night in the first of a weekend home-and-home series between the two teams at the Infinite Energy Center. South Carolina got help from forwards Steven Whitney and Tim McGauley, who each scored a goal and an assist for the Rays in the loss.
SATURDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 3, ATLANTA GLADIATORS 1
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)
The South Carolina Stingrays controlled the game from the start in a 3-1 win over the Atlanta Gladiators Saturday night in front of a crowd of 5,597 fans at the North Charleston Coliseum. Special teams played a major role in the victory, as South Carolina scored twice on the power play (2-for-5) and held Atlanta off the scoresheet during their man-advantage (0-for-5). Kelly Zajac had two assists for the Rays in the win, while goaltender Parker Milner got the start and picked up his eighth win of the season with 22 saves.
Friday, January 5 – vs. Florida Everblades, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Saturday, January 6 – vs. Florida Everblades, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Goals: 10 – Andrew Cherniwchan*
Assists: 15 – Joe Devin
Points: 23 – Joe Devin
Plus/Minus: Plus-10 – Dylan Margonari*
Penalty Minutes: 71 – Trevor Gillies
Shots On Goal: 81 – Joe Devin
Wins: 10 – Jeff Jakaitis
Goals Against Average: 2.35 – Parker Milner
Save Percentage: 0.916 – Parker Milner
*Currently in the American Hockey League (AHL)
WHITNEY DOESN’T MISS A BEAT
Since returning from an injury that kept him out for almost a month, forward Steven Whitney has picked up where he left off before being sidelined, recording points in four of his last five games. In those four contests, Whitney has three goals and three assists. The Reading, Mass. native is sixth on the team in scoring with 17 points this season on nine goals and eight assists.
PENALTY KILLING SUCCESS CONTINUES
South Carolina’s penalty killing unit has been near the top of the league rankings all season long and continued its dominance last weekend against Atlanta, going 7-for-7. Through 30 games, the Stingrays have killed 114 chances and allowed just 12 goals for a rate of 90.5%, which is the best percentage in the ECHL. SC has also done incredibly well away from home, killing 96.7% of opponents’ opportunities on the road this season.
PLAYING IT CLOSE
The Stingrays have done well in close games this season, posting a record of 10-4-3-1 in 1-goal contests. SC has found a way to secure points in 14 of those 18 close games, helping themselves stay near the top of the South Division standings.
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.