Stingrays Weekly Report - January 30

Stingrays Weekly Report - January 30

Jan 30, 2017

The South Carolina Stingrays earned three points in four contests last week and sit in third place in the ECHL’s South Division with a total of 49 points as they begin one of the longest road trips of the year. After an overtime loss to Greenville on Tuesday, the Rays played three straight 5-4 games in North Charleston. South Carolina got revenge on the Florida Everblades with an overtime win Saturday night after allowing a last-second marker in Friday’s game, then fell short with a late comeback attempt against Atlanta on Sunday afternoon.

Beginning Wednesday the Stingrays will battle the Manchester Monarchs in a three-game series before continuing on to face Adirondack, Reading and Norfolk. Wednesday and Friday night’s games in Manchester will begin at 7 p.m., while Saturday’s contest gets underway at 6 p.m.

STINGRAYS RECORD: 23-16-2-1

LAST WEEK: 1-2-1-0

TUESDAY: GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS 3, SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 2 OT
(Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Greenville, SC)

The South Carolina Stingrays suffered a reversal of fortune Tuesday night, falling to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits 3-2 in overtime at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Stingrays forwards Dylan Margonari and Domenic Monardo each scored in the loss, while goaltender Adam Carlson made the start in between the pipes and finished with 24 saves.

FRIDAY: FLORIDA EVERBLADES 5, SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 4
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)

A late goal by Matt Berry with just three seconds left in the third period gave the Florida Everblades a 5-4 victory over the South Carolina Stingrays on Friday night at the North Charleston Coliseum. South Carolina saw goals from four different scorers, including captain Joe Devin, Rob Flick who returned from an injury, Dylan Margonari who scored for the third straight game and Andrew Cherniwchan who notched his first strike of the year. Florida’s Mike Kirkpatrick recorded a hat trick in the game, scoring the Everblades’ first three goals including one in the first and two in the second period.

SATURDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 5, FLORIDA EVERBLADES 4 OT
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)

Tim McGauley scored 1:12 into overtime to give the South Carolina Stingrays a 5-4 victory over the Florida Everblades in front of a crowd of 7,048 on Saturday night at the North Charleston Coliseum. Max Nicastro netted consecutive goals early in the third period and recorded an assist on McGauley’s game-winner to earn first star honors for the Rays. Joe Devin and Joey Leach also scored for South Carolina in the victory. Brendan O’Donnell scored twice for Florida, including the game-tying goal in the third period. Matt Berry and Brant Harris also found the back of the net for the visitors.

SUNDAY: ATLANTA GLADIATORS 5, SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 4
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)

The South Carolina Stingrays scored three straight third period goals to get back in the game but couldn’t find an equalizer in the final minutes and fell 5-4 to the Atlanta Gladiators on Sunday at the North Charleston Coliseum. Rob Flick led the way offensively for the Rays with a goal and an assist in the contest, while Patrick Gaul, Olivier Archambault and Steven McParland each scored tallies in the final period.

THIS WEEK
Wednesday, February 1 – at Manchester Monarchs, 7 p.m. (SNHU Arena)
Friday, February 3 – at Manchester Monarchs, 7 p.m. (SNHU Arena)
Saturday, February 4 – at Manchester Monarchs, 6 p.m. (SNHU Arena)

STINGRAYS LEADERS
Goals: 19 – Rob Flick
Assists: 32 – Kelly Zajac
Points: 42 – Kelly Zajac
Plus/Minus: Plus-14 – Danny Federico
Penalty Minutes: 111 – Marcus Perrier
Shots On Goal: 130 – Rob Flick
Wins: 17 – Parker Milner
Goals Against Average: 2.47 – Parker Milner
Save Percentage: 0.906 – Adam Carlson, Parker Milner

FLOURISHING FLICK
Stingrays forward Rob Flick leads the team with 19 goals on the season and is second on the squad with 36 points. The sixth-year pro has now scored points in nine straight home games dating back to Dec. 10. Flick had a goal and an assist in Friday’s loss to Florida, an assist in Saturday’s win and another goal and assist in Sunday’s loss to Atlanta.

NICASTRO COMES ALIVE
Defenseman Max Nicastro led the third period comeback in Saturday’s win over Florida, scoring twice in less than a minute. The blueliner notched his second goal of the year on the power play at 1:50 of the period to even the score and came right back at 2:42 to give the Stingrays a 3-2 advantage off a pass from Steven McParland. With the game tied 4-4 in overtime, Nicastro had the first assist on Tim McGauley’s game-winning goal for his third point of the contest. After adding another assist Sunday, Nicastro now has 17 points this season (three goals, 14 assists).

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
South Carolina will spend 11 days on the road over the next two weeks, playing in a total of six games. The Stingrays begin with three contests in Manchester this week against the Monarchs and will then continue on to face Adirondack, Reading and Norfolk.

DEFENSIVE STANDOUTS
South Carolina has the top defensive unit in the ECHL, allowing just 2.71 goals per game through 42 contests this season. The Stingrays also allow the least amount of shots on goal per game in the league, giving up an average of 27.24 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 2,000 fans will receive a trading card strip featuring some Stingrays favorites when the Rays battle Orlando on Feb. 12! 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.

Photo Credit: Zach Bland

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