Stingrays Weekly Report - January 8

Stingrays Weekly Report - January 8

Jan 8, 2018

The South Carolina Stingrays went 1-1 for the second consecutive week, splitting a two-game home series with the Florida Everblades last weekend. The Rays are now preparing for a four-game week in which all contests will be played in North Charleston against four different opponents. With the split, South Carolina picked up their 20th win of the season and hung on to their second-place position in the South Division standings with 44 points.

The Rays begin their week on Tuesday night when Norfolk comes to town for the first time this season. The two teams met back in October, with South Carolina sweeping a two-game set up in Virginia. This weekend the Stingrays battle Atlanta, Orlando and Jacksonville on consecutive days.

STINGRAYS RECORD: 20-8-3-1
LAST WEEK: 1-1-0-0

FRIDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 5, FLORIDA EVERBLADES 2
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)

The South Carolina Stingrays scored three times in the first period and never looked back, taking down the South Division leading Florida Everblades 5-2 on Friday night at the North Charleston Coliseum. Three forwards had multi-point nights for the Rays, including Steven Whitney who tallied a goal and two assists along with Dylan Margonari and Joe Devin, who each had a goal and an assist. Goaltender Parker Milner made the start and stopped 23 shots to earn the victory.

SATURDAY: FLORIDA EVERBLADES 5, SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 3
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)

The Florida Everblades scored four times in the first period to take control of Saturday afternoon’s game and defeated the South Carolina Stingrays by a final score of 5-3 at the North Charleston Coliseum. Kelly Zajac had two points in the contest for the Stingrays, while goaltender Adam Carlson played well in a 54-minute relief effort with 27 saves.

THIS WEEK
Tuesday, January 9 – vs. Norfolk Admirals, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Friday, January 12 – vs. Atlanta Gladiators, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Saturday, January 13 – vs. Orlando Solar Bears, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Sunday, January 14 – vs. Jacksonville Icemen, 3:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)

STINGRAYS LEADERS
Goals: 11 – Steven Whitney
Assists: 17 – Kelly Zajac
Points: 26 – Joe Devin
Plus/Minus: Plus-9 – Danny Federico, Patrick Gaul
Penalty Minutes: 84 – Marcus Perrier
Shots On Goal: 87 – Joe Devin
Wins: 10 – Jeff Jakaitis
Goals Against Average: 2.46 – Jeff Jakaitis
Save Percentage: 0.907 – Parker Milner, Jeff Jakaitis

WHITNEY ON A ROLL
Forward Steven Whitney has been the hottest offensive player for South Carolina as of late and has scored goals in four straight games. The Reading, Mass. native also has been on the scoresheet in six straight contests amounting to 10 points on five goals and five assists. Now in his fifth professional season, Whitney is fourth on the team in scoring this year with 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 23 games.

ZAJAC DISHING OUT HELPERS
Forward Kelly Zajac has racked up five assists in the team’s last three games and now leads the squad with 17 helpers on the season. The Winnipeg, Man. native picked up two more assists in the Stingrays’ loss to Florida on Saturday along with a +3 rating. The point totals are nothing new from Zajac, who led South Carolina with 39 assists and was second on the team with 52 points a year ago before contributing 11 assists and 17 points in 22 postseason contests last spring.

GAUL DOES IT ALL
Alternate captain Patrick Gaul, the longest-tenured member of the Stingrays, is third on the team in scoring with 22 points through 32 games this year. He has also made a huge impact when the team has been short-handed, leading the squad to the top penalty killing percentage in the league. Gaul’s three shorthanded assists are tied for the ECHL league lead this season.

SHORT-HANDED SPECIALISTS
South Carolina has scored short-handed four times this season while on the road, which is tied for first in the ECHL. In addition, the Rays are the only team in the league who have not allowed a short-handed goal this season. SC leads the ECHL with a penalty killing percentage of 90.4% through 32 games with just 13 power play goals allowed in 135 shorthanded situations.

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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