Stingrays Weekly Report - March 26Mar 26, 2018
The South Carolina Stingrays enjoyed victories in three consecutive games that went to a shootout last week on their way to a perfect road trip record of 4-0-0. The Rays, who have now racked up 43 wins during the 2017-18 season, are still in competition for the top spot in the ECHL’s South Division, sitting five points back of the Florida Everblades with seven games remaining in the regular season. South Carolina has secured home ice for the first round of the 2018 Kelly Cup Playoffs and will host Games 1 and 2 at the North Charleston Coliseum on April 12 and 14.
The Stingrays will host the Kalamazoo Wings on Tuesday in the only matchup of the season between the two teams who most recently met during the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs. South Carolina will then head to Jacksonville this weekend for their final two regular season contests against the Icemen. SC is 6-2-0 in their first eight meetings with Jacksonville this year.
STINGRAYS RECORD: 43-15-6-1
LAST WEEK: 4-0-0-0
MONDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 3, ATLANTA GLADIATORS 2 (SO)
(Infinite Energy Center – Duluth, GA)
Steven Whitney did it all for the South Carolina Stingrays in a 3-2 shootout win over the Atlanta Gladiators on Monday night, scoring a goal, assist and the game-winner in the skill session at the Infinite Energy Center. Parker Milner made 24 saves to earn his 22nd victory of the season for the Stingrays, while Joey Leach scored the game-tying goal in the third period and Jake Kamrass earned his first professional point with an assist in the first frame.
WEDNESDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 3, ORLANDO SOLAR BEARS 2 (SO)
(Amway Center – Orlando, FL)
The South Carolina Stingrays got their 1,000th victory in franchise history Wednesday night at the Amway Center after coming from behind in the third period against the Orlando Solar Bears and winning 3-2 in a shootout with the final strike coming from Steven Whitney in the bottom of the third round for the second consecutive game. South Carolina is just the second team in ECHL history to reach the 1,000 mark, joining the Wheeling Nailers who accomplished the feat during the 2016-17 season.
FRIDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 2, ORLANDO SOLAR BEARS 1 (SO)
(Amway Center – Orlando, FL)
The South Carolina Stingrays won in a shootout for the third consecutive game and picked up victory No. 42 of the season Friday night, topping the Orlando Solar Bears by a 2-1 score at the Amway Center. Goaltender Parker Milner led the way for SC with 23 saves in regulation, a perfect 3-for-3 mark in the shootout and an assist on the only Stingrays goal of the night. Forward Patrick Megannety picked up the lone strike for the Rays in the game, scoring his fourth goal of the season while the team was shorthanded early on in the first period.
SUNDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 4, ORLANDO SOLAR BEARS 1
(Amway Center – Orlando, FL)
Three power play goals, including the first two of Jonathan Charbonneau’s pro career, gave the South Carolina Stingrays a 4-1 victory over the Orlando Solar Bears on Sunday afternoon at the Amway Center. Defenseman J.C. Brassard also scored his first professional goal and added two assists in the win, while Paul Geiger notched his 10th tally of the season in the first period and goaltender Parker Milner stopped 19 shots to pick up his 25th victory of the year.
Tuesday, March 27 – vs. Kalamazoo Wings, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Friday, March 30 – at Jacksonville Icemen, 7:30 p.m. (Veterans Memorial Arena)
Saturday, March 31 – at Jacksonville Icemen, 7:30 p.m. (Veterans Memorial Arena)
Goals: 19 – Joe Devin, Kelly Zajac
Assists: 35 – Steven Whitney
Points: 53 – Steven Whitney
Plus/Minus: Plus-22 – Danny Federico
Penalty Minutes: 192 – Marcus Perrier
Shots On Goal: 180 – Joe Devin
Wins: 25 – Parker Milner
Goals Against Average: 1.87 – Parker Milner
Save Percentage: 0.930 – Parker Milner
Goaltender Parker Milner has been outstanding all season for South Carolina and has a record of 25-6-3-0 in 34 appearances for the Stingrays this year. The Pittsburgh, Pa. native’s goals-against average of 1.87 leads the league among qualifying netminders, while his save percentage at 0.930 is tied for second-best in the ECHL. Last week Milner started in all four of the team’s contests and posted a 4-0-0 record with three shootout wins. In the three skill sessions combined, Milner saved eight of the nine attempts he faced.
KAMRASS MAKING AN IMPACT
Rookie forward Jake Kamrass has picked up the scoring pace since tallying his first pro point Monday night in his hometown during a shootout win over the Atlanta Gladiators. He then built off the performance Wednesday night in Orlando to help SC come from behind in the third period with a goal and an assist in a 12-second span. Kamrass then picked up two more assists on Sunday afternoon during another victory over Orlando. In total, the recent UMass-Lowell graduate has earned five points in his first five games with South Carolina.
South Carolina has been a defensive-oriented team all season, led by their goaltending and defensive prowess. In addition to allowing fewer goals than any other ECHL squad (139), the Stingrays allow an average of just 27.3 shots on goal per contest, which is second-best in the league. In 65 games this season, SC has scored 55 more goals than they’ve allowed and put 175 more shots on goal than they have given up. The Rays are the only team in the ECHL to have not allowed a shorthanded goal on the road and have given up just two shorthanded tallies overall which is tied for least in the league.
Single-game tickets for the 2017-18 season are on sale now at the North Charleston Coliseum Box Office and ticketmaster.com.
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