Stingrays Weekly Report - May 1May 1, 2017
After splitting Games 1 and 2 down in Estero, Fla., the South Carolina Stingrays and Florida Everblades shift the South Division Finals series to the North Charleston Coliseum for Game 3 on Monday night. The Rays won a dramatic contest on Friday in Game 1 when Domenic Monardo scored with less than a minute left in double-overtime, but the Everblades evened the series at 1-1 with a 5-2 win the following night in Game 2.
The Stingrays advanced to the second round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs in six games over Greenville on the back of outstanding goaltending by Parker Milner and an offense that scored 20 goals in four wins. The Everblades also came from behind in their first round series with Orlando, erasing a 3-1 series deficit and winning Game 7 on Wednesday night. This is the sixth time in history South Carolina has seen Florida in the postseason. The Rays won the last two series’ in 2009 and 2015. This year South Carolina went 5-5 vs. the Everblades during the regular season. Game 3 on Monday night at the North Charleston Coliseum at 7:05 p.m.
STINGRAYS RECORD: 40-28-3-1 (5-3 postseason)
LAST WEEK: 2-1
MONDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 4, GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS 0
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)
Parker Milner stopped 26 shots to earn his second shutout of the series for the South Carolina Stingrays and move his team on to the second round of the ECHL’s Kelly Cup Playoffs, defeating the Greenville Swamp Rabbits 4-0 on Monday night to win the series four games to two. 10 skaters were on the scoresheet with points for the Stingrays in the win, including John Parker who scored his third goal in as many games, as well as Patrick Gaul, who put the game out of reach late in the second period.
FRIDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 3, FLORIDA EVERBLADES 2
(Germain Arena – Estero, FL)
Domenic Monardo scored his second goal of the game in the final minute of double-overtime to give the South Carolina Stingrays a 3-2 win and a 1-0 series lead over the Florida Everblades on Friday night at Germain Arena in the South Division Finals of the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Parker Milner picked up the win for South Carolina, making 34 saves in the contest. The netminder allowed early goals to the Everblades on each of their first two shots in the first period but shut the door thereafter, holding Florida scoreless for the final 91 minutes of the game.
SATURDAY: FLORIDA EVERBLADES 5, SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 2
(Germain Arena – Estero, FL)
The Florida Everblades used a three-goal first period to get out to a lead and defeat the South Carolina Stingrays 5-2 in Game 2 of the South Division Finals on Saturday night at Germain Arena. The win for the Everblades evened the teams’ best-of-seven series at 1-1 in the second round Kelly Cup Playoffs series. Andrew Chernwichan scored twice for South Carolina in the loss, while Parker Milner turned away 18 shots in net for the Stingrays.
Game 3 – Monday, May 1 – vs. Florida Everblades, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Game 4 – Wednesday, May 3 – vs. Florida Everblades, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Game 5 – Thursday, May 4 – vs. Florida Everblades, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
*Game 6 – Saturday, May 6 – at Florida Everblades, 7 p.m. (Germain Arena)
STINGRAYS PLAYOFF LEADERS
Goals: 6 – Rob Flick
Assists: 6 – Joe Devin
Points: 10 – Rob Flick
Plus/Minus: Plus-4 – John Parker
Penalty Minutes: 31 – Rob Flick
Shots On Goal: 31 – Rob Flick
Wins: 5 – Parker Milner
Goals Against Average: 2.20 – Parker Milner
Save Percentage: 0.916 – Parker Milner
MILNER SAVING HIS BEST FOR THE POSTSEASON
Goaltender Parker Milner has been a rock in between the pipes for South Carolina in the postseason. While playing every minute of the Rays’ first round series win over Greenville, Milner had two shutout performances at home in Games 3 and 6. He then shut down Florida for four straight periods in Game 1 to pick up the win in the double-overtime victory. Through eight playoff games, Milner has a goals against average of 2.20 and a save percentage at 0.916.
DEVIN’S POINT STREAK ENDS AT 12
Forward Joe Devin’s season-long point streak came to an end in Game 2 on Saturday night, finishing at 12 games. The Scituate, Mass. native closed the regular season with points in his final five games before opening the playoffs by scoring in seven straight. The run was the longest of Devin’s career and saw him pile up 14 points on five goals and nine assists. He finished the regular season with 33 points (16 goals, 17 assists) in 48 total games.
MONARDO PLAYS HERO IN GAME 1 VICTORY
Forward Domenic Monardo ended the Stingrays’ first overtime game of the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs in the final minute of the second extra frame, scoring his second goal of the night and fourth of the postseason with a wrist shot that glanced off the blocker of goalie Anthony Peters and past the goal line. Monardo’s first tally tied the game for South Carolina late in the second period and stood up as the last goal scored before overtime. He’s now second on the team in playoff scoring with nine points (four goals, five assists).
SPECIAL TEAMS RISING TO THE OCCASION
The Stingrays have picked up their play on special teams in the postseason and are among the league leaders in both categories. South Carolina is third among all teams in penalty killing (90.9%), allowing just four goals despite being short-handed 44 times, which is the most among playoff teams. The Rays are also a perfect 14-for-14 on the penalty kill at home. The power play is 7th, having scored eight goals in 41 chances (19.5%).
Single game tickets for Games 3 and 4 are on sale now at the North Charleston Coliseum Box Office and online at ticketmaster.com.
To secure the same great seats for all home playoff action, sign up for our ‘Pay As We Play’ ticket package, on sale now through the Stingrays office. You will be locked in for all the excitement of the postseason and only pay for the games that are hosted at the North Charleston Coliseum.
Groups of 10 or more are on sale now featuring discounted pricing. 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.