Stingrays Weekly Report - May 22May 21, 2017
The South Carolina Stingrays have taken a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals, winning three consecutive games over the Manchester Monarchs last week. After a 3-1 victory on Saturday night, the Rays are within one game of clinching the best-of-7 series with Game 6 taking place in Manchester on Monday night.
The Rays dropped the first two games of the series with one-goal losses of 2-1 and 4-3 last weekend before a 5-3 win last Monday and a 2-1 victory on Friday. South Carolina hosted the first three games of the series and now the Monarchs have home ice for all remaining games. The winner of the east will face the Colorado Eagles in the Kelly Cup Final.
STINGRAYS RECORD: 40-28-3-1 (11-5 postseason)
LAST WEEK: 3-0
MONDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 5, MANCHESTER MONARCHS 3
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)
The South Carolina Stingrays erased three one-goal deficits before breaking through with three straight third period goals to defeat the Manchester Monarchs 5-3 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday night at the North Charleston Coliseum. Defensemen Cody Corbett and Joey Leach each scored their first goals of the playoffs, while Olivier Archambault had a goal and an assist and Kelly Zajac picked up two assists in the Stingrays’ win that trimmed Manchester’s series lead to 2-1.
FRIDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 2, MANCHESTER MONARCHS 1
(SNHU Arena – Manchester, NH)
The South Carolina Stingrays held the Manchester Monarchs power play to 0-for-7 and got enough offense to win Game 4 and even the Eastern Conference Finals series at 2-2 with a 2-1 win Friday night at SNHU Arena. Andrew Cherniwchan and Rob Flick scored for South Carolina while goaltender Parker Milner made 33 saves to earn his 10th victory in between the pipes for the Stingrays.
SATURDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 3, MANCHESTER MONARCHS 1
(SNHU Arena – Manchester, NH)
Three tallies in the third period of Game 5 gave the South Carolina Stingrays their third consecutive win and a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday night at the SNHU Arena by a score of 3-1. Steven McParland and Olivier Archambault both had a goal and an assist in the final period, while Kelly Zajac added an insurance marker and Parker Milner made 19 saves in the victory.
Game 6 – Monday, May 22 – at Manchester Monarchs, 7:00 p.m. (SNHU Arena)
*Game 7 – Wednesday, May 24 – at Manchester Monarchs, 7:00 p.m. (SNHU Arena)
STINGRAYS PLAYOFF LEADERS
Goals: 10 – Rob Flick
Assists: 11 – Domenic Monardo
Points: 18 – Rob Flick
Plus/Minus: Plus-7 – Rob Flick, Domenic Monardo
Penalty Minutes: 44 – Andrew Cherniwchan
Shots On Goal: 59 – Rob Flick
Wins: 11 – Parker Milner
Goals Against Average: 1.94 – Parker Milner
Save Percentage: 0.927 – Parker Milner
MILNER SAVING HIS BEST FOR THE POSTSEASON
Goaltender Parker Milner has been great in between the pipes for South Carolina during the postseason. While starting in all of the Rays’ 16 playoff games, Milner has a goals against average of 1.94, a save percentage at 0.927, three shutouts and 11 wins. The netminder is high among the league leaders in all categories during the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Milner has done his best work at home, allowing just 13 total goals during nine contests in North Charleston for a GAA of 1.44 to go along with a save percentage at 0.950.
THIRD PERIOD STRENGTH
The Stingrays have outscored opponents 18-9 in the third period during their 16 postseason games. In the Eastern Conference Finals against Manchester, South Carolina has had a 10-3 advantage in the third period through the first five games of the series. Most recently, South Carolina used three tallies in the final frame to defeat the Monarchs 3-1 in Game 5.
FLICK AMONG TOP PLAYOFF PERFORMERS
Forward Rob Flick has been one of the top offensive players in the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs and is currently tied for third among all skaters in postseason scoring with 18 points. The London, Ont. native’s 10 goals and 59 shots on net are also second in the ECHL, while his three game-winning goals rank third. The sixth-year forward was also the top performer for SC during the regular season with 63 points (31 goals. 32 assists) in 60 games.
SCORING FIRST LEADING TO SUCCESS
The Stingrays are 7-0 when scoring the first goal during their postseason run. South Carolina has allowed the first strike in nine of their playoff contests and have still managed to come from behind and win four of those games. Two of the team’s three wins in the Eastern Conference Finals have been in come-from-behind fashion.
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