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Stingrays Weekly Report - May 30

May 30, 2017

Trailing 2-0 to the Colorado Eagles in the 2017 Kelly Cup Finals presented by Crews Chevrolet and ABC News 4, the South Carolina Stingrays will attempt to come back from two games down for the third time this postseason when the series shifts to North Charleston this week. The Rays host Game 3 on Sunday and Game 4 on Monday with a chance to get back in the best-of-seven series. South Carolina is coming off a week in which they won the Eastern Conference to advance to the league’s finals for the fifth time in team history and the second in three years.

South Carolina played Colorado six times during the regular season, going 2-4. The runner-up in the Mountain Division during the regular season, Colorado defeated Idaho in five games, Allen in six games and most recently Toledo in five games to advance to the championship round for the first time in the team’s ECHL history. The matchup is the first-ever postseason series between the two squads.

STINGRAYS RECORD: 40-28-3-1 (12-8 postseason)

LAST WEEK: 1-3

MONDAY: MANCHESTER MONARCHS 5, SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 1
(SNHU Arena – Manchester, NH)

Manchester Monarchs’ goaltender Sam Brittain made 38 saves for a desperate team that scored five times to win Game 6 by a score of 5-1 over the South Carolina Stingrays on Monday night and force a Game 7 Wednesday night in Manchester. The Stingrays’ only goal came late in the game from Olivier Archambault on the power play, while goaltender Parker Milner made 27 saves in a losing effort. South Carolina outshot Manchester 39-34 on the night but were unsuccessful early in the game against Brittain before falling behind.

WEDNESDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 4, MANCHESTER MONARCHS 3
(SNHU Arena – Manchester, NH)

Olivier Archambault scored twice including the game-winning strike in the third period as the South Carolina Stingrays defeated the Manchester Monarchs 4-3 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals Wednesday night at SNHU Arena to advance to the Kelly Cup Finals. Rob Flick and Domenic Monardo also had a goal and an assist for South Carolina in the victory, while Kelly Zajac picked up two assists and Parker Milner stopped 24 shots to earn the win in between the pipes.

FRIDAY: COLORADO EAGLES 3, SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 2 2OT
(Budweiser Events Center – Loveland, CO)

After tying the game in the final seconds of regulation, the Colorado Eagles claimed Game 1 of the Kelly Cup Finals presented by Crews Chevrolet and ABC News 4 on a power play goal by Matt Register at 10:52 of the second overtime to take a 1-0 series lead late Friday night at the Budweiser Event Center. South Carolina goals were scored by Scott Tanski and Steven McParland, while goaltender Parker Milner was excellent for the Stingrays once again and stopped 43 Colorado shots.

SATURDAY: COLORADO EAGLES 3, SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 2
(Budweiser Events Center – Loveland, CO)

The Colorado Eagles increased their Kelly Cup Finals series lead to 2-0 with a 3-2 win over the South Carolina Stingrays in Game 2 on Sunday night at the Budweiser Event Center. South Carolina tallies were scored by forward Steven McParland and defenseman Steve Weinstein in a losing effort, while goaltender Parker Milner started his 20th postseason game in the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs and made 26 saves.

THIS WEEK
Game 3 – Sunday, June 4 – vs. Colorado Eagles, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)

STINGRAYS PLAYOFF LEADERS
Goals: 11 – Rob Flick
Assists: 12 – Domenic Monardo
Points: 20 – Rob Flick
Plus/Minus: Plus-7 – Domenic Monardo
Penalty Minutes: 51 – Rob Flick
Shots On Goal: 65 – Rob Flick
Wins: 12 – Parker Milner
Goals Against Average: 2.20 – Parker Milner
Save Percentage: 0.920 – 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’ 20 playoff games, Milner has a goals against average of 2.20, a save percentage at 0.920, three shutouts and 12 wins. The netminder is high among the league leaders in all categories during the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Milner will be happy to return home for Game 3, having done his best work in North Charleston during the postseason with a GAA of 1.44 to go along with a save percentage at 0.950.

MCPARLAND SHOWING CONSISTENCY IN FINALS
Rookie forward Steven McParland has scored for South Carolina in both games of the Kelly Cup Finals against Colorado despite the team being down 2-0 in the series. The left winger has had both of his tallies come from right in front of the net on goaltender Lukas Hafner. His first came on a pass by defenseman Cody Corbett in the final minutes of Game 1 to give South Carolina a lead. McParland was wide open in front of the net, controlled the pass and sent the puck past the Eagles’ netminder. Then in Game 2 on Sunday, McParland scored on a rebound from the same spot in front of the net after an initial shot by Joey Leach had been saved.

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 fourth among all skaters in postseason scoring with 20 points. The London, Ont. native’s 11 goals and 65 shots on net are 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.

TANSKI’S TIME
Forward Scott Tanski scored in the second period of Game 1 in Colorado Friday night, recording his first point of the postseason. The tally came on a deflection after an initial shot by defenseman Marcus Perrier. Tanski has played in nine playoff games for the Stingrays this spring and has put 18 shots on goal.

Single game tickets for Kelly Cup Finals Games 3 and 4 are on sale now at the North Charleston Coliseum Box Office and online at ticketmaster.com.

Groups of 10 or more are on sale now featuring discounted pricing. All group tickets will come with a free Kelly Cup Finals T-Shirt! 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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