Stingrays Weekly Report - May 8

Stingrays Weekly Report - May 8

May 8, 2017

The South Carolina Stingrays are one of only five teams still alive in the battle for the Kelly Cup and have their attention focused on the Eastern Conference Finals against the Manchester Monarchs which begins in North Charleston this weekend. The Rays are coming off a week in which they defeated the Florida Everblades three straight times to advance to the third round in five games.

South Carolina played Manchester a total of five times during the 2016-17 regular season, going 3-2. After finishing with a 1-2 record in three games at the SNHU Arena Feb. 1-4, the Stingrays took care of business at home with wins of 5-2 and 5-3 on Feb. 17-18. The Monarchs first defeated Adirondack in six games during the first round before taking out Brampton in six games to win the North Division Finals. The matchup will be the first-ever postseason meetings between the teams.

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

LAST WEEK: 3-0

MONDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 1, FLORIDA EVERBLADES 0 (2OT)
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)

For the second time in three games, the South Carolina Stingrays needed double-overtime to defeat the Florida Everblades. Monday night it was Andrew Cherniwchan who played hero in Game 3 at the North Charleston Coliseum, scoring the only goal of the game at 2:39 of the second overtime to give the Stingrays a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Parker Milner earned his third shutout of the postseason, all of which have come on a Monday night at the North Charleston Coliseum, making 38 saves to hold the Everblades at bay for the entire game.

WEDNESDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 4, FLORIDA EVERBLADES 2
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)

The South Carolina Stingrays scored three straight times in the first seven minutes of the second period and held on to their lead for the rest of the night to defeat the Florida Everblades 4-2 and take a commanding 3-1 lead in the Kelly Cup Playoff series on Wednesday night at the North Charleston Coliseum. Four different goal scorers paced the Rays, including Steven McParland, Domenic Monardo, Rob Flick and Kelly Zajac, while goaltender Parker Milner made 28 saves to earn the victory in between the pipes.

THURSDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 2, FLORIDA EVERBLADES 1
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)

Two first period goals were enough for the South Carolina Stingrays to defeat the Florida Everblades 2-1 and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the third consecutive year on Thursday night at the North Charleston Coliseum. The Stingrays won the series four games to one to become the first team in the ECHL’s Kelly Cup Playoffs to advance to the Conference Final round. South Carolina also improved to a perfect 6-0 at home during the postseason.

THIS WEEK
Game 1 – Friday, May 12 – vs. Manchester Monarchs, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Game 2 – Saturday, May 13 – vs. Manchester Monarchs, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)

STINGRAYS PLAYOFF LEADERS
Goals: 7 – Rob Flick
Assists: 8 – Domenic Monardo
Points: 13 – Rob Flick, Domenic Monardo
Plus/Minus: Plus-6 – Danny Federico, Domenic Monardo
Penalty Minutes: 33 – Rob Flick
Shots On Goal: 40 – Rob Flick
Wins: 8 – Parker Milner
Goals Against Average: 1.83 – Parker Milner
Save Percentage: 0.932 – Parker Milner

MILNER SAVING HIS BEST FOR THE POSTSEASON
Goaltender Parker Milner has been a rock in between the pipes for South Carolina during the postseason. While starting in all of the Rays’ 11 playoff games against Greenville and Florida in the first two rounds, Milner has a goals against average of 1.83, a save percentage at 0.932, three shutouts and eight wins, all league-highs among netminders remaining in the Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Pittsburgh, Pa. native has done his best work at home, allowing just four total goals in five contests at the North Charleston Coliseum for a GAA of 0.80 to go along with a save percentage at 0.978.

MONARDO LEADING THE WAY
Forward Domenic Monardo has been front and center for all the action during the postseason thus far. While tied for the team lead in scoring with 13 points (five goals, eight assists), Monardo has been the team’s most consistent scorer, picking up points in 10 of 11 playoff contests. In the Rays’ second round series with Florida, he led the squad offensively with seven points on three goals and four assists. While securing a point in all five games, Monardo played a big role in two of the wins by scoring in double-overtime to end Game 1 and striking on a penalty shot in the second period of Game 4.

CHERNIWCHAN COMES ALIVE
Andrew Cherniwchan scored three straight goals for the Stingrays in the series with Florida including two tallies in Game 2 and the game-winner in double-overtime of Game 3. The fifth-year pro had at least a point in all five games against the Everblades and now has nine points in the postseason (five goals, four assists) while appearing in all 11 Stingrays playoff games.

LEADERS AGAINST MANCHESTER
Rob Flick led all Stingrays skaters during the five regular season contests against the Monarchs in the month of February, scoring an average of two points per game for a total of 10 (five goals, five assists). Right behind Flick was Domenic Monardo, who also became a major offensive factor with eight points on two goals and six assists during the five games. Steven McParland (three goals, one assist), Marcus Perrier (two goals, two assists) and John Parker (two goals, two assists) each had four points against Manchester.

Single game tickets for Games 1, 2 and 3 are on sale now at the North Charleston Coliseum Box Office and online at ticketmaster.com.

To secure seats for all remaining 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.

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