Stingrays Weekly Report - November 20Nov 20, 2017
The South Carolina Stingrays got back on track with two overtime wins last weekend and are currently in a tie for second place in the ECHL’s South Division with an overall record of 9-2-2-0 and 20 points thru 13 games. The Stingrays have secured points in all seven of their home contests so far this season with a record of 5-0-2 at the North Charleston Coliseum and are ranked fourth in overall team defense, allowing just 2.62 goals per game.
South Carolina has three road games during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to close out the month of November. First, the Stingrays and Atlanta Gladiators will meet for the fourth time this season on Thursday night for a Thanksgiving Day contest at 7:05 p.m. The Rays then travel down to Orlando for a weekend series against the Solar Bears with games on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
STINGRAYS RECORD: 9-2-2-0
LAST WEEK: 2-1-0-0
TUESDAY: JACKSONVILLE ICEMEN 5, SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 2
(Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, FL)
Jacksonville Icemen forwards Emerson Clark and Jimmy Lodge each had three points in a 5-2 defeat of the South Carolina Stingrays in a school day game with a 10:30 a.m. start time on Tuesday at the Veterans Memorial Arena. The Stingrays got goals from forwards Dylan Margonari and Steven Whitney in the loss, while Taylor Cammarata, Kelly Zajac and Frankie Simonelli each added assists.
SATURDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 4, GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS 3 OT
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)
Taylor Cammarata led a third period comeback for the South Carolina Stingrays by scoring his first two professional goals and Steven Whitney converted during a power play in overtime in a 4-3 defeat of the Greenville Swamp Rabbits in front of a loud crowd of 6,016 on Marvel Super Hero Night Saturday at the North Charleston Coliseum. Forward Nick Roberto added assists on each of Cammarata’s goals for his first professional points, while defenseman Frankie Simonelli had two assists and Nick Johnson scored his sixth goal of the season for South Carolina. Goaltender Parker Milner made 21 saves and was excellent late in the game for the Stingrays, earning his second win of the season.
SUNDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 3, ATLANTA GLADIATORS 2 OT
(Infinite Energy Center – Duluth, GA)
Steven Whitney converted on a penalty shot in overtime to give the South Carolina Stingrays a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Gladiators at the Infinite Energy Center on Sunday afternoon. Forwards Andrew Cherniwchan and Patrick Gaul also had goals for the Stingrays in the victory, while Kelly Zajac picked up two assists.
Thursday, November 23 – at Atlanta Gladiators, 7:05 p.m. (Infinite Energy Center)
Saturday, November 25 – at Orlando Solar Bears, 7:00 p.m. (Amway Center)
Sunday, November 26 – at Orlando Solar Bears, 1:30 p.m. (Amway Center)
Goals: 6 – Andrew Cherniwchan, Nick Johnson, Steven Whitney
Assists: 8 – Robbie Baillargeon, Kelly Zajac
Points: 11 – Steven Whitney
Plus/Minus: Plus-6 – Joe Devin, Nick Johnson
Penalty Minutes: 44 – Trevor Gillies
Shots On Goal: 43 – Steven Whitney
Wins: 5 – Jeff Jakaitis
Goals Against Average: 1.71 – Parker Milner
Save Percentage: 0.939 – Parker Milner
WHITNEY USES OVERTIME HEROICS ON CONSECUTIVE DAYS
Forward Steven Whitney lit the lamp in overtime on two consecutive days to give the Stingrays back-to-back victories in extra time over the weekend. Saturday’s strike was a blast during a power play to defeat Greenville at home, while Sunday’s winner came on a penalty shot that was awarded to South Carolina after an Atlanta skater covered the puck in his own crease. The Reading, Mass. native now leads the team in scoring with 11 points on six goals and five assists. He has been an offensive factor all season, posting points in nine of the Rays’ 13 games.
MILNER MAKING IT LOOK EASY
Goaltender Parker Milner improved his record to 3-0-1 on the season with two wins this weekend. He picked up his second victory of the year with 21 saves on Saturday against Greenville and then stopped all 11 shots he faced the following day in a 23-minute relief of starter Adam Carlson in Atlanta. Milner now has a goals-against average of 1.71 in four appearances this season along with a save percentage at 0.939. The 27-year-old began his season in the AHL with the Hershey Bears, playing in six games before being re-assigned to the Stingrays.
ZAJAC HITS 100
Forward Kelly Zajac added two assists in Sunday’s win over Atlanta including his 100th career ECHL point. It took the Winnipeg, Man. native just 106 games to get to triple digits. Zajac is now on a 4-game point streak and is tied for the team lead with eight assists on the season. The sixth-year pro is also second on the team in scoring with 10 points on two goals and eight assists.
THREE IS THE KEY
The Stingrays are undefeated with an 8-0 record when scoring more than two goals in a game this season. With a defense allowing just 2.62 goals per game and 28.23 shots per game, South Carolina has put themselves in position to win most of their contests early on in in the 2017-18 year.
Single-game tickets for the 2017-18 season are on sale now at the North Charleston Coliseum Box Office and ticketmaster.com.
Groups of 10 or more are on sale now featuring discounted pricing and great benefits! 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.