Stingrays Weekly Report - November 27Nov 27, 2017
The South Carolina Stingrays return home this weekend where they have been at their best this season. The Rays have secured points in all seven of their home contests this year with a 5-0-2 record at the North Charleston Coliseum. South Carolina is coming off a three-game road trip last week in which they secured points in two of three games. The team’s record now stands at 10-3-2-1 thru 16 contests during the 2017-18 season with 23 points which is good for second place in the ECHL’s South Division.
South Carolina hosts Orlando in their third consecutive game against the Solar Bears on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. The Stingrays will then welcome back the Greenville Swamp Rabbits the following day on Sunday afternoon at 3:05 p.m.
STINGRAYS RECORD: 10-3-2-1
LAST WEEK: 1-1-0-1
THURSDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 2, ATLANTA GLADIATORS 1
(Infinite Energy Center – Duluth, GA)
Patrick Gaul provided the game-winning goal in the third period as the South Carolina Stingrays skated past the Atlanta Gladiators with a 2-1 win on Thanksgiving night at the Infinite Energy Center. Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis stopped 24 shots to earn his sixth win of the season and Dylan Margonari added a goal in the first period to help the Rays’ winning cause.
SATURDAY: ORLANDO SOLAR BEARS 3, SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 2
(Amway Center – Orlando, FL)
Despite scoring twice in the third period to tie the game, the South Carolina Stingrays surrendered a late third period goal and fell to the Orlando Solar Bears by a final score of 3-2 on Saturday night at the Amway Center. Tim McGauley and Joe Devin had the tallies for South Carolina in the loss, while goaltender Jeff Jakaitis played well and finished with 24 saves.
SUNDAY: ORLANDO SOLAR BEARS 3, SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 2 SO
(Amway Center – Orlando, FL)
The Orlando Solar Bears prevailed 3-2 in a shootout over the South Carolina Stingrays on Sunday afternoon at the Amway Center. The loss spoiled the professional debut of South Carolina goaltender Carmine Guerriero, who played well and made 30 saves for the Stingrays. Forwards Andrew Cherniwchan and Taylor Cammarata scored goals for the Rays in the loss during the second period.
Saturday, December 2 – vs. Orlando Solar Bears, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Sunday, December 3 – vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 3:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Goals: 7 – Andrew Cherniwchan
Assists: 10 – Kelly Zajac
Points: 12 – Joe Devin, Kelly Zajac
Plus/Minus: Plus-6 – Joe Devin
Penalty Minutes: 44 – Trevor Gillies
Shots On Goal: 48 – Dylan Margonari
Wins: 6 – Jeff Jakaitis
Goals Against Average: 1.71 – Parker Milner
Save Percentage: 0.939 – Parker Milner
ZAJAC SETTING UP TEAMMATES FOR SUCCESS
Forward Kelly Zajac notched his team-leading 10th assist during Sunday’s game in Orlando on Andrew Cherniwchan’s goal in the second period. The 29-year-old also had a helper in Saturday’s game on Tim McGauley’s power play goal in the third period. Zajac has been on the scoresheet in six of the Stingrays’ last seven games. Now in his sixth professional season, the Winnipeg, Man. native is now tied for the team lead in scoring with 12 points (two goals, 10 assists).
JAKAITIS HANDLES THE HEAT
Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis stopped a total of 24 shots in consecutive games this week in a win over Atlanta on Thanksgiving Day and a 3-2 loss to Orlando on Saturday night. The veteran netminder now carries a 6-2-1 record in nine starts this season for South Carolina, making a total of 216 saves. His goals against average is at 2.89 this season which is getting closer to his ECHL career GAA of 2.41 that has been accumulated through 212 games played in the premier AA hockey league.
PERFECT PENALTY KILLERS
Last week the Stingrays went 12-for-12 on the penalty kill in three games away from home. The Rays have the third-best penalty killing percentage in the league this season (87.9%) and have successfully fended off 37 of 38 shorthanded situations away from home this season (97.4%).
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.