Stingrays Weekly Report: November 28, 2016Nov 28, 2016
It was a perfect week for the South Carolina Stingrays as the team won both of its games over the weekend to earn four points in the standings. Each game was decided in the third period as both were scoreless all the way into the final frame. The Stingrays will now prepare for a stretch in which they will play five consecutive games against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. This week the Rays are in Greenville for the first three of those meetings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
STINGRAYS RECORD: 8-7-1-0
LAST WEEK: 2-0-0-0
SATURDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 5, NORFOLK ADMIRALS 1
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)
A five-goal outburst in the third period propelled the South Carolina Stingrays to a 5-1 win over the Norfolk Admirals Saturday night at the North Charleston Coliseum. South Carolina forwards Joe Devin, Patrick Gaul and Kelly Zajac each recorded two points in the win, while Alex Gacek scored in his fifth straight game and Scott Tanski scored for the third consecutive contest. Stingrays’ goaltender Parker Milner earned the victory in between the pipes, making 26 saves.
SUNDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 1, ATLANTA GLADIATORS 0 OT
(Infinite Energy Center – Duluth, GA)
Marcus Perrier’s overtime goal ended a scoreless stalemate between the South Carolina Stingrays and the Atlanta Gladiators Sunday afternoon at the Infinite Energy Center. With the 1-0 victory, Stingrays’ goaltender Adam Carlson recorded his first career shutout, making 19 total saves in the overtime win. The game stayed scoreless all the way through until the extra frame, when forward Rob Flick unleashed a shot from the top of the offensive zone that created a scramble in front of the Atlanta net. Perrier was able to bat the puck past Gladiators’ goalie Zane McIntyre for his third goal of the season.
Friday, December 2 – at Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7:00 p.m. (Bon Secours Wellness Arena)
Saturday, December 3 – at Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7:00 p.m. (Bon Secours Wellness Arena)
Sunday, December 4 – at Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 3:00 p.m. (Bon Secours Wellness Arena)
Goals: 6 – Steven McParland
Assists: 11 – Kelly Zajac
Points: 14 – Steven McParland, Kelly Zajac
Plus/Minus: Plus-8 – Danny Federico
Penalty Minutes: 56 – Marcus Perrier
Shots On Goal: 43 – Rob Flick
Wins: 6 – Parker Milner
Goals Against Average: 2.35 – Adam Carlson
Save Percentage: 0.916 – Adam Carlson
In 11 games during the month of November, South Carolina finished with a record of 7-4-0-0, vaulting themselves over the .500 mark for the first time this season. After opening the month with a loss to Orlando, the Stingrays won three straight. The team also closed out the month on their second 3-game winning streak after dropping two games to Colorado.
COMING THROUGH IN CRUNCH TIME
The Stingrays have done well in tight games early on in the 2016-17 season. South Carolina has a 6-0-0-0 record in games that have been tied heading into the third period. Most recently, both of the Stingrays games last week were scoreless headed into the final period, with the team prevailing in each one. The Stingrays also have a 5-1-1-0 record in one-goal games and a 4-1 record in overtime games this year.
PERRIER’S FIRST CAREER GAME-WINNER
Marcus Perrier’s deciding strike in overtime on Sunday in Atlanta was his first career ECHL game-winning goal. The skater has played both forward and defense during his time with the Rays, which has spanned three seasons, 145 regular season games and 43 postseason contests. The tally was his third of the 2016-17 season, and the 19th of his career.
FLICK’S POINT STREAK REACHES SIX GAMES
Forward Rob Flick has now scored points in six straight games for South Carolina, continuing his streak with an assist on Marcus Perrier’s overtime winning goal Sunday. During the run, the London, Ont. native has eight total points on four goals and four assists. Flick also had a four-game goal streak that spanned from Nov. 13-20. Now in his sixth professional season, Flick leads the Stingrays with 43 shots on net and is fourth on the team in overall scoring with 10 points (four goals, six assists).
CARLSON STOPS 19 IN FIRST CAREER SHUTOUT
Rookie goaltender Adam Carlson turned in his first career shutout Sunday in the 1-0 overtime win over Atlanta, making 19 saves. It was Carlson’s second win of the year in his seventh appearance. This season the Edina, Minn. native has a goals against average of 2.35 and a save percentage at .916.
Single-game tickets for the 2016-17 season are now on sale at the North Charleston Coliseum Box Office and ticketmaster.com. Full and half-season ticket plans are also available and more information can be found at stingrayshockey.com.
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