Stingrays Weekly Report - November 6Nov 6, 2017
The South Carolina Stingrays opened up a five-game home week Sunday with a 3-1 defeat of the Jacksonville Icemen that improved their 2017-18 record to 5-1-0-0 through their first two weeks of the year. After suffering their first loss of the season in Greenville on Friday night, the Stingrays executed a Sunday afternoon defensive clinic with only five healthy defensemen in the lineup. The team’s defense is now ranked third among all ECHL teams, allowing just 2.50 goals per game. In addition, South Carolina is allowing just 27 shots on goal per game, which is the lowest total in the league. The Stingrays stay busy this week with a two-game set against the Reading Royals on Tuesday and Wednesday before hosting the Atlanta Gladiators on Friday and Saturday.
The Stingrays stay busy this week with a two-game set against the Reading Royals on Tuesday and Wednesday before hosting the Atlanta Gladiators on Friday and Saturday. The games with Reading are the only matchups on the schedule with the Royals this year, while the weekend series with Atlanta will be the first two of 12 meetings in the 2017-18 regular season.
STINGRAYS RECORD: 5-1-0-0
LAST WEEK: 1-1-0-0
FRIDAY: GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS 3, SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 2
(Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Greenville, SC)
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits came from two goals down and scored three straight to defeat the South Carolina Stingrays by a final score of 3-2 on Friday night at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Forward Nick Johnson and defenseman Travis Walsh scored goals for South Carolina in the defeat, while goaltender Vitek Vanecek made 36 saves in his first regular season appearance while on a rehab stint with the Rays.
SATURDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 3, JACKSONVILLE ICEMEN 1
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)
Nick Johnson factored in on all three South Carolina Stingrays goals with two tallies and an assist in a 3-1 defeat of the Jacksonville Icemen on Sunday afternoon at the North Charleston Coliseum. South Carolina defenseman Joey Leach also picked up two assists in the game, while goaltender Vitek Vanecek stopped 22 shots to earn the victory.
Tuesday, November 7 – vs. Reading Royals, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Wednesday, November 8 – vs. Reading Royals, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Friday, November 10 – vs. Atlanta Gladiators, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Saturday, November 11 vs. Atlanta Gladiators, 7:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Goals: 4 – Andrew Cherniwchan, Nick Johnson
Assists: 5 – Tim McGauley, Robbie Baillargeon
Points: 6 – Steven Whitney, Nick Johnson
Plus/Minus: Plus-5 – Nick Johnson
Penalty Minutes: 19 – Trevor Gillies
Shots On Goal: 17 – Dylan Margonari
Wins: 4 – Jeff Jakaitis
Goals Against Average: 2.76 – Jeff Jakaitis
Save Percentage: 0.890 – Jeff Jakaitis
JOHNSON HEATING UP
Forward Nick Johnson scored his second goal of the season in Friday night’s loss to Greenville and then found the back of the net twice more on Sunday afternoon in the win over Jacksonville. Playing in his first pro season in North America, Johnson has totaled six points on four goals and two assists thus far in the team’s first six games. His point total is tied for the team lead along with Steven Whitney, and Johnson’s +5 rating is also first on the team.
WALSH RIDING THREE-GAME POINT STREAK
Defenseman Travis Walsh scored his first goal as a member of the Stingrays during the second period of Friday’s game at Greenville. The Haslett, Mich. native took things into his own hands as a power play was set to expire for South Carolina, moving coast-to-coast before flinging a backhand shot into the right side of the net. After a great first ECHL season in Idaho last year Walsh has made an immediate impact with the Stingrays, posting a goal and two assists in his first four games this season.
PERFECT PENALTY KILLING
The Stingrays’ penalty killing unit is 17/17 on the road so far this season, killing off all infractions in their three games away from home. South Carolina is one of three teams who have not let up a power play goal on the road this season, as well as Reading and Wichita. With a 92.3% overall penalty killing rate on the year, the Stingrays are first in the ECHL.
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.