Stingrays Weekly Report - October 23Oct 23, 2017
The South Carolina Stingrays have gotten off to a 2-0-0-0 start for the first time since the 2003-04 season after victories over the Greenville Swamp Rabbits and Jacksonville Icemen last weekend. Each win saw a Stingrays forward score twice, with Steven Whitney notching two goals during the team’s 4-3 home opening win over Greenville on Friday and Andrew Cherniwchan adding two shorthanded goals in Jacksonville Saturday during a 3-2 triumph. South Carolina will travel to Norfolk this weekend for two games with the Admirals on Friday and Saturday night.
The Stingrays and Admirals will play eight times this season, with four meetings coming in each team’s building. South Carolina finished with a record of 2-3-0-1 vs. Norfolk a year ago, their worst winning percentage against any South Division team during the regular season.
STINGRAYS RECORD: 2-0-0-0
LAST WEEK: 2-0-0-0
FRIDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 4, GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS 3
(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)
Two goals from forward Steven Whitney gave the South Carolina Stingrays enough to defeat the Greenville Swamp Rabbits 4-3 on opening night of the team’s 25th anniversary season in the Lowcountry on Friday at the North Charleston Coliseum. Whitney’s tallies came in his first game with the team, while forward Tim McGauley recorded two assists for South Carolina in the win and goaltender Jeff Jakaitis turned aside 28 shots to earn the victory.
SATURDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 3, JACKSONVILLE ICEMEN 2
(Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, FL)
Andrew Cherniwchan scored two short-handed goals to propel the South Carolina Stingrays to a 3-2 win in their first-ever meeting with the Jacksonville Icemen at the Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday night. Jeff Jakaitis picked up his second win of the year with 20 saves, while Joe Devin scored his first goal of the season in the victory. Cherniwchan now has three total tallies in South Carolina’s first two games to lead the team, while Steven Whitney has two goals and an assist.
Friday, October 27 – at Norfolk Admirals, 7 p.m. (Norfolk Scope)
Saturday, October 28 – at Norfolk Admirals, 7 p.m. (Norfolk Scope)
Goals: 3 – Andrew Cherniwchan
Assists: 2 – Danny Federico, Dylan Margonari, Tim McGauley
Points: 3 – Andrew Cherniwchan, Steven Whitney
Plus/Minus: Plus-3 – Andrew Cherniwchan
Penalty Minutes: 13 – Marcus Perrier
Shots On Goal: 9 – Steven Whitney, Jeremy Morin
Wins: 2 – Jeff Jakaitis
Goals Against Average: 2.50 – Jeff Jakaitis
Save Percentage: 0.906 – Jeff Jakaitis
CHERNIWCHAN GETS IT DONE
Forward Andrew Cherniwchan took things into his own hands on Saturday night in Jacksonville, scoring two shorthanded goals to give South Carolina a 3-2 victory over the Icemen in the first-ever meeting between the two teams. The Hinton, Alta. native scored on his only two shots in the game, with both goals breaking a tie score in the contest. Cherniwchan also showed up on the scoresheet in Friday night’s season-opening win for South Carolina, scoring on a feed from Tim McGauley in the second period. The forward now leads the team through its first two games with three goals and a +3 rating.
MARGONARI’S STRONG RETURN
Forward Dylan Margonari has earned assists in both of South Carolina’s games to begin the 2017-18 season. The Greensburg, Pa. native has returned to form after suffering an injury that ended his rookie campaign in January of last season. Both of the forward’s assists have come on goals by linemate Andrew Cherniwchan. His first was in the second period of Friday’s home win over Greenville, while the second came in Saturday’s third period on the game-winning strike to top Jacksonville. Margonari had 17 points on 11 goals and six assists in 32 games for South Carolina last year.
JAKAITIS PICKING UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF
Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis has returned to the Stingrays this season after playing in Norway for the past two years and so far he hasn’t missed a beat. The veteran netminder started both of the Rays’ games to begin the 2017-18 season over the weekend and was victorious in both appearances. Previously, Jakaitis played three seasons with South Carolina from 2012-15 and was the league’s Goaltender of the Year three times in 2011-12, 2013-14 and 2014-15 while winning the ECHL’s Most Valuable Player award in 2014-15.
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.