Stingrays Weekly Report - October 30Oct 30, 2017
A road sweep of the Norfolk Admirals last weekend has run the South Carolina Stingrays’ season-opening winning streak to four games. The Rays scored five goals in each one of the wins in Norfolk and are now averaging 4.25 goals per contest this year which is fifth-best in the ECHL and tops among all South Division teams. In addition, the Stingrays are allowing just 25 shots on goal per game, which is second-best in the ECHL. South Carolina is idle until Friday night when they battle the Swamp Rabbits in Greenville. The Stingrays return home this Sunday for a matinee with the Jacksonville Icemen at 3:05 p.m.
This weekend’s opponents are the same as they were when the Rays began the season two weeks ago. Friday’s contest is the second of 12 against the Swamp Rabbits, while Sunday’s meeting with the Icemen is number two of 10 total matchups this season.
STINGRAYS RECORD: 4-0-0-0
LAST WEEK: 2-0-0-0
FRIDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 5, NORFOLK ADMIRALS 4
(Norfolk Scope – Norfolk, VA)
Despite trailing after the first period, the South Carolina Stingrays scored three unanswered goals in the second to take the lead and quieted the Norfolk Admirals offense the rest of the night to secure a 5-4 win on Friday night at the Norfolk Scope Arena. Patrick Gaul led the way with his first two goals of the year for South Carolina, while Joe Devin added two assists in the victory. Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis picked up his third win of the season, stopping 24 shots in the game for the Stingrays.
SATURDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 5, NORFOLK ADMIRALS 2
(Norfolk Scope – Norfolk, VA)
The South Carolina Stingrays scored the first four goals of the game and stayed unbeaten on the new season with a 5-2 defeat of the Norfolk Admirals on Saturday night at the Norfolk Scope Arena. Defenseman Marcus Perrier scored twice in the first period to give the Stingrays an early lead while forward Robbie Baillargeon added three assists and forwards Steven Whitney and Tim McGauley notched two helpers apiece. Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis turned aside 17 shots to earn his fourth win in as many starts for the Stingrays.
Friday, November 3 – at Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7 p.m. (Bon Secours Wellness Arena)
Sunday, November 5 – vs. Jacksonville Icemen, 3:05 p.m. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Goals: 4 – Andrew Cherniwchan
Assists: 5 – Tim McGauley
Points: 6 – Steven Whitney
Plus/Minus: Plus-3 – Andrew Cherniwchan, Frankie Simonelli, Travis Walsh
Penalty Minutes: 17 – Marcus Perrier
Shots On Goal: 15 – Steven Whitney
Wins: 4 – Jeff Jakaitis
Goals Against Average: 2.76 – Jeff Jakaitis
Save Percentage: 0.890 – Jeff Jakaitis
COUNT ON JAKAITIS
Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis has been in net for every minute of every game so far as South Carolina has begun its 2017-18 season with an undefeated 4-0-0-0 record. The last time Jakaitis started a season unbeaten through four games was in 2008-09 while he was a member of the Charlotte Checkers. The netminder saw his lowest shot total of the season so far in in Saturday’s win at Norfolk, making just 17 saves.
PERRIER LIGHTS THE LAMP ON TWO SHIFTS IN A ROW
Defenseman Marcus Perrier scored the first two goals of the game at Norfolk on Saturday night. His first tallies of the year, Perrier gave South Carolina the lead for good in a 5-2 win. The multi-goal output was his first since March 20, 2016. Perrier now has three points (2g, 1a) while playing in all four of South Carolina’s games this season. Now in his fourth season with the Rays, Perrier is coming off a year in which he led the team by playing in 71 of 72 regular season contests.
BAILLARGEON COMES UP BIG IN HIS FIRST WEEKEND
Rookie forward Robbie Baillargeon was on the scoresheet in both of his first two professional games this weekend against Norfolk. The Enfield, Conn. native had a memorable debut on Friday, picking up an assist on Kelly Zajac's game-winning goal in a 5-4 come-from-behind triumph. He then added three more assists in a 5-2 win on Saturday night to total four helpers on the weekend. Baillargeon played collegiately last season for Arizona State and finished with 21 points (9g, 12a) in 28 games.
PERFECT PENALTY KILLING
The Stingrays’ penalty killing unit is 14/14 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, including Colorado and Wichita. With a 90.5% overall penalty killing rate on the year, the Stingrays are sixth-best 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.