Weekly News and NotesMar 14, 2016
36-18-5-2, 79 points, 1st in South Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference
ACTIVE TEAM LEADERS:
GOALS: Stephan Vigier (21)
ASSISTS: David Pacan (36)
POINTS: David Pacan (54)
+/-: Joey Leach (32)
WINS: Mark Dekanich (16)
GAA: Vitek Vanecek (2.08)
SV%: Mark Dekanich (.928)
THIS WEEK’S GAMES:
Friday, March 18 vs Florida, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 19 vs Florida, 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 20 vs Greenville, 3:05 p.m.
THIS WEEK’S PROMOTIONS
Friday, March 18, 7:05 p.m. vs Florida – Comic Con Night
Dress as your favorite Comic Book character! It's also a Rays 4 Pack Night featuring 4 tickets, 4 sodas, 4 hot dogs and one large popcorn for just $65.
Saturday, March 19, 7:05 p.m. vs Florida – Social Media Night
The Stingrays have the social media scene covered! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope. Keep a tab on the Stingrays via Social Media this week as we gear up for Saturday night.
Sunday, March 20, 3:05 p.m. vs Greenville – Undie Sunday
Join us this Sunday, March 20 at 3:05 p.m. as we host the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. It's Undie Sunday, plus it's a Crews Subaru and Charleston County Parks Family Days game featuring $5 Kids Tickets and $5 Kids Meals. Also, stick around after the game for a Postgame Skate with the Rays.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS:
March 10: South Carolina at Greenville, 4-0 Win
Two goals from Marcus Perrier, and 28 saves from netminder Vitek Vanecek, led the South Carolina Stingrays to a 4-0 victory over the South Division rival Greenville Swamp Rabbits Thursday night at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Vanecek earned his second professional shutout in the victory, and defenseman Ryan Ruikka's first ECHL goal in the second period was the game-winning tally. The victory was the Stingrays fourth straight win over the Swamp Rabbits.
March 11: Atlanta at South Carolina, 4-1 Win
Stephan Vigier had a goal and an assist and Mark Dekanich stopped 26 shots to lead the South Carolina Stingrays to a 4-1 victory over the Atlanta Gladiators Friday night at the North Charleston Coliseum. The victory, combined with Greenville's win over the Florida Everblades, moved the Stingrays into sole possession of first place in the ECHL's South Division.
March 12: Atlanta at South Carolina, 3-1 Win
The South Carolina Stingrays capped a perfect 3-0-0-0 week with a 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Gladiators in front of a crowd of 4,392 at the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday evening. The Stingrays earned a second straight victory over the Gladiators thanks to two goals in the first period and 26 saves from netminder Vitek Vanecek.
GILLIES ON COACH'S SHOW TONIGHT
You will NOT want to miss this episode of Monday Night Hockey: The Stingrays Coach's Show. Join us TONIGHT at 7 p.m. at Wild Wing Cafe in North Charleston. Fans are invited to enjoy great food and drink at Wild Wing Cafe all while talking Stingrays Hockey. This month's special guest is fan-favorite, alternate captain and former NHL enforcer Trevor Gillies. The Voice of the Stingrays, Zack Fisch, hosts the program. He'll be joined by Gillies and Head Coach Spencer Carbery. Fans may also enter to win great prizes at the live show and can submit questions for coaches and players to answer. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to score a table near the stage and snag autographs.
FIRST PLACE BATTLE THIS WEEKEND
The Stingrays have moved into first place in the ECHL's South Division with a 3-0-0-0 record last week. The club currently sits one point ahead of the rival Florida Everblades heading into this weekend. Florida has played one less game than the Stingrays, but the two teams meet up in a battle for first place on Friday and Saturday at the North Charleston Coliseum. South Carolina is 5-3-1-0 versus Florida this season.
MILESTONE AT 200
Forward Patrick Gaul will play his 200th ECHL game on Friday night. Gaul, an alternate captain with South Carolina, has skated in 199 career ECHL games, all with the Stingrays, posting 84 points (32 goals, 52 assists). Gaul is in his fourth season with South Carolina. Also, Head Coach Spencer Carbery has 198 career wins behind the bench and could hit 200 this weekend.
Stingrays goaltender Vitek Vanecek claimed a pair of wins this past weekend to improve his record on the season to 14-7-0-3. The Czech Republic native recorded his second professional shutout on Thursday, stopping 28 shots in a 4-0 win at Greenville. The netminder has won seven straight games for South Carolina and is unbeaten in regulation since January 23. Vanecek sits in fourth place in the ECHL with a 2.08 goals-against average, the top mark among ECHL rookies. He was a second round draft pick of the Washington Capitals in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Since the start of February, South Carolina is 14-2-2-0 and has climbed towards the top of the Eastern Conference standings. The South Division leading Stingrays are just four points behind the top team in the conference, the Toledo Walleye.
NHL AFFILIATE UPDATE:
Washington Capitals (49-14-5, 1st Metropolitan Division, 1st Eastern Conference)
Notes: After beating Anaheim last Monday, Washington suffered a pair of losses, falling to the Kings in overtime on Wednesday, and dropping a 5-2 game to the Sharks on Saturday. They battle Carolina at home tomorrow.
AHL AFFILIATE UPDATE:
Hershey Bears (34-16-3-7, 1st Atlantic Division, 3rd Eastern Conference)
Notes: The Bears are 7-3-0-0 in their last 10 games and have moved into the top spot in the Atlantic Division. Hershey claimed a victory in the series finale versus St. Johns on Sunday, 3-2.
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