Weekly News and NotesMar 21, 2016
38-18-5-3, 84 points, 1st in South Division, 2nd in Eastern Conference
ACTIVE TEAM LEADERS:
GOALS: Stephan Vigier (23)
ASSISTS: David Pacan (38)
POINTS: David Pacan (56)
+/-: Joey Leach (34)
WINS: Mark Dekanich (17)
GAA: Vitek Vanecek (2.04)
SV%: Mark Dekanich (.926)
THIS WEEK’S GAMES:
Thursday, March 24 at Atlanta, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 26 at Atlanta, 7:05 p.m.
NEXT HOME GAME-LADIES NIGHT:
The Stingrays return home to host the Gladiators on Tuesday, March 29 at 7:05 p.m. It's our final Ladies Night of the season featuring $2 concession specials and free admission for all women 18 and up. We didn't forget about the guys as there is also 2-for-1 ticket specials. Fans are encouraged to call 843-744-2248 or visit StingraysHockey.com for more info.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS:
March 18: Florida at South Carolina, 4-3 Shootout Loss
In his 200th ECHL game, forward Patrick Gaul scored in the third period to force overtime, but the Florida Everblades earned a 4-3 shootout victory over the South Carolina Stingrays Friday night at the North Charleston Coliseum. Kelly Zajac and Stephan Viger also scored for the Stingrays.
March 19: Florida at South Carolina, 2-1 Win
Forward Jared Staal scored with 5:36 to play in the third period to lead the South Carolina Stingrays to a 2-1 victory over the Florida Everblades Saturday night at the North Charleston Coliseum. The victory moved the Stingrays into sole possession of first place in the South Division, two points ahead of second place Florida. The victory was also Head Coach Spencer Carbery's 200th behind the bench with the Stingrays.
March 20: Greenville at South Carolina, 4-3 Shootout Win
In his first game in nearly a month, Brandon Magee brought the crowd of 5,369 to its feet at the North Charleston Coliseum on Undie Sunday. Magee, skating in his first game since February 21, scored the game-winning goal in a shootout to lead the Stingrays to a 4-3 win over the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. The afternoon saw the Stingrays earn a comeback victory when trailing after the second period for only the second time this season. Marcus Perrier scored twice to help the Stingrays remain two points ahead of Florida for the top spot in the South Division. The Stingrays also collected packaged underwear that was thrown on the ice after the club's first goal for Carolina Youth Development Center.
STINGRAYS AND CAPS RENEW AFFILIATION
Earlier today, the Stingrays and Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL) announced that they have extended their affiliation agreement through the 2017-18 season. The Stingrays have been affiliated with the Capitals for 10 seasons (2004-12, 2014-16) and the organization has seen many players advance from the Lowcountry to skate in the NHL with Washington, including Capitals goaltenders Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer. Holtby represented the Stingrays at the 2009-10 ECHL All-Star Game and Grubauer was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team while playing for South Carolina in 2011-12.
MILESTONES AT 200
Two Stingrays reached milestones involving the number 200 this past weekend. On Friday, forward Patrick Gaul skated in his 200th ECHL game, scoring a goal in a 4-3 shootout loss to Florida. Gaul is in his fourth season with the Stingrays and has goals in three of his last five games. On Saturday, Head Coach Spencer Carbery earned his 200th win with the Stingrays in a 2-1 victory over Florida.
KEEPING OPPONENTS IN CZECH
The ECHL is taking notice of the play of netminder Vitek Vanecek. The 20-year-old rookie is coming off being named the CCM Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week and continued his tear with a 2-1 win over Florida Saturday. Vanecek has the second best goals-against average in the ECHL at 2.04 and has won eight straight starts. He has not lost in regulation since January 23. He was a second round selection of the Washington Capitals in 2014.
South Carolina has been one of the ECHL's top teams of late, going 7-1-1-1 in the past 10 games to move into first place in the South Division and into second place in the Eastern Conference. The Stingrays have collected points in eight straight contests and went 4-0-0-1 during a five-game homestand.
NOT IN OUR HOUSE
South Carolina boasts the league's best penalty kill overall at 87.4% and a large part of that is due to their success at the North Charleston Coliseum. The Stingrays have only allowed opponents to score 12 power play goals this season, posting a mark of 89.6%.
Nothing is decided quite yet regarding the ECHL's playoff picture, but if the postseason were to start today, the second-seeded Stingrays would play the seventh-seeded Reading Royals. So far the Toldeo Walleye, three points ahead of the Stingrays for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, are the lone team in the East to clinch a playoff spot. South Carolina will look to be the second team in the Conference to clinch this week.
NHL AFFILIATE UPDATE:
Washington Capitals (51-15-5, 1st Metropolitan Division, 1st Eastern Conference)
Notes: The Capitals were the first team in the NHL to clinch a playoff berth. They visit Ottawa tomorrow.
AHL AFFILIATE UPDATE:
Hershey Bears (35-18-4-7, 2nd Atlantic Division, 4th Eastern Conference)
Notes: The Bears are led by forward Chris Bourque who has 68 points and rookie forward Riley Barber who has 47 points. The club added forward Kevin Elgestal and defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler to the team last week.
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