Weekly News and Notes

Mar 28, 2016

39-18-6-3, 87 points, 1st in South Division, 2nd in Eastern Conference

GOALS: Stephan Vigier (23) 
ASSISTS: David Pacan (39)
POINTS: David Pacan (58)
+/-: Joey Leach (35)
WINS: Mark Dekanich (17)
GAA: Vitek Vanecek (2.00)
SV%: Mark Dekanich (.926)

Tuesday, March 29 vs Atlanta, 7:05 p.m.
Friday, April 1 vs Orlando, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, April 2 vs Orlando, 7:05 p.m.

Tuesday, March 29, 7:05 p.m. vs Atlanta – Ladies Night
Tomorrow is our final Ladies Night of the season! Join us for a Stingrays Happy Hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. featuring $2 beers during that time. Hot dogs are also $2 all evening long. Women 18 and up can head to the North Charleston Coliseum Box Office to gain complimentary admission with a valid ID. Guys can also stop by the Box Office to enjoy 2-for-1 ticket specials. Be sure to visit the Box Office early and avoid the last minute lines! The Box Office opens at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Friday, April 1, 7:05 p.m. vs Orlando – SAIC/USO Night/Drawstring Bag Giveaway to first 1,000 fans/Rays 4 Pack: 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 sodas and a large popcorn for $65
Get here early for our Drawstring Bag Giveaway to the first 1,000 fans on SAIC/USO Night. It's also a Rays 4 Pack game featuring an incredible deal perfect for families and friends. Fans are encouraged to bring snack items such as Rice Krispies treats, Slim Jims and nuts (peanuts, cashews and almonds) for the USO Troops.

Saturday, April 2, 7:05 p.m. vs Orlando – Fan Appreciation Night presented by The Post and Courier/Jersey Off Our Backs/Free Parking
Saturday is our last home game of the regular season. That night, fans could win one of five Stingrays authentic throwback jerseys to be given away at the game! Also, raffle tickets will be available to win a jersey off the back of a Stingrays player. Parking is FREE for this special night.

March 24: South Carolina at Atlanta, 3-2 Overtime Loss
Rookie forward Brett Cameron scored his 20th goal of the season and the South Carolina Stingrays collected a point in the standings for the ninth straight game, but the Atlanta Gladiators earned a 3-2 victory in overtime Thursday evening at the Infinite Energy Arena. Atlanta forward Tyler Murovich scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway at 4:04 of the extra session to give the Gladiators a league-leading eighth overtime win. 

March 26: South Carolina at Atlanta, 2-0 Win
For the 22nd time in the club's 23 season in the Lowcountry, the South Carolina Stingrays are playoff bound. South Carolina punched its ticket to the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs with a 2-0 win over the Atlanta Gladiators Saturday evening at the Infinite Energy Arena. Kelly Zajac scored the game-winning goal on the power play 2:49 into the third period and Vitek Vanecek earned his third shutout of the season with 20 saves.

The Stingrays have collected points in the past 10 games, going 7-0-2-1 in that stretch. The club's last regulation loss was one month ago, a 2-0 defeat at Florida on February 28. 

South Carolina Stingrays goaltender Mark Dekanich has returned to the Stingrays after being called up to the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Hershey Bears, last Wednesday. This was the second call-up to Hershey for Dekanich. With the Stingrays, Dekanich, 29, has been one of the ECHL’s top goaltenders, posting a 17-9-2-2 record. His 2.14 goals-against average is sixth in the league, and he boasts the fourth best save-percentage at .926. He has registered a pair of shutouts with the Stingrays this season in 32 appearances.

In Thursday’s game against the Atlanta Gladiators, South Carolina forward Brett Cameron notched his 20th goal of the season. Cameron is tied for second on the team with 48 points (20 goals, 28 assists) in his rookie campaign. Stephan Vigier (23) and Cameron (20) lead the team in goals. 

The South Carolina Stingrays will close out the home portion of the season series with Atlanta tomorrow night before battling a final time versus the Gladiators April 6 on the road. So far this season, the Stingrays are 7-3-1-0 against the Gladiators. 

With the 2-0 win against Atlanta on the road Saturday night, the Stingrays officially clinched a playoff spot in the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs. This is the 22nd time in the club’s 23 seasons in the Lowcountry that the Stingrays are playoff bound. 

If the regular season ended today, South Carolina would finish as the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference. This would have the Stingrays facing the #7 Reading Royals in the opening round of the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs. This would be a rematch of the opening round of the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Stingrays won that series in seven games en route to a Kelly Cup Finals appearance. 

Washington Capitals (53-16-5, 1st Metropolitan Division, 1st Eastern Conference)
Notes: After being the first team in the NHL to clinch a playoff berth, the Washington Capitals won games against the Senators and Devils last week, then lost to the Blues on March 26. Tonight, the Capitals will face-off on home ice against the Blue Jackets at 7:00 p.m. as they look to claim the President's Trophy as the NHL's top regular season team.

Hershey Bears (38-18-4-7, 1st Atlantic Division, 3rd Eastern Conference)
Notes: The Hershey Bears have won their last four games. The Bears next game is against the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday. Former South Carolina defender Tyler Lewington has five points (three goals, two assists) in 28 games with Hershey.

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