Stingrays Weekly: Stingrays Kick Off 2014 Kelly Cup Playoffs Friday and Saturday at Coliseum

The Week That Was…

The South Carolina Stingrays wrapped up the 72-game regular-season schedule, claimed the South Division championship and prepare for the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against the Wheeling Nailers after a record of 2-0-0-0 last week, finishing their overall stance at 43-23-2-4.

The Stingrays battled the Greenville Road Warriors Tuesday evening at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina, closing the 16-game series with a 3-2 shootout victory. Defenseman Kevin Ryan scored his first professional goal and rookie Stephan Vigier netted a power-play tally. In the shootout, forward Wayne Simpson buried his team-leading sixth shootout goal to seal the victory. The Stingrays hold a 9-5-0-2 record against the Road Warriors this season.

Friday marked the final regular-season home game for the Stingrays as they celebrated Fan Appreciation Night and The Post and Courier Hall of Fame Night at the North Charleston Coliseum. On the ice, the Stingrays took down the Elmira Jackals 4-1 behind two-point games from forwards Nick Larson (one goal, one assist) and Simpson (one goal, one assist). Off the ice, former forward Marty Clapton and defenseman Trevor Johnson were inducted into team’s Hall of Fame and goaltender Jeff Jakaitis was presented with the Jerry Zucker Community Service Award.

The Stingrays clinched the South Division title Saturday night after the Orlando Solar Bears, who entered the evening second in South Division, fell 1-0 to the Reading Royals in the shootout, eliminating their chance to catch the Stingrays in the standings. The Stingrays stand first in the division for the fourth time in team history and the first time since 2000-01.

The Numbers (Regular-Season)

Record: 43-23-2-4, 92 points
Home: 22-11-2-1
Away: 21-12-0-3
Last 10 Games: 5-4-0-1
Streak: 3-0-0-0
Goals: Peter Boyd (25)
Assists: Peter Boyd (38)
Points: Peter Boyd (63)
Penalty Minutes: Anthony Collins (109)
Power-Play Goals: Jack Downing, Dale Mitchell (6)
Power-Play Assists: Peter Boyd (11)
Power-Play Points: Peter Boyd (15)
Shorthanded Goals: Luke Greiner (3)
Shorthanded Assists: Luka Vidmar, Peter Boyd (2)
Shorthanded Points: Luke Greiner (4)
Game-Winning Goals: Peter Boyd (7)
Wins: Jeff Jakaitis (24)
GAA: *David LeNeveu (1.64)
SPCT: *David LeNeveu (.940)

*LeNeveu is on loan to Hartford (AHL)

Taking the Lead (Regular-Season Standings)

The Stingrays finished first in the South Division and second in the Eastern Conference with 92 points (43-23-2-4).

Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis ranked third in the ECHL with 24 wins and a .924 save percentage, fifth with a 2.16 goals-against average and was named to the All-ECHL First Team last week.

Forward Peter Boyd finished the regular season tied for ninth in the ECHL with 63 points (25 goals, 38 assists) and tied for first with seven game-winning goals.

Forward Wayne Simpson tied for second in the ECHL and second among league rookies with six shootout goals and stands first among rookies and third over all with a shootout percentage of .857 (six goals on seven attempts)

Defenseman Steve Spinell stood fourth among rookies with 39 minor penalties.

Forward Luke Greiner tied for fifth in the ECHL and second among ECHL rookies with three shorthanded goals and tied for fourth overall and first among rookies four shorthanded points (three goals, one assist).

This Week:

South Carolina Stingrays vs. Wheeling Nailers
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Game 1
Friday, Apr. 18
7:05 p.m.
North Charleston Coliseum
Listen Live: StingraysHockey.com, Inside Coliseum on 87.8 FM
Preview: 1-0-0-0 head-to-head record this season, 9-8-1 all-time regular-season record

South Carolina Stingrays vs. Wheeling Nailers
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Game 2
Saturday, Apr. 19
7:05 p.m.
North Charleston Coliseum
Listen Live: StingraysHockey.com, Inside Coliseum on 87.8 FM

Latest Stingrays News…

Stingrays Open 2014 Kelly Cup Playoffs Against the Wheeling Nailers
North Charleston, S.C. – The South Carolina Stingrays battle the Wheeling Nailers in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the opening round of the 2014 Kelly Cup Playoffs, the team announced today. Read More

Stingrays Close Regular-Season Schedule with 4-1 Win over Jackals
North Charleston, S.C. – The South Carolina Stingrays (43-23-2-4) closed the 2013-14 regular season with a 4-1 victory over the Elmira Jackals (24-39-3-5) at the North Charleston Coliseum on Fan Appreciation Night and The Post and Courier Hall of Fame Night Friday evening. The Stingrays open the 2014 Kelly Cup Playoffs with the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinals next weekend. The full postseason schedule and opponent will be released Sunday evening. Read More

Southside 17 in Tanger Outlets is the Official Playoff Watch Party Home of the Stingrays
North Charleston, S.C. – Southside 17 Bar and Grill at the Tanger Outlets in North Charleston is the official playoff watch party home of the South Carolina Stingrays, team president Rob Concannon and Southside 17 General Manager Joshua Butler announced today. Read More

Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis Selected to All-ECHL First Team; Stingrays Tie ECHL Record
North Charleston, S.C. – The South Carolina Stingrays, along with the ECHL, announced today that goaltender Jeff Jakaitis has been named to the All-ECHL First Team as determined in a vote of ECHL coaches, broadcasters, media relations directors and media. Read More

Stingrays Weekly: Stingrays Head to Florida Looking to Clinch Playoff Berth

The Week That Was…

The South Carolina Stingrays wrapped up a five-game homestand and opened a five-game road trip with a pair of contests against the Fort Wayne Komets and against the Greenville Road Warriors for a week record 1-2-0-0, improving the overall record to 39-22-2-4.

The Stingrays hosted the Komets at the North Charleston Coliseum Friday and Saturday night, splitting the contests. On Friday, Fort Wayne rolled to a 7-4 victory. Forwards Scott Campbell and Dale Mitchell each scored a goal and an assist and forward Peter Boyd added two assists in the loss. The following evening, Boyd netted all three goals on Stanley Cup Night to help the Stingrays over the Komets, 3-2 in overtime. Sunday featured another battle of the Palmetto State with the Road Warriors slipping past the Stingrays 2-1.

The Numbers

Record: 39-22-2-4, 84 points
Home: 21-11-2-1
Away: 18-11-0-3
Last 10 Games: 4-5-0-1
Streak: 0-1-0-0
Goals: Peter Boyd (25)
Assists: Peter Boyd (38)
Points: Peter Boyd (63)
Penalty Minutes: Scott Langdon (132)
Power-Play Goals: Jack Downing, Dale Mitchell (6)
Power-Play Assists: Peter Boyd (11)
Power-Play Points: Peter Boyd (15)
Shorthanded Goals: *Andrew Cherniwchan, Patrick Gaul, Luke Greiner (2)
Shorthanded Assists: *Luka Vidmar (2)
Shorthanded Points: Luke Greiner (3)
Game-Winning Goals: Peter Boyd (7)
Wins: Jeff Jakaitis (24)
GAA: *David LeNeveu (1.64)
SPCT: *David LeNeveu (.940)

*Cherniwchan is on loan to Providence (AHL)

*Vidmar is on loan to Rochester (AHL)

*LeNeveu is on loan to Hartford (AHL)

Taking the Lead

The Stingrays are second in the South Division and fourth in the Eastern Conference with 84 points (39-22-2-4).

Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis leads the ECHL with a .924 save percentage and 24 wins, fourth with 2391 minutes played and 1040 saves, tied for fourth with three shutouts and fifth with a 2.16 goals-against average.

Forward Peter Boyd is tied for sixth in the ECHL with 63 points (25 goals, 38 assists), tied for first with seven game-winning goals and has six goals and eight assists in his last 11 games.

Defenseman Steve Spinell is tied for third among rookies with 37 minor penalties.

Forward Luke Greiner stands tied for second among ECHL first-year players with two shorthanded goals and tied for fourth with three shorthanded points (two goals, one assist).

Forward Wayne Simpson is second among ECHL rookies with four shootout goals and leads all rookies with a .800 shootout percentage scoring four goals on five attempts.

Forward Dale Mitchell has three goals and five assists in his last seven games.

This Week:

South Carolina Stingrays at Florida Everblades
Wednesday, Apr. 2
7:30 p.m.
Germain Arena in Estero, Florida
Listen Live: StingraysHockey.com
Preview: 7 of 9 meetings this season, 3-3-0-0 head-to-head record

South Carolina Stingrays at Florida Everblades
Saturday, Apr. 5
7:00 p.m.
Germain Arena in Estero, Florida
Listen Live: StingraysHockey.com
Preview: 8 of 9 meetings this season

South Carolina Stingrays at Florida Everblades
Sunday, Apr. 6
5:00 p.m.
Germain Arena in Estero, Florida
Listen Live: StingraysHockey.com
Preview: 9 of 9 meetings this season

Latest Stingrays News…

Road Warriors Slip Past Stingrays to Open Road Trip
Greenville, S.C. – The South Carolina Stingrays (39-22-2-4) fell to the Greenville Road Warriors (38-23-2-3) 2-1 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena Sunday afternoon to kick off a five-game road trip. Read More

Cast Your Vote for the 2014 Stingrays Hall of Fame!
North Charleston, S.C. – The South Carolina Stingrays announced today the four nominees for the 2014 Stingrays Hall of Fame presented by The Post and Courier. Former Stingrays forwards Marty Clapton, Pierre-Luc O’Brien, Travis Morin and defenseman Trevor Johnson highlight this season’s ballot. The Post and Courier Hall of Fame Night and induction ceremony is Friday, April 11 during the Stingrays game against the Elmira Jackals at 7:05 at the North Charleston Coliseum. Read More and Vote

Peter Boyd’s Hat Trick Powers Stingrays Past Komets
North Charleston, S.C. – Forward Peter Boyd scored all three goals to guide the South Carolina Stingrays (39-21-2-4) over the Fort Wayne Komets (31-23-7-5) 3-2 on Stanley Cup Night at the North Charleston Coliseum Saturday evening. Read More

2014 Kelly Cup Playoff Pay for Play Plans On Sale!
The 2014 Kelly Cup Playoffs are almost here and do not miss a second of the action! The Stingrays Pay for Play Plans are the EASIEST way to grab your tickets for EVERY home playoff game! Hurry! The deadline is April 4! More Information

Save Big Bucks with a Stingrays Ticket Package!
Place your deposit in for Stingrays Ticket Packages and secure your seat for the 2014-2015 season and receive great benefits! Call the Stingrays Office at (843) 744-2248 to find out more information. More Information

 

Memories of the Stanley Cup and the Excitement for Saturday


STANLEY CUP

The South Carolina Stingrays posted that hockey’s most prized, recognized and oldest trophy, the Stanley Cup, will visit the Lowcountry this Saturday.

After releasing the official details of the visit this morning,  I began thinking of my earliest memories of the Cup and the times I have been fortunate to see it in person. There is an wonderful/awestruck/inspirational/astonishing feeling that consumes you when you are in the Cup’s presence.

The first time I saw the Cup was July 3, 2002 (15 years old) in Spring, Texas. Former Houston Aeros and Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jason Elliot made the Space City his off-season home after playing for the now-defunct Aeros the previous season. He, alongside former Aeros coach/player and long-time NHLer Dave Barr, waltzed the 35-pound Silver Mug into Sun and Ski Sports off FM 1960 to celebrate Detroit’s championship. It was on display for only an hour, but a friend and I were waiting in line HOURS before it’s arrival. The historic trophy exceeded all expectations I built after watching Colorado, Detroit, Dallas, New Jersey and Colorado (again) hoist it on TV. Somewhere in a box back home are the photos from this day. Looks like I have a project/scavenger hunt when I return this summer.

It would be seven years (summer 2009) before I was lucky enough to see the Cup again. After my days of competitive Midget and Division 17 FFF Tier-54 Texas college/club/intramural hockey and two seasons with the Aeros organization, I transitioned into my first full-time post as the Broadcaster for the Battle Creek Bombers baseball team of the Northwoods League. Even though it was baseball, I was still heavily involved in hockey which ultimately led to my second visit with Lord Stanley’s Cup. The league held it’s annual all-star game in Thunder Bay, Ontario that season and a bus filled with Bombers, obviously including myself, and other teams (such as the Green Bay Bullfrogs, Rochester Honkers, Madison Mallards and Wausau Woodchucks) made the 14-hour trek North.

Upon arrival, we caught wind that NHLer Jordan Staal, who just won the Cup with Pittsburgh (ironically an hour and a half east of B.C. in Detroit), was bringing it to his hometown to celebrate and making a stop at the game. Since I was the only broadcaster with hockey knowledge/experience and through a cleverly devised and *muffled* scammed game of sports trivia , I won the honor of interviewing Jordan on the field with the Cup and stood side-by-side with them during the Canadian and American National Anthems.Staal with Cup

One month later, and a short drive away from Battle Creek, my family arranged a surprise one-day trip to Toronto to see the Hockey Hall of Fame and have visit #3 with the Cup. It was a weekday and I arrived when the Hall of Fame opened, so I spent several moments reading every engraving, looking for the famous teams, names and misspellings and viewed the original bowl with retired bands in Lord Stanley’s Vault. To this day, this is the longest and most memorable experience I’ve had with hockey’s cherished possession.

Original Cup

Fast forward to September 2009: After leaving Battle Creek and only two weeks into my new position with the Stingrays, I attended the inaugural Washington Capitals (NHL) Convention in  Washington D.C. With the Stingrays winning the Kelly Cup earlier that summer and the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears claiming the Calder Cup, the Caps invited their affiliates to showcase their prizes. It was at the Convention that I had the privledge of meeting Caps owner and America Online founder Ted Leonsis and Vice President, Resource Centre & Curator of Hockey Hall of Fame and Cup Keeper Philip Pritchard (who was overseeing the HHOF traveling displays; the Stanley Cup was not present). Mr. Pritchard stopped by our table and we talked about his travels, our travels, hockey and the possibility of bringing the Cup to S.C. We traded business cards and have kept in touch ever since.

Washington Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis visits the Kelly Cup

Washington Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis visits the Kelly Cup

Months later (January, 2010) I became a member of the ECHL All-Star broadcast team in Ontario, California. Like many seasons, the ECHL had the Cup present with the Kelly Cup for the Hall of Fame luncheon. An inspiring and unique sight that I once again had to have a picture of.

Stanley Cup in Ontario

Even though it was from a distance, the Cup and I stood in the same room earlier this month while attending Nick Lidstrom Night with the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena during our lengthy six-game, 10-day road trip. The entire evening, not just the Cup, was a part of hockey and personal history (First time *I recall* to JLA, 7th jersey in 87+ year history of Red Wings to be retired).

Nick Lidstrom Night

Last Monday, after talking with Mr. Pritchard for so long and finding the perfect date,  we were able to officially announce that the Cup will return to the Lowcountry for the first time in over a decade.  Our office manager, Julie, still has a photo of her son with the trophy hanging on her office wall from the last time it arrived a the Coliseum. For me, Saturday will mark the sixth time I have been around this treasure and I hope many of you can join me in this special moment. A huge “Thank You” to Mr. Pritchard for helping me as well as the ECHL and the Stingrays organize this exciting day.

Stanley Cup Joey Z

Do you have a unique story or personal experience with the Stanley Cup? Remember the first time you saw it? Photos? Post them up and I would love to read and share!

See you at the rink!

Joey Z.

Stingrays Weekly: The Stanley Cup Visits Stingrays for the First Time in 14 Years This Saturday

The Week That Was…

The South Carolina Stingrays kicked off a five-game homestand with a pair of games against South Division-foe Orlando Solar Bears and battled in-state and division-rival Greenville Road Warriors for a week record of 1-1-0-1, improving the South Division’s best overall record to 38-20-2-4.

The Stingrays began the week Friday night with a 3-1 victory over the Solar Bears at the North Charleston Coliseum. Forward Jack Downing scored two goals, including the game-winning marker, late in the third period and goaltender Jeff Jakaitis made 36 saves for his ECHL-leading 24 win of the season. The two teams closed their 10-game season series Saturday evening on Military Appreciation Night with Lowcountry Harley-Davidson with the Solar Bears taking a 4-3 shootout win. Forward Peter Boyd scored his Stingrays-leading 22 goal of the season and added an assist in the loss. On Sunday, the Stingrays wrapped up a three-game in three-day weekend with a 5-1 loss to the Road Warriors. Forward Dale Mitchell provided the lone goal for the Stingrays.

The Numbers

Record: 38-20-2-4, 82 points
Home: 20-10-2-1
Away: 18-10-0-3
Last 10 Games: 5-4-0-1
Streak: 0-1-0-0
Goals: Peter Boyd (22)
Assists: Peter Boyd (36)
Points: Peter Boyd (58)
Penalty Minutes: Scott Langdon (132)
Power-Play Goals:
Jack Downing, Dale Mitchell (6)
Power-Play Assists:
Peter Boyd (11)
Power-Play Points: Peter Boyd (15)
Shorthanded Goals:
*Andrew Cherniwchan, Patrick Gaul, Luke Greiner (2)
Shorthanded Assists:
*Luka Vidmar (2)
Shorthanded Points:
Luke Greiner (3)
Game-Winning Goals: Peter Boyd (6)
Wins:
Jeff Jakaitis (24)                         
GAA:
*David LeNeveu (1.64)                   
SPCT:
*David LeNeveu (.940)

*Cherniwchan is on loan to Providence (AHL)
*Vidmar is on loan to Rochester (AHL)
*LeNeveu is on loan to Hartford (AHL)

Taking the Lead

The Stingrays are first in the South Division and third in the Eastern Conference with 82 points (38-20-2-4).

Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis leads the ECHL with a 2.03 goals-against average, .928 save percentage and 24 wins, third with 2,331 minutes played, tied for fourth with three shutouts and fourth with 1017 saves.

Forward Peter Boyd is eighth in the ECHL with 58 points (22 goals, 36 assists), tied for second with six game-winning goals and has two goals and five assists in his last six games.

Defenseman Steve Spinell is third among rookies with 36 minor penalties.

Forward Luke Greiner stands tied for second among ECHL first-year players with two shorthanded goals and fourth with three shorthanded points (two goals, one assist).

Defenseman Jeremy Price is tied for third among rookies with a plus-minus rating of +18.

Defenseman Scott Langdon is second among ECHL defensemen with 16 major penalties and fourth with 132 penalty minutes.

This Week:

South Carolina Stingrays vs. Ft. Wayne Komets
Friday, Mar. 28
7:05 p.m.
North Charleston
Coliseum
Family Four Pack Friday – 4 tickets, 4 hotdogs, 4 sodas and large popcorn at Coliseum Box Office
$5 College and Military Tickets with ID at Coliseum Box Office
Listen Live: StingraysHockey.com, Inside Coliseum at 87.8 FM
Preview: 1 of 2 meetings this season, 1-0-1 all-time record

South Carolina Stingrays vs. Ft. Wayne Komets
Saturday, Mar. 29
7:05 p.m.
North Charleston
Coliseum
Stanley
Cup Night – The most famous trophy in sports visits the Stingrays for the first time in 14 years!
- Stay tuned to
StingraysHockey.com for more information including visiting hours
Listen Live: StingraysHockey.com, Inside Coliseum at 87.8 FM
Preview: 2 of 2 meetings this season

South Carolina Stingrays at Greenville Road Warriors
Sunday, Mar. 30
3:00 p.m.
Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina
Listen Live: StingraysHockey.com
Preview: 15 of 16 meetings this season, 8-4-0-2 head-to-head record

Latest Stingrays News…

Stingrays Fall to Road Warriors to Close Weekend

North Charleston, S.C. – The South Carolina Stingrays (38-20-2-4) dropped a 5-1 decision to the Greenville Road Warriors (36-22-2-3) on Kid’s Day and Mascot Mania at the North Charleston Coliseum Sunday afternoon. Forward Dale Mitchell provided the lone goal for the Stingrays. Read More

Solar Bears Slip Past Stingrays on Military Appreciation Night

North Charleston, S.C. – The South Carolina Stingrays (38-19-2-4) fell to the Orlando Solar Bears (38-21-2-2) 4-3 in the shootout on Military Appreciation Night with Lowcountry Harley-Davidson at the North Charleston Coliseum Saturday evening. Read More

Last Monday Night Hockey Show Features Entire Team

The Stingrays celebrate the final episode of Monday Night Hockey, the team’s coaches show, tonight, Monday, March 24 at Wild Wing Café in North Charleston at 7:00 p.m. The entire team will be in attendance! Arrive early to secure your seats. More Information

Cast Your Vote for the 2014 Stingrays Hall of Fame!

North Charleston, S.C. The South Carolina Stingrays announced today the four nominees for the 2014 Stingrays Hall of Fame presented by The Post and Courier. Former Stingrays forwards Marty Clapton, Pierre-Luc O’Brien, Travis Morin and defenseman Trevor Johnson highlight this season’s ballot. The Post and Courier Hall of Fame Night and induction ceremony is Friday, April 11 during the Stingrays game against the Elmira Jackals at 7:05 at the North Charleston Coliseum. Read More and Vote

Save Big Bucks with a Stingrays Ticket Package!

Place your deposit in for Stingrays Ticket Packages and secure your seat for the 2014-2015 season and receive great benefits! Call the Stingrays Office at (843) 744-2248 to find out more information. More Information

Stingrays Weekly: Stingrays Salute Armed Forces and Kick Off Five-Game Homestand This Weekend

The Week That Was…

The South Carolina Stingrays wrapped up their season series against the Gwinnett Gladiators and battled the Greenville Road Warriors last weekend for a week record of 2-1-0-0, improving the South Division’s best overall record to 37-19-2-3.

The Stingrays opened a three-game in three-day weekend Friday night at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia, falling to the Gladiators 4-1. Forward Nick Larson scored the lone goal for the Stingrays and goaltender Jeff Jakaitis made 21 saves in his return to the lineup. The two teams wrapped up their 15-game head-to-head season series Saturday at the North Charleston Coliseum with the Stingrays taking a 3-2 victory in overtime. Forward Peter Boyd recorded two assists and rookie Wayne Simpson buried the game-winning tally in the extra session. The Stingrays finished the season with a 9-6-0-0 record against the Gladiators.

On Sunday, the Stingrays and Road Warriors collided at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. Boyd and forward Luke Greiner netted first-period tallies and netminder Allen York registered 34 saves in a 2-1 Stingrays triumph.

The Numbers

Record: 37-19-2-3, 79 points
Home: 19-9-2-0
Away: 18-10-0-3
Last 10 Games: 5-4-1-0
Streak: 1-0-0-0
Goals: Peter Boyd (21)
Assists: Peter Boyd (34)
Points: Peter Boyd (55)
Penalty Minutes: Scott Langdon (128)
Power-Play Goals:
Jack Downing, Dale Mitchell (5)
Power-Play Assists:
Peter Boyd (10)
Power-Play Points: Peter Boyd (13)
Shorthanded Goals:
*Andrew Cherniwchan, Patrick Gaul, Luke Greiner (2)
Shorthanded Assists:
*Luka Vidmar (2)
Shorthanded Points:
Luke Greiner (3)
Game-Winning Goals: Peter Boyd (6)
Wins:
Jeff Jakaitis (23)                         
GAA:
*David LeNeveu (1.64)                   
SPCT:
*David LeNeveu (.940)

*Cherniwchan is on loan to Providence (AHL)
*Vidmar is on loan to Rochester (AHL)
*LeNeveu is on loan to Hartford (AHL)

Taking the Lead

The Stingrays are first in the South Division and third in the Eastern Conference with 79 points (37-19-2-3).

Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis leads the ECHL with a 1.98 goals-against average, .929 save percentage and 23 wins, tied for second with 37 games played, third with 2,211 minutes played, tied for third with three shutouts and fifth with 955 saves.

Forward Peter Boyd is tied for seventh in the ECHL with 55 points (21 goals, 34 assists) and tied for first with six game-winning goals.

Defenseman Steve Spinell is third among rookies with 35 minor penalties.

Forward Luke Greiner stands tied for second among ECHL first-year players with two shorthanded goals and three shorthanded points (two goals, one assist).

Defenseman Jeremy Price is third among rookies with a plus-minus rating of +18.

Defenseman Scott Langdon is second among ECHL defensemen with 16 major penalties and fourth with 128 penalty minutes.

This Week:

South Carolina Stingrays vs. Orlando Solar Bears
Friday, Mar. 21
7:05 p.m.
North Charleston
Coliseum
Family Four Pack Friday – 4 tickets, 4 hotdogs, 4 sodas and large popcorn at Coliseum Box Office
$5 College and Military Tickets with ID at Coliseum Box Office
Listen Live: StingraysHockey.com, Inside Coliseum at 87.8 FM
Preview: 9 of 10 meetings this season, 5-2-1-0 head-to-head record

South Carolina Stingrays vs. Orlando Solar Bears
Saturday, Mar. 22
7:05 p.m.
North Charleston
Coliseum
Military Appreciation Night with Lowcountry Harley-Davidson
Camouflage Jersey and Postgame Auction for The Harbour House of Charleston

Listen Live: StingraysHockey.com, Inside Coliseum at 87.8 FM
Preview: 10 of 10 meetings this season

South Carolina Stingrays vs. Greenville Road Warriors
Sunday, Mar. 23
3:05 p.m.
North Charleston
Coliseum
Kid’s Day – $5 kid’s tickets at Coliseum Box Office
Mascot Mania – Enjoy the game with mascots from around the Lowcountry
Postgame Skate with the Stingrays – Joined by Pattison’s Academy
Listen Live: StingraysHockey.com, Inside Coliseum at 87.8 FM
Preview: 14 of 16 meetings this season, 8-3-0-2 head-to-head record

Latest Stingrays News…

York Backstops Stingrays Over Road Warriors; Lavin Recalled to Providence

Greenville, S.C. – The South Carolina Stingrays (37-19-2-3) took down the Greenville Road Warriors (33-22-2-3) 2-1 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena Sunday afternoon to close a three-game in three-day weekend. Read More

Stingrays Take Down Gladiators in Overtime

North Charleston, S.C. – Forward Wayne Simpson scored the game-winning goal 1:42 into overtime to give the South Carolina Stingrays (36-19-2-3) an 3-2 victory over the Gwinnett Gladiators (24-32-3-2) at the North Charleston Coliseum Saturday evening. The Stingrays finished the head-to-head series against the Gladiators with a 9-6-0-0 record. Read More

Stingrays Players and Staff Step Away From Hockey to Bring Smiles to Pattison’s Academy

North Charleston, S.C. – South Carolina Stingrays players and staff broke away from the hockey rink to play floor hockey with the students and teachers of Pattison’s Academy for Comprehensive Education (PACE) Charter School in West Ashley Thursday afternoon. Read More

Stingrays Showcase 2014 Military Appreciation Night Jerseys at Lowcountry Harley-Davidson

North Charleston, S.C. – The South Carolina Stingrays, celebrating 21 seasons of hockey in the Lowcountry and proud ECHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL), unveiled the 2014 Military Appreciation Night jerseys Tuesday at Lowcountry Harley-Davidson in North Charleston. Read More

Defenseman Luka Vidmar Loaned to Rochester; Santana Joins Stingrays

North Charleston, S.C. The South Carolina Stingrays loaned defenseman Luka Vidmar to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL) and added forward Ryan Santana, Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Spencer Carbery announced today. Read More

Save Big Bucks with a Stingrays Ticket Package!

Place your deposit in for Stingrays Ticket Packages and secure your seat for the 2014-2015 season and receive great benefits! Call the Stingrays Office at (843) 744-2248 to find out more information. More Information

Stingrays Wrap Up Six-Game Road Trip and Host Gwinnett on Lowcountry Food Bank Night Saturday

The Week That Was…

The South Carolina Stingrays wrapped up the Northern swing of a season-long six-game road trip with stops in Toledo, Ohio and Kalamazoo, Michigan to battle the Toledo Walleye and Kalamazoo Wings last week for a week record of 1-1-0-0, improving the Eastern Conference’s second-best overall record to 35-18-2-3.

The Stingrays closed a four-game season series against the Walleye Wednesday evening at Huntington Center with a 2-0 victory. Goaltender Allen York picked up his first shutout of the season making 28 saves and forward Peter Boyd netted a goal and an assist. With the win, the Stingrays finished 4-0-0-0 against the Walleye this season with three of the four victories arriving by shutout.

Friday marked the second and final meeting between the Stingrays and Wings. Kalamazoo jumped out to quick lead in the first period and picked up a 6-0 win at Wings Stadium. The Stingrays closed the series with a 1-1-0-0 record against Kalamazoo.

The Numbers

Record: 35-18-2-3, 75 points
Home: 18-9-2-0
Away: 17-9-0-3
Last 10 Games: 5-4-1-0
Streak: 0-1-0-0
Goals: Peter Boyd (20)
Assists: Peter Boyd (31)
Points: Peter Boyd (51)
Penalty Minutes: Scott Langdon (121)
Power-Play Goals:
Jack Downing, Dale Mitchell (5)
Power-Play Assists:
Peter Boyd (9)
Power-Play Points: Peter Boyd (12)
Shorthanded Goals:
*Andrew Cherniwchan, Patrick Gaul, Luke Greiner (2)
Shorthanded Assists:
Luka Vidmar (2)
Shorthanded Points:
Luke Greiner (3)
Game-Winning Goals: Peter Boyd (6)
Wins:
Jeff Jakaitis (23)                         
GAA:
*David LeNeveu (1.64)                   
SPCT:
*David LeNeveu (.940)

*Cherniwchan is on loan to Providence (AHL)
*LeNeveu is on loan to Hartford (AHL)

Taking the Lead

The Stingrays are first in the South Division, second in the Eastern Conference and fourth overall in the ECHL with 75 points (35-18-2-3).

Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis leads the ECHL with a .931 save percentage and 23 wins, tied for first with a 1.92 goals-against average, second with 2,151 minutes played, tied for third with three shutouts and fourth with 934 saves.

Forward Peter Boyd is tied for 10 in the ECHL with 51 points (20 goals, 31 assists) and tied for first with six game-winning goals.

Forward Wayne Simpson is tied for 20 among ECHL rookies with 30 points (16 goals, 14 assists) and tied for second with three shootout goals.

Defenseman Steve Spinell is third among rookies with 32 minor penalties.

Forward Luke Greiner stands tied for first among ECHL first-year players with two shorthanded goals.

Defenseman Jeremy Price is third among rookies with a plus-minus rating of +18.

Defenseman Scott Langdon is second among ECHL defensemen with 15 major penalties and fourth with 121 penalty minutes.

The Stingrays boast the best defense in the ECHL averaging 2.26 goals against per game.

This Week:

South Carolina Stingrays at Gwinnett Gladiators
Friday, Mar. 14
7:05 p.m.
The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia
Listen Live: StingraysHockey.com
Preview: 14 of 15 meetings this season, 8-5-0-0 head-to-head record

South Carolina Stingrays vs. Gwinnett Gladiators
Saturday, Mar. 15
7:05 p.m.
Lowcountry Food Bank Night – Bring non-perishable food times to stock the Lowcountry Food Bank shelves!
North Charleston
Coliseum
Listen Live: StingraysHockey.com, Inside Coliseum at 87.8 FM
Preview: 15 of 15 meetings this season

South Carolina Stingrays at Greenville Road Warriors
Sunday, Mar. 16
3:00 p.m.
Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina
Listen Live: StingraysHockey.com
Preview: 13 of 16 meetings this season, 7-3-0-2 head-to-head record

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Stingrays Weekly: Stingrays Close Northern Swing of Six-Game Road Trip with Stops in Toledo and Kalamazoo

The Week That Was…

The South Carolina Stingrays hosted the Orlando Solar Bears at the North Charleston Coliseum and kicked off a season-long six-game road trip this week against the Reading Royals and Elmira Jackals for a week record of 1-2-1-0, improving the Eastern Conference’s best overall record to 34-17-2-3.

The Stingrays opened the week Tuesday evening against the Solar Bears. Forward Nick Larson scored his first goal as a Stingray early in the first period and defenseman Drew Baker netted a power-play goal in the third frame, but the Solar Bears prevailed 3-2 in overtime.

On Friday, the Stingrays wrapped up their regular-season series against the Royals at Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania with the Royals skating to a 4-0 victory. Goaltender Allen York, in his first game back from the American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch, made 28 saves in the loss. The Stingrays finished the head-to-head series with a 1-1-0-1 record.

Moving into a snowy Elmira, New York, the Stingrays and Jackals collided Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at First Arena. In the opening contest, forward Nick Larson scored the game-tying goal midway through the first period and buried game-winning shootout goal in the sixth round to claim a 2-1 win. The Jackals bounced back the following day with a 3-2 triumph. Forwards Paul Rodrigues and Luke Greiner lit the lamp for the Stingrays.

The Numbers

Record: 34-17-2-3, 73 points
Home: 18-9-2-0
Away: 16-8-0-3
Last 10 Games: 4-5-0-1
Streak: 0-1-0-0
Goals: Peter Boyd (19)
Assists: Peter Boyd (30)
Points: Peter Boyd (49)
Penalty Minutes: Scott Langdon (116)
Power-Play Goals:
Jack Downing, Dale Mitchell (5)
Power-Play Assists:
Peter Boyd (9)
Power-Play Points: Peter Boyd (12)
Shorthanded Goals:
*Andrew Cherniwchan, Patrick Gaul, Luke Greiner (2)
Shorthanded Assists:
Luka Vidmar (2)
Shorthanded Points:
Luke Greiner (3)
Game-Winning Goals: Peter Boyd (5)
Wins:
Jeff Jakaitis (23)                         
GAA:
*David LeNeveu (1.64)                   
SPCT:
*David LeNeveu (.940)

*Cherniwchan is on loan to Providence (AHL)
*LeNeveu is on loan to Hartford (AHL)

Taking the Lead

The Stingrays are first in the South Division, first in the Eastern Conference and third overall in the ECHL with 73 points (34-17-2-3).

Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis leads the ECHL with a 1.92 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and 23 wins, tied for first with 36 games played, second with 2,151 minutes played, tied for third with three shutouts and fourth with 934 saves.

Forward Peter Boyd is tied for ninth in the ECHL with 49 points (19 goals, 30 assists).

Forward Wayne Simpson is tied for 18 among ECHL rookies with 29 points (15 goals, 14 assists).

This Week:

South Carolina Stingrays at Toledo Walleye
Wednesday, Mar. 5
7:15 p.m.
Huntington
Center in Toledo, Ohio
Listen Live: StingraysHockey.com
Preview: 4 of 4 meetings this season, 3-0-0-0 head-to-head record

South Carolina Stingrays at Kalamazoo Wings
Friday, Mar. 7
7:30 p.m.
Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan
Listen Live: StingraysHockey.com
Preview: 2 of 2 meetings this season; 1-0-0-0 head-to-head record

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Elmira, NY – Forward Nick Larson netted the game-tying goal and the shootout-winning marker to guide the South Carolina Stingrays (34-16-2-3) over the Elmira Jackals (20-27-2-4) 2-1 at First Arena Saturday evening. Read More

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