Former Stingrays Highlight Kelly Cup Finals
The Reading Royals are one win away from capturing their first Kelly Cup Championship.
After going 46-19-3-4 in the regular season (1-0-0-1 vs. SC) and entering the playoffs as the #1 seed out of the Eastern Conference, the Royals lead Kelly Cup Finals 3-0 in the best-of-seven series after picking up a 3-1 victory over the Stockton Thunder last night in Game 3 in Stockton, California. Box Score
The series features a healthy handful of former Stingrays that have seen tremendous success during the postseason. Stockton’s Ryan Hayes (10 points in 16 games with SC in 2012-13) leads the ECHL playoff scoring race with nine goals and 15 assists for 24 points in 21 games. Reading’s Nikita Kashirsky (2009 Kelly Cup Champ with SC, 68 points in 86 games in just over two seasons with SC) stands fifth with 18 points in 20 games.
The Royals also feature former Stingrays defensemen Brett Flemming (2011-12, leads the playoffs in points among bluliners with four goals and seven assists), Dustin Stevenson (2010-12, fifth among D-men in playoff points with eight) and Patrick Wellar (2009 Kelly Cup Champ with SC, 2008-10). Stockton’s roster also boasts former Stingrays captain Shawn Weller (2012-13).
Congratulations to Andrew Miller
Earlier this week, my broadcast partner and good friend Andrew Miller claimed the ECHL Outstanding Media Award for the 2012-13 season for his coverage of the Stingrays in The Post and Courier newspaper.
From the release:
Miller has worked at The Post and Courier for more than two decades and has covered the Stingrays since 1998 and serves as radio color commentator for all home games. In addition to covering the Stingrays, he also is the paper’s beat writer for the Charleston Battery soccer team and College of Charleston and has covered everything from high school sports to the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Miller graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1986 with a degree in Journalism.
Catching up with Cail MacLean
Almost every Monday during the summer, several former Stingrays players get together at the Carolina Ice Palace to play some pick-up hockey, tell old stories and have a great time. One player made his summer debut this past Monday and stepped on South Carolina ice for the first time in nearly two years, former Stingrays Captain and coach Cail MacLean. For the past couple seasons, Cail has been the Assistant Coach with the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat under Head Coach and mutual friend Troy Ward. Look for a “Catching up with Cail MacLean” segment very soon.
Providence Looks to Avoid Historical Collapse
After leading the Eastern Conference Semifinals series 3-0, the Providence Bruins find themselves even with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins with Game 7 tonight in Providence. Full story
The Penguins are just the four team in American Hockey League history to force a Game 7 after going down 3-0. Former Stingrays Tommy Cross (11 games) and Ryan Button (5 games) have seen postseason action for the Bruins.
Boston Takes 3-0 Series Lead Over New York
With both Boston and New York skating grueling seven-game series’ in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Bruins look to be on cruise control leading the Eastern Conference Semifinals series 3-0 after a 2-1 victory in Game 3. Full story
“That fourth game is going to be the toughest one and out of any team in the NHL we should probably know that the best,” Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk said in an article on NHL.com.
Game 4 between the #4-seeded Bruins and #6 Rangers is tomorrow, Thursday, May 23.
See you at the rink!