Thoughts Before Game 3 in Wheeling

Greetings from Wheeling! We’re just a few hours away from taking the ice for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. With the series tied 1-1 and two games in Wheeling still remaining later this week, tonight’s game is a big one. I’d fully expect the intensity in this series to ramp up this evening, and for us to see both teams with a little bit more wind in their sails. After a quick Morning Skate, the Rays players have spent the afternoon at the hotel getting ready for tonight’s game. There is a good feeling around the team right now and the squad is ready to put Game 2 behind them and get rolling this evening.

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Series Primer: Rays Look To Silence The Thunder

The Adirondack Thunder are in town and it’s almost time to drop the puck on the Conference Semifinals. I think we are in for a heck of a series.
We know this… the winner of the Kelly Cup will be one of these eight teams playing in the Semifinals:
Eastern Conference 
#2 South Carolina vs #6 Adirondack
#5 Wheeling vs #8 Reading
Western Conference
#1 Missouri vs #4 Allen
#2 Fort Wayne vs #6 Utah
The top team in the East, Toledo, went down in seven games to Reading. Allen kept its hopes of defending the Kelly Cup alive with a Game 7 win over Idaho last night.
In regards to the task at hand for the Stingrays, the road to the Kelly Cup is only going to get harder, and with respect to Kalamazoo, I think Adirondack is a whole new challenge for the Stingrays. I loved the way the Stingrays played down the stretch and in the opening round, so I cannot wait to get going…

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4 wins down…To the Conference Semifinals We Go!

Let the playoff beards GROW! We’re off to the Eastern Conference Semifinals after a thrilling 4-1 series win over the Kalamazoo Wings. The Stingrays played some fantastic hockey to open the postseason and there is a great deal of buzz and excitement around this team right now. We’ve been on all the news channels thanks to our great local media, and I heard many compliments from Kalamazoo fans and their media on just how strong of a team the Stingrays have.
With that said, the battle is just beginning. The Adirondack Thunder are South Carolina’s next playoff opponent with Game 1 on Friday and Game 2 Saturday at the North Charleston Coliseum. (Get tickets HERE!) The Thunder are coming off a 4-1 series win over Manchester. We’re in for a fantastic Conference Semifinals series.
I’ll be back later this week to preview the series, but let’s get blogging on a hodgepodge of topics….

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Playoff Time is HERE!

As Ric Flair would say, “WOOOOO!” The best time of year is upon us. It’s PLAYOFF TIME as we start the pursuit of our fourth Kelly Cup. The Stingrays fly out to Kalamazoo Thursday as we prepare for the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series versus the Wings.

There is a lot of reason to be excited for what is ahead for this Stingrays squad. This group is deep, tough, has great goaltending, is tight knit, has great chemistry, and goes into the playoffs having not lost in regulation since Feb. 28. With that said, the playoffs are a whole new animal and the Stingrays will need to bring their A-game against a Kalamazoo team that hasn’t lost in regulation in 10 games and scratched and clawed their way to get one of the final playoff spots.

Here’s my playoff primer with more info about Kalamazoo, a look at the Rays history in the playoffs, my thoughts and much more!

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Down to the Wire and Random Thoughts

Only a few games left in the regular season! It’s an exciting time for the South Carolina Stingrays. The club goes into this week on the verge of clinching a playoff spot, and is in the top spot in the South Division, and only three points out of the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Safe to say, there is nothing better than this time of year for hockey fans. Every game is a big one and then the real fun starts come mid-April.

We’ve got plenty to talk about, including the playoff race, where the Rays might finish, our exciting news regarding the Capitals, our upcoming Coach’s Show and some random thoughts. Let’s get started…

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Pink in the Rink is Here and the Push to the Playoffs is On

Hello Stingrays fans! Hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather we’re having here in the Lowcountry. Most of all, I hope you enjoyed a heck of a month of February for the Stingrays. The club just finished up an impressive 10-2-1-0 month that included many highlights. We’ll look back at the month that was, and look ahead to Saturday’s 10th Annual Pink in the Rink presented by Trident Health.

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Checking in from Norfolk

Hello Rays fans! It’s been a busy weekend in Norfolk and a big game is on tap tonight. Thanks for checking in for another blog.

Certainly last night’s game was no fun for anyone. The thing is, it happens, even to the best teams. It’s a 72 game season and you are going to have a night to forget now and then. The good thing is that the Rays get to turn around and play again this evening. Certainly the recent string of losses is something the Rays are working feverously to fix, but last night’s game was a total outlier as far as results this season. Take it as a learning lesson and move on. Sometimes it’s easier said than done from a fan perspective, but come playoff time, one ugly loss is going to be nothing more than a footnote.

I’ve got a bit of a shorter blog this week…but let’s get at it!

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