Healthy Spiewak Regains Scoring Touch

By Andrew Miller
Of The Post and Courier Staff

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – It has been a frustrating season for South Carolina forward Kevin Spiewak.

The former North Dakota star has missed 20 games with a variety of injuries.

When Spiewak has been healthy, he’s been productive, recording 30 points on 15 goals and 15 assists in 48 games. Last season as a rookie, Spiewak had 50 points on 20 goals and 30 assists. He also won the fastest skater competition at the ECHL all-star game.

“I’ve been in and out of the lineup, so I haven’t been able to get any continuity out there on the ice with anybody,” Spiewak said. “It’s been frustrating because I haven’t put up the numbers I wanted or expected to this season.”

Finally healthy, Spiewak has been brilliant the last five games for the Stingrays. In the last three games, he has four goals, including two Saturday night against Charlotte.

“I think Kevin has been great for us this season,” Stingrays coach Jason Fitzsimmons said. “His numbers might be down a little, but he’s not getting near as much power play time as he did last season. His speed and his physical play have been great. He’s had some injuries and I know that’s been frustrating for him.”

Spiewak, who plays on the Stingrays’ third line with Rich Peverley and Robin Gomez, is still a plus-7 this season.

“I think Kevin is one of the best two-way players in the league,” Fitzsimmons said. “He’s very responsible defensively.”