Perfect Storm Leads Rays To Title

By Andrew Miller
The Post and Courier

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – Just before the start of their opening playoff series with Charlotte, South Carolina Stingrays coach Jared Bednar sat in his office deep inside the North Charleston Coliseum and looked at his 23-man playoff roster.

He looked up from the list of names, paused for just a second, and then told Stingrays assistant coach Cail MacLean, “this team has a chance.”

That was nearly nine weeks ago and back then Bednar had no idea how prophetic those words would turn out to be for the Stingrays.

The Stingrays celebrated their ECHL record third Kelly Cup title with a 4-2 victory over the Alaska Aces in Game 7 Friday night at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska.

Ironically, the arduous eight-month journey that began with two preseason games in Alaska back in October came full circle for the Stingrays as the players skated around the Olympic sized ice surface at Sullivan Arena hoisting the spoils of victory.

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