South Race Remains Tight After Week 2

Following the first two weeks of play the top six teams in the South Division are separated by five points and only three points separates the top four.

Columbia posted a 4-3 overtime win against Charlotte on Friday and a 4-3 win at Greenville on Saturday to move into first place in the South Division with nine points. The Inferno closed out the weekend with a 4-2 loss against South Carolina, which was 2-0-1 last week to improve to 2-1-2 and fourth place in the division with six points.

The Stingrays will host Greenville on Tuesday, Gwinnett on Friday and Charlotte on Saturday before traveling to Charlotte on Sunday. Defenseman J.F. David leads the Stingrays with eight points and is tied with Brad Parsons, who ranks second on the team with seven points, for the team lead in assists with six. Ty Morris is tied for second among ECHL rookies with four assists and ranks third in scoring with six points.

Columbia travels to Pensacola on Friday and Saturday to meet the defending Brabham Cup Champion Ice Pilots (0-3-1). Leading Columbia with five assists and six points, Derek Eastman is tied for third among league defensemen in scoring and tied for fourth in assists.

Following a 4-3 overtime loss at Columbia on Friday, Charlotte won 5-4 in overtime on Saturday to improve to 3-0-1 and is tied with Augusta for second place with seven points. Charlotte rookie goaltender Jeff Glass is 1-0-1 with a shutout, a goals-against average of 1.87 and a save percentage of .949 in two games.

Following a 4-2 loss at South Carolina on Tuesday and a 4-3 overtime loss at Gwinnett on Friday, the Lynx won 3-2 at Pensacola to improve to 3-1-1. Augusta concludes its current five-game road trip on Friday and Saturday when it plays at Florida, which is 1-1-0 after splitting its season-opening home series with Las Vegas.

In its only game of the week, Gwinnett beat Augusta 4-3 in overtime to improve to 2-0-1 and fifth place in the division with five points. The Gladiators opened the season with a 1-0 shootout loss against Charlotte that saw rookie goaltender Tuomas Tarkki make 30 saves in regulation, four saves in overtime and stop four of five shooters in the shootout. Sean Fields is 2-0-0 with a shutout, a goals-against average of 1.44 and a save percentage of .950. The Gladiators will play at South Carolina on Friday and on Saturday travels to Greenville, which is in sixth place at 2-2-0.