On the heels of a 15-4-1 run over their last 20 games, the South Carolina Stingrays have moved into a tie for second place in the South Division with Orlando. South Carolina is 20-11-2 overall on the season for 42 points, and trails first-place Florida by seven points.
The Stingrays went 4-0-0 last week, extending their current winning streak to seven games. South Carolina opened last week’s action with a 4-1 win over Tulsa on Tuesday. Trailing 1-0 late in the second, the Stingrays took a 2-1 lead into the second intermission on goals from Rob Flick and Joe Devin in the final three minutes of the period. Marcus Perrier and Derek DeBlois added tallies late in the third period to set the final while Parker Milner picked up the win in goal with 19 saves.
Friday saw the Stingrays defeat their in-state rival Greenville 3-0. Flick scored a pair of goals and Milner stopped all 20 shots he faced to record his first shutout of the season.
In the back end of the home-and-home series on Saturday, South Carolina traveled to Greenville and came away with a 3-2 shootout win. DeBlois and Tim McGauley scored in regulation for the Stingrays with McGauley scoring the only goal in the shootout for either team to clinch the win. Milner made 24 saves – and stopped all three shootout attempts to earn his sixth consecutive win.
The Stingrays ended their busy week with a 2-1 victory at Atlanta on Sunday. In his first start with the team, Jordan Ruby stopped 18 of the 19 shots he faced to pick up the win in net while Olivier Archambault and Domenic Monardo provided the goals for South Carolina.
Kelly Zajac leads South Carolina on the season with 39 points on the season – which is tied for eighth in the league – and his 29 assists are second in the league. Steven McParland, who was named to the ECHL All-Star Team last week, is tied for sixth among rookies with 25 points (8g-17a) in 31 games while ranking fifth among first-year player in plus-minus at +11.
Milner is tied for second in the league with 16 wins and is fifth with a 2.34 goals-against average.
The Stingrays will look to close the gap on division-leading Florida this week as South Carolina heads south to meet the Everblades on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.