On the heels of a four-game winning streak and seven wins in their last 10 games, the South Carolina Stingrays have moved above the .500 mark on the season with a 14-13-1 record for 29 points. The Stingrays are tied with Gwinnett for third place in the South Division.
South Carolina opened its week with a 3-0 shutout of Florida on Friday at the North Charleston Coliseum. Josh Godfrey, David de Kastrozza and Matt Scherer tallied goals for the Stingrays while Todd Ford turned aside all 20 Everblades’ shots to record the shutout.
On Saturday, the Stingrays traveled to Gwinnett and held on for a 3-2 win over the Gladiators. Trent Campbell (1g-1a), Tommy Goebel (1g-1a) and Pierre-Luc O’Brien (0g-2a) each had two points in the win while Jared DeMichiel stopped 28 shots for the win.
The Stingrays ended the week with a 3-2 win over Florida on Sunday. de Kastrozza tied the score midway through the third period top force overtime, and eventually a shootout. Ford, who made 32 saves in regulation and overtime, stopped all four Everblades’ shootout attempts with Goebel and Rob Ricci scoring for the Stingrays.
Ricci and de Kastrozza are tied for the team lead with nine goals a piece while O’Brien paces the offense with 21 points (6g-15a). de Kastrozza ranks 10th among ECHL rookies with 16 points (9g-7a) with Godfrey second among defensemen with eight goals. Ford, the 2010 ECHL Goaltender of the Year, is fifth in the league with a 2.26 goals-against average and is tied for 11th with a .915 save percentage.
The Stingrays return to the ice on Sunday at Gwinnett beginning a stretch that will see them play six games in 10 days.