The South Carolina Stingrays have been equally hot to start the season, winning seven straight games after dropping their season opener in a shootout. Last week, the Stingrays won each of their four games by a combined 16-8 margin.
South Carolina opened the week with a 4-2 win against Orlando on Tuesday. Four different Stingrays found the back of the net and Jeff Jakaitis recorded the win in goal with 22 saves.
The Stingrays opened a three-game weekend against Gwinnett on Friday with a 5-3 win at the North Charleston Coliseum. Once again, South Carolina had a balanced offensive attack with five different goal scorers, while Chad Painchaud and Kevin Quick each contributed a pair of assists.
On Saturday, the Stingrays scored twice in the final 4:32 of the third period to break a 1-1 tie and come away with a 3-1 win. Marc Hagel scored the game-winning goal at 15:28 of the third while Scott Campbell sealed the win with an empty-net goal in the final minute. Jakaitis, playing his seventh straight game to start the season, picked up the win with 36 saves.
The Stingrays traveled to Gwinnett on Sunday for the weekend finale and rallied for a 4-2 win. South Carolina fell behind 2-0 early in the second period before scoring the final four goals of the game, with Peter Boyd and Jordan Owens each scoring a pair of goals. Andrew Cherniwchan and Igor Gongalsky added two assists each while Adam Morrison, in his first action of the season, picked up the win with 16 saves.
Campbell had his seven-game point streak to start the season come to an end on Sunday, but he still is tied for the league lead with seven goals while his 10 points are tied for sixth. Jakaitis leads the ECHL with six wins and 424 minutes played, and is third with 177 saves and eighth with a 1.70 goals-against average.
South Carolina is tied with Florida for first place in the South Division, and the overall league lead, with 15 points. This week, the Stingrays travel to Greenville on Thursday before hosting Evansville on Friday and Saturday.