Stingrays Week 14 Recap: Cold Doesn’t Stop Us

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Posted January 26, 2016

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In a week where Winter Storm Jonas postponed hockey games and other important societal functions everywhere from D.C. to New York City, the South Carolina Stingrays continued to play as scheduled.

The Rays knew that this weekend’s games against division rivals Atlanta and Greeville would be crucial in getting back on the winning track. Sadly, the largest crowd of the weekend, Pack the House Night against Greenville, ended in dissapointment.

Before the games, head coach Spencer Carbery made a few roster moves. Branden Komm, a solid 6-2-0-0 in a third-string role, got traded to the Idaho Steelheads. In the same day, the Stingrays released Jordan Kwas and got Bradon Magee, a Texas Stars signee, assigned to them from Idaho.

Vanecek, now affirmed in his role as the starter, stood between the pipes for the Stingrays all weekend. Against the Gladiators on Friday, he posted 24 saves while Brett Cameron, David Pacan, and Jared Staal scored on the way to a 4-1 victory. Brock Higgs scored the lone tally for Atlanta; Kent Patterson saved 26 shots in the loss.

The North Charelston Coliseum holds 10,537 people for a hockey game; 10,350 of those seats were filled to see intra-state rival Greenville battle the Stingrays. In the first minute, the Rays fans got their money’s worth of entertainment.

Marcus Perrier and Tyler Elbrecht dropped their golves at the opening faceoff for a quick tango at center ice. Perrier dropped Elbrecht and the Rays fans roared with approval. 15 seconds later, after play resumed, David Pacan slipped in his fourth goal in as many games to keep the crowd loud. The first period ended to a thunderous ovation as the homesteaders stood leading by one.

Greenville’s Michael St. Croix and Joey Holka silenced the Rays faithful in the second period with two goals in two minutes. Perrier, not to be outdone, beat Allen York over the glove to re-tie the game at two. Joe Houk looked to have the last laugh as his first of the year put the Swamp Rabbits back in the lead, but Wade Epp’s shot through traffic put the game knotted at three heading into the final frame. Marcus Perrier assited on that goal, completing his Gordie Howe Hat Trick.

Bretton Cameron put the final goal past Vanecek early in the third while York staved off the Stingrays’ late attack and the Swamp Rabbits walked away victorious.

NEXT WEEK

It’s a short drive north for the Lowcountry’s own when they battle the Norfolk Admirals in a Friday and Saturday set.

CURRENT STANDING

3rd in South Division, 41 games played, 21-15-3-2 (W-L-OTL-SOL), 47 points