Stingrays Week 6 Recap: Late Bloomers

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Posted November 28, 2016

Joe Devin is back! via Sarah_Hobday

With captain Joe Devin back from a stint in the American Hockey League, the South Carolina Stingrays pulled out two late wins over Norfolk and Atlanta. The Rays are riding a three-game winning streak into December.

The Stingrays opened the week by announcing a few roster moves. First, the team released defenseman Evan Moore. The 24-year-old out of Robert Morris University did not play in any regular season games after sustaining an injury in the preseason. Next, defenseman Daniel New got traded to the Florida Everblades for future considerations.

Trevor Gillies and Brandon Blair fought twice while the Stingrays exploded for five goals in the third period against the Norfolk Admirals. Brodie Dupont got the Admirals on the board first, then came the avalanche. Eetu Laurikainen allowed four goals on 11 shots faced in the third period. Steve McParland got the party started with his sixth goal, then Devin and Scott Tanski put up their fourth. Steve Weinstein added his second of the year to the total before an empty-netter from Alex Gacek.

The Stingrays did not get a power play all night, but managed to hold the Admirals to zero-for-two. Parker Milner took the win with 26 saves.

From North Charleston Coliseum, the Rays traveled down to Infinite Energy Center for a match with the Atlanta Gladiators. Adam Carlson and Zane McIntyre stole the show from the offense, with both goaltenders shutting out the opposition through 60 minutes. Carlson, an undrafted signee out of Mercyhurst, ended with 19 saves for his first professional shutout. McIntyre, a Boston Bruins sixth-round pick in 2010 who played with the Bruins earlier this season, stopped 36 of 37.

In overtime, Rob Flick sent a slapshot at McIntyre. The initial shot got saved, but Marcus Perrier whacked the loose puck behind the line with John Parker trying for it as well. The goal is Perrier’s third of the season.

NEXT WEEK

The next five games will all be against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. First up is a three-game slate at Bon Secours Wellness Arena from December 2nd to the 4th. The teams will faceoff again the following weekend in a two-game set at North Charleston Coliseum.

CURRENT STANDING

16 games played, 8-7-1-0 (W-L-OTL-SOL), 17 points, .531 points percentage, 4th in South Division