Stingrays Week 10 Recap: Stuck in Fourth

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Posted December 27, 2016

After another week and another two games, the South Carolina Stingrays still find themselves in fourth place in the South Division. The power play went cold, going a combined zero-for-11 in their win against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits and the loss to the Norfolk Admirals.

The Stingrays got scoring from their normal sources, Rob Flick and John Parker, as they powered past the Swamp Rabbits for a 6-3 win. Parker and Patrick Gaul scored in the first, giving South Carolina enough of a lead to stay ahead of Greenville. Paul Zanette’s eighth of the year for Greenville pulled them back within one, but Dylan Margonari regifted the two-goal lead later in the second.

The Stingrays limited the Swamp Rabbits to four shots in the third, two of which went in past Parker Milner. South Carolina countered with 15 shots and three goals: Parker’s second of the game, Alex Gacek’s third point, and Flick’s third point. Milner made 18 saves on 21 shots for his 10th win of the season.

Three nights later, the Admirals sailed into North Charleston and took their third win against the Stingrays. The 2-1 win for Norfolk is their sixth win of the season. Joe Devin paced the Stingrays with eight of the team’s 32 shots. Steven McParland had seven and Derek DeBlois had six.

Paul Rodrigues and Gabriel Verpaelst scored on their first shots of the game in the middle of the second period. The only goal allowed by Brandon Anderson came from Rob Flick, his 11th of the season. Anderson finished the night with 31 saves.

In the third period, the Stingrays had four power plays and 15 shots on goal, amounting to zero goals. Parker Milner’s 26 saves on 28 shots kept the team in the game, but the offense could not pierce Anderson again.

The next time South Carolina and Norfolk meet will come on February 10th.

NEXT WEEK

The Stingrays will close out 2016 with three South Division matchups. First is a two-game road trip for a Tuesday contest with Atlanta, then a Wednesday game against Greenville, the eight of 14 matchups between the Stingrays and Swamp Rabbits. On New Year’s Eve, the Florida Everblades will come to North Charleston for a 6:05 start.

In Atlanta, the Gladiators will host a Winter Clothing Drive. Fans who bring gently used jackets, gloves, or hats will get an offer to purchase up to four (4) half-price Premium Level Tickets for each item donated. Tim McGauley has been reassigned to the Stingrays by AHL Hershey and will be with the team in time for the game.

From puck drop to ball drop, the Stingrays will celebrate the new year all night. The team is offering 10 End Level tickets for $100 and doors open at 5 p.m. for a 6:05 game. The first 2,000 fans will get a Trevor Gilles Bobblehead, featuring his signature arm flex.

CURRENT STANDING

4th South Division, 13-11-1-1 (W-L-OTL-SOL), 28 points, 0.538 points percentage