Stingrays Swept Out of Kelly Cup Finals

Posted June 5, 2017

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The South Carolina Stingrays lost 2-1, and 4-0 to the Colorado Eagles in the Kelly Cup Finals on Monday.

In a series that should be remembered for the special teams, they certainly came up big tonight. Andrew Cherniwchan took a four minute for high sticking penalty with 6:35 left in the first period. Three minutes and forty-five seconds later, the Eagles would go up 1-0 on a goal from Casey Pierro-Zabotel.

Seconds later, Derek Arnold would tie the game, giving the Stingrays life.

The Eagles would score less than two minutes into the second and that would be all they would need.

The Stingrays would score no more. The Eagles outshot the Rays 37 to 16 after two periods. Milner was the backbone for the Rays all season, .

The Rays would get one more shot as they had a powerplay with 3:06 to go. With Milner on the bench, it was the Rays’ turn to tie the game late and send it to overtime. The Rays had their chances, but Colorado’s Lukas Hafner stifled them.

While this series was a sweep, all four games were close, two of which were in overtime. In March, it appeared the Rays would not make the playoffs and they made it all the way to the Kelly Cup Final.