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SELLOUT CROWD ON SATURDAY!

When the Stingrays defeated the Columbia Inferno 4-3 in overtime on Saturday night, they did so in front of a sellout crowd of 10,496. It was the Stingrays’ first sellout since October 24th, 1998.

The Week That Was:

This week saw the Stingrays in action twice with games against the Charlotte Checkers and Columbia Inferno. The Rays finished the week with a 1-1-0 record earning two out of the possible four points.

On Friday night, the Rays visited the Checkers at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena. Charlotte goaltender Adam Westlund stopped all 32 shots to record his second shutout of the season as the Checkers defeated the Stingrays 5-0.
Dan Murphy recorded a hat trick in the effort. The loss snapped the Rays five-game winning streak.

On Saturday night, the Stingrays returned to more friendly territory as they took on the Inferno at the North Charleston Coliseum. In front of a capacity crowd of 10,496,
Evan Schwabe, with assists from Matt Reid and T.J. McElroy, had the game-winning goal in overtime to lift the Stingrays 4-3. Reid had four points on the night including a goal and an assist and Nate Kiser recorded his second goal of the year and added an assist.

Faith and Fun Night

The Stingrays would like to remind everyone that the next home game will be on Saturday, February 10th against the Dayton Bombers. It is Faith and Fun Night with a special 5 p.m. start time and a FREE post-game concert with Big Daddy Weave. Faith and Fun Night is brought to you by Focus on the Family in association with Young and Associates. For more information about Faith and Fun Night and to purchase your tickets today, contact Chris Lynch at the Stingrays front office at 744-2248 x1214 or through email at chris.lynch@stingrayshockey.com.

Team News:

After earning two more points last weekend, the Stingrays are now 21-15-3 for 45 points. The Rays are in fifth place in the division and trail division-leading Gwinnett Gladiators by seven points.

The Stingrays are tied for 5th place in the conference and 9th in the league.

The Rays are 6-3-1 in their last ten games and currently have a one-game winning streak as they head into this weekend’s games.

T.J. McElroy participated in the All-Star game last week. He did not record a point, but finished with a plus-3 rating.

Davis Parley was recalled to the Hershey Bears. He sat on the bench in last night’s game as the back-up to Daren Machesney.

The win on Saturday extended the Rays home-game winning streak to six, their longest of the season. The streak began on Dec. 20th.

The Stingrays are tied with the Victoria Salmon Kings for seventh in league on power play conversion with a 17.3% and are ninth on the penalty kill with an 84.7% success rate.

The Rays are 3-0 on the road when leading after the first period and 7-0 when leading after the second.

With the overtime win, the Stingrays remain undefeated this season in extra time winning four games.

The Rays continue to be the nice guys on the ice, averaging only 17.1 PIMs a game, which places them last in the league.

Evan Schwabe has a ten-game point streak at home beginning with the Nov. 25th game against Texas.

Nate Kiser’s 114 penalty minutes ranks him 4th in the league.

Davis Parley ranks first in wins with 19, which is his career-high. He is second in minutes (1971), and saves (976) and first in overtime wins (4).

The Numbers:

Record: 21-15-3 (45 points)
Home: 12-8-2
Away: 9-7-1
Goals: T -
Cail MacLean and Matt Reid (15)
Assists: MacLean (24)
Points: MacLean (39)
Shots: MacLean (108)
Penalty Minutes:
Nate Kiser (114)
Power Play Goals: MacLean (10)
Power Play Assists:
Evan Schwabe (15)
Power Play Points: T - MacLean and Schwabe (19)
Short Handed Goals: Reid (3)
Short Handed Assists:
Cam McCaffrey (3)
Short Handed Points: McCaffrey (5)
Game Winners: MacLean and Bernakevitch (3)
Wins:
Davis Parley (19)
GAA: Parley (3.26)
SPCT: Parley (.901)
Plus/Minus:
Matt Stefanishion (plus-10)

This Week: The Stingrays travel to Beaumont, TX to face the Wildcatters for three games in three days.

January 25, 2007
Ford Arena
8:05 p.m. (ET)
South Carolina at Texas


The Stingrays head to Texas for the first of three games in a row against the Wildcatters. Tonight’s meeting is the third this season with the Wildcatters taking the first two 5-3 and 5-4. The game will be broadcast on ESPN Radio 910 the team beginning at 7:50 p.m.

January 26, 2007
Ford Arena
8:30 p.m. (ET)
South Carolina at Texas

The second game of the series will be broadcasted live on ESPN Radio 910 the Team beginning at 8:15 p.m.
Cail MacLean leads the team against the ‘Catters with three points.

January 27, 2006
Ford Arena
8:05 p.m. (ET)
South Carolina at Texas
The Rays play the ‘Catters once more. Tonight’s game will be on the Real 1340 AM beginning at 7:50 p.m. Before this weekend series begins, Texas is second in the division with 51 points and the Rays are fifth with 45 points.


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