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By: Ashley Hoffman

The Week That Was:

The Stingrays played four games last week earning two of the possible eight points on overtime losses at Augusta and against Charlotte. The team dropped to 6th in the South Division and the Stingrays are now winless in their last seven games going 0-3-4.

On Tuesday night, the team traveled to Augusta to play the Lynx. In a tough match-up including a short-handed penalty shot goal by the Lynx, the Rays ultimately lost 2-1 with a power play goal by Augusta in overtime. The Stingrays only goal was scored by Brendan Bernakevitch, his 12th of the campaign.

The team had a few days rest before taking on the Charlotte Checkers on Friday night. The Stingrays and Checkers are battling for the last playoff spot in the South Division and have been going back-and-forth for weeks. Behind goals from four different Stingrays (Cail MacLean, Matt Stefanishion, Evan Schwabe, and TJ McElroy) the Rays forced the game into overtime, but lost 5-4 on a goal by Blake Bellefeuille with 44 seconds left.

Back in action on Saturday, the Rays traveled to Gwinnett. The Stingrays out-shot the Gladiators 32-12, but the Gladiators out-scored the Rays 3-1. Stephen Werner scored the lone Stingrays goal. Daren Machesney left the game in the third period with an injury to his knee.

On Sunday, the Rays returned to the Coliseum for another game against the Checkers. Charlotte converted on two power play opportunities and defeated South Carolina 3-1. Marc Busenburg, who returned to the team before the game on Tuesday in Augusta, scored his fifth goal of the season.

The Stingrays would like to congratulate Bob Renkas, this year’s Advance Auto Hit the Road with the Rays Winner. Bob will be traveling with the team on the trip to Pensacola on March 16th.

Team News:

The Stingrays are 26-21-7 for 59 points. The two points they earned this weekend places them two points behind the Checkers for sixth place in the South Division.

The Stingrays are 7th place in the conference and 12th in the league.

Cail MacLean was placed on the 7-day IR after a knee injury on Friday night.

Donny Grover remains with the Hershey Bears.

Matt Reid came off the 3-day IR and played in Sunday’s game against the Checkers. He had an assist and was plus-1 in the loss.

The Stingrays rank 3rd at home on the power play converting 22.1% of the time, but have fallen to last in the league on the road only converting 11.3%. Overall, the Rays are 7th with a 17.4%.

For the penalty kill, the Stingrays are 17th at home with 82.7%, 4th on the road with 86.2% and 8th overall with 84.4%

The Stingrays are averaging 3.49 goals a game this season.

Viktor Dovgan is leading ECHL rookies in minor penalties with 34.

Nate Kiser remains third among defensemen in penalty minutes with his 193 and fourth in major penalties with eleven.

Schwabe has moved into the top-20 in the league in points with 55. The league is led by Brad Schell with 98 points. He remains fourth in power play assists with 23.

Davis Parley drops to third in wins with 24. He is first in minutes (2734), second in saves (1392) and first in overtime wins (5).

Upcoming Events:

The Stingrays next home game is Tuesday, March 6th. It’s $10 Tuesdays with a $10 ticket anywhere in the building, $2 beers and 2 for 1 hotdogs presented by Halligan’s.

The Reading Royals come to town in two weeks for a back-to-back series. March 9th is Hall of Fame Night. Cast your vote today for which former Stingrays you would like in the Hall of Fame. Ballots can be found in the Post and Courier. March 10th is Bobble Head Night presented by Comcast.

Stingrays Neighborhood Watch:

On Wednesday, Feb. 29th, Cam McCaffrey will be visiting the children of St. Matthews Community Outreach Center.

Also on Wednesday evening, Josh Anderson and Scott Romfo will be signing autographs at the Shoney’s in Summerville from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.

TJ McElroy and Brendan Bernakevitch will be at My Gym in Mt. Pleasant for a Kid’s Club event from 5:30 until 6:30. They will be playing with the kids and teaching some basic hockey fundamentals.

On Thursday, March 1st, Jarrett Konkle and Matt Reid are visiting the kindergarten classes at Boulder Bluff Elementary school and reading to them.

The entire Stingrays team will be at the Sticky Fingers in Mt. Pleasant from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. for dinner.

The Numbers:

Record: 26-21-7 (59 points)
Home: 14-10-5
Away: 12-11-2
Last Ten Games: 2-4-4
Goals: Cail MacLean (21)
Assists: Evan Schwabe (36)
Points: Schwabe (55)
Shots: MacLean (142)
Penalty Minutes: Nate Kiser (193)
Power Play Goals: MacLean (14)
Power Play Assists: Schwabe (23)
Power Play Points: Schwabe (31)
Short Handed Goals: Brendan Bernakevitch (4)
Short Handed Assists: Cam McCaffrey (3)
Short Handed Points: McCaffrey and Bernakevitch (6)
Game Winners: Stephen Werner (4)
Wins: Davis Parley (26)
GAA: Parley (3.20)
SPCT: Parley (.905)
Plus/Minus: Matt Stefanishion (plus-8)

This Week:
The Stingrays play this weekend down in Pensacola on Saturday and Sunday nights.

March 3, 2007
Pensacola Civic Center
8:05 p.m.
South Carolina at Pensacola
The Stingrays and Ice Pilots play their first of two-in-a-row on Saturday night in Pensacola. The Rays are 4-1-0 against the Ice Pilots this season. Their last meeting was a 4-7 loss in Pensacola.

March 4, 2007
Pensacola Civic Center
7:05 p.m.
South Carolina at Pensacola
The second of the back-to-back games takes place Sunday night. Three Stingrays (Matt Reid, Brendan Bernakevitch, and Evan Schwabe) have seven points against the Ice Pilots in the five games the teams have played. After tonight’s game, the Stingrays have one more back-to-back series against Pensacola later in the month.



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