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04/02/2007 2:06 PM -

The Week That Was:

The Stingrays completed a three-game road trip this weekend with a game in Gwinnett on Thursday night and games in Augusta on Friday and Saturday night.

On Thursday, the Gwinnett Gladiators were off to a fast start scoring three unanswered goals in the first period. Despite a strong effort from the Stingrays in the second and the third, they could not catch up to the Gladiators who won 5-3, including an empty next goal with a minute left in play. Daren Machesney recorded the loss.

Friday night found the Stingrays in Augusta, the team that holds the Rays playoff hopes in their hands. Davis Parley commanded the game only letting in one goal in the first period and stopped a total of 35 shots in the 4-1 victory. Rookie Micheal Haley scored the game-winning goal late in the second period.

Saturday, the Stingrays tried to make it two in a row, but could not catch up as the Lynx defeated the Stingrays 3-2. Both Josh Anderson and Donny Grover had a goal and an assist in the effort.

Playoff Chances:

Currently the Stingrays are in sixth place in the South Division. In order to make the playoffs for the 14th consecutive year, the Stingrays MUST win both of their remaining games and the Augusta Lynx MUST lose both their remaining games in regulation. If the Lynx score one point in their remaining two games or the Stingrays lose a game, then the Stingrays do not qualify for the 2007 Kelly Cup Playoffs.

Team News:

Come out to the game on Saturday, April 7 as members of the 1996-97 Kelly Cup Championship Team will be present at the game. They will be recognized during the first intermission in honor of the 10 Year Anniversary of the 1st Kelly Cup Championship win. The actual Kelly Cup Trophy will also be available for viewing.

The Stingrays are 35-26-9 for 79 points. They earned two of the possible six points this week and are currently in sixth place in the South Division.

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

Goalie Davis Parley set a new team record on Saturday night for most appearances in one season. His 59th appearance surpassed the previous record of 58, set by Kirk Daubenspeck during the 2002-03 Season.

Roster Notes:

Marc Busenburg returned to the Rays last week from the Hershey Bears.

Cam McCaffrey returned to the Stingrays from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday. He ended the weekend with one assist and a plus/minus rating of plus-1.

Cail MacLean was activated off the injured reserve in time for Friday’s game against Augusta. He has one goal and one assist over the two games.

Jarrett Konkle was placed on the 3-day Injured Reserve.

Scott Romfo was placed on the 7-day Injured Reserve.

Sasha Pokulok was transferred to the 30-day Injured Reserve.

Stephen Werner remains on recall to the Hershey Bears.

Special Teams:

The Stingrays rank 4th at home on the power play converting 19.6% of the time, and are last in the league on the road only converting 12.4%. Overall, the Rays are 13th with a 16.3%.

For the penalty kill, the Stingrays are 12th at home with 83.9%, 6th on the road with 85.2% and 7th overall with 84.6%

League Leaders:

Cam McCaffrey’s 18 major penalties ranks him third in the league.

Cail MacLean’s 17 power play goals ties him for third in the league with Gwinnett’s Colton Fretter.
T.J. McElroy is second among rookies for minor penalties with 44 as well as tied for first for shorthanded assists, with three.

Nate Kiser remains third among defensemen in penalty minutes with his 212 and tied for fifth in major penalties with twelve.

Davis Parley is second in wins with 31. He is first in minutes (3463), saves (1711) and overtime wins (5).

John Donnelly and Sasha Pokulok will be the guests on tonight’s Coach’s Show with “Voice of the Rays” Mike Kelly. Catch the Coach’s Show live at Bobby Hartin’s Sports Grill from 7-8pm. Fans can hear the show on ESPN Radio 910 the Team and online through

Upcoming Events:

John Donnelly, Donny Grover, Travis Morin, and Micheal Haley will be at the Low Country Food Bank on Tuesday, April 3 to help sort and box food from 4-6 p.m.

The entire Stingrays team will be at the Wendy’s off International Blvd (by the Coliseum) on Tuesday, April 3 from 6 -8 p.m. to sign the 2006-07 Team Photo, sponsored by Wendy’s. Secure your Team Photo before they are handed out at Saturday’s game by stopping by Wendy’s on Tuesday evening.

Matt Stefanishion, Daren Machesney, and Josh Anderson will be at the Royal Z Lanes in Goose Creek on Thursday, April 5 at 8 p.m. for the bowling league.

The Numbers:

Record: 35-26-9 (79 points)
Home: 17-12-6
Away: 18-14-3
Last Ten Games: 5-3-2
Goals: Matt W. Reid (28)
Assists: Evan Schwabe (47)
Points: Schwabe (67)
Shots: Chris Chaput (197)
Penalty Minutes: Nate Kiser (212)
Power Play Goals: Cail MacLean (17)
Power Play Assists: Schwabe (27)
Power Play Points: Schwabe (35)
Short Handed Goals: Reid (5)
Short Handed Assists: T.J. McElroy and Cam McCaffrey (3)
Short Handed Points: Reid (7)
Game Winners: Stephen Werner (4)
Wins: Davis Parley (31)
GAA: Parley (3.24)
SPCT: Parley (.901)
Plus/Minus: Kiser (plus-12)

This Week: The Stingrays have no games this week until they travel to Gwinnett on Friday and play at home against Texas on Saturday.

April 6, 2007
Home Ice at the Arena at Gwinnett Center
7:35 p.m.
South Carolina at Gwinnett

The Gladiators defeated the Stingrays in their last meeting 5-3 on March 29 to improve their record to 7-0-1. The Stingrays have not won a game in Gwinnett this season.

April 7, 2007
North Charleston Coliseum
7:05 p.m.
Texas at South Carolina

It’s the Stingrays last home game of the regular season tonight as the Rays celebrate Fan Appreciation Night, sponsored by Wendy’s. The 2006-07 Team Photo will be handed out at the door and everyone has FREE PARKING. Members of the 1996-97 Kelly Cup Championship Team will be in attendance along with the Kelly Cup to help celebrate the 10 Year Anniversary of the Stingrays first Kelly Cup Championship.

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