The Official Site of the South Carolina Stingrays

Washington Capitals

Team News

Behind the Bench with Bednar

12/16/2008 12:50 PM -

Talk about this past weekend’s efforts.  The Stingrays went down to Florida without a full lineup and still managed to pull off two impressive wins against the South Division’s first-place team.
To be honest, I thought they were probably our two best games of the year, especially the first one.  I felt the first game we played really well, and then pretty good again the second night.  The only game I can think of that was a little bit better was probably game two against Florida, the second game of the season.  I thought we played really well when we won down there.  Guys played their hearts out; a great effort.  Everyone was buying into the game plan that we put into place in order to try to get a couple wins out of there.

Have you ever seen as much roster movement, as the Capitals, Bears and Stingrays have had, this early in the season?
(Chuckling) Honestly, it seems like every year I say that.  I’ve been coaching now for, this is my seventh season, and I don’t think we’ve ever had ten guys out of the lineup.  We’ve had two hurt, one sick and seven guys up (in Hershey and Washington).  Right now I’m sitting here looking at my board and there are ten guys missing, and I’ve never seen that.  I know it’s just short-term, so I’m assuming Washington got a whole bunch of guys this weekend.  It always takes a day or two to make sure they’re good, and then they’ll trickle to Hershey.  I’m sure we’ll have some guys coming back to join us for this weekend.  We’ll definitely have a stronger lineup this weekend than we did last weekend.

What did you think of Ian Vigier’s performance, coming up from the SPHL and making his ECHL debut?
You know what, he was great.  He really was.  He came into a rough situation; playing down in Florida is not an easy task.  At the start of the game, I want to say they were outshooting us 10-1, and he was holding us in.  He made a lot of big saves, but he made a couple of really big saves for us at key times in the game to keep us afloat.

The Stingrays host the Elmira Jackals for the first time ever this Friday and Saturday.  How much do you know about Steve Martinson’s club?
Well, I know a little bit about them.  I’m familiar with a few of their personnel, and I know that they’ll be a very hard-working, physical team.  Some of his teams I’ve seen in the past, they’re always physical and they always work extremely hard.  And that’s the one thing I know some of their guys have.  They do have some talent up front, guys that can score and whatnot.  He (Martinson) always has a line or two of guys that are potent offensively.  A good, hard-working blue collar team, I’m sure, is what we’ll see come in here this weekend.  So we’re going to have to be ready, because we’ve always had trouble against teams like that through the course of the season; teams have outworked us and have had success.  I think that’s a tribute to those teams and also a little bit on us.  We have to make sure that we’re coming with a work ethic consistently.      

Do you look forward to the match-ups against the North Division teams, since the Rays generally face those opponents just once or twice a season?
You know, I do.  It’s just a nice change.  It’s easy to get excited for a team you’re only going to play once or twice.  You don’t know what they’ll bring to the table, so it’s a little more exciting than just seeing the same teams over and over, which isn’t fun.  It’s nice to compare your team against other teams in our league. 

Don’t miss all the fast-paced, hard-hitting action! Individual tickets can be purchased at the North Charleston Coliseum box office, by calling Ticketmaster at (843) 554-6060 and online at

The Stingrays are now offering the Pick 6 Plan.  Pick any six Stingrays games for the price of five.  Call 744-2248 for more information.

Full and partial season tickets are available by calling (843) 744-2248 or by visiting online at

Stingrays Hockey – A Whole Lot Cooler!

Search Archive »

Browse by Year »


Browse by Month »

April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006

Our Sponsors

Savage Law Firm
Orange Theory
Visionary Insurance Advocates
Crews Chevy
Oceanside Advisors
Appaliacian Springs
Charleston GI
o2 Fitness
Ms Roses
Charleston ENT
Coastal Vascular
Children's Museum of Lowcountry
SC Sports Med
Chas Country Environmental Management
Trident Health
Health First
Coastal Kids Dental
Smooth Move
Jimmy Johns
The Post and Courier
Blackbeards Cove
Crews Subaru
Southside 17
Great Clips
Dick's Sporting Goods
Life Careers
Hyatt Place
Wild Wing Cafe
King Street Grille
Uncle Bobs Self Storage
Heritage Trust
Sessions Chiro
East Bay Deli
Trident Pain Center
SC Aquarium
CiCi's Pizza
Carolina Ice Palace
Fatz Cafe
Jason Hehr
Bison Branding
QEI Security & Technology
South Carolina Advocates for Epilepsy
Climate Makers