The South Carolina Stingrays closed last week on a three-game winning streak and have moved into first place in the ECHL’s South Division and are tied for first in the Eastern Conference with six points. A loud crowd of 7,837 greeted the team during Saturday’s opening night win over the Greenville Swamp Rabbits and the Rays followed the big offensive night up with a shutout of Atlanta the following day, led by goaltender Adam Morrison. The Rays have been scoring at a very high clip through their first five games to start the season and are fourth in the ECHL in offense after scoring 21 goals through five outings, an average of 4.2 per contest.
South Carolina heads on the road this week for three games in Norfolk against the Admirals. The first will take place on Wednesday night before a weekend pair on Friday and Saturday. All games will begin at 7 p.m. Friday’s game is an ECHL.TV Showcase Game, which will be live broadcasted free of charge on the ECHL’s Facebook page.
STINGRAYS RECORD: 3-2-0-0LAST WEEK: 3-1-0-0MONDAY: ORLANDO SOLAR BEARS 5, SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 4(Amway Center – Orlando, FL)A furious comeback attempt in the third period wasn’t enough for the South Carolina Stingrays on Monday night, coming up just short in a 5-4 loss to the Orlando Solar Bears at the Amway Center. Defenseman Kevin McKernan and forward Jake Kamrass each scored their second goal in as many games to begin the season for SC, while forwards Christian Horn and Grant Besse also added tallies in the loss for the Rays.
TUESDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 6, ORLANDO SOLAR BEARS 5(Amway Center – Orlando, FL)The South Carolina Stingrays prevailed to secure their first win of the 2018-19 season in a high-powered, rollercoaster game Tuesday night at the Amway Center, defeating the Orlando Solar Bears by a final score of 6-5. Five Stingrays skaters had multi-point performances in the win, including a goal and an assist for forwards Grant Besse, Jonathan Charbonneau and Matt Pohlkamp, while defensemen Kevin McKernan and Tim Davison each posted two assists.
SATURDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 7, GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS 4(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)The South Carolina Stingrays scored seven goals in front of an opening night crowd of 7,837 to defeat the Greenville Swamp Rabbits 7-4 on Saturday night at the North Charleston Coliseum. Defenseman Tim Davison had his first professional goal and three assists, while forward Grant Besse scored for the third straight game while adding two assists and both Sam Fioretti and Andrew Cherniwchan added a goal and an assist.
SUNDAY: SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS 2, ATLANTA GLADIATORS 0(North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC)Goaltender Adam Morrison made 30 saves and held the Atlanta Gladiators off the scoreboard in a 2-0 win for the South Carolina Stingrays on Sunday afternoon at the North Charleston Coliseum. The win was the first for Morrison in a Stingrays sweater since Mar. 8, 2015 and was his 10th career ECHL shutout. Forwards Andrew Cherniwchan and Christian Horn also tallied goals for the Rays in the win, which was the team’s third consecutive victory this week.THIS WEEKWednesday, October 24 – at Norfolk Admirals, 7 p.m. (Norfolk Scope)Friday, October 26 – at Norfolk Admirals, 7 p.m. (Norfolk Scope)Saturday, October 27 – at Norfolk Admirals, 7 p.m. (Norfolk Scope)STINGRAYS LEADERSGoals: 3 – Grant Besse, Jake KamrassAssists: 6 – Tim DavisonPoints: 7 – Grant Besse, Tim DavisonPlus/Minus: Plus-5 – Kevin McKernanPenalty Minutes: 20 – Marcus PerrierShots On Goal: 24 – Grant BesseWins: 2 – Parker MilnerGoals Against Average: 2.54 – Adam MorrisonSave Percentage: 0.912 – Adam MorrisonBACK FOR MO’Goaltender Adam Morrison stole the show in his return to the North Charleston Coliseum, turning aside all 30 shots he faced to record his 10th career ECHL shutout during a 2-0 win over the Atlanta Gladiators on Sunday afternoon. It was his first game in North Charleston since Oct. 24, 2015 when he returned as a member of Greenville to defeat the Rays in overtime, 3-2. The win was the first for Morrison in a Stingrays sweater since earlier that year, Mar. 8, 2015.
DAZZLING DAVISONRookie defender Tim Davison was on fire last week, scoring seven points on a goal and six assists in the team’s four games. His six assists are second-most of all ECHL skaters and the De Pere, Wis. native is also second in scoring among all ECHL defensemen. Through five games this year Davison is second in scoring among all league rookies.
BESSE HELPING RAYS’ THRIVING OFFENSEForward Grant Besse has been a big part of the Stingrays’ top notch offensive numbers early on this season. The second-year attacker is tied for fifth in ECHL scoring with seven points (3g, 4a) in his first five games. His success is nothing new, as Besse is coming off a rookie year in which he posted 62 points with the Norfolk Admirals on 30 goals and 32 assists. His play earned the Plymouth, Minn. native a spot on the ECHL’s All-Rookie Team and a call-up to the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters for 11 games.KAMRASS PICKS UP WHERE HE LEFT OFFAfter scoring 14 points in his first 12 ECHL games late last season, forward Jake Kamrass has started his first full pro year off the right way with a five-game point scoring streak. Kamrass had goals in each of the Rays first three road games to begin the year and then followed that up with an assist in each of the team’s home wins over the weekend.Single-game tickets for all games during the 2018-19 season are on sale now at the North Charleston Coliseum Box Office and ticketmaster.com.
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