GAME PREVIEW: SC Stingrays vs. Jacksonville Icemen
The South Carolina Stingrays complete a four-game week this afternoon as they host the Jacksonville Icemen for Paint the Ice Night. These two teams faced off on Wednesday in Jacksonville with the Stingrays winning 5-3.
LAST TIME OUTSouth Carolina opened the scoring midway through the first period on Austin Magera’s tally and never looked back, routing the Savannah Ghost Pirates by a final score of 6-0. Justin Florek, Ian Mackey, Max Humitz, Bear Hughes, and Anthony Del Gaizo added a goal each before the final horn sounded. Tyler Wall turned back all 22 shots he saw for his first shutout of the season and second of his professional career.
ALL-TIME SERIESSince the Icemen’s inaugural season in 2017-18, South Carolina owns an overall record of 30-28-6-0 in 64 all-time regular-season meetings. The Stingrays are 3-4-1 against the Icemen this season after beating Jacksonville at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena by a final score of 5-3 on Wednesday.
NEWCOMERS, WELCOMEA handful of new players have joined the Stingrays over the last few weeks, and each one of them contributed in some fashion during last night’s victory. Forward Austin Magera scored his second goal in the last three games which included his second game-winning goal as well. Forward Ian Mackey tipped in a shot for his first career ECHL goal last night and after forward Max Humitz joined the Stingrays on Thursday, recorded a goal in his Stingrays debut. Rookie defenseman Robbie Stucker was signed ahead of Friday’s matchup and in his pro debut last night, he picked up his first pro points when he insisted on Justin Florek’s goal in the first period.
A PERFECT TENFollowing an assist on Justin Florek’s goal in the first period last night, Anthony Del Gaizo extended his point streak to 10 games. He added a goal last night for a total of 15 points during this stretch on six goals and nine assists. The two-point night pushed Del Gaizo into third on the Stingrays with 43 points this season on 15 goals and 28 assists.
IN THE CROSSHAIRSThe Stingrays are within striking distance of first place and can take over the top spot in the South Division for the first time since January 13th with a win tonight. South Carolina is in second place and is one point behind Jacksonville and Greenville while holding a one-point lead over the Florida Everblades. The magic number for South Carolina is down to 13 points in the tightest division in the ECHL where first and sixth place are separated by only 10 points.
Upcoming 5-Game ScheduleMaine at South Carolina – Saturday, March 25 at 6:05 p.m.Maine at South Carolina – Sunday, March 26 at 3:05 p.m.South Carolina at Cincinnati – Friday, March 31 at 7:35 p.m.South Carolina at Fort Wayne – Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m.South Carolina at Toledo – Sunday, April 2 at 5:15 p.m.
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