Game 7: Elmira Jackals (2-4-0-0) at South Carolina Stingrays (1-4-1-0)
7:05 p.m., North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, South Carolina
The Jackals turn the page on October and open November with a road trip against the South Division, starting with a match Thursday night against the South Carolina Stingrays. The teams will meet again Sunday afternoon at the North Charleston Coliseum to wrap up the week in their only two games head-to-head this season.
The Stingrays have played six games and are 1-4-1 early in the 2016-17 season. Their only win came over the weekend against the Florida Everblades, but they opened this week with a 6-2 loss to the Orlando Solar Bears. After tonight, the Stingrays are off until Sunday afternoon, when the two teams meet again at the North Charleston Coliseum.
The Jackals are coming off a week in which they played three games against the Adirondack Thunder, going 1-2-0-0 against their North Division rival. The Jackals continue this southern trip tomorrow with a match against the Atlanta Gladiators before wrapping up the trip Sunday afternoon against the Stingrays.
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Last time out
Andy Iles made 37 saves, but the Jackals offense mustered just eight shots as they were shut out by the Adirondack Thunder, 3-0, Saturday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Iles was excellent again for the Jackals, making 26 saves through the first 40 minutes to keep the game tied 0-0 heading to the third period. The Thunder finally broke the tie 2:45 into the third period, with Mikkel Aagaard pouncing on a rebound near the right circle to give Adirondack a 1-0 lead. It stayed 1-0 until back-to-back goals for Adirondack just 20 seconds apart. First, Brian Ward buried a cross-ice pass from Aagaard at 13:02. 20 seconds later it was Phil Lane who converted on a pass from Peter MacArthur to make it 3-0.
The Jackals ended with just one third-period shot and finished with eight total for the game, matching an ECHL record, set by the Trenton Devils against the Jackals in 2009.
Scouting the Stingrays
The Stingrays, last season's South Division champion, are off to a slow start in 2016-17, going 1-4-1-0 in their first six games. With just three points, they are seventh in the seven-team South Division and 13th of 13 in the Eastern Conference. They picked up their first win of the season, 2-1 in overtime, Friday against Florida. The Stingrays opened the week with a 6-2 loss to Orlando Tuesday night.
Six players are tied for the team lead with three points in six games. Olivier Archambault is the team leader with three goals, all of which are power-play goals, the only player who has scored more than one goal this season. Overall, the Stingrays have been outscored 20-9 in five games.
In goal, Adam Carlson and Parker Milner have split time through six games. Milner has started three games and has appeared in four, but is still searching for a win. He is 0-2-1 with a 3.29 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage. Carlson, 22, is in his rookie season and is 1-2-0 with a 2.92 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage in three games. He was pulled after allowing four goals on 12 shots in Tuesday's loss to Orlando.
The Jackals and Stingrays meet just twice this season, with both games coming this week at the North Charleston Coliseum. After tonight's game, the Jackals will stop off in Atlanta for a game with the Gladiators before returning to South Carolina for the final match Sunday afternoon.
Last season the teams split their two-game series, with both games in South Carolina. The Jackals won the first game, 2-0, Nov. 6 before the Stingrays responded with a 4-1 victory Nov. 7. The Stingrays currently have six players on their roster who spent time in South Carolina last season. No returning player had a point against the Jackals last season.
The Stingrays power play went 0-for-6 Tuesday against Orlando, dropping them to 3-for-17 (17.6%) on the season, which ranks 13th in the ECHL. Olivier Archambault has scored all three of the team's power-play goals.
The Jackals power play went 0-for-3 Saturday, being held off the score sheet with the man advantage for just the second time in six games this year. They are now 5-for-23 (21.7%) with the man advantage, ranking sixth in the league.
South Carolina's penalty kill faltered Tuesday, allowing two goals in seven shorthanded situations against the Solar Bears. They are now 21-for-25 (84.4%) this season, putting them 16th in the ECHL and they are tied for second in the league with two shorthanded goals.
The Jackals penalty kill was 2-for-2 in the final game of their three-game set with Adirondack last week, moving to 13-for-18 (72.2%) on the penalty kill. That ranks 25th in the ECHL, ahead of Orlando (71.4%) and Reading (65.5%).