Game 9: Elmira Jackals (2-5-1-0) at South Carolina Stingrays (2-4-1-0)
3:05 p.m., North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, South Carolina
The Jackals wrap up their three-game trip down south with the second and final game against the South Carolina Stingrays. The Jackals are still searching for their first win on the trip, after an overtime loss to the Stingrays Thursday and a shutout loss Friday against the Atlanta Gladiators.
The Stingrays have had two days off since their 2-1 overtime win over Elmira Thursday night. They are 1-1-0-0 this week, dropping a game against the Orlando Solar Bears on Tuesday. After tonight, the Stingrays have a three-game week next week in Orlando against the Solar Bears.
The Jackals lost their fourth straight game Friday, 3-0, to the Atlanta Gladiators at the Infinite Energy Center. Now on an 0-3-1-0 streak, the Jackals are 2-5-1-0 to begin season. Elmira heads home next week and will play four straight games against the Brampton Beast over the course of back-to-back weekends.
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Last time out
Matt Ginn made 21 saves and the Atlanta Gladiators blanked the Elmira Jackals, 3-0, Friday night at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia. It was the third time in eight regular-season games that the Jackals have been shut out.
The Gladiators, the best first period team in the ECHL, grabbed a 1-0 lead at 6:15 of the opening frame, with Justin Buzzeo scoring on a 2-on-1 rush from a pass by Eric Neiley. In the second period, the Glads built the lead up to three, scoring twice in the period. First it was Neiley who scored on a rebound at 8:03 immediately following an Atlanta faceoff win. Later in the period Derek Nesbitt one-timed a right circle blast off the cross bar and in for a power-play goal to make it 3-0 at 16:07.
The Jackals had opportunities, but came up empty on a several odd-man rushes, including one that ended with a shot off the post. They ended with just two abbreviated power plays.
Scouting the Stingrays
The Stingrays, last season's South Division champion, are off to a slow start in 2016-17, going 2-4-1-0 in their first seven games. With five points, they are sixth in the seven-team South Division and 11th in the Eastern Conference. Their two wins this season have both been by 2-1 margins and both have been in overtime. They beat Florida last weekend and the Jackals on Thursday.
Steven McParland (2g, 2a) and Kelly Zajac (1g, 3a) lead the Stingrays in scoring with four points. They combined to score the only two goals Thursday against the Jackals. McParland scored as the first period ended and Zajac buried the game-winning goal in overtime. Olivier Archambault missed Thursday's game, but he remains the team-leader with three goals, all of which are power-play goals.
In goal, Adam Carlson and Parker Milner have split time through seven games. Milner has started four games and has appeared in five. He earned his first win Thursday and is 1-2-1 with a 2.77 goals-against average and a .904 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.
This is the second and final meeting between the Jackals and Stingrays. South Carolina won the first match, 2-1, in overtime Thursday night in North Charleston.
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 is 3-for-20 (15.0%) on the season, after going 0-for-3 in the first match with Elmira. Overall they rank 18th in the ECHL. Olivier Archambault has scored all three of the team's power-play goals, which is tied for the most in the ECHL with three other players.
The Jackals power play had just two abbreviated power plays Friday against Atlanta and went 0-for-2, dropping them to 0-for-7 in the last three games. They are now 5-for-27 (18.5%) with the man advantage, ranking 12th in the league.
South Carolina's penalty kill only faced two power plays Thursday, but went 2-for-2 and is now 23-for-27 (85.2%) this season, 12th in the ECHL. They are tied for the second most shorthanded goals in league with two.
The Jackals penalty kill gave up one goal in five shorthanded situations Friday night, but they are still 9-for-10 in the last three games. On the season they are 20-for-26 (76.9%) on the penalty kill, ranking 26th in the league.