Friday, February 16, 2007

Machesney Returns to Stingrays

Charlotte Checkers (25-18-1-2, 53 points)



South Carolina Stingrays (26-18-0-3, 55 points)

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With the reassignment of Nolan Schaefer to Hershey and Maxime Daigneault fully recovered from his ankle injury, their was no more room on the roster for Daren Machesney. The Caps sent the first year pro back to South Carolina to resume his role of backing up Davis Parley, the ECHL’s leading goaltender in wins, saves, and minutes played. Because of the many injuries to goaltenders within the Washington system, Machesney has moved around a lot this season. In fact, earlier this month he was demoted from Hershey to South Carolina and then promoted to the Capitals in the same day. So far this season he has a 2-5-0 record with a goals against average of 3.24 and an .878 save percentage in seven games with the Stingrays.

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The move precipitated a trade today between South Carolina and Charlotte as backup goaltender Jorge Alves was sent to the Checkers for financial considerations. There was simply no more room on the roster for the seldom used goalie as he appeared in only one game with the Stingrays this season in a relief role for Parley.

He won’t have far to travel though, as the Charlotte Checkers come to South Carolina tonight to take on the Stingrays. It will be the third game in their current six game home streak. The Florida Everblades will come to town tomorrow night for the first of two back-to-back evening games.

South Carolina also announced the signing of rookie defenseman Tim Judy and the release of defenseman Jeff Moor. Judy has appeared in four games for the Stingrays so far this year recording 1 assist and a -2 defensive rating. Moor played in five games for the Stingrays without recording a point. He returns to the Columbus Cottenmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League, where he played in 25 games earlier this season recording 2 goals and 7 assists to go along with 135 penalty minutes.

The moves come as South Carolina looks to reload for their push to a playoff berth in the ECHL’s Eastern Conference. Their 55 points currently puts them in fifth place in the South Division just 9 points behind Division and Conference leaders Gwinnett and Texas.

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