Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Stingrays Sitting Pretty in Race to the Playoffs

Tuesday, March 20th 2007

It wasn’t too long ago that the ‘Rays found themselves in sixth place in the South Division with a roster decimated by injuries and call ups to the Hershey Bears. In response all they have done is won seven of their last eight games and moved into sole possession of 4th place building a solid four point lead over both Augusta and Charlotte. The streak included taking two out of three games over 2nd place Florida and sweeping back-to-back games over Pensacola and Reading. They’ve seen an offensive explosion as of late, scoring at least three goals in each of those victories and averaging 3.875 goals per game over the past eight. (Photo Courtesy of The Mankato Free Press)

The Stingrays also received a boost to their lineup recently as the Washington Capitals signed their 2004 9th round pick Travis Morin (Pictured) to a two year entry level contract beginning next season. As part of the deal, Morin was signed to a PTO by the Stingrays for the rest of this season. The signing didn’t take long to pay dividends as Morin tallied the game winning goal in his first professional game on Sunday as South Carolina came from behind to defeat Pensacola 3-2. His debut followed an outstanding senior year at Minnesota State where he was named second team All-WCHA after leading his team with 17 goals and 39 points in 38 games.

South Carolina is now in a good position as they head down the stretch run to the post-season. They still must play three games at Augusta and host one game at home against the Charlotte Checkers in what will end up deciding who gets the final two spots in the playoffs.

Former Stingrays in the News:

Kyle Wilson, who was loaned to the Hershey Bears back on December 1st, was named the AHL player of the week for period ending March 18th. He posted 4 goals and 6 assists for 10 points in only 3 games.

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