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Rays Go Winless In Weather Shortened Week

December 19, 2005 - ECHL (ECHL) - South Carolina Stingrays News Release

South Carolina played just one game this week due to a weather related cancellation in Greenville on Saturday. The Rays lost to the Augusta Lynx at home on Friday night by the score of 5-2. After winning six of seven games, the Stingrays are now 1-2-1 in their last four contests. The Rays now have a record of 9-11-6 on the season which has them in a tie for sixth place in the South Division.

Maxime Daigneault is 6-1-1 with a goals against average of 2.25 in his last eight times out. Deryk Engelland and Brad Parsons each lead the Stingrays with ten points on a goal and nine assists in their last ten games. Matt Reid has five goals to lead the Rays in the last ten games along with four assists.

South Carolina's power play continues to be one of the most potent units in the league. The Rays have a power play which clicks at 22.9% and is ranked fourth in the ECHL. The team's penalty kill continues to improve and is now 20th in the league at 79.7%.

Jonas Johansson has made his presence felt with four goals and two assists in four games this season with the Stingrays.

The Stingrays have four games remaining in December with two coming at home and two on the road. South Carolina is 6-6-3 at home and 3-5-3 on the road this year.

Friday, December 16th

Stingrays 2 Vs Augusta 5

The South Carolina Stingrays lost to the Augusta Lynx for the third time this season. Anthony Bataglia had a pair of second period goals for the Lynx including the game winner. Maxime Daigneault suffered his fist loss in nine starts, getting pulled in the second period with the Lynx up 3-0.

Hecimovic Head Over Seas!

The Stingrays announced this week that rookie winger John Hecimovic has left the team to pursue and opportunity in Germany. Hecimovic, a Florida Panthers draft pick had five goals and 10 assists of 15 points in 24 games with the Stingrays. He becomes the second player, after JF David, to leave the Rays for Europe this season.

"John got an offer that was hard for him to refuse," commented Head Coach Jason Fitzsimmons. "We certainly wish him luck in the future."

The Week Ahead

Columbia Visits Wednesday

Wednesday, December 21st 7:05

Radio -6:50 PM on 910 AM

The Skinny: This is the fourth game of the season between these two teams. The Lynx have a record of 2-1 against the Rays, while South Carolina has a mark of 1-1-1 against the Lynx.

At the Rink: Family Fun Friday: 4 Tickets, 4 Hotdogs, 4 Cokes and popcorn for just $44. Moe's Night: Fans get $9.00 tickets when they say "Welcome to Moe's!" at the Ticket Window.

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