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April 13, 2015 - ECHL (ECHL) - South Carolina Stingrays News Release

The South Carolina Stingrays wrapped up the 2014-15 regular season last week with a single contest against the Evansville IceMen on Saturday at the North Charleston Coliseum, earning a 3-0 victory to send their overall record to 45-20-1-6 and finish second in the East Division.

After a quiet first period, the Stingrays broke the scoreless tie early in the second thanks to forward Patrick Gaul. Defenseman Jake Suter earned his first professional point with the primary assist. Looking to lockup home-ice advantage with a win, Stingrays forward Derek DeBlois added two goals including his team-leading 21st tally of the season. Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis made 25 saves for his league-leading seventh shutout of the season and helped the Stingrays set a new ECHL single-season record with 12 team shutouts this season.

The Numbers: 2014-15 Season

Record: 45-20-1-6, 97 points (2nd East Division)

Home: 20-11-1-4

Away: 25-9-0-2

Last 10 Games : 8-2-0-0

Streak: 1-0-0-0

Goals: Derek DeBlois (21)

Assists: Wayne Simpson, Andrew Rowe (39)

Points: Andrew Rowe (56)

Penalty Minutes: Marcus Perrier (155)

Power-Play Goals: Joe Devin (9)

Power-Play Assists: Brandon Wong (14)

Power-Play Points: Brandon Wong (19)

Shorthanded Goals: Branden Gracel*, Patrick Gaul, Braden Pimm*, Lee Moffie, Derek DeBlois (1)

Shorthanded Assists: Rob Bellamy (2)

Shorthanded Points: Rob Bellamy (2)

Game-Winning Goals: Wayne Simpson (5)

Wins: Jeff Jakaitis (26)

GAA: Adam Morrison (1.88)

SPCT: Adam Morrison (.928)

*No longer with team

League Leaders:

The Stingrays held the best defense in the ECHL this season with a 2.26 goals-against average and the best shots shots-against average at 25.99. The team also scored 224 goals, the highest since the 2009-10 season.

Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis earned the top spot in the ECHL with a 1.96 goals-against average and seven shutouts and ranked second in the league with a .924 save percentage and five shootout wins.

Forward Derek DeBlois finisehd tied for 12th among ECHL rookies with 45 points (21 goals, 24 assists).

Defenseman Marcus Perrier led ECHL rookies with 45 minor penalties and placed fourth among first-year players with 155 penalty minutes.

This Week:

South Carolina Stingrays vs. Reading Royals

Game 1: East Division Semifinals

Friday, Apr. 17

7:05 p.m.

North Charleston Coliseum


Listen Live:, ECHL.TV

Preview: First-ever postseason meeting, 1-2-0-0 head-to-head record in 2014-15 regular season

South Carolina Stingrays vs. Reading Royals

Game 2: East Division Semifinals

Saturday, Apr. 18

7:05 p.m.

North Charleston Coliseum


Listen Live:, ECHL.TV

National Hockey League Affiliate Update

Boston Bruins

Record : 41-27-14, 96 points

Standing : 5th Atlantic Division, 9th Eastern Conference

2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Did not qualify

Washington Capitals

Record : 45-26-11, 101 points

Standing : 2nd Metropolitan Division, 4th Eastern Conference

2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Open first-round series with the New York Islanders Wednesday

American Hockey League Affiliate Update

Providence Bruins (BOS)

Record : 40-24-7-2, 89 points

Standing : 2nd Atlantic Division, 6th Eastern Conference

Hershey Bears (WSH)

Record : 44-21-5-3, 96 points

Standing : 1st East Division, 2nd Eastern Conference

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