NORTH CHARLESTON, SC-Kelly Zajac notched a goal and two assists, and Derek DeBlois scored in his first game back from the American Hockey League (AHL) to lead the South Carolina Stingrays (40-18-6-3) to a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Gladiators (31-29-5-2) Tuesday night at the North Charleston Coliseum. The Stingrays claimed the victory in a physical affair that saw the two teams combine for 106 penalty minutes, including 77 from South Carolina.
The Stingrays jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the chippy game. Just a few hours after being returned to South Carolina from Lake Erie of the AHL, DeBlois opened the scoring. South Carolina’s Nick Jones chipped the puck behind the net to DeBlois. He walked out from behind the net and snapped a shot over the glove of Atlanta netminder Matt Ginn to make it 1-0 at 12:21 of the first period. Zajac also assisted.
The Stingrays, just two points behind Toledo for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, host the final two home games of the regular season this weekend. Friday is SAIC/USO Night featuring a Drawstring Bag Giveaway to the first 1,000 fans at 7:05 p.m. versus Orlando. Friday is also a Rays 4 Pack Night, featuring 4 tickets, 4 sodas, 4 hot dogs and one large popcorn for just $65! Saturday is the club’s final home game of the regular season versus Orlando at 7:05 p.m. It is Fan Appreciation Night presented by The Post and Courier featuring FREE parking. That night, fans could win one of five Stingrays authentic throwback jerseys to be given away at the game! Also, raffle tickets will be available to win a jersey off the back of a Stingrays player. For more information, call the Stingrays at 843-744-2248.