Facing one of the biggest weekends of hockey all season against the Greenville Road Warriors, the Stingrays will be short-handed — again.
Hunter Bishop, the Stingrays leading goal-scorer, has been loaned to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (AHL).
The Stingrays were already short-handed. Matt Beca, Kevin Quick, and Tyler NcNeely were already up in the AHL. Alden Hisrchfeld left the Lowcountry as well earlier in the week when he returned to Providence.
Several of the injured players could return this weekend. Chris Langkow, Andrew Sackrison, Tyler Johnson and Ryan Hayes have been skating this week.
The Stingrays are battling for their playoff lives right now and they have had little success against the Road Warriors this season, winning just one game in six matchups.
Bishop, 25, leads the Stingrays in points (49, 24 goals, 25 assists) and goals in 48 games played and is currently on a six-game point streak (four goals, five assists). Earlier this season, the Fairbanks, Alaska, native dressed in four total contests with the Lake Erie Monsters (three games) and Rochester Americans (one game) of the AHL adding no points. Missing last season due to injury, Bishop competed in 34 AHL contests with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2010-11 grabbing four goals and four assists for eight points. Prior to turning pro, Bishop attended Ohio State University for two seasons (2008-10) and skated in four contests with the University of North Dakota in 2006-07 totaling 59 points (29 goals, 30 assists) in 79 games.