Stingrays limp into Kelly Cup playoffs

I hate to be the bearing of bad tidings, but the South Carolina Stingrays are going to limp into the Kelly Cup playoffs this season.

Defenseman Ryan McGinnis tore his ACL Thursday night against the Greenville Road Warriors and is out for the rest of the season. It looks like defenseman Cam Brodie suffered another concussion and might not be on the playoff roster. College D-man Jake Areshenko might have suffered a concussion as well. He’s going to the doctor to get checked out this week. I think we’re up to 11 concussions this season for the Rays. That’s probably an ECHL record.

Chris Langkow also got hurt (upper body) and should play in the series against Gwinnett, but might not played this weekend against the Gladiators in Game 1 and Game 2.

Also, and this terrible news, Tyler McNeely suffered a concussion this past week up in Lake Erie. From all reports it looks like it’s pretty serious and he might not be on the playoff roster.

I talked with Rays head coach Spencer Carbery and he said he might add another college kid to the playoff roster tomorrow.

The good news is that the Stingrays had the best defensive team in the ECHL, allowing a league-low 171 goals this season.

If I have more good news, I’ll pass it along.

APM

5 thoughts on “Stingrays limp into Kelly Cup playoffs

  1. Are there special rules involving injuries for the playoffs? I thought you had to play 3 games to qualify for the playoffs.

  2. mike,
    I’m pretty sure the rule has changed for college kids. As long as they’re on your playoff roster, they can play.
    I remember Jared Bednar signing Rob Ricci just before the start of the playoffs and he hadn’t played a single game for the Rays until the postseason. Now, he did play for Las Vegas after his college career was up, so maybe that had something to do with it.
    However, I will try and confirm that.
    APM

  3. Eric Alexander seems to always be around the puck based on the point total and the shots. Looking forward to seeing him play!!!

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