To be honest, I’m running out of things to write about this season and we’re not even halfway done.
The Stingrays beat Gwinnett, 4-1, Thursday afternoon in another ho-hum effort. They face the Gladiators again Friday night.
It’s the same old script. Stingrays lose player to injury or call-up. Stingrays sign SPHL player. Jeff Jakaitis plays another great game in net. Stingrays win.
Pretty boring stuff.
Well, it’s pretty amazing stuff, too.
Think about everyone that’s out of the lineup right now? And the Stingrays haven’t missed a step. They continue to win at the same pace as before.
Yes, I know other teams are going through the same thing, but they haven’t kept on winning like the Rays. It’s a testament to the guys they’ve got in the locker room and HC Spencer Carbery.
If Carbery is not the coach of the year this year, someone needs to look at the way the ward is picked.
Despite call-ups and injuries, the Rays have continued to win. He has put together a blue collar team that still has enough skill to get the job done.
So, when the Stingrays stumble later in the season, and they will, don’t whine. They’ll regain their footing and start winning again.
This is a special group, so be thankful for what you’ve got now.
Always remember that it’s not the team the Rays are right now or even in February or March. It’s the team they have in April when the playoffs roll around.
Someone asked about Chad Painchaud, who hasn’t played in a couple of weeks. Well, he’s not hurt. Been a healthy scratch.
The game story from Thursday’s game wasn’t up on the website, but here is a game story from Gwinnett’s win over Stingrays on Dec. 26.
Again, no highlights from the Gladiators 4-1 loss to Rays on Thursday, but here are some highlights against the Wheeling Nailers.
Rays sign Baker
To help on the blue line the Stingrays signed defenseman Drew Baker.
Baker, 27, skated in 23 games with the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) this season scoring two goals and five assists for seven points and added 33 penalty minutes. Last season, the Dawsonville, Georgia, native appeared in four total ECHL contests with the Greenville Road Warriors and Gwinnett Gladiators adding no points and dressed in 54 games with the Augusta RiverHawks (SPHL) recording 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists).
Scouting the Gladiators
Head Coach: Rick Emmett, 10-19-2, in first season with Gladiators
Record: 10-19-2, 22 points (11th in Eastern Conference)
AHL Affiliation: Portland Pirates
NHL Affiliation: Phoenix Coyotes
All-time series: Stingrays lead, 62-47-13.
Season series: Stingrays lead, 5-3-0.
GF: 2.23, (21th)
GA: 3.02, (14th)
PP: 13.2% (25th)
PK: 85.7% (14th)
Top Scorer: FW Even Bloodoff (31 GP, 10g, 7a, 17 pts)
Top Goalie: Paul Karpowich (1-7-0, 3.89 GAA, .862 save)
2013-14 Stingrays vs. Gladiators Season Series
Nov. 1 vs. Gwinnett 5-3 Win
Nov. 2 vs. Gwinnett 3-1 Win
Nov. 3 at Gwinnett 4-2 Win
Nov. 17 vs. Gwinnett 2-1 Win
Nov. 19 vs. Gwinnett 6-4 Loss
Dec. 13 at Gwinnett 3-2 Loss
Dec. 26 at Gwinnett 3-2 Loss
Jan. 2 at Gwinnett 4-1 Win