Scott Campbell returns from Providence; Rays sign McFarland

The trickledown effect is starting to take shape for the South Carolina Stingrays.

And it couldn’t have come at a better time with the Rays getting ready to face Cincinnati this weekend and Florida next weekend.

I was starting not to believe my sources when for the last couple of weeks, they’ve been telling me that the Rays should expect players back from the AHL.

Scott Campbell

Scott Campbell returns from Providence

Well, the Rays got Jack Downing on Tuesday, then Peter Boyd and now have Scott Campbell back from Providence.

It’s interesting that Downing and Campbell, the two guys under contract with Providence, are back and Andrew Cherniwchan, a free agent, remains up in Providence. Cherniwchan has a goal and two assists in 14 games in Providence. I still think he’ll be back at some point when Boston and Providence get healthy.

The Rays signed goalie Kevin McFarland to back up Allen York.

Here are some particulars from Joey Z on the return of Boyd, Campbell and the signing of McFarland.

Boyd, 25, skated in three games with the Sound Tigers adding one assist and four penalty minutes. The Cambridge-Narrows, New Brunswick, native leads the Stingrays with 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) in 33 games. After being acquired at the ECHL trade deadline from the Bakersfield Condors last season, Boyd recorded four goals and six assists for 10 points in 10 games with the Stingrays and pitched in a goal in four Kelly Cup Playoff contests. In 50 games with the Condors, Boyd registered 29 points (18 goals, 11 assists).

After being called up to the Bruins on December 10, Campbell, 27, dressed in 13 games netting one goal. With the Stingrays, the Navan, Ontario, product buried eight goals and eight assists for 16 points in 21 games this season and is tied for the longest goal scoring streak in the ECHL, lighting the lamp seven times in six games from October 20 to November 2. Last season, Campbell split time between the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL and Sound Tigers. In Las Vegas, Campbell acquired 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 24 contests and added 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in 46 AHL games.

McFarland, 26, played in one game with the St. Charles Chill of the Central Hockey League giving up one goal on eight shots in 15 minutes of action, standing in relief of netminder Robert Moss in a 6-1 loss against the Missouri Mavericks. A rookie this season, the St. Louis, Missouri, native attended SUNY-Potsdam for three seasons dressing in 28 total contests and earned a 4-9-2 record, 3.72 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 17 appearances his senior year.



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