Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Repeat Conference Finals: South Carolina Stingrays

The Stingrays fought off a late resurgance by the Brabham Cup winning Florida Everblades Tuesday night to advance and face the Cyclones at the conference finals for the second year in a row. Florida was up 3-0 in Game 5 and the Stingrays came back to win it. In game 6, the Stingrays were up 3-1 when Florida forced OT with two goals in the last 1:31. The Stingrays got the winning goal halfway through the first OT.

The moral of the story is the Cyclones playoff rallying cry: DESIRE. They have it, we've seen that. But so does the opponent. The only question is who has MORE.

The stats on the Everblades/Stingrays game 6 are very interesting. Florida put 46 shots on goal in regulation and only scored the second and third goals on shots after the 40th. The Stingrays, on the other hand, scored their 3 goals in regulation in only 11 shots. That's unbelievable.

Clearly we are playing a team that can score goals on limited shots that also has a hot goaltender. That is a capable enemy. Stingray goalie Jonathon Boutin was the 5th best goalie in 08-09 league stats with a .912 save percentage and a 2.61 goals-against average.

Cyclones goalie Ryan Nie was 18 overall with a .896 and 2.99 in the regular season. But Nie has been on fire in the playoffs with the #1 best goaltender stats of 1.85 goals against and a .925 save percentage. Smokin'!

SC's Boutin and Reimer rank 12th and 11th in playoff stats, with Reading's Teslak coming in #10.

Team stats are a mixed bag. The Cyclones have a 0.727 record and 36 goals-for and 30 goals against. The Stingrays are 0.682 with 45 goals for and 36 against.

Stats Schmats. It all comes down to future performance but it is interesting to look at the numbers. They tell me that this series will be very, very interesting and exciting.

Watch, listen, come to the home games!!! Every living breathing fan will be needed to root the Cyclones on to victory!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

We welcome all the Cyclones players and fans to our great city!
It's a new team, new season, and if this series is any thing like ours with Florida holly molly hold on to your seats!




9:18 PM  

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