The South Carolina Stingrays have been consistently inconsistent during the first half of the 2010-11 season.

It's a fact that frustrates head coach Cail MacLean to no end.

The Stingrays have shown flashes of brilliance, with winning streaks of five and six games. But just when MacLean thinks the Stingrays have turned the corner, they lose back-to-back games like they did last weekend to stop their momentum.

"It's been a roller-coaster season so far," MacLean said.

With the ECHL All-Star Game coming up next week, here's a midseason report card for the Stingrays:


The Stingrays have struggled to find the back of the net. Although they've picked up their scoring pace lately, only Cincinnati and Ontario have averaged fewer goals per game than the Stingrays at 2.80.

The loss of Nikita Karshirsky and Maxime Lacroix to the American Hockey League didn't help, but MacLean didn't anticipate having either of them for very long this season.

MacLean has continually mixed and matched his lines and might have found a top line when he combined Samson Mahbod, Tommy Goebel and Rob Ricci on a line. Ricci has been the Stingrays' most consistent scoring threat during the first half of the season.

David de Kastrozza has been a pleasant surprise with 14 goals already during his rookie season. The Stingrays need to get more production from their second and third lines.

Grade: C-

Blue Line

The Stingrays are fourth in the ECHL in goals allowed, giving up just 2.75 goals a game.

Now, some of that is due to the forwards and goalies, but give the blue line some credit as well. This is a solid group that takes care of their own zone first.

Josh Godfrey is having his best offensive season with 10 goals and will play in next week's ECHL All-Star Game. Patrick Cullity and Zach Jones have been solid as well.

If they can only get Joe Finley healthy again and eventually have Dylan Yeo and Johann Kroll return from the AHL, the Rays would be set for a Kelly Cup playoff run.

Grade: A-


Reigning ECHL goalie of the year Todd Ford has been up-and-down between the AHL and ECHL.

Rookie Jared DeMichiel is still learning the professional game. Like the rest of the team, both have had their share of good and bad outings.

On paper, their numbers are certainly respectable. Both have 11 wins to their credit. DeMichiel is fifth in the ECHL with a 2.52 goals against average and a .918 save percentage. Meanwhile, Ford is 12th in the league with a 2.69 a goals against and a .903 save percentage.

Both could be better and they know it.

Grade: B-

Special Teams

If there's been a disappointment for the Stingrays this season, it's been the special teams, especially the power play at home, which has been a factor in all seven losses at the North Charleston Coliseum.

Both the power play and penalty kill have been pretty mediocre. The Stingrays power play (11th, 16.1 percent) has been almost non-existent at home (17th, 11.6 percent). On the road, they've been lethal at 21.9 percent.

The penalty kill was among the league's best in early December, but the unit has seen a major falloff the last three weeks.

Grade: C-


MacLean has made some pretty impressive personnel moves during the first half of the season.

MacLean also was able to trade for Mahbod, who has two goals and six assists in 10 games since joining the Stingrays and gave up almost nothing in return.

MacLean has learned from his mistakes. But he needs to figure how to get a more consistent effort from this team.

Grade: B


Technically, the Stingrays have the fourth best winning percentage in the Eastern Conference at .575 and they've been one of the hottest teams in the league since December.

But the team's inconsistent play is an issue now and will be an issue when the playoffs roll around in April.

Grade: B-

Next Home Game

Greenville Road Warriors at South Carolina Stingrays

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Where: North Charleston Coliseum