South Carolina Stingrays (0-1-0) at Augusta Lynx (0-0-0)
Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center
South Carolina leads 26-21-7, which includes record from the Lynx franchise's days as the Raleigh IceCaps.
SOUTH CAROLINA SCOUTING REPORT
The Stingrays opened their third season under coach Rick Adduono on Thursday night with a loss to Greenville, but again will be one of the teams to contend with in the Southeast Division. The team is built around a host of veterans, led by C Dave Seitz (25-48-73), D Brad Dexter (7-59-66) and captain Brett Marietti (27-28-55, 172 PIMs). In the off-season, the Rays also added all-star RW Joel Irving (25-24-51 with Johnstown), C Buddy Wallace (19-16-35 with Pee Dee), and a trio of bruising defensemen -- free agents Ryan Brindley and Trevor Johnson and Hugo Marchand, who was assigned by the AHL's St. John's Maple Leafs. The goaltending is solid with Kirk Daubenspeck, who returns to the Rays after call-ups to Rochester of the AHL and down time for the removal of a cancerous mole. South Carolina remains a perennial playoff contender in the Southern Conference but needs its veterans to stay healthy and avoid call-ups to Rochester by the parent Buffalo Sabres to challenge in an competitive division.
South Carolina -- No injuries reported; Irving is on recall to Rochester of the AHL. Augusta -- F Jason Shipulski was placed on the 7-day IR (groin pull); G Judd Lambert is on a 25-game contract with Providence of the AHL; D Cal Benazic is on a 25-game PTO with Manitoba of the IHL.
Tasker at hand
Forward Ken Tasker arrived in Augusta on Friday, but his Lynx debut has been delayed slightly.
Lynx coach Scott MacPherson learned a few hours before gametime Friday that Tasker must serve a four-game suspension which carries over from last season, when he finished second in the ECHL with 438 penalty minutes for the Toledo Storm.
MacPherson was disappointed he couldn't get the 24-year-old Tasker in the lineup opening night, but looks forward to the added dimension he will bring to the team.
"We knew we were going in the direction of bringing in a physical player, but we never thought we'd get a guy like Kenny," MacPherson said. "We wanted a tough guy, but we didn't know we'd get the best."
The Lynx tried to appeal to the ECHL in an attempt to get Tasker into the lineup Friday, but it was to no avail. If the suspension stands, Tasker would be able to make his Lynx debut at home Oct. 22 against Pee Dee.
Ship sets sail
With Tasker's arrival, the Lynx placed rookie Shipulski on injured reserve to clear a roster spot, but MacPherson said the 23-year-old winger likely would not be returning to the team.
Given what looked to be a very limited role in Augusta, Shipulski requested a trade, and MacPherson says he will try to oblige.
"I've tried to be up front and honest with Ship from the start, and he knew his chances of getting ice time here wasn't great," MacPherson said. "There are a few teams that tried to get him over the summer, and we're going to try to move him. He's a great kid and deserves a chance to play somewhere."
Rookie winger Tamas Groschl was the scratch for Augusta. ... Civic Center management has banned the use of noisemakers at Lynx games this season. ... The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, did not sing the national anthem as scheduled Friday, which drew a mix of cheers and boos from the crowd when it was announced Brown could not perform "due to unforeseen circumstances" to the capacity crowd. ... Lambert was scheduled to make his second start for the Providence Bruins of the AHL on Friday.
-- Rob Mueller