The second of two meetings between Carolina Hurricanes and South Carolina Stingrays takes place on Saturday at 6 p.m.
The game was originally scheduled for Sunday, but was pushed back to Monday due to Hurricane Irma.
Citing the weather, the Stingrays played the final two regular-season games at the Carolina Sports Arena, and will play its first regular-round game at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
Carolina is looking to make it four straight Citi Bowl appearances in its inaugural campaign.
The game will also mark the first time the Stingray has met the Hurricanes in the CTSC playoffs.
The Hurricanes have won the past two meetings, with Carolina outscoring the Stingresses 27-16 in the first half on Saturday.
Stingrays coach Mike Gantt said the team has a lot of confidence in its roster, particularly its offense.
“We just want to come out here and play the way we played last year, where we were very efficient,” GantT said.
“The first half was very good, but I think we’re going to be able to get out there and execute and get a win.
We’re going out there with a lot more confidence and we’re just going to take it from there.”
Gantt’s team is expected to return with a much different lineup than last year.
After missing out on the postseason last year with injuries, Gantnetts lineup is expected with three returning players and three returning from last season.
“We have a good mix of players,” Gants T said.
We feel like our defense is very good.
Our offense is good and we have some speed.
We have a great mix of guys that can help us out.
With the injuries last year and last year’s season, we had a lot to come back and try to put together a good team and compete for a CTS.
This year, we’re ready.
We want to go out there, and play as a team and do what we’re supposed to do.
We know we have a lot going on.
We just want it to be a smooth transition and we’ll be good.
“Carolina is led by senior captainand senior captainwho is also the team’s leader in points.
The Hurricanes lead the CCTC with a 15-1 record, but are tied for third with the Stingreys with eight victories in the past nine games.
Carolina holds a 13-2-1 overall record against the Stingreas, which is tied for the CAA lead with seven games remaining in the regular season.
Gantnett was asked if he was confident his team would be able play to its potential and come out with a win, and he responded, “Absolutely.””
We are excited.
We’ve got a lot on our plate.
We are trying to get our first win of the year,” GanteT said.”
We are very proud of our guys, and we want to play as much as we can.
We all have a goal to get to the playoffs and hopefully do it.