It’s definitely summer, but hockey season is not over yet - the NHL, AHL, and ECHL are all in the final round of playoffs. So we are starting out our summer Eagles in the Pros alum updates with a player that is still on the ice: Parker Milner. Milner and the South Carolina Stingrays are currently down 3-0 to the Colorado Eagles in the final round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs, making tonight’s game a must win. Here’s a look back on Milner’s career to this point, as well as an update on his 2016-17 season....
Milner played during all 4 of his seasons at BC and won 2 NCAA Championships with the Eagles - 2010 and 2012. He played 14 games as a freshman and 8 as a sophomore before becoming the sole starting goalie for his final 2 seasons. Milner had his best season in 2012, recording a .937 save percentage and allowing an average of 1.66 goals per game over 34 games. He was named to both the Hockey East All-Tournament Team and the NCAA All-Tournament Team in 2012. Milner graduated from BC with a career save percentage of .914.
Milner graduated from BC in 2013 and has bounced between the AHL and ECHL since then. He split the 2013-14 season between the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL) and the Stockton Thunder (ECHL), recording a .906 save percentage and allowing and average of 2.895 goals per game. He spent the majority of the next season in the ECHL, playing in 43 games for the Quad City Mallards with a 9.20 save percentage. He played one AHL game for Iowa during the 2014-15 season, but it was a game to forget. In the 2014-15 ECHL playoffs, Milner had a 1.89 GAA over 4 games. Last season, Milner returned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, who were then affiliated with the Missouri Mavericks. He had a .925 save percentage in 26 games with the Mavericks, recording a 2.17 GAA. Milner also played in 6 games for Bridgeport, saving 91% of the shots he faced.
Milner joined the Washington Capitals organization this season, and has spent most of the year with their ECHL affiliate, the South Carolina Stingrays. in 43 regular season games with the Stingrays, Milner has .900 save percentage and 2.72 GAA. In 21 post-season games, he has allowed an average of 2.31 goals per game and holds a .916 save percentage. Between the regular season and the playoffs, Milner has 4 shutouts this season. In addition to his time with the Stingrays, Milner played in 5 AHL games for the Hershey Bears this year, making 116 saves. He recorded his best AHL stats yet with a save percentage of .913 and a 2.84 GAA. The Capitals organization has seemed to be a good fit for Milner, so it would not be a big surprise to see him returning to South Carolina for the 2017-18 season.