The South Carolina Stingrays (4-6-0-1) wrapped up a three-game in three-day weekend with a 3-2 loss to the Gwinnett Gladiators (7-3-1-0) at The Arena at Gwinnett Center Sunday afternoon. Forward Hunter Bishop scored both goals for the Stingrays.
The Gladiators lit the lamp three times in the opening period to take a 3-0 lead into the first intermission. Defenseman Dallas Jackson kicked off the scoring at 7:20 with a power-play marker beating Stingrays goaltender Shawn Hunwick (L, 31 saves on 34 shots) with a shot through traffic from the right-wing point. Defenseman Kyle Lawson gave the Gladiators a two-goal lead at 12:06 and rookie Evan Bloodoff netted his fourth goal of the season at 15:31.
The Stingrays responded with two goals in the second period from Bishop to make it a one-goal Gladiators lead. Bishop buried his third goal of the season at 8:16 tapping in a rebound past the right pad of Gladiators netminder Ryan Zapolski (W, 16 saves on 18 shots). Forward Tyler McNeely added the lone assist. Bishop struck again with a power-play tally at 19:11 from defenseman Kevin Quick and forward Shawn Weller.
Gwinnett kept the Stingrays off the score sheet in the third period allowing six shots. The Stingrays finished 1-for-3 on the power play while Gwinnett went 1-for-2.
The Stingrays continue a season-long six game road trip Wednesday, November 7 against the Kalamazoo Wings in Kalamazoo, MI at 10:30 a.m. at Wings Stadium and return to the Coliseum on Friday, November 16 against the Florida Everblades at 7:05 p.m. for Salute to Heroes Night with local EMS, fire and police departments.