Goaltender Ryan Zapolski stopped all 26 shots to help the South Carolina Stingrays (14-16-1-3) snap a six-game winless streak with a 4-0 victory over the Gwinnett Gladiators (20-11-1-0) at The Arena at Gwinnett Center Friday night.
Stingrays forward Robby Dee kicked off the scoring with a power-play goal at 7:58 of the first period ripping a shot under the glove of Gladiators goaltender Mike Lee (L, 17 saves on 21 shots) from between the faceoff circles. Forwards Tyler McNeely and Hunter Bishop picked up the assists. Forward Andrew Cherniwchan put the Stingrays up 2-0 at 12:05 from forwards Tyler Johnson and Matthew Pistilli. In his first game in a Stingrays uniform, forward Ryan Hayes made it a three-goal lead at 18:01 completing a 2-on-1 rush with forward Chris Langkow.
Bishop completed the game scoring with a late third-period man-advantage marker at 19:06 tapping a pass from Dee past the blocker of Lee. McNeely grabbed the second assist. The Stingrays ended the contest 2-for-5 on the power play while the Gladiators went 0-for-4.
The Stingrays return to the North Charleston Coliseum tomorrow, Saturday, December 29 at 7:05 p.m. to host the Wheeling Nailers. Celebrate the holidays with over 200 men and women of our armed forces on Ft. Jackson Holdover Troops Night presented by the USO and Verizon. The USO is also collecting items to send to troops overseas. Click here to see a complete list. Donations will be accepted at the USO table behind section 106.