Forward Chris Langkow scored two goals, but the South Carolina Stingrays (15-17-1-3) fell to the Gwinnett Gladiators (23-12-1-0) 3-2 at The Arena at Gwinnett Center Friday night.
Gladiators forward Casey Pierro-Zabotel kicked off the scoring in the first period sending a wrist shot from the right-wing circle through traffic and past Stingrays goaltender Ryan Zapolski (L, 23 saves on 26 shots) at 13:42.
The Stingrays responded with two goals from Langkow 34 seconds apart to take a 2-1 lead midway through the second period. At 6:22, Langkow buried his eighth goal of the season shorthanded slipping a shot between the legs of Gladiators netminder Mike Lee (W, 22 saves on 24 shots) from the bottom of the right-wing circle. Defenseman Luka Vidmar added an assist. Seconds later, Langkow completed a 2-on-1 rush with forward Tyler Randell for his second tally of the game. Gladiators rookie Doug Jones knotted the contest back up jamming a shot under the pads of Zapolski off the right post at 12:46.
Defenseman Russ Sinkewich put the Gladiators up for good at 6:53 of the third period sending a drive over the blocker of Zapolski from between the faceoff circles. Both teams finished the game 0-for-3 on the power play.
The Stingrays travel to the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville, South Carolina tomorrow, Saturday, January 5 to face the Greenville Road Warriors at 7:00 p.m. before returning home on Sunday, January 6 to host the Florida Everblades at 3:05 p.m. on Kid's Day at the North Charleston Coliseum. It is Princess and Pirates Day and Children's Museum of the Lowcountry Day! All kids' tickets and kid's meals are only $5! Arrive early for a pregame kid's carnival with Charleston Fun Factory and bring your ice skates for a postgame Skate with the Rays!