Forward JustinMaylan netted two goals and forward Lindsay Sparks added two assiststo help the South Carolina Stingrays (1-0-0-0) defeat the Gwinnett Gladiators(0-1-0-0) 3-1 at the Carolina Ice Palace Friday evening in preseason action.
Maylankicked off the scoring early in the first period slipping a shot under theblocker of Gladiators netminder Chris Rawlings (L, 22 saves on 25 shots)from between the faceoff circles at 2:31. Defenseman Tom Janosz and Sparks picked up assists.
TheGladiators responded with a tally from forward Kevin Veilleux2:33 into the middle frame knocking a rebound past Stingrays goaltender JeffJakaitis (W, 16 saves on 17 shots) with help from defenseman JonathanNarbonne and forward Kurtis Bartliff. Forward Chris Langkowreclaimed the lead for the Stingrays on the man-advantage at 16:44 ripping ashot under the blocker of Rawlings along the bottom of the left-wing circle.Defenseman Jeremy Price and forward Chad Painchaud claimed theassists.
Maylanburied his second goal of the contest 1:44 into the third period to completethe game scoring from Sparksand defenseman Zack Currie. The Stingrays finished the contest 1-for-5on the power play while the Gladiators went 0-for-4.
TheStingrays wrap up the preseason tomorrow night at 7:05 against the GreenvilleRoad Warriors at the Ice Palace. In three seasons,the Stingrays are 1-1-1-1 in four preseason meetings against their in-staterivals. The lone win came last October in a 3-2 overtime victory at the Ice Palace.