The South Carolina Stingrays (19-5-1-2) erased two one-goal deficits, but fell to the Gwinnett Gladiators (8-17-0-1) 3-2 at The Arena at Gwinnett Center Thursday evening.
Gladiators forward Kurtis Bartliff started the scoring 3:19 into the first period deflecting a shot from forward MaximeLegaultbetween the legs of Stingrays goaltender David LeNeveu (L, 26 saves on 29 shots) for his 10 goal of the season.
The Stingrays tied the game early in the second period when forward Lindsay Sparks caught a pass from forward ZachCurrie out of the right-wing corner and rifled it past the blocker of Gladiators netminder Brad Philips (W, 22 saves on 24 shots) at 2:18. The Gladiators reclaimed the lead moments later on the power play with a blast from defenseman Antoine Corbin at 5:35.
Stingrays forward Paul Rodrigues made it 2-2 on the man advantage at 4:04 of the final frame with help from forwards Patrick Gauland Peter Boyd. At 12:49, Corbin ripped in the game-winning tally and third goal of the season. The Stingrays finished the contest 1-for-3 on the power play while the Gladiators went 1-for-5.
The Stingrays travel the to the Bon Secours Wellness Arena to take on the Greenville Road Warriors tomorrow, Friday, December 27at 7:00 and return to the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday, December 28 to host the Wheeling Nailers on Holiday Holdover Troops Night presented by the USO and Verizon Wireless. Cheer the Stingrays to victory with over 300 men and women serving in our Armed Forces from Fort Jackson!