By: Joseph Zakrzewski
North Charleston, SC –Defenseman Nate Kiser skated in his 374th game as a Stingray, moving him to third all-time in team history, and forward Samson Mahbod scored two goals late in the third period to give the South Carolina Stingrays (17-14-1-1) a 3-2 victory over the Gwinnett Gladiators (14-16-1-4) at the North Charleston Coliseum Sunday afternoon.
Stingrays forward David de Kastrozza scored the only goal of the opening period snapping a wrist shot under the blocker of Gladiators goaltender Chris Carrozzi at 10:27. Defenseman Bryan Schmidt recorded the lone assist on de Kastrozza’s 11 goal of the season.
The Gladiators tied the contest on the power play at 13:55 of the second frame when forward Michael Forney lifted a shot over the right shoulder of Stingrays netminder Jared DeMichiel from the top of the left-wing circle. Forwards Andy Brandt and Tim Miller received assists.
Forward Aaron Bendickson made it a 2-1 Gladiators lead completing a 2-on-1 rush with defenseman Paul Flashe at 1:41 of the third period. Mahbod knotted it back up with his first as a Stingray at 16:36 from Schmidt and forward Rob Ricci. Moments later, Mahbod put the Stingrays up for good at 18:18 tapping in a pass from forward Tommy Goebel. Schmidt acquired the second assist.
Carrozzi dropped to 2-4-0-0 against the Stingrays making 30 saves on 33 shots. DeMichiel pushed his personal winning streak to five games kicking away 31 of 33 Gladiators chances. The Gladiators ended the contest 1-for-3 on the power play while the Stingrays finished 0-for-1.
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