North Charleston, SC –The South Carolina Stingrays (28-19-1-1) pushed their winning streak to seven games over the Gwinnett Gladiators (20-22-2-5) with a 4-1 victory Friday night in front of 5,004 at the North Charleston Coliseum.
The Stingrays broke open the scoring on the power play at 17:08 of the first period when forward Trent Campbell knocked in a loose puck past the left pad of Gladiators goaltender Chris Carrozzi from the bottom of right-wing circle. Forward Matt Scherer and defenseman Josh Godfrey earned assists on Campbell’s seventh goal of the year
Forward Jake Hauswirth gave the Stingrays a two-goal lead at 9:58 of the second frame snapping a shot between the legs of Carrozzi off a pass from forward Tommy Goebel. Defenseman Joe Finley grabbed the second assist.
Gladiators forward Akim Aliu cut the lead in half on the power play at 4:52 of the third stanza from forwards Michael Forney and Dustin Cameron. Campbell made it 3-1 Stingrays with an empty-net power play goal at 18:50 from defenseman Patrick Cullity. Goebel added the final marker with eight seconds to play as a pass intended for forward Grant McNeill deflected off a Gladiator skate and past a sliding Carrozzi. McNeill and defenseman Nate Kiser registered assists.
Stingrays netminder Shane Owen grabbed first-star honors and his second straight victory stopping 30 of 31 Gladiators shots. Carrozzi dropped to 2-5-0-1 against the Stingrays blocking 26 of 29 chances. The Stingrays ended the contest 2-for-5 on the power play while the Gladiators went 1-for-6.
The Stingrays and Gladiators move the three-game weekend series to The Arena at Gwinnett Center tomorrow, Saturday, February 12 at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday, February 13 at 4:05 p.m. Tune in to both games LIVE on ESPN Radio 910 and www.stingrayshockey.com. The Rays return to the North Charleston Coliseum on Tuesday, February 15 and kick off a four-game series against their in-state rival, the Greenville Road Warriors, at 7:05 p.m. Check out the all-new Stingrays Weekday Getaway Ticket Package! Get two Lower Level tickets for any weekday game (excluding Fridays) for $22! Visit Stingrayshockey.com for more information.
Pack the House Night is almost here! Join the Stingrays for a night of fun on Saturday, February 26 against the Florida Everblades at 7:05 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum. Every seat in the house is $5 plus FREE PARKING! The United States Marine Corps will perform a Poolee Swear-In ceremony on the ice and MUSC Children’s Hospital Change Bandits will be sneaking around the concourse collecting change to support the MUSC Children’s Hospital Fund. Click here to order your tickets online or call the Stingrays Office at (843) 744-2248.
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