Duluth, GA – Goaltender Daren Machesney made 22 saves and defenseman Zach Tarkir scores in the sixth round of the shootout to give the South Carolina Stingrays (14-9-0-1) a 3-2 victory over the Gwinnett Gladiators (10-8-5-3) at The Arena at Gwinnett Center Sunday afternoon.
The Gladiators opened the scoring 17 seconds into the contest when forward Joey Haddad lifted a shot over the blocker of Machesney from the left-wing circle. Forward Tyler Murovich and defenseman Dallas Jackson added assists. Stingrays defenseman Nick Tabisz tied the contest at 14:58 burying a rebound off the left pad of Gladiators netminder Jeff Jakaitis (L, 33 saves on 35 shots). Forward Sean Dolan recorded the lone assist.
Stingrays forward Trent Campbell made it 2-1 at 11:34 of third period slapping a pass from forward Pierre-Luc O’Brien past the glove of Jakaitis from the top of the right-wing circle. Gladiators forward Colin Vock tied the contest late in regulation tipping a shot from defenseman Shane Sims past Machesney at 16:39. Forward Justin Milo grabbed the second assist.
In the shootout, Machesney stood tall blocking five of six chances and Campbell and Tarkir found the twine to seal the victory. The Stingrays finished the night 0-for-6 on the power play while the Gladiators went 0-for-5.
The Stingrays return to the North Charleston Coliseum Friday, December 16 against the Gladiators at 7:05 p.m. for Toys for Tots presented by Count on News 2. Unwrapped toy donations will be accepted at the Stingrays Customer Service table behind section 110. Albert the Juggler will be performing during Friday’s contest and Santa Claus will make special appearances all weekend (December 16, 17 and 18)!
The Stingrays and Chase After A Cure are teaming up to fight neuroblastoma on Saturday, December 17 against the Gladiators at the North Charleston Coliseum. Chase After a Cure Night tickets are available for $15 with a portion of the proceeds going back to fight neuroblastoma. Visit the Chase After A Cure website, or click here for more information and to order tickets. Saturday is also Sing for Santa Night and free parking!
The Stingrays host the Greenville Road Warriors at the North Charleston Coliseum on Sunday, December 18 at 4:00 p.m. on Kid’s Day. All kid’s tickets are $5! Meet Blue from Blue’s Clues, play in real snow outside the new Montague Terrace during Snow Day presented by Yard Icing and stay after the game for postgame autographs with the entire team!
Save up to $310 off of box office prices with a Stingrays Ticket Package! Call the Stingrays Office at (843) 744-2248 for more information. Become a “Fan” of the Stingrays on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCStingraysHockey and join the conversation on Twitter at Twitter.com/SCStingrays. Stingrays Hockey – Hard-Hitting Family Fun!