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Gladiators lose high scoring game to Stingrays

A goal from Matt Reid with six seconds left in the third period propelled the South Carolina Stingrays past the Gwinnett Gladiators 8-7 on Friday night at North Charleston Coliseum.

Stingray netminder Maxime Daigneault picked up the only assist on the game-winning goal.

The first period was a goaltending nightmare as the two teams combined for nine goals in the first period while the Gladiators fifth goal chased South Carolina starting goaltender Davis Parley from the South Carolina net.

South Carolina picked up the only goal of the second period, tying up the game at 5-5 as Brad Parsons beat Sean Fields with a snapshot from the left wing circle 6:23 into the middle stanza.

In the third, South Carolina scored twice early in the period to take a 7-5 lead. John Hecmovic scored at the 3:08 mark of the period to give the Stingrays a 6-5 lead. The Stingrays took a 7-5 lead 16 seconds later as Cam McCaffrey beat Sean Fields off a feed from Ty Morris.

Gwinnett battled back to tie the game with two goals late in the period but it wasn't enough to send the game to overtime. Guillaume Desbiens got the Gladiators their first goal of the third period finding a loose puck in the slot and beating Maxime Daigneault at the 7:09 mark of the period from Cam Brown and Pascal Pelletier.

Adam Smyth tied the game at 7-7 with a backhander over the shoulder of Daigneault late in the third period. Scott Mifusd and Steve Slaton picked up the assists.

Gwinnett outshot the Stingrays 53-31 in the loss while getting back on the scoreboard on the power play going 3-for-5 on the man advantage. Sean Fields finished with 23 saves in the loss for Gwinnett as the Gladiators fell to 7-3-2.