CHARLESTON, S.C. - Jeff Mason scored two goals, but that wasn't enough to get the Gwinnett Gladiators past South Carolina on Friday. The Stingrays dealt Gwinnett a 6-4 defeat, the Gladiators second consecutive loss.
Gwinnett (26-27-6) remains in fourth place in the ECHL's South Division and plays again tonight on the road in Charlotte.
South Carolina led 1-0 and 2-1 before the Gladiators gained their only lead of the game late in the first period.
In his first game back with Gwinnett after being assigned from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League, Matt Siddall tied the game at 2. Working down the right wing, Siddall ripped a snapshot past Stingrays goalie James Reimer on the power play for his 12th goal of the season. Adam Berti and Tom Zanoski set up Siddall on the goal at 16:48 of the first.
The Gladiators took a 3-2 lead at 18:57 of the first period on Pat Bateman's 18th goal of the season. Bateman slipped through a pair of Stingrays defensemen before rolling the puck around Reimer in the slot.
South Carolina went back ahead on a pair of power play goals at 3:30 and 10:04 of the second period. The latter of those was scored by recent college acquisition Nikita Kashirsky.
Mason's second goal of the night also came on the power play and tied the game 4-4. The defenseman set a new career high with his 12th goal of the season at 1:06 of the third. He picked up a rebound in the right-wing circle and beat an out-of-position Reimer.
Spencer Carbery's second goal of the game proved to be the winner at 5:40.
Short-handed and with goalie Joe Fallon pulled in favor of an extra attacker, the Gladiators failed to get the tying goal they needed.
South Carolina added an empty-netter to ice the win with just 26 seconds left.
In his first game since being reassigned from AHL Rockford, Fallon finished with 36 saves. Both teams had three power-play goals on eight chances.
Note: The Gladiators had another defenseman in the lineup, Michigan State's Brandon Gentile. His signing was announced right before Friday's game. Gentile was one of three assistant captains for the Spartans as a senior and skated in 135 games during his career.