NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - After giving up a two-goal lead in the third period, the Gwinnett Gladiators won in overtime against South Carolina on Tuesday.
The Gladiators were up 4-2 before the defending Kelly Cup champions rallied with two goals, one short-handed, less than 21/2 minutes apart.
But South Carolina was called for goaltender interference with three seconds left in regulation and Scott Mifsud scored on the power play 1:09 into overtime.
It was the Gladiators' first road game of the season and they'll return to the North Charleston Coliseum for a pair of games later this week.
Gwinnett (2-1-0) jumps to the top of the South Division standings with the win.
The Gladiators led 3-0 in the first 15 minutes, thanks in large part to Pat Galivan's efforts. The rookie out of Western Michigan opened the scoring 2:05 into the game and assisted on the next two goals.
After beating goalie Braden Holtby on a snap-shot, Galivan helped set up Aaron Brocklehurst 2:35 later and then Tom Zanoski on the power play.
Matt Caruana kicked a puck off his skates along the left-wing boards to Galivan. Zanoski got a centering feed from Galivan and one-timed it into the lower right corner of the net at 14:27.
South Carolina spoiled the shutout before the first period ran out and got within 3-2 just 2:06 into the second.
Caruana pushed Gwinnett's lead back to 4-2 later in the second, but the short-handed goal by Rob Ricci and another from Nikita Kashirski tied the game with more than 10 minutes to go in regulation.
Josh Johnson picked up the win against his former team by making 29 saves.
SideBar: GLADIATORS 5, STINGRAYS 4, OT
First Period-1, Gwinnett, Galivan 1 (Kaufman, Miller), 2:05. 2, Gwinnett, Brocklehurst 1 (Kaufman, Galivan), 4:40. 3, Gwinnett, Zanoski 3 (Galivan, Caruana), 14:27 (pp). 4, South Carolina, Dubuc 2 (Johnson, Messier), 19:18. Penalties-Jones SC (interference), 5:54; Carbery SC (hooking), 13:19; Fritsch Gwt (tripping), 15:49; Kiser Sc (slashing), 20:00.
Second Period-5, South Carolina, Campbell 1 (Carbery, Tarkir), 2:06. 6, Gwinnett, Caruana 2 (Paris, Zanoski), 14:39. Penalties-Dubuc SC (slashing ), 4:00; Kashirsky SC (boarding), 6:30; Couch Gwt (holding), 8:03; Francis Gwt (hooking), 9:05; Tarkir SC (interference), 15:48.
Third Period-7, South Carolina, Ricci 3 (Campbell, Holtby), 7:04 (sh). 8, South Carolina, Kashirsky 2 (Scherer, Tarkir), 9:24. Penalties-Kiser SC (slashing), 5:15; Paris Gwt (tripping), 18:40; Johnson SC (interference on the goalkeeper), 19:57.
Overtime-9, Gwinnett, Mifsud 1 (Schell, Paris), 1:09 (pp).
Shots on Goal-Gwinnett 13-17-4-1-35. South Carolina 11-9-11-2-33.
Power Play Opportunities-Gwinnett 2 of 8; South Carolina 0 of 4.
Goalies-Gwinnett, Johnson 2-1-0-0 (33 shots-29 saves). South Carolina, Holtby 0-0-1-0 (35 shots-30 saves). A-2,802