Saturday, October 24, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Playing without No. 1 goalie Josh Johnson, the Gwinnett Gladiators beat South Carolina 5-4 in a shootout Friday.
It was the second straight game Gwinnett defeated the Stingrays beyond regulation and the teams meet again tonight at the North Charleston Coliseum.
Johnson was hit in the head with a puck during the morning skate and wasn't able to play. Jon Horrell, signed when Danny Taylor was recalled to Syracuse right before the season opener, started and made 35 saves to earn the win.
Tim Miller, who fought Spencer Carbery in the first period, scored his first goal of the season to force overtime after South Carolina took its only lead of the game in the third.
Nikita Kashirsky's second goal of the game gave the Stingrays a 5-4 lead 3:35 into the third. But Miller tied it at 11:40 on a mad scramble in front of the net and was just an assist away from the Gordie Howe hat trick.
Miller's effort gave Gwinnett a chance to earn the extra point after watching a three-goal lead slip away in the second period.
The Gladiators zipped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period.
Adam Berti opened the scoring at 4:43 and Scott Mifsud doubled that margin less than two minutes later.
Mifsud and Brad Schell set up Pat Galivan for a rebound tally on the power play at 14:28.
But then South Carolina went to work and Kashirsky eventually tied the game 4-4 with just 53 seconds left in the in the second period.