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Gladiators fall to Stingrays in OT

The Gladiators opened a two goal lead once again on Saturday, but South Carolina again was able to come back and win in overtime 4-3.

Gwinnett's Josh Godfrey took a slashing infraction on a partial break-away opportunity against Brain Kaufman and after some good work with the puck in the right wing corner, Brad Schell was able to work the puck back to Scott Mifsud. Mifsud walked to the top of the slot and blasted a slap shot off the crossbar into the net.

Ten minutes later, the Gladiators struck again on beautiful display of passing. Matt Caruana brought the puck into the zone on the left wing boards and moved it up to Adam Berti. Berti was able to find Tom Zanoski across the slot, and Zanoski moved it immediately back to Caruana. Caruana took the pass and tucked it home inside the right post giving the Gladiators a 2-0 lead.

Then South Carolina started its comeback.

A delayed penalty against the Gladiators allowed for a mad scramble in front of the net. After a few players getting chances, Dain Prewitt controlled a bouncing puck and slammed it home cutting the lead to 2-1.

South Carolina tied the game in the second period when Jake Hauswirth tipped a long wrister from Matt Scherer between the pads of Danny Taylor. The tied score would not last long as Caruana struck back just 13 seconds later, getting a good feed from Adam Berti to put the puck in the back of the net.

That 3-2 score would last until the 10 minute mark of the third period when the Stingrays were able to catch Gwinnett flat-footed on a break out, and Joe Finley dialed a slap-shot from the slot and blasted a puck through the pads of goaltender Danny Taylor.