Gladiators gut out another one-goal win

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Gwinnett goaltender Jeff Jakaitis picked up his second shutout of the season as the Gladiators stymied the South Carolina Stingrays 1-0 Saturday night at North Charleston Coliseum.

The Gladiators (13-8-5-3) have won three straight and pushed their South Division lead to five points over the Stingrays (14-11-0-1).

Jakaitis turned aside all 23 shots he faced.

Daren Machesney made 21 saves to keep the Stingrays in it, but the Gladiators made their lone marker on the night count.

Gwinnett got the offense going early in the second, as Will Colbert blasted a slapper from the point past a screened Machesney just 36 seconds in. Forwards Igor Gongalsky and Nikita Kashirsky added the assists on Colbert's second tally of the season.

South Carolina upped the pressure in the third, but the Gladiators' defense and Jakaitis stood tall, including during a late two-minute 5-on-3 power play for the Stingrays.

After totaling just 11 shots through the first two periods, South Carolina had 12 in the third, but Gwinnett held on for the 1-0 win.

The two teams play again, their third straight meeting, Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. at North Charleston Coliseum.

Jakaitis will continue to get the nod in net with fellow goalie Marc Cheverie recalled to AHL Portland before Saturday's game.

In 12 games with the Gladiators this season, Cheverie is 3-2-5-2 with a 2.99 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage.

Cheverie was acquired by the Phoenix Coyotes on Sept. 9 from the Florida Panthers in exchange for center Justin Bernhardt. The second-year pro split time last season with the Cincinnati Cyclones and the Rochester Americans of the AHL.