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Overtime goal sinks first-place Gladiators

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Chris Doyle's first career ECHL goal in overtime led the Stingrays to a 4-3 win over the Gwinnett Gladiators on Tuesday night at North Charleston Coliseum. The Glads (13-8-6-3) do pick up a point to push their South Division leading total to 35.

Gwinnett defenseman Will Colbert was called for holding late in the overtime session, and the Rays (15-11-1-1) capitalized. Defenseman Nick Tabisz capped a three point night by setting up Doyle for a one-timer at the far circle, and the forward blasted a shot past Glads goalie Marc Cheverie to hand Gwinnett its sixth overtime loss of the season. All six OT losses have come on the road.

Cheverie stopped 27 shots in a losing cause while Daren Machesney turned aside 34 shots at the other end. Gwinnett had its three-game winning streak snapped while the Rays ended their three game winless streak.

The opening period saw both teams find the back of the net, but for the first time in eight games South Carolina scored first. Forward Matt Scherer snuck behind the Gwinnett defense and beat Cheverie with a wrist shot high glove side to make it 1-0 SC at 4:12 of the first.

Gwinnett drew even at 12:48, as forward Bryan Brutlag threw a puck to the front of the net and had it go off a Stingray defenseman and past goalie Daren Machesney to tie the game. Chris Clackson and Tyler Murovich had the assists on Brutlag's seventh, as the rookie out of R.P.I. now has at least one point in eight of his last 12 games.

It took just 20 seconds into the second period for the Glads to take their first lead. Nikita Kashirsky found Igor Gongalsky in the slot for the one-timer, and Gongalsky beat Machesney from in close for his first goal of the season for Gwinnett.

Andy Brandt also had an assist as the 2-1 edge carried into the third.

South Carolina bounced back strong in the third, as goals by Pierre Luc-O'Brien (3:38, PP) and Nick Tabisz (13:47) put the Rays up 3-2 late. However, Clackson answered for Gwinnett, sliding the puck through the legs of Machesney from the far boards near the goal line to tie the game at three at 17:17. Justin Milo and Murovich had the helpers on Clackson's fifth.