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Stingrays thump Gladiators 4-1

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Playing in just his third game as a professional, South Carolina goaltender Shane Owen stole the show Friday night. The Stingrays goalie stopped 30 of 31 shots in a 4-1 South Carolina win.

It was Owen’s second win since joining the Rays (28-19-2) and the third straight defeat for the Gwinnett Gladiators (20-22-2-5).

The lone tally of the first period came on the powerplay as Trent Campbell buried a rebound off the far post to give the Rays a 1-0 lead at 17:08.

Jake Hauswirth made it 2-0 at 9:58 of the second, beating Carrozzi five-hole on a screened shot from the slot. South Carolina carried that edge into the third.

Gwinnett made a game of it early in the stanza as Akim Aliu beat Owen with a blistering one-time from the slot on the powerplay to cut the deficit to 2-1. It was Aliu’s sixth goal in five games since being assigned to Gwinnett from AHL Chicago.

The tally at 4:52 was set up by Mike Forney and Dustin Cameron, allowing Forney to extend his road point streak to nine games.

The Gladiators mustered several brilliant late chances, but Owen stood on his head, protecting the lead until Trent Campbell’s empty-netter and an own goal off the stick of Dustin Cameron, which was credited to Tommy Goebel, capped the scoring in the waning minutes.

After being outshot 13-5 in the first being by the Rays, the Glads outshot them 26-17 the rest of the way.

Gwinnett is back in action at home today when it hosts the Rays at 7:05 p.m.