Gladiators can't hold off Stingrays

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Scooter Vaughan scored the go-ahead goal late in the third and the South Carolina Stingrays stole two points from the Gwinnett Gladiators in a 5-3 game Friday night at North Charleston Coliseum.

Coyotes prospect Chris Rawlings made 25 saves for the Gladiators (1-5) in a losing cause, while defenseman Devon Krogh scored his first pro goal. Former Gladiator Jeff Jakaitis made 20 saves for the Stingrays (5-0-0-1).

Dirk Southern put the Gladiators up 1-0 with just 45 seconds left in the first, blasting a point-blank slapper past Jakaitis after the puck took a big bounce off the end wall. Philippe Halley had the assist and Gwinnett carried the lead into the second.

The second period was an offensive bout. Krogh scored his first pro goal just 2:08 into the period, lifting a point shot past a screened Jakaitis for a 2-0 lead.

South Carolina answered with goals from Steve Spinell (11:53) and Patrick Gaul (12:32) to bring the Rays even.

Evan Bloodoff gave the Gladiators the lead again however, firing a low slapshot through the five-hole of Jakaitis at 13:31 with Josh Currie and Maxime Legault assisting.

South Carolina tied it again at 17:19, as Scott Campbell extended his goal-scoring streak to five games with a slapper through traffic on the power play.

The Stingrays took their first lead late in the third when Vaughan snuck a wrister from the slot through the legs of Rawlings for a 4-3 Rays edge at 16:30. Jordan Owens tacked on an empty-netter and sealed the loss for Gwinnett.