Glads Use Fast Start To Hold Off RaysDec 22, 2017
Phil Lane scored twice and Brady Vail added three assists for the Atlanta Gladiators (13-15-1-1), who held off a third period comeback attempt by the South Carolina Stingrays (17-6-3-1) for a 4-3 decision at the North Charleston Coliseum on Friday night.
Steven Whitney had a goal and an assist for South Carolina while Patrick Gaul picked up two helpers in a losing effort. Goaltender Parker Milner got the start and made a total of 18 saves for the Stingrays.
The Gladiators got out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on an early goal by Lane at 1:02 and a strike from Alexandre Carrier at 8:04.
Then Whitney got the Rays on the board and back in the game with his seventh goal of the season from Gaul and Paul Geiger at 15:08 of the first period. Gaul fired a shot on net from the left wing that was stopped by Atlanta goaltender Dan Vladar, but the rebound came out in front to Whitney, who used a backhand shot to lift it into the net and make it 2-1.
Lane struck again for Atlanta early on in the second to make it 3-1 with his second of the night at 1:14 of the middle period.
But defenseman Tommy Hughes responded for South Carolina later in the frame at 17:06 to once again bring SC within one goal at 3-2. The goal was Hughes’ first of the season and came on a shot from the right point of the offensive zone that deflected past Vladar with assists by Gaul and Marcus Perrier.
Atlanta increased their lead to 4-2 on a goal by defenseman Ben Danford at 5:23 of the third and put the game out of reach for the Stingrays.
In a late desperation effort, South Carolina cut it back to a one-goal game with 18 seconds to go on a deflection in front by forward Andrew Cherniwchan. Rays’ captain Joe Devin took a shot from the left point with traffic in front and the team’s leading goal scorer got his 10th of the year on the re-direct. Whitney picked up the second assist on the final strike of the game.
Despite taking the loss, South Carolina outshot Atlanta 31-22 in the game, with Vladar making 28 saves to earn the victory for the Gladiators. Neither team scored on the power play as Atlanta finished the game 0-for-7 and the Stingrays were 0-for-3.
The Stingrays complete their three-game week with a trip to Greenville to battle the Swamp Rabbits on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m.
Single-game tickets for all Stingrays home games during the 2017-18 season are on sale now at the North Charleston Coliseum Box Office and ticketmaster.com.
Group tickets for 10 or more fans are on sale now featuring discounted pricing and great benefits! For more information and to place an order call the Stingrays front office at 843-744-2248 or stop by 3300 W. Montague Ave. Suite A-200 during business hours.