Gwinnett forward Joey Haddad scored with 16 seconds left in regulation to lift the Gladiators past South Carolina, 3-2, in Game 2 of the ECHL’s Eastern Conference quarterfinals Saturday night at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga.
South Carolina Stingrays vs. Gwinnett Gladiators
What: Game 3When: Wednesday, 7:05 p.m.Where: North Charleston ColiseumSeries: Gwinnett leads, 2-0
The best-of-seven series shifts back to the Lowcountry for Game 3, which will be played Wednesday night at the North Charleston Coliseum beginning at 7:05 p.m. The Stingrays trail 2-0 in the series.
Gwinnett forward Ryan Ginand gave the Gladiators an early 1-0 lead when he picked up a loose puck at the blue line, stepped around a Stingrays defender and beat Zapolski on a breakaway.
The Stingrays tied the game at 1-1 on Jay Silvia’s first playoff goal. Chris Langkow had the puck behind the net and slid it out front to Siliva, who one-timed it past Gwinnett goalie Louis Domingue for the score with less than five minutes left in the opening period.
Gwinnett’s Evan Bloodoff broke the tie in the third period and gave the Gladiators a 2-1 advantage when he redirected a shot from the point from Ginand.
The Stingrays answered on Derek Foam’s goal midway through the third period to tie the game at 2-2. Foam got the puck at the blue line and wristed a routine shot on net that Gwinnett Louis Domingue let slip between his legs for the score.