Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis made 36 saves to help the South Carolina Stingrays defeat the Gwinnett Gladiators, 3-1, on Saturday at the North Charleston Coliseum and send their season- opening unbeaten streak to seven games and winning streak to six contests.
Forward Igor Gongalsky buried his first goal of the season at 3:28 of the opening period to give the Stingrays (6-0-0-1) the first lead of the night, slipping a shot over the right pad of Gladiators netminder Peter Delmas from the left-wing circle.
The Gladiators (1-6-0-0) tied the game 46 seconds into the second period when forward Philippe Halley knocked in a pass from forward Dirk Southern past the blocker of Jakaitis. Forward Kevin Veilleux recorded the second assist.
In the third, Stingrays rookie Marc Hagel scored the game-winning goal on the power play with 4:32 to play, blasting a pass from Chad Painchaud past Delmas from the left-wing circle.
Forward Scott Campbell sealed the victory with an empty-net unassisted shorthanded goal at 19:26 to extend his point streak to seven games and goal streak to six game.
The Stingrays wrap up a three-game weekend against the Gladiators on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., and return to the North Charleston Coliseum on Friday against the Evansville IceMen at 7:05 p.m.
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