The South Carolina Stingrays fell to the Gwinnett Gladiators, 2-1, Tuesday night at the North Charleston Coliseum.
The Stingrays dropped to 24-7-1-2, while the Gladiators improved to 13-19-0-2.
Gladiators forward Brendan Walker broke a scoreless tie late in the second period, lifting a backhanded shot over the blocker of Stingrays goaltender David LeNeveu (25 saves on 27 shots) at 16:56.
In the third period, forward Joey Haddad buried the eventual game-winning tally for the Gladiators at 16:57. Stingrays forward Wayne Simpson pulled the contest within one less than a minute later at 17:35, beating Gladiators netminder Brad Phillips (29 saves on 30 shots) over the right shoulder from the top of the crease. Forwards Peter Boyd and Patrick Gaul earned assists. Both teams finished the contest 0-for-3 on the power play.
The Stingrays travel to Estero, Fla., to battle the Florida Everblades at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday before returning to the North Charleston Coliseum to host the Greenville Road Warriors at 7:05 p.m. Jan. 14 for 2x2 Tuesday presented by Bud Light.
The Stingrays will host the annual Pack the House Night at 7:05 p.m. Jan. 25 against the Florida Everblades at the Coliseum. All tickets are $5 and parking is free. Visit StingraysHockey.com or call (843) 744-2248 for tickets.