Duluth, Ga. - Forward Peter Boyd had a goal and two assists as the South Carolina Stingrays wrapped up a three-game-in-three-day weekend with a 5-2 victory over the Gwinnett Gladiators on Sunday at The Arena at Gwinnett Center.
After a scoreless opening period, the teams combined for five goals in the second period, with three coming in a 50-second stretch midway through the period.
The Stingrays (33-15-1-3) got on the board first as forward Wayne Simpson scored at 12:44, lifting a shot over the glove of Gladiators goaltender Andrew Loewen (20 saves on 25 shots) from forward Luke Greiner.
After Gladiators captain Joey Haddad tied it by deflecting a shot past netminder Max Strang (29 saves on 31 shots) off the right post, forward Peter Boyd put the Stingrays back up with his team-leading 19th goal of the season at 13:33 with help from forward Patrick Gaul.
At 18:15, forward Jack Downing gave the Stingrays a two-goal lead, capitalizing on the power play from Boyd and defenseman Drew Baker. But seconds later, forward Dirk Southern pulled the Gladiators (18-30-2-2) within one goal at 18:29.
South Carolina pulled away in the third period. Forward Dale Mitchell made it 4-2 off a 5-on-3 power play, ripping a shot past the blocker of Loewen at 3:05 from Boyd and defenseman Luka Vidmar. Simpson completed the scoring with his second goal of the game at 9:51 on an assist by Mitchell.
The Stingrays finished 2 for 4 on the power play, while the Gladiators went 0 for 4.
The Stingrays return home Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. against the Orlando Solar Bears. The game is 2x2 Tuesday, with two for one tickets on sale along with $2 beer and $2 hot dogs.
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