David de Kastrozza had two goals and an assist to spark the Stingrays to a 5-4 ECHL overtime victory over Gwinnett at the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday night.
Trent Campbell had two goals, including the game-winner in overtime. Matt Pope, just back from a call-up to AHL Hershey, had a goal and an assist for South Carolina (11-6-1, 23 points), which tied the Gladiators (9-6-5, 23 points) for first place in the South Division.
At 6:20 of the first period, de Kastrozza scored an unassisted goal for a 1-0 lead. He beat Gladiators goaltender Marc Cheverie (26 saves on 31 shots) over the glove from between the faceoff circles. He added his second of the night moments later at 7:40 from Pope.
The Gladiators responded at 15:18 on their only shot of the opening period when forward Joey Haddad lifted the puck over the blocker of Stingrays goalie Philipp Grubauer (16 saves on 20 shots) from the bottom of the left-wing circle.
Gladiators forward Bryan Brutlag made it 2-2 on a penalty-shot goal at 2:10 of the second period. The Stingrays jumped back in front at 4:55 when Pope tapped a rebound past Cheverie for his seventh goal of the season, with de Kastrozza and Joe Pereira recording the assists. Campbell reclaimed a two-goal lead for the Stingrays at 8:29 from forwards Chris Higgins and Pierre-Luc O’Brien.
The Gladiators pulled back within one with a power-play tally at 11:41 of second period, as Pat Galivan snapped a shot past Grubauer. With just over a minute to play in the period, Gladiators forward Ryley Grantham knocked in a backdoor pass to tie it at 4.
Campbell provided the game-winning goal for the Stingrays at 1:42 of OT, sneaking past the Gladiators defense to backhand a shot over the glove of Cheverie. Defenseman Zach Tarkir and Grubauer had assists.
-- The Stingrays are at home at the North Charleston Coliseum again today for a 4 p.m. game against the Greenville Road Warriors.
-- Pope appeared in one game in his Hershey call-up, recording no points. For the Stingrays this season, Pope, a forward, has 19 points on seven goals and 12 assists.