Three Stingrays Rookies Score First Pro Goal in 4-3 OT Win Over Gladiators
North Charleston, SC - Joe Finley, Dain Prewitt and Jake Hauswirth each scored their first professional goal as the South Carolina Stingrays defeat the Gwinnett Gladiators 4-3 in overtime Saturday night at North Charleston Coliseum.
For the third straight game, Gwinnett (2-1-1-0) started the scoring with a tally from Scott Mifsud at 4:01 of the first period on the power play. Mifsud's third goal of the season was helped by Brad Schell and Pat Galivan. The Gladiators added another goal at the 14:41 mark of the first from Matt Caruana from Tom Zanoski and Adam Berti. Stingrays forward Dain Prewitt finished the first period scoring by burying a lose puck in front of Gladiators goaltender Danny Taylor at 16:07. Prewitt's first professional goal was assisted by Spencer Carbery and Matt Scherer.
The Stingrays (2-1-1-1) continued their strong offensive play into the second period and received a late tally from rookie Jake Hauswirth at 17:45. Carbery and Scherer earned the helpers on Hauswirth's first professional goal. The Gladiators quickly answered right back 13 seconds later from Caruana with assistance from Berti and Zanoski at 17:45.
Stingrays defenseman Joe Finley tied the game at three 10:00 into the third period with a blast from the near-side point beating Taylor between the legs. Finley's first professional tally was helped along by Carbery. For the third time in three games, the Gladiators and Stingrays skated into overtime. The Gladiators had their opportunities to score early with a 4-on-3 power play, but Stingrays goaltender Braden Holtby stood strong. Nikita Kashirsky sealed the victory for the Stingrays at 2:48 of extra time with a back-handed goal down the right-wing boards beating Taylor and sending 4,204 fans to their feet. Kashirsky's fifth goal of the year was set up by Zach Tarkir. Holtby earned his first ECHL victory stopping 28 of 31 Gladiator shots. Taylor suffered the loss knocking away 28 of 32 Stingrays chances.
The Stingrays take to the road for the first time this season to visit the Florida Everblades for a three game series starting Wednesday night. Wednesday's contest is the first of a nine game road trip for the Stingrays. The Rays return to North Charleston Coliseum Friday, November 14 against the Charlotte Checkers at 7:05 p.m. for the second annual Green Night and Environmentally Friendly hockey game. Ticket packages and individual tickets are on sale now! Call the Stingrays front office at (843) 744-2248 for more information. For all the latest Stingrays news, visit www.stingrayshockey.com.
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