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Shorthanded Gladiators pull out 2-1 OT win

11:22 PM, Feb 26, 2013   |    comments
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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Yuri Bouharevich's second pro goal lifted the Gladiators to a 2-1 overtime win Tuesday night at North Charleston Coliseum against the South Carolina Stingrays.

With Doug Jones called up to AHL Texas earlier in the day, the Gladiators were down to just 13 skaters but pulled out the win to extend their lead atop the South Division to three points. The Stingrays stays five points back in fourth place.

Bouharevich deflected a Ryan Donald point shot past Rays goalie Ryan Zapolski 2:38 into the overtime period to end the game. The assist was Donald's second of the night, with Corey Fienhage also adding a helper. Gwinnett held the Rays to just 17 shots, including three in the entire second period.

Jody O'Neill won his second start with the Gladiators, while former Gwinnett keeper Zapolski had his shutout streak and four start winning streak snapped.

A spectacular goal by Stingrays forward Ryan Hayes proved to be the only tally of the opening 20 minutes. Hayes tipped a centering pass into the net from the far side while falling backwards 5:31 into the first.

In the second period, Coyotes prospect Evan Bloodoff drew Gwinnett even. Taking a feed from Ryan Donald, Bloodoff cut down the left wing side and sniped a shot over the glove of Zapolski at 8:15. The marker ended Zapolski's shutout streak at 212:32, approximately 24 minutes shy of the ECHL record.

The Gladiators are next in action Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Florida against the Everblades.

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