The South Carolina Stingrays (35-19-2-3) dropped a 4-1 decision to the Gwinnett Gladiators (24-32-2-2) Friday night at The Arena at Gwinnett Center to close a season-long six-game road trip and kick off a three-game-in-three-day weekend.

The Gladiators jumped out to an early lead when forward Brenden Walker settled a bouncing puck and lifted a shot over goaltender Jeff Jakaitis at 4:34 of the first period. Stingrays forward Nick Larson responded with a power-play tally, tipping a pass from forward Dale Mitchell between the legs of netminder Mark Guggenberger.

Forward Peter Boyd added the second assist.

Gwinnett added three more tallies in the middle stanza to take a 4-1 lead into the second intermission.

Team captain Joey Haddad extended his personal point streak to nine games with his 17th score of the season 2:56 into the frame.

Walker grabbed his second goal of the contest moments later at 9:03, followed by forward Marshall Everson's 17th marker of the campaign at 12:13.

The Stingrays held the Gladiators to two shots in the third period, but could not mount a comeback against Guggenberger.

The Stingrays finished the game 1-for-3 on the power play while the Gladiators went 0-for-3.

The Stingrays return to the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday for a 7:05 start against the Gladiators.