Gladiators Fall 4-2 to Sea Wolves
BILOXI, MS - Despite posting 62 shots on Mississippi netminder Jeremy Duchesne the Gladaitors dropped a 4-2 decision to the Mississippi Sea Wolves on Saturday night at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Gwinnett got goals from Jordan Fox and Myles Sotesz in the contest as Gwinnett falls to 10-9-4 on the season in the loss.
Mississippi jumped out to a 2-0 lead on on the Gladiators a little under five minutes into the first period. Jeremy Hall scored just 41 seconds into the first period put the Sea Wovles on top 1-0 as he beat Gladiators netmidner Josh Johnson for the goal. Hall slid in over the Gladiators blue line and ripped a slapshot over the shoulder of Johnson for the marker. Ryan Menei and Mike Berry posted the assists on the goal.
Ryan Cruthers pushed the Mississippi lead to 2-0 as he slipped the puck past Johnson just 4:27 into the first period. Alexandre Parent collected an assist on the goal for Mississippi setting up Cruthers for the marker.
Gwinnett got on the board on the power play at 8:53 of the first period. Fox collected his 10th goal of the season as he picked up a rebound in the left wing circle and tossed the puck past Duchesne for the goal. Dan Sullivan and Pat Bateman had the assists on the power play goal for Gwinnett.
Mathieu Melanson regained the two goal advantage for the Sea Wolves. Melanson was able to find a loose puck in the slot and flick it past Johnson at 13:44 of the first period for the maker. Cruthers and Jason Tejchma had the assists on the power play goal for Mississippi.
The Sea Wolves pushed their lead to three goals with the only marker in the second period. Berry picked up a turnover inside the Gwinnett blue line and ripped a slapshot past Johnson to give Mississippi a 4-1 lead. Berry posted the goal unassisted for the Sea Wolves at 9:25 of the second period.
Gwinnett got back within two goals at 10:42 of the third period. Stoesz collected his first goal of the season on a penalty shot for the Gladitors ripping a snap shot past Duchensen for the marker. Stoesz drew the penalty as he was hauled down from behind on a breakway.
Gwinnett could get no closer in the loss to Mississippi, the Gladiators third straight against the Sea Wolves. Gwinnett finished 1-for-7 on the power play in the contest while Mississippi went 1-for-6 on the man advantage.
The Gladiators return to action on Sunday, December 13 as they battle the Mississippi Sea Wolves at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum at 6:05 p.m.
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The Gladiators are the AA affiliate of the Atlanta Thrashers and play all home games at the spectacular 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth, where parking is always free.
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