Gladiators Game Preview: Stingrays at Gladiators
When: TONIGHT at 7:05 P.M.
Where: The Arena at Gwinnett Center
Listen: WDUN.com, "Listen," Stream 3; Gladiators Broadcast Network - www.gwinnettgladiators.com/radio, www.mixlr.com/gladiators-radio, Mixlr app (Gladiators Radio)
Promotion: Student Night
DULUTH, Ga. - The Gladiators (10-19-1-0) jump back into action tonight at The Arena at Gwinnett Center as they take on their division rivals, the South Carolina Stingrays (16-11-1-4) for the seventh time in their 16-game season series. The "Rays currently hold the advantage in the series with three regulation wins to Gwinnett's two, but the Gladiators have a valuable forward back for this weekend.
Greg Carey was reassigned to the team from AHL Portland on Wednesday. In the lone game Carey played against South Carolina, on November 9th, he provided all the scoring the Gladiators needed - four goals, including a natural hat trick. The Gladiators defeated the Stingrays, 4-1, and Carey became the second Gladiator in team history to score four goals and achieve a natural hat trick in the same game.
Many Happy Returns: The Gladiators welcomed back three familiar faces from Portland in the last week. Before last weekend, goaltender Louis Domingue made a brief two-game appearance in Gwinnett before his reassignment on Sunday. In his place, Mike Lee returned to the Gladiators on Tuesday. And on Wednesday, Greg Carey made his second trip to North Georgia this year.
Power Surge: The Gladiators power play is clicking at an 18.7% conversion rate, good for 9th in the league. At home, the team is 10-for-58 (17.2%), 15th in the league. On the road, they are even better - 10-for-49 (20.4%), 6th in the ECHL. The team has scored a power play goal in nine of their last 13 games played.
Shooting Gallery: Through the Gladiators' first 17 games this season, the team had 30+ shots in a game only twice. Since December 10th, they've had seven games with 30+ shots, and have averaged over 31.5 shots per game. The team has also had over 30 shots in five of their last seven games.
No Shot: The Glads are the only team in the league to not have reached the shootout this season, but they are 2-1 in OT.
Gladiators Ahoy: Four players currently on the Gladiators roster have been assigned from their AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates- James Melindy, Dyson Stevenson, Greg Carey, and Mike Lee - and six more - Joel Hanley (POR), Dan O'Donoghue (POR), Louis Domingue (POR), Jordon Southorn (POR), Bretton Stamler (HFD), and Casey Pierro-Zabotel (NOR) - have spent time in the AHL this year.
Milestones: Tristin Llewellyn is one game away from his 200th professional match ... Garry Nunn is one goal away from his 50th professional tally, and scored his 150th professional point last Friday ... Marshall Everson played in his 75th game with Gwinnett last Saturday ... Geoff Paukovich is two goals from his 50th as a pro, and two points away from his 100th ECHL point.
Streaks: Casey Pierro-Zabotel has two goals and 11 assists in his last 11 games ... Marshall Everson has two goals and six assists in his last seven games ...
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