Gladiators weekly review
Back in Gwinnett:
Left Wing Adam Smyth was assigned to the Gladiators from the Chicago Wolves of the AHL prior to the Gladiators Friday night contests against the Greenville Grrrowl. In his first game back with the Gladiators on Friday night, Smyth picked up an assist in the 5-3 loss against Greenville.
A helpful Schell:
Forward Brad Schell tied the Gladiators team record for most assists in one game with 4 helpers in Tuesday's 7-4 win over the Pensacola Ice Pilots. Rick Emmett set the standard for assists in a game picking up 4 helpers during the Gladiators inaugural season against Augusta on December 30, 2003. Kris Goodjohn was the first player to match Emmett's feat posting 4 assists against South Carolina on February 4, 2005. Schell's 4 assists in the game was also a career high for the forward breaking his previous high of 3 helpers posted twice (11/5/04, 3/5/05) during his rookie season last year.
Chris Durno's goal scoring streak was halted at 6 consecutive games as Pensacola kept the forward from finding the back of the net. Durno did pick up an assist in the 7-4 win on Tuesday, setting up Pascal Pelletier to push his point scoring streak to 7 games while a goal in Friday's loss to Greenville pushed the streak to 8 games. His 8 game point scoring streak is currently tied for the longest ongoing streak in the ECHL. Durno's previous career high for most consecutive games with at least one goal was three games, which the winger had accomplished three times during the past two seasons. His previous career high for consecutive games with a goal was 6 games when the winger had 11 points in 6 games from December 30, 2004 to January 14, 2005.
Looking for 50!
Chris Durno picked up his 48 goal of his Gladiators career to move into a tie for 8th all time in a Mobile/Gwinnett career with Tom Nolan. The Scarborough, Ontario native needs just 1 goal to move into a tie for 6th all time with Bobby Stewart and Mike Vigilante with 49 in a career while 2 more goals will give him 50 in his career and another 7 goals will move him into sole possession of 5th place all time for goals in a Mobile/Gwinnett career. Jason Elders holds the team record for career goals with 226 in seven seasons with the Mysticks in Mobile.
Awe Called Up to Portland:
Defenseman Jon Awe made his first trip to the American Hockey League as he was called up to the Portland Pirates on Friday. Awe posted an assists in 5 games this season for the Gladiators. Awe appeared in three games over the weekend for the Pirates helping Portland pick up wins in all three games.
With an assists in Friday's 5-3 loss against the Greenville Grrrowl, Scott Kelman has strung together a 5 game assists streak for the Gladiators. Just one game shy of Chris Durno at 7 games, Kelman has picked up at least one point in each of the Gladiators last seven games. Kelman has posted 4 goals and 7 assists for 11 points during the streak.
Mmmm, Mmmm, Good!
Forward Jeff Campbell posted 2 assists in Friday's 5-3 loss against the Greenville Grrrowl and has now picked up at least one assists in each of the Gladiators last 6 games. For Campbell, it's the longest assists streak of his career and ties his longest point scoring streak of his career at 6 games. Campbell's previous career high was 3 consecutive games with an assists from March 25th to March 27th. Campbell's 6 games assists streak is currently the longest ongoing assists streak in the league.
Food Drive Nights!
The Gladiators Thanksgiving Night game as well as the Saturday, November 26th contest is a special 5-for-$25 Night. Donate any non-perishable food item and receive the right to purchase five (5) upper end zone tickets for only $ 25! The discount is available at the Arena at Gwinnett Center Box Office only.
99X Freeloader Frenzy:
Thanksgiving night is a 99X Freeloader night. Show your "I am 99X" Card at the Arena at Gwinnett Center Box Office and receive 1/2 price Premium Level Tickets in the 99X Freeloaders Section 116 for the game. These exclusive "99X Freeloader Frenzy" half-price tickets are assigned to prime lower-level reserved seating in the "X-Sector" with your host, Crash. That's a $16 ticket for only $8. The 99X Freeloaders offer can only be redeemed at the Arena at Gwinnett Center Box Office.
Last Week's Games:
November 15th, Gladiators 7, Pensacola 4 - W
Guillaume Desbiens posted two goals including his first professional goal while Scott Mifsud also had two goals including the game winner in the win. Brad Schell tied a Gladiators record for most assists in a game with 4 joining Rick Emmett and Kris Goodjohn as the only players to post 4 assists in a game. Danny Eberly had a season high 3 points (1g, 2a) while the Gladiators scored 3 power play goals in the win. Gwinnett opened up a 4-0 lead and cruised to the 7-4 win.
November 18th, Greenville 5, Gladiators 3 - L
Greenville tallied 4 of their 5 goals on the power play in the win. The Gladiators fell behind early before Brad Schell got the Gladiators on the board 49 seconds into the second period. Chris Durno tied the game at 2-2 late in the second period. With the goal, Durno extends his point scoring streak to 8 consecutive games. Steve Slaton had the Gladiators lone third period goal midway through the final stanza. Gwinnett posted a power play goal to extend their streak to 8 straight games with at least one power play goal. Sean Fields recorded his first loss of the season in the game.
This Week's Games:
Tuesday, November 22nd, @ Charlotte Checkers, 7:05 p.m. - WDUN, News Talk 550
No player on either team has picked up any points in the series as the Checkers won the first game in a shootout by a 1-0 score. Gwinnett finished last season with a 5-2-1 record against the Checkers.
Thursday, November 24th, vs. Augusta Lynx, 7:05 p.m. - WDUN, News Talk 550
The Gladiators beat the Lynx 4-3 in overtime in the first meeting of the season. Chris Durno had the game winner with 6 seconds left in overtime. Gwinnett has won the last three games against the Lynx dating back to last season.
Friday, November 25th, @ South Carolina Stingrays, 7:05 p.m. - WDUN, News Talk 550
Gwinnett leads the season series 1-0-0 after a 5-4 win at South Carolina on November 8th. After this meeting, the Gladiators will face the Stingrays just two more times in North Charleston. Chris Durno leads Gwinnett in scoring against South Carolina with 4 points.
Saturday, November 26th, vs. Pensacola Ice Pilots, 7:35 p.m. - wdun.com
Gwinnett has scored 13 goals against the Ice Pilots in two meetings this season winning both games. Gwinnett leads the all time series against Pensacola with a 30-24-14 mark.
This Week's Practice Schedule:
Practices at the IceForum in Duluth are open to the general public. Arena at Gwinnett Center practices are not open to the general public. Media members wishing to attend practice at the Arena should contact the Gladiators PR staff at 770-497-5106.
Monday: 10:30 a.m. - Noon, Arena at Gwinnett Center
Tuesday: Game @ Charlotte, 7:05 p.m. (pre game skate @ 10 a.m. at Arena)
Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. - Noon, Arena at Gwinnett Center
Thursday: Game vs. Augusta, 7:05 p.m. (pre game skate @ 10 a.m. at Arena)
Friday: Game @ South Carolina, 7:05 p.m. (pre game skate @ 9 a.m. at Ice Forum)
Saturday: - Game vs. Pensacola, 7:35 p.m. (pre game skate @ 10 a.m. at Arena)
Sunday: - day off
The Gwinnett Gladiators continue the 2005-06 ECHL season at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Tuesday, November 15th as they host the Pensacola Ice Pilots at 7:05 p.m. The Gladiators offer several ticket packages for different needs as well as group outings, suites and birthday parties. For more information call 770-497-5100 or log on to gwinnettgladiators.com.
The Gladiators play all 36 home games at the Arena at Gwinnett Center located on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth and are the AA affiliate of the Atlanta Thrashers.
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