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April 11, 2005 - ECHL (ECHL) - Atlanta Gladiators News Release

To the Playoffs! For the second consecutive season, the Gladiators will face the Mississippi Sea Wolves in the opening round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Gwinnett secured the 4th seed in the American Conference with a 3-2 win on Saturday night in Augusta coupled with a Mississippi loss. The Gladiators open the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Wednesday, April 13th at 7:05 p.m. at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

White Out! Don’t miss the Gladiators home playoff game on Saturday, April 16th as the Gladiators host the Mississippi Sea Wolves at 7:35 p.m. The first 1,500 fans to the game will receive a Gladiators 2005 Kelly Cup Playoffs “White Out” tee shirt courtesy of Kroger at the game. It’s also Mac-N-Cheese Noisemaker Night to benefit local area food banks and the Salvation Army. Bring a box of Macaroni and Cheese to the game; use it as a noisemaker and then following the game drop it in a donation box at the Arena.

Sportsman of the Year: Forward Kris Goodjohn was named the 2005 ECHL Sportsman of the Year by a vote of ECHL coaches on Saturday. Goodjohn finished the 2004-05 regular season as the Gladiators leading scorer with 21 goals and 48 assists for 69 points and 20 penalty minutes. The award is presented annually to the player who is judged to have exhibited the best sportsmanship combined with a high standard of playing ability.

Making the Team: Gladiators rookie forward Jeff Campbell was named to the 2004-05 ECHL All Rookie Team by a vote of ECHL coaches on Thursday while defenseman Randy Dagenais was named to the ECHL second team on Friday. Campbell finished the season sharing 3rd in scoring among rookies in the ECHL with 64 points off of 30 goals and 34 assists. Dagenais shared 3rd among ECHL defensemen in scoring with 14 goals and 33 assists for 47 points in 74 games this season between the Gladiators and the Louisiana IceGators.

What is 3-2? The answer, according to Carnac the Magnificant, is the final score for the Gladiators last 4 games. Gwinnett closed out the regular season with a 5 game winning streak, just one game shy of tying a season high for consecutive wins this season at 6 straight games. In the Gladiators last 9 games, 7 finished with a 3-2 final with Gwinnett the winners in 5 of the 7 games.

2 shy of a Record: The Gladiators needed 67 shots to get by the Augusta Lynx 3-2 on Friday night in overtime. The Gladiators finished the game 2 shots shy of tying the all time ECHL record for shots on goal in a single game. The Richmond Renegades set the original record of 69 shots in a game on December 23, 1990 against the Erie Panthers while the Tallahassee Tigersharks tied the record with 69 shots against the Baton Rouge Kingfish on January 18, 1997. The Gladiators team high for shots in a game was 64 set last year against the Greenville Grrrowl on February 6, 2004.

Where he left off... Forward Kevin Doell returned to the Gladiators after being assigned to Gwinnett from AHL Chicago and picked up right where he left off last season. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native closed out the regular season with at least one point in every game he appeared in except one, the Gladiators 3-2 overtime win at Bakersfield on March 26th. Doell closed out the season with a 7-game point scoring streak and has 6 goals and 9 assists for 15 points in 11 games this season with Gwinnett.

Last Week’s Games: 3-0-0, 6 pts.

April 5th, Gladiators 3, Charlotte 2 – W

The Gladiators scored all three goals on the power play to get past the Charlotte Checkers. Charlotte struck first but Mike Stathopoulos answered for the Gladiators. Cam Brown gave the Gladiators their first lead of the game 1:26 into the second period while Jeff Campbell tie the team lead for goal with his 30th of the season midway through the first period. Charlotte cut the lead to a goal with 55 seconds left in the final period but could get no closer with the netminder pulled. Rick Emmett finished with 2 assists while Brad Schell extended his point scoring streak to 5 straight games. A scary situation occurred during the first period when Charlotte forward Mike Wirll was take off the ice on a stretcher and to the hospital. He underwent testing, was released under his own power and went back to Charlotte with the team on the bus.

April 8th, Gladiators 3, Augusta 2 – OTW

Mike Stathopoulos recorded a pair of goals while Brad Schell recorded the game winner in overtime for Gwinnett. Augusta led 1-0 and 2-1 before Stathopoulos equalized the contest with his first coming in the second period and his second in the third. With the goal by Schell, he extends his point scoring streak to 6 consecutive games for the Gladiators. Gwinnett finished the game 2 shots shy (67) of tying an all time ECHL record for most shots in a game at 69. Kevin Doell again posted an assist in the win while Joe Bourne, Lane Manson, Rick Emmett, Joe Bourne and Pat Dwyer each finished the game with a helper.

April 9th, Gladiators 3, Augusta 2 – W

The Gladiators secured the #4 seed in the Kelly Cup Playoffs with the win coupled with a Mississippi loss. Gwinnett took a 1-0 lead on Cam Brown’s 14th goal of the season on the power play midway through the first period. Jim Jackson pushed the Gwinnett lead to 2-0 with a lazy dump in that eluded the Augusta netminder. The Lynx answered 45 seconds later to draw within a goal. Kevin Doell scored what proved to be the game winner half way through the second period. Augusta made things close with a goal at 18:59 of the third period but could get no closer. Mike Vigilante finished with 3 assists in the contest while Adam Berkhoel finished with 20 saves in the win.

This Week’s Games:

2005 Kelly Cup Quarterfinals vs. Mississippi Sea Wolves

Game 1: Wednesday, April 13th, @ Gwinnett – 7:05 p.m. – WDUN, News Talk 550

Game 2: Friday, April 15th, @ Mississippi – 9:35 p.m. – WDUN, News Talk 550 (join in progress following baseball)

Game 3: Saturday, April 16th, @ Gwinnett – 7:35 p.m. – WDUN, News Talk 550

Game 4: Monday, April 17th, @ Gwinnett – 7:05 p.m. – wdun.com (if necessary)

Game 5: Tuesday, April 18th @ Gwinnett – 7:05 p.m. – wdun.com (if necessary)

In a rematch of last season’s Central Division Semifinals, the Gladiators again open the playoffs against the Mississippi Sea Wolves. As the lower seed last season, the Gladiators knocked the Sea Wolves out of the playoffs 3 games to 2 games and needed overtime in two of the games.

Mississippi leads the season series against the Gladiators this year with a 5-1-1 record including two shutouts this season at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

The Gladiators finished 2-3-2 against Mississippi this season.

Gwinnett was 2-2-1 this season at the Arena at Gwinnett Center against the Sea Wolves.

Brad Schell leads the Gladiators in scoring against the Sea Wolves this season with 6 points off of a goal and 5 assists.

Mike Vigilante has posted a team-high 4 goals against the Sea Wolves this season.

Travis Lisabeth and Louis Dumont share first on the Sea Wolves with 8 points this season against the Gladiators.

Lisabeth leads Mississippi in goals against Gwinnett with 4 while Dumont ranks first in assists against the Gladiators with 7 in the season series. Adam Smyth leads both teams in penalty minutes with 37 PIMs in 5 games with the Gladiators against the Sea Wolves this season.

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 to noon – Arena at Gwinnett Center

Tuesday: 10:30 to noon – Arena at Gwinnett Center

Wednesday: Game 1: vs. Mississippi

Thursday: practice in Mississippi (tentative)

Friday: Game 2: @ Mississippi

Saturday: Game 3: vs. Mississippi

Sunday: Day Off

Playoff Ticket Now on Sale! Don’t miss any of the 2005 Kelly Cup Playoff Action by getting your playoff tickets now. Playoff ticket packages are available by calling the Gladiators office at 770-497-5100 or online at www.gwinnettgladiators.com. Individual playoff game tickets are now on sale and are available at area ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at 404-509-8166, online at www.ticketmaster.com and at the Arena at Gwinnett Center Box Office. Box Office hours are Monday thru Friday from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. and beginning at noon on Saturday.

The Central Division Champion Gwinnett Gladiators continue their second season at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in the first round of the 2005 Kelly Cup Playoffs on Wednesday, April 13th against the Mississippi Sea Wolves 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 www.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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