Gladiators Weekly Update
Into 3rd Place: Gladiators Head Coach Jeff Pyle moved into sole possession of third place all time in ECHL history for most ECHL coaching wins in a career. Pyle posted his 333rd career coaching win in the Gladiators 3-2 shootout win over Columbia on Monday afternoon. Pyle moved past Frank Anzalone, who has 332 career wins with Nashville, Roanoke, Pee Dee and Johnstown. John Brophy holds the ECHL record for most career coaching wins with 480 with Hampton Roads and Wheeling.
All Stars! Gladiators netminder Craig Kowalski and defenseman Jamie Milam represented the Gladiators on the American Conference Squad in the 2008 ECHL All Star Game in Stockton, California. Kowalski and Milam both started for the American Conference squad in a 10-7 loss to the National Conference in the contest. Kowalski made 13 saves on 16 shots in the contest while Jamie Milam collected a holding penalty and a -2 plus/minus rating in the contest.
The Winner! Tomas Pospisil moved into a tie for second overall in the ECHL in game winning goals on Saturday night. The rookie from Sumperk, Czech Republic recorded his 6th goal of the season for Gwinnett in the Gladiators 3-1 win over Pensacola while it was his fourth game winning goal of the year. His 4 game winning goals leads Gwinnett in that category while ranking second for most game winning goals this season in the ECHL.
Just a Dozen: The Gladiators set a new team record for fewest shots allowed in a game in Saturday's 3-1 win over Pensacola. Gwinnett held the Ice Pilots to just 12 shots in the contest snapping the Gladiators old record of 13 set on January 16, 2006 against Columbia. The 12 shots by Pensacola in Saturday's contest is also an ECHL season low for fewest shots in a game. The ECHL record for fewest shots is 9 held by Bakersfield (vs. Trenton, 2/17/04) and Arkansas (vs. Greenville, 3/7/00).
Record Pace! Jeff Campbell notched a goal and an assist for Gwinnett in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Pensacola Ice Pilots and now has 49 points on the season. Despite missing 6 games this season due to call up to the American Hockey League with Norfolk, Campbell is on pace to finish the year with 98 points which would set a new career high for points in a season for the Hensall, Ontario native. Campbell needs just 13 assists to set a new career high for assists in a season.
Looking for 50! Defenseman Jamie Milam notched an assist for Gwinnett in Sunday's 3-1 win over Pensacola to push his season assist total to 24. The assist was Milam's 49th in his ECHL career and he needs one more for 50 in his ECHL career. Milam is 21 points shy of 100 in his ECHL career and is 12 points shy of 100 in his professional hockey career.
Kids Jerseys: Saturday, February 2nd is the Gladiators annual Kids replica jersey night presented by Lightning RV and Bowen Family Homes. The first 2,000 kids ages 12 and under will receive a Gladiators replica jersey at the game. Kid's Jersey Night is also sponsored by Charter Communications, The Gwinnett Daily Post and Kicks 101.5 FM. Tickets are available at area ticketmaster locations and at the Arena at Gwinnett Center Box office.
Last Week's Games:
January 21st, Gwinnett 3, Columbia 2 - SOW
The Gladiators snapped their four game winless streak with a 3-2 shootout win over Columbia during the special 12:30 p.m. start. Gwinnett fell behind 2-0 to the Inferno in the contest before Matt Anderson cut the Inferno lead to 2-1 with less than three minutes left in the third period while Tomas Pospisil tied the game at two with 12 seconds left in the third period. Gwinnett won the shootout on Matt Anderson's game winning shootout goal for Gwinnett. Craig Kowalski posted 29 saves for Gwinnett in the win.
January 26th, Gwinnett 3, Pensacola 1 - W
Jeff Campbell broke a scoreless tie with his 8th goal of the season at 11:54 of the second period. Jim Jackson's 49th career ECHL goal gave Gwinnett a 2-0 lead on Pensacola at 7:11 of the third period. The Ice Pilots answered Jackson's marker just 42 seconds later. Lou Dickenson's team leading 17th goal of the season regained the momentum for Gwinnett at 12:56 of the third period and put the contest away for the Gladiators. Jamie Milam and Andy Brandt each finished with a pair of assists for Gwinnett in the win. Craig Kowalski made 33 saves for the Gladiators. Gwinnett finished 2-for5 on the power play while going 1-1 on the penalty kill in the win.
January 27th, Gwinnett 3, Pensacola 1 - W
The Gladiators won their third straight game using a two goal second period to get past Pensacola. Gwinnett held the Ice Pilots to just 12 shots in the contest, a new team record for fewest shots allowed in a game. Jeff Campbell notched his 9th goal of the season while Tomas Pospisil collected his 4th game wining goal of the season for Gwinnett in the win. Pensacola took a 1-0 lead on the Gladiators 4 minutes into the first period before Campbell equalized the contest at the 13 minute mark of the opening period. Pospisil and Lou Dickenson scored for Gwinnett in the second period to put the contest away. Craig Kowalski finished with 11 saves for Gwinnett while the Gladiators went 2-for-5 on the power play.
This Week's Games:
Tuesday, January 29th, vs. Augusta Lynx - 7:05 p.m. - WDUN, News Talk 550
The Gladiators are 3-0-1 against the Lynx this season but lost the last meeting in overtime against Augusta by a 4-3 score on December 28th at the James Brown Arena in Augusta. Jeff Campbell leads the Gladiators in scoring against the Lynx this season with 9 points off of 2 goals and 7 assists. Dan Turple has seen action in three of the 4 games against the Lynx posting a 2-0-1 record and a .924 save percentage.
Friday, February 1st, @ South Carolina - 7:05 p.m. - AccessNorthGa.com
Saturday, February 2nd, vs. South Carolina - 7:05 p.m. - AccessNorthGA.com
After winning the first two meetings of the season against the Stingrays, South Carolina has won the last two games, 3-2 in a shootout on December 30th and 4-3 on January 18th. Lou Dickenson leads the Gladiators in scoring against the Ice Pilots with 2 goals and 5 assists for 7 points while Andy Brandt leads Gwinnett in goals with 3 against the Stingrays this season. South Carolina's Travis Morin has 7 of his team leading 45 points against the Gladiators 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 to facilitate building access.
Monday: 10:30 a.m. - noon, Arena
Tuesday: Game vs. Augusta
Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. - noon, Arena
Thursday: 10:30 - noon, Arena
Friday: Game @ South Carolina
Saturday: Game vs. South Carolina
Sunday: Day Off
The Gladiators continue their fifth anniversary season on Tuesday, January 29th as the Gladiators host the Augusta Lynx at the Arena at Gwinnett Center at 7:05 p.m. Catch all the play-by-play action in Tuesday's game on WDUN, News Talk 550.
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary as the Premier 'AA' Hockey League in 2007-08, the ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in three states and has grown to be a coast-to-coast league that has 25 teams in 17 states and British Columbia in 2007-08. The 25 teams includes the Mississippi (Biloxi) Sea Wolves, who return after missing two seasons in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and the expansion Elmira (N.Y.) Jackals. The ECHL will play 900 games beginning Oct. 18 and concluding Apr. 5.
The Gwinnett Gladiators continue their fifth season as a proud member of the ECHL - season ticket packages are on sale now. In addition, the Gladiators offer several unique multi-game ticket packages as well as discounted group rates, suite rentals, and birthday parties. For more information call 770-497-5100 or log on to gwinnettgladiators.com.
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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