Gladiators Weekly Update
Penalty Shot! Gladiators netminder Josh Johnson faced a penalty shot for the second time this season in the Gladiators 6-2 win over the Augusta Lynx on Thanksgiving night. Johnson stopped Augusta's Scott Thauwald at 17:52 of the second period, the second penalty shot stop Johnson has made this season with the Gladiators. He also stopped South Carolina's Michael Dubuc on November 15th. Johnson's pair of penalty shots against is a new Gladiators team record for most penalty shots faced by a Gladiators goalie in one season and it also ties the team record for most penalty shots against in one season. Gwinnett faced two penalty shots against last year.
The Winner: Matt Siddall collected his fourth goal of the season for the Gladiators in Thursday's 6-2 win over the Mississippi Sea wolves. Siddall's goal proved to be the game winner in the contest and it turned out to be his second game-winning goal of the season. His two game-winning goals shares the team lead in that category with Bruce Graham and Jordan Fox who also have 2 game-winning goals on the season for Gwinnett.
Turkey Day: With Thursday's 6-2 win over the Augusta Lynx on Thanksgiving night, the Gladiators improved to 3-2-1 all time when playing their annual Thanksgiving Night game.
On the Kill: The Gladiators continue to improve on the Penalty Kill as they have moved from last at 23rd spot all the way up to a tie for 8th. Gwinnett is currently killing off 87.3% of opponent's power play chances, up from 71.8% on November 7th. Over the past 10 games, the Gladiators have allowed just 4 power play goals on 53 chances, killing off 92.5% of opponent's chances.
From Augusta: The Gladiators acquired forward Travis Fuller from the Augusta Lynx in exchange for Bryan Esner over the weekend. Fuller tallied 2 goals and 6 assists this season in 16 games with Augusta. Fuller split time between Cincinnati and Augusta last season, playing in a combined 59 games between the two teams, scoring 20 goals, 16 assists, and adding 47 penalty minutes.
Kroger Family Sunday: Sunday, December 7th is the first Kroger Family Sunday of the season. Fans can get a Kroger Family Day Deal which includes 4 Premium Level Tickets in selected sections, 2 Gladiators Gifts, 2 Game Programs and a Kroger Family meal deal which includes an 8-piece mixed Wishbone baked chicken, 2 sides and a 2 liter Big K Soft Drink for only $44.00. The Kroger Family Day Deal is available ONLY at the Arena at Gwinnett Center Box Office and fans can just ask for it by name when ordering tickets. For more information, call 770-497-5100. February 22nd and March 15th are the remaining dates for the Kroger Family Sunday offer.
Glad to Donate Campaign: The Gladiators have teamed up for the second consecutive season with the US Marines and Toys for Tots. With a donation of a toy, fans will receive a coupon good for a buy-one-get-one-free offer for selected premium level tickets for the Gladiators games on December 7th, December 12th and December 16th. This offer subject to availability and is only available in selected seating areas. Limit 8 tickets. In addition, fans can make a toy donation at selected area Toys for Tots drop-off points. For more information, contact the Gladiators office at 770-497-5100.
Sing for Santa: The Gladiators 5th annual "Sing For Santa" Night is scheduled for Friday, December 12th when the Gladiators host the Mississippi Sea Wolves at 7:35 p.m. Local elementary school children will be at the game singing the national anthem and holiday favorites during the intermission entertaining the crowd. "Sing for Santa" is presented by RaceTrac, Action Awards, The Gwinnett Daily Post and Reynolds Plantation.
Last Week's Games:
November 25th, Florida 5, Gwinnett 0 - L
The Gladiators gave up two power play goals on nine chances and dropped their second consecutive game. Gwinnett was held scoreless for the second straight game after a 1-0 loss to Charlotte two days before. Florida scored twice before the end of the first period and added a pair of markers within the first two minutes of the second period to take a commanding 4-0 lead. The Everblades added a fifth goal at 6:33 of the third period to ice the contest. Josh Johnson collected 26 saves for Gwinnett in the losing effort as the Gladiators went 0-9 on the power play.
November 27th, Gwinnett 6, Augusta 2 - W
The Gladiators used three power play goals to beat the Augusta Lynx on Thanksgiving night. Gwinnett took a 2-0 lead on Augusta on goals by Jordan Fox and Bryan Esner before Augusta answered to cut the lead to one. Matt Siddall's 4th goal of the season before the end of the first period proved to be the game winner for Gwinnett as it gave the Gladiators a 3-1 lead heading into the first intermission. The Gladiators Dirk Southern and Dan Sullivan each notched their first goals of the season for Gwinnett just 11 seconds apart in the second period. The Lynx answered before the end of the middle stanza as Brad Schell rounded out the scoring with the only goal in the third period. Andy Brandt and Josh Engel each had a pair of assists in the win for Gwinnett. Josh Johnson made 20 saves for Gwinnett in the win.
This Week's Games:
Tuesday, December 2nd, @ South Carolina, 7:05 p.m. - WDUN.com
The Gladiators make their first trip of the season to North Charleston to battle the Stingrays. South Carolina leads the season series winning the first meeting of the season between the two teams at the Arena at Gwinnett Center 3-2 in a shootout on November 15th. The Stingrays are currently in second in the ECHL's South Division with 24 points, 3 points ahead of the first place Florida Everblades.
Thursday, December 4th, @ Charlotte, 7:00 p.m. - WDUN, News Talk 550
The Gladaitors are 1-1-1 against the Checkers after a 1-0 loss at Charlotte on November 23rd. Gwinnett and Charlotte both have 7 goals in the season series. Gwinnett is now 27-13-5 all time against the Checkers.
Saturday, December 6th, @ South Carolina, 7:05 p.m. - WDUN.com
Sunday, December 7th, vs. Charlotte, 4:05 p.m. - WDUN, News Talk 550
The Gladiators next take the ice on the road Tuesday, December 2nd, at 7:05 p.m. against the South Carolina Stingrays.
Began in 1988-89 with five teams playing in four states, the Premier 'AA' Hockey League has grown into a coast-to-coast league that will have 23 teams in 16 states and British Columbia playing 864 games from Oct. 17, 2008 to Apr. 4, 2009. Eighteen of the 23 teams have played at least five years in their current city.
The third-longest tenured professional hockey league behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League, the ECHL averaged 4,174 per game last season, marking the fourth year in row and the 16th time in the last 18 years that the league has averaged over 4,000 fans. The league has drawn over four million fans each of the last five years and 11 times in the past 12 seasons.
The Gwinnett Gladiators open their sixth season as a proud member of the ECHL in October of 2008 - 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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