Gladiators Weekly Update
The Gwinnett Gladiators end last week with a record of 1-2-1-0 and picked up three points for a total of 57 on the year. Gwinnett now trails the first place Greenville Road Warriors by one point in the South Division as the Gladiators have earned a 27-17-2-1 record on the year. The Gladiators host the South Carolina Stingrays in a pair of back-to-back games at the Arena at Gwinnett Center this weekend on Friday and Saturday night.
This week's Games:
Monday, 1/28: OFF
Tuesday, 1/29: Practice at the Arena at Gwinnett Center @10:30 AM
Wednesday, 1/30: Practice at the Arena at Gwinnett Center @10:30 AM
Thursday, 1/31: Practice at the Arena at Gwinnett Center @10:30 AM
Friday, 2/1: Game vs. South Carolina - @7:35 p.m.
South Carolina Preview: The South Carolina Stingrays are currently ranked fourth in the South Division with 48 points. The Stingrays earned a 5-2 win over the Orlando Solar Bears on Sunday afternoon. South Carolina has posted a 6-4-0-0 record in their past ten games and are currently on a two game winning streak. The Stingrays are led by forward Tyler McNeely with 44 points for the season and league leading netminder Ryan Zapolski who has posted a 1.87 goals against average this season. The Gladiators have posted a 5-4-0-0 against South Carolina and dropped a 3-1 decision to the Stingrays in the last outing between the two teams January 15th.
Saturday, 2/2: Game vs. South Carolina - @7:05 p.m.
Sunday, 2/3: OFF
Last Week's Results:
Monday, January 21: Greenville 4, Gwinnett 1 - L
"ªGreenville opened up a 1-0 lead on the Gladiators 12 seconds into the game on a goal by Levi Nelson. Marc-Olivier Vallerand extended the Road Warriors lead to 2-0 6:55 into the first period. Gwinnett trailed by three after Bretton Cameron's power play marker five minutes later. In the second, Greenville pushed their lead to 4-0 on a goal from Jeremy Gouchie at 11:56 of the period. The Gladiators broke the shut-out bid of Greenville's Nathan Lieuwen 12:57 into the second period on defenseman Sacha Guimond's 8th goal of the season to cap the scoring.
Friday, January 25: Orlando 4, Gwinnett 3 - L
Orlando forward Matthew Sisca figured in all four of the Orlando Solar Bears goals in the win as he finished with two goals and two assists. Sisca had an opportunity to add to that early in the first, but was denied on a penalty shot chance 5:38 into the first period. Orlando opened up 4-1 lead on the Gladiators through two periods. Gwinnett battled back to within one point on goals by Sacha Guimond 6:51 into the third and by Justin Bowers with 1:12 left in the game but Gwinnett could get no closer in the loss.
Saturday, January 26: Gwinnett 3, Idaho 2 - W
On Teddy Bear Toss Night at the Arena at Gwinnett Center, Corey Fienhage scored the first goal of the game 2:36 into the second period to put the Gladiators on top 1-0. David Toews evened the score two minutes later and then Andrew Carroll then put the Steelheads on top early in the third on the power play. Alex Belzile answered for Gwinnett midway through the third. Gwinnett capitalized on the power play with just 1:07 left in the third on Casey Pierro-Zabotel's 4th game winning goal of the season.
Sunday, January 27: Idaho 6, Gwinnett 5 - OTL
Andrew Carroll scored the game-winning goal for the Idaho Steelheads 1:04 into the overtime period. Idaho opened up a 3-1 lead on the Gladiators early in the second period before Gwinnett got goals from Jason Clark on the power play Casey Pierro-Zabotel shorthanded to tie the game at three. Andy Brandt gave Gwinnett a 4-3 lead a little less than two minutes later. Idaho notched the next two goals to take a 5-4 lead in the third before Joey Haddad scored 7:50 into the third which helped send the game into overtime where Idaho eventually notched the win.
News & Notes:
Stopped! Gladiators goaltender Louis Domingue stopped Matthew Sisca on a penalty shot 5:36 into the first period in Friday night's 4-3 loss to Orlando. For Domingue, it was the second penalty shot of the season that he has faced as he stopped the Road Warriors' Brandon Wong on January 19th at Greenville. It was the fourth penalty shot of the season that the Gladiators have faced with Mike Lee turning aside the other two back on December 1st at South Carolina and December 13th against Greenville.
In Multiple: Forward Casey Pierro-Zabotel collected one goal and one assist in Sunday night's overtime loss to Idaho. For Pierro-Zabotel, it was his 15th multiple point game of the season. He finished with 12 multiple point games on the year last season with Bakersfield. Pierro-Zabotel set a career high with 15 multiple point games with Wheeling in the 2010-11 season. The Ashcroft, BC native racked up five points in four games last week.
All-Star Game: On Wednesday, January 23rd, the Gladiators were represented in the ECHL All-Star game by forward Casey Pierro-Zabotel and rookie goaltender Mike Lee. Pierro-Zabotel picked up two assists in the game and Lee stopped 18 of 19 shots in the third period to help the ECHL All-Stars to a 7-3 win over the host Colorado Eagles. Lee became the second goaltender to represent Gwinnett and the first rookie goaltender for the Gladiators to skate in an ECHL All-Star Game. Pierro-Zabotel and Lee became the 18th and 19th players in Gladiators history to play in an ECHL All-Star Game.
Four in a Row: Defenseman Sacha Guimond collected two assists in Sunday night's 5-6 overtime loss to the Idaho Steelheads. The assists helped the defenseman extend his point-scoring streak to five consecutive games. After going scoreless in his first game with Gwinnett, Guimond has posted a point in each game with Gwinnett since. In his five game point-scoring streak, Guimond has notched eight points (one goal, seven assists) with Gwinnett.
Game Winner: Forward Casey Pierro-Zabotel notched his fourth game winning goal of the season for the Gladiators in Saturday night's 3-2 win over Idaho. Pierro-Zabotel now shares the team lead this season in game winning goals as matched the mark of four held by Evan Bloodoff. Pierro-Zabotel is one game-winning goal off his career best of five set in the 2010-11 season with the Wheeling Nailers.
2012-13 Season Ticket Plans! Gladiators Full Season Ticket Plans as well as Gladiators mini season ticket package are on sale for the 2012-13 Season. Fans can reserve their seats for the upcoming season by logging onto the official team website www.gwinnettgladiators.com or by calling the Gladiators office at 770-497-5100 for all the details.
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