Gwinnett Kicks Off The Month With Games Against Kalamazoo and Greenville
DULUTH, Ga. - In the midst of a five game home stand, the Gwinnett Gladiators took three out of a possible six points against former head coach Jeff Pyle and the Evansville IceMen over the Thanksgiving weekend. The Gladiators will stay within the North Division when they wrap up their homestay on Friday against the Kalamazoo Wings, before heading back out on the road on Sunday to face their familiar foes, the Greenville Road Warriors.
Scouting the Opponents:
- The K-Wings feature two equally talented young forwards who are steadily climbing up the scoring ranks of the ECHL in Yanni Gourde and Eric Kattelus. Gourde is in his second year in the league after an abbreviated stint in 2012-13 with San Francisco, and is already making an impact, scoring 7 goals and 12 assists in 15 games (10th overall in points). For Kattelus, this is his fourth year in the ECHL, and is looking to have a career year, as he too has 7 goals, and is one assist behind Gourde with 11, also through 15 games.
- The Road Warriors had a rough week last week as they dropped all three of their contests against South Division opponents in South Carolina and Orlando, registeringonly three goals all week. The team was shut out on November 26th, in a hard fought 1-0 battle to Orlando; Connor Knapp stopped all but one of the 39 shots he faced that night. Greenville will start a four game home stand of their own on Thursday when they host Kalamazoo for two games before welcoming the Gladiators on Sunday.
12/6: Student Night / Friendly Friday
- Currently enrolled college students can purchase lower level Student Night Discount Tickets for $10 (regularly priced: $20) ONLY at the Student Night Registration Table located in front of The Arena at Gwinnett Center ' s Box Office.
- The Friendly Fridays package is available for Kids ($15) and Adults ($20) and includes a Corner level ticket, a food item, and a drink.
Thursday, November 28th: Evansville 0, @ Gwinnett 3 - W
Facing an opponent outside the familiar confines of the South Division for the first time in 2013-14, the Gladiators defeated the IceMen, 3-0 thanks to the play of Louis Domingue, who picked up his first ECHL win of the season with the shutout, making 39 saves. Philippe Halley, Kurtis Bartliff, and Evan Bloodoff made their way on to the scoring ledger as the Gladiators held an opponent scoreless for the first time this season.
Friday, November 29th: Evansville 2, @ Gwinnett 1 - SOL
Josh Currie gave his team new life with just over two minutes left in the third period, but the Gladiators couldn't finish the job as they lost in only their second shootout game of the season, 2-1 to the IceMen Friday night. Louis Domingue started in net for the second straight night, but it was Evansville's Garrett Bartus who stole the headlines by making 33 saves on the 34 shots he faced in only his third start of the year. Jeremy Langlois and Daulten Leveille were the only ones to convert in the shootout, giving Evansville the crucial two points and the victory.
Sunday, December 1st: Evansville 3, @ Gwinnett 1 - L
In the finale of their three-game weekend series, the Gladiators couldn't close the door on the pesky IceMen as the visitors came from behind, scoring three unanswered goals to take the Sunday afternoon game, 3-1. Mike Embach gave Gwinnett the early lead, 4:03 into the game, but goals from Jeremy Langlois in the second period, and Andre Bouvet-Morrissette and Tom Zanoski in the third put the game out of reach in Evansville's favor.
Home for the Holidays: The Gladiators will wrap up a five-game home stand on Friday against Kalamazoo, play one road game in Greenville on Sunday, and then start another stretch at home, this time for three games against South Division rivals South Carolina and Orlando. In the month of December, the Gladiators play seven of their 11 contests in front of their home crowd.
You Can Lean On These Guys: Since being recalled from Portland of theAmerican Hockey League on November 21st, not only has goaltender Louis Domingue been stellar in net, but so has his teammate Peter Delmas. In Domingue's three starts in just over a week, the Mont St.-Hilaire native has stopped 114 of the 117 shots he's faced - an astronomical .974 save percentage and 1.00 goals against average - including a 40-save shutout on Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, Delmas has made 65 saves on 71 shots in the two games he's played, which is a .916 save percentage and a 3.00 GAA.
He Shoots...: Gladiators forward Evan Bloodoff is tied for 2nd in the ECHL going into today in shots with 71.
He Scores!: Gladiators rookie forward Kurtis Bartliff heads into Monday 5th among rookies with seven goals.
Killer Penalty Kill: Over their last 12 games, the Gladiators have held the opposition to 3-for-36 on the power play. On the season Gwinnett ranks 12th in the ECHL, killing off 85.7% of opposing power plays.
Super South Division: The South Division continues to be one of the best in the ECHL. The first 17 of the Gladiators games this season came against a division foe, with Gwinnett's opponents as of Monday sporting a combined record of 46-23-3-5.
Milestones: Forward Joey Haddad played in his 100th game as a Gladiator last Friday ... Goaltender Peter Delmas played in his 100th ECHL game on Sunday... Evan Bloodoff is three games away from his 75th as a Gladiator.
Snippets: The Gladiators are 6-2 when scoring three or more goals, and 0-11-0-1 when scoring two or fewer ... Gwinnett is 4-2 when scoring a power play goal, but 1-7-0-1 when allowing one ... The Gladiators are 5-0 Monday through Thursday this season, but 1-13-0-1 Friday through Sunday.
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