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MacDonald's Three Points Push Gladiators Past Admirals

February 9, 2019 - ECHL (ECHL) - Norfolk Admirals News Release

NORFOLK, VA - Justin MacDonald scored a goal and added two assists as the Atlanta Gladiators topped the Norfolk Admirals 4-1 Saturday Night at Scope. Sean Bonar made 30 saves on 31 shots and gets the win for Atlanta. The Gladiators extend their unbeaten streak to 13 games (11-0-2).

The Admirals struck first with a power-play goal from Matt McMorrow. T.J. Melancon was able to keep the puck in the Atlanta zone on the power-play. Melancon played the puck over to the left circle for Darik Angeli. Angeli tried to play the puck into the slot, but it was picked off by an Atlanta defender. The Atlanta defender lost control of the puck and was gathered by McMorrow. McMorrow skated between the circles and fired a backhand shot past the glove-hand of Sean Bonar to give Norfolk a 1-0 lead at 14:10 of the first period.

Atlanta tied the game on a goal from Nolan LaPorte. Matt Lane sprung in LaPorte on a two-on-one into the Norfolk zone. Laporte skated into the Norfolk zone and fired a shot that went under the arm of Brodeur to make the score 1-1 at 18:22 of the second period.

Atlanta took the lead on a power-play goal from Nick Bligh. Justin MacDonald passed the puck to Derek Nesbitt in the right circle. Nesbitt fired a pass back door that was knocked in off the skate of an Admirals defenseman to give Atlanta a 2-1 lead at 2:19 of the third period.

The Gladiators extended its lead on a goal from Justin MacDonald. MacDonald received the puck after a turnover as the Admirals attempted to clear their own zone. MacDonald skated in one-one with Brodeur and beat him on the glove side to give Atlanta a 3-1 lead.

Atlanta added another late goal from Nolan LaPorte and won by a final score of 4-1.

Sean Bonar made 30 saves on 31 shots while getting his 13th win of the year, while Jeremy Brodeur made 36 saves on 40 shots and takes the loss for Norfolk.

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The Admirals continue their homstand on Wednesday at Scope against South Carolina. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.

Upcoming Home Games & Promotions

Wednesday, February 13, vs. South Carolina, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, February 15, vs. Maine, 7:00 p.m. Virginia is for Hockey Lovers Night!

Saturday, February 16, vs. Maine, 7:00 p.m. Valentine's Day / Netflix & Chill Night

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