Stathopoulos, Gladiators bite Lynx, 3-2 in OT
Brad Schell scored 2:08 into overtime and Mike Stathopoulos scored twice to help the Gladiators past the Augusta Lynx 3-2 in overtime on Friday night at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
Despite being outshot 21-3 in the first period, Augusta was able to open up a 1-0 lead over the Gladiators. Dan Sullivan beat Gladiators netminder Sean Fields on Augusta's first shot of the game from the off wing on a 3-on-2 break. Brian Passmore fed Sullivan to pick up an assist on the play while Colt King also had a helper on the goal at 4:31 of the first period.
Mike Stathopoulos tied the game up at 1 with his 17th goal of the season. Picking up a rebound in the slot off of Pat Dwyer's initial shot Stathopoulos ripped a snapshot past Augusta netminder Matus Kostur for the tally at 14:01 of the second period. Lane Manson also picked up an assist on the play keeping the puck in the zone at the point.
Augusta regained the lead 2:31 into the third period with another goal on an odd man rush. Ken Magowan was able to slink down the left wing wall and jam the puck home off a feed from Doug Wright threading the puck through a Gladiators defenseman for an assist on the goal.
Mike Stathopoulos 2nd goal of the night tied the game at 2-2 later in the final period. A slapshot from the left wing circle beat Kostur to the short side as Kevin Doell and Rick Emmett posted the assists on the goal at 12:54 of the third period.
Schells game winner came on a slapshot from the right wing face off circle off a feed from Joe Bourne moving through the neutral zone.
Gwinnett finished the game 2 shots shy of the ECHL record for shots in a game as the Gladiators put 67 shots on goal in the win while Augusta netminder Kostur was one save shy of tying the ECHL record for saves in a game.
Gwinnett went 1-for-4 on the power play while improving to 39-24-8 on the season in the win.
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