» Tickets      » Gladiatorwear     » Schedule pc|mac
Home
Latest News
Schedule
Tickets
Team
Merchandise
Community
School Programs
Youth Fan Club
Register To Win!
Management
Sponsorship
Employment
Links
Downloads
Directions
 Press Releases

Gladiators fall to Storm overtime, Series tied at One Game Each
5/8/2006
Gladiators fall to Storm 4-3 in overtime, Series tied at One Game Each
JACKSON HAS GAME WINNING GOAL FOR STORM IN WIN

The Toledo Storm knocked off the Gladiators in Game 2 of the American Conference Finals 4-3 in overtime to tie the best-of-seven series at a game apiece. Todd Jackson rolled the puck past Gwinnett netminder Adam Berkhoel on the power play for the game winning goal for the Storm at 7:14 of overtime for the win. The series now shifts to the Toeldo Sports Arena for Game 3 on Friday, May 12th at 7:35 p.m.

Toledo jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a tally by Gerry Burke just 2:41 into the opening period. Matt Zultek was able to keep a Gladiators clearing attempt in at the blue line and feed Burke along the blue line to set up the goal. Burke ripped a long slapshot that beat Gladiators goaltender Adam Berkhoel for the marker.

Derek Nesbitt tied the game at a goal apiece with a power play goal 4:52 into the first period. Troy Milam ripped a slap shot wide that Nesbitt re-directed past Toledo goaltender Logan Koopmans for the marker. Jeff Campbell picked up an assist on the goal, feeding Milam at the point.

The Storm answered just 64 seconds later on the marker by Rob Snowball to take a 2-1 lead. Snowball finished a scramble in front of the Gladiators net to complete a 3-on-1 break for the marker. Scooter Smith and Matt Zultek also collected assists on the Toledo goal at the 5:56 mark of the first period.

Ken Magowan extended Toledo’s lead to two goals at the 7:51 mark of the second period. Magowan finished a 2-on-1 break with Jeff Attard as he redirected a cross-ice pass behind Berkhoel for the goal. B.J. Adams also had an assist on the goal, ad he moved the puck up ice to Attard to set up the tally.

Matt York cut the Toledo lead to one finding the puck in a pile up in front of the Storm net at the 6:54 mark of the third period. Steve Slaton and Rick Emmett also got a stick on the puck in the slot for the assists before York found the back of the net to for the goal.

Streaking in from the top of the right wing circle, Brad Schell found a loose puck in the slot and ripped a snapshot over the shoulder of Koopmans for the tying goal. Troy Milam picked up an assist taking the initial shot that created the big rebound leaving the puck in the slot for Schell to corral. Guillaume Desbiens also had an assist on the goal at the 12:49 mark of the third period to tie the game at three.

Gwinnett had a pair of power play chances at the end of the third period and at the beginning of overtime but couldn’t capitalize on the man advantage. Toledo posted their first power play goal of the game in overtime for the win. Matt Zultek and Gerry Burke had the assists on Jackson’s game winning goal.

Adam Berkhoel made 41 saves in the loss as Gwinnett outshot the Storm 57-45 in the loss. The Gladiators have now lost two of three Game 2’s that they have played in during the 2006 Kelly Cup Playoffs.

PLAYOFFS
ECHL  FINAL IN OT           1ST  2ND  3RD  OT        TOTAL
                            ---  ---  ---  ---       -----
      TOLEDO                 2    1    0    1         4
      GWINNETT               1    0    2    0         3     FINAL IN OT
      GOAL SCORING:
      1ST PRD: TOL - GERRY BURKE 2 (MATT ZULTEK) 2:41
               GWN - (PP) DEREK NESBITT 4 (TROY MILAM, JEFF CAMPBELL) 4:52
               TOL - ROBERT SNOWBALL 1 (SCOOTER SMITH, MATT ZULTEK) 5:56
      2ND PRD: TOL - KEN MAGOWAN 2 (JEFF ATTARD, B.J. ADAMS) 7:51
      3RD PRD: GWN - MATT YORK 1 (RICK EMMETT, STEVE SLATON) 6:54
               GWN - BRAD SCHELL 1 (TROY MILAM, GUILLAUME DESBIENS) 12:49
           OT: TOL - (PP) TODD JACKSON 3 (MATT ZULTEK, GERRY BURKE) 7:14
      POWER-PLAY CONVERSIONS: TOL - 1 OF 4, GWN - 1 OF 9.
      SHOTS ON GOAL:        1ST  2ND  3RD  OT   TOTAL
                            ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
                     TOL    17   14    6    8    45
                     GWN    10   12   28    7    57
            GOALIES: TOL - LOGAN KOOPMANS
                     GWN - ADAM BERKHOEL
          OFFICIALS: REF - JASON ROLLINS
                     LIN - DAVID JONES, TODD OWEN
                ATT: 3,274

The Gwinnett Gladiators continue the 2006 ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs on Friday, May 12th at 7:35 p.m. at the Toledo Sport Arena for Game 3 of the American Conference Finals. The Gladiators offer several ticket packages for different needs as well as group outings, suites and birthday parties. For more information call 770-497-5100 or log on to gwinnettgladiators.com.

The Gladiators play all 36 home games at the Arena at Gwinnett Center located on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth and are the AA affiliate of the Atlanta Thrashers.

-###-


» Tickets      » Gladiatorwear     » Schedule