Glads Cruise to 3-1 Win
Saturday, November 03, 2012
The Gwinnett Gladiators (6-3-1-0) defeated the Elmira Jackals (6-2-0-0) by a 3-1 score in the only meeting of the season between the two teams on Saturday night at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. Gwinnett moves back into first place in the South Division with the win.
The Gladiators scored the first goal of the game off the stick of Casey Pierro-Zabotel 14:56 into the first. Evan Bloodoff passed the puck from the side of the net and found Pierro-Zabotel who beat Elmira goalie Maxime Clermont through the five-hole for the goal. Doug Jones also picked an assist on the play.
Pierro-Zabotel widened the margin to 2-0 with his second goal of the game 8:23 into the second. Pierro-Zabotel redirected Sean Duddy’s slap shot from the point on his rebound attempt. The Ashcroft, BC native picked up his second point of the night and his fourth goal of the season. Rylan Galiardi also had an assist on the marker.
Tony Lucia found a loose puck in the slot and slipped it past Clermont at 16:04 of the second period to extend the Gwinnett lead to 3-0. Galiardi picked up his second assist of the night on the goal.
Jack Downing put Elmira on the board 13:02 into the third period and made the score 3-1 as he snapped Mike Lee’s shut out bid for Gwinnett. Downing scored on his rebound as his first attempt went into Lee’s pads.
Lee posted 18 saves for his fifth win of the season for Gwinnett. The Gladiators went 0-for-3 on the power play while they went a perfect 1-for-1 on the penalty kill.
The Gladiators return to action tomorrow night as they host the South Carolina Stingrays at the Arena at Gwinnett Center at 4:05 p.m.
The Gladiators are the ECHL Affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League and are members of the ECHL, the Premier "AA" Hockey League and play all home games at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth.