Glads Wallop Greenville, 6-2
Saturday, December 29, 2012
GREENVILLE S.C. - Five different Gladiators racked up multiple points, as Gwinnett dominated the Greenville Road Warriors 6-2 Saturday night at the BI-LO Center to move into a tie atop the South Division with Greenville.
Casey Pierro-Zabotel picked up three assists, Alex Belzile scored and added two helpers, and Doug Jones, Cody Carlson, and Evan Bloodoff had a goal and an assist.
Coyotes prospect Louis Domingue stepped up between the pipes in the opening period for Gwinnett, as he made several big stops to keep the game scoreless to the second. Domingue finished with 32 saves and has now won ten out of his last 11 starts.
The offenses came to life in the second period. After Greenville drew first blood on a Brandon Wong goal 12:55 into the period, Gwinnett rallied for the next three.
Scott Arnold and Jones set up Belzile behind the Greenville net, and the rookie forward banked the puck off Warrior goaltender Scott Stajcer and in for his second marker of the season at 15:33.
A little under two minutes later, Carlson lofted a shot from the point that slipped past a screened Stajcer to give the Gladiators a 2-1 lead on the power play. The first goal of Carlson’s pro career was assisted by Brandt and Belzile, but Gwinnett wasn’t finished.
35 seconds after Carlson’s tally, Pierro-Zabotel fed Bloodoff with a pass and the Coyotes prospect did the rest. Bloodoff sped around the Greenville defense, alluded a poke check try from close-in by Stajcer, and deposited the puck top shelf for his 11th goal of the season. Gwinnett carried a 3-1 edge into the third.
Steven Delisle cut the deficit to one for the Road Warriors 4:29 into the third, but much as they did in the second the Gladiators picked up the next three.
Rylan Galiardi put Gwinnett up 4-2 just 1:14 after Delisle’s tally, as he took a backdoor pass from Bloodoff and tucked it past Stajcer. Pierro-Zabotel had the second assist.
Christian Ouellet padded the lead at 12:18, beating Stajcer with a quick wrist shot from the near side with Carlson and Fienhage assisting. Rookie Doug Jones wrapped up the scoring at 19:15, deflecting a centering pass from Pierro-Zabotel and Belzile in to cap the 6-2 rout.
The Gladiators are next in action on New Year’s Eve, as they take on the Evansville IceMen at the Ford Center at 8:15 p.m. EST.