Weekly Release for 3/10
Monday, March 10, 2014
DULUTH, Ga. - Winners of five of their last six - including four wins against division rival Florida - the Gwinnett Gladiators (23-31-2-2) will head back to the road for two more games, with their lone home match in the middle of March squeezed in between. They’ll be facing a Greenville Road Warrior (32-21-2-3) squad that has streaked into the sixth seed in the East by winning 11 of their last 13 games, with two separate five-game winning streaks since early February. Gwinnett will also play two against the South Carolina Stingrays (35-18-2-3), who are embattled with the Kalamazoo Wings, Reading Royals, and Orlando Solar Bears for the top seed in the East.
Monday, 3/10: Practice, Ice Forum, 10:30 A.M.
Tuesday, 3/11: Practice, Arena at Gwinnett Center, 10:30 A.M.
Wednesday, 3/12: Practice, Arena at Gwinnett, 10:30 A.M.
Thursday, 3/13: Game @ Greenville, 7:00 P.M.
Friday, 3/14: Game vs. South Carolina, 7:05 P.M.
Saturday, 3/15: Game @ South Carolina, 7:00 P.M.; Depart for Reading post-game
Sunday, 3/16: Arrive in Reading; Off-day
Scouting the Opposition
- This will be the first time in over three months that the Gladiators will be facing the Road Warriors, a squad that has already been giving Gwinnett fits. Greenville has won six of eight matchups this season, and the last three in a row. The Road Warriors’ resurgent offense has been fueled by four forwards who have spent the majority of their time in Greenville; Andrew Rowe (22/31/53), Marc-Olivier Vallerand (20/24/44), Jordie Johnston (21/22/43), and Michael St. Croix (14/27/41). Of those four, Rowe, Vallerand, and St. Croix are averaging over a point-per-game this season.
- Since losing Reebok Hockey Goaltender of the Year candidate Jeff Jakaitis to injury back on February 22nd, the Stingrays have depended heavily on Allen York. He has gone 2-2 with a .905 save percentage and a 6.04 goals against average. Despite his inflated GAA, York has actually been playing very well, giving up one goal on 29 shots to Elmira, and shutting out Toledo in his previous two games before allowing four goals on seven shots to Kalamazoo his last time out on March 7th. South Carolina late last week released goaltender Max Strang, and traded for former Gladiator Brad Phillips from the Idaho Steelheads. It is the third time this season Phillips has been traded.
Friday, March 14 vs. South Carolina: Animation Celebration; College Student Night; Friendly Friday
- Fans can meet SpongeBob SquarePants and Scooby Doo live in person at the next Gwinnett Gladiators game, and enjoy quality cartoon entertainment throughout the evening.
- Currently enrolled college students who show a valid current student ID can purchase lower level Student Night Discount Tickets for $10 beginning at 5:00 P.M. on game day only at the Student Night Registration Table located in front of the Arena at Gwinnett Center’s Box Office.
- The Friendly Friday package is available for kids and adults, and includes the following: $20 Adult ticket: One Corner Level ticket (Sec. 115 only), one jumbo hot dog - OR - one pizza slice, and one regular soda. $15 Kids ticket: One Corner Level ticket (Sec. 115 only), one Kids Meal (Chicken Bites & Fries - OR - Hot Dog & Fries), and one kids soda.
Friday, March 7: Gwinnett 3 @ Florida 2 - W
Mark Guggenberger made 34 saves, and Rob Kwiet scored the eventual game-winner in the third to lift the Gladiators over the Everblades Friday night at Germain Arena. Guggenberger made several stellar stops, especially in the third period with Florida pressing.
Saturday, March 8: Gwinnett 4 @ Florida 2 - W
For the second straight night Mark Guggenberger confounded the Florida Everblades, while Joey Haddad and Will MacDonald anchored the offense in a 4-2 Gladiators win Saturday night. Guggenberger made 30 saves to win his fourth start out of five so far with Gwinnett. Haddad extended his goal-scoring streak to seven games with two goals and an assist, while MacDonald haunted his former team with the game-winning goal and two assists. The Gladiators have now won five of their last six games.
Who’s Your Haddad(y): Last week’s Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week, Gladiators Captain Joey Haddad, has scored a goal in seven straight games dating back to Feb. 23. He’s tied with Alaska’s Peter Sivak for the ECHL season high of consecutive games with a goal, and is currently the league leader in consecutive games with a point. He has also tallied at least one assist in his last five games, a season high in Gwinnett. His eight goals and six assists over the last seven games have shot him to the team lead in points with 36.
The Guggenburglar Strikes Again: As the Gladiators’ 12th goaltender of the season, Mark Guggenberger has provided some much needed stability in net for Gwinnett. Since joining the team, Guggenberger has a 4-1 record, a .915 save percentage, and a 3.00 GAA, with all of those games against Florida. As a professional, Guggenberger has a record of 64-30-9.
You Can Kount on Kwiet: Gladiators defenseman Rob Kwiet has a point in eight of his last ten games, and his 30 points on the season is tied for 9th best among defensemen in the ECHL.
Elite Everson: Rookie forward Marshall Everson was red hot in February. In 11 games last month he finished tied for the team lead with 10 points, scoring six goals to go with four assists and a +5 rating.
Streaking Glads: Casey Pierro-Zabotel has two goals and 10 assists in his last 13 games ... Dirk Southern has four goals and four assists in his last seven games ... Defenseman Daniel Spivak has finished a game with a minus in only 11 of his 53 games played this season, and hasn’t gone below a minus-one. He is a +11 on the season.
Milestones: Daniel Spivak played in his 100th professional match Saturday night ... Dirk Southern scored his 50th ECHL goal on Friday, and made his 100th ECHL assist on Saturday ... Rob Kwiet is one game away from 300 as a pro ... Max Legault played in his 250th professional contest on Saturday ... Joey Haddad scored his 50th goal as a Gladiator Friday.
Moving On Up: Two Gladiators defensemen were recalled to the American Hockey League last Saturday. Jerome Gauthier-Leduc was recalled to Rochester after playing in eight games with the Gladiators, and chipping in for a goal and three assists. Coyotes prospect Justin Weller headed to Portland for his first AHL experience following 41 games with Gwinnett this season and a full 65 games last year. Weller had two goals and seven assists to go along with a +2 in 2013-14.