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Solar Bears Slide by Glads
Sunday, March 29, 2015

After a back-and-forth tight battle throughout the game, a short-handed goal midway through the third period by the Orlando Solar Bears (35-23-5-3) would cement a win for the opposition over the Gladiators (18-43-3-3), 3-2, on Sunday afternoon. Mike Merrifield and Sean Berkstresser each tallied a goal, while Tyler Shiplo notched his first professional point.

The Gladiators came onto the ice decked out in their sharp black uniforms for their last Sunday home game of the season, and quickly battled their way up the ice to take the initial lead over the Solar Bears. Upon receiving the puck from Tyler Murovich, Sean Berkstresser brought the puck even to the goal line on the far left flank and sent in an off-balanced shot that just squeezed in on an odd bounce past Garret Sparks at 4:49.

However, Orlando put up quite the fight, battling to hang onto the final playoff spot in the East Division. The Solar Bears doubled up the Gladiators’ shots on net, at 14, and were able to tie up the score with less than five minutes in the period. Johnny McInnis’ shot barely trickled in past Kent Patterson in net, to give the forward his sixteenth of the season at 15:45.

After a scoreless, neck and neck second period, the home team took control to start the third period, and regained their lead at 4:09. On a power play, Mike Merrifield grabbed the pass from Justin Buzzeo and immediately smashed a shot at Sparks from between the hash-marks. The puck deflected out, and Merrifield rebounded his own shot, this time finding the net for his second of the season.

Nevertheless, Orlando once again evened the score only minutes later. Former Gladiator Marshall Everson centered the puck back to Max Nicastro just inside the point, who then sent a bullet into the net at 8:15.

At 10:41, the shorthanded Solar Bears took the first and only lead of the afternoon. Brady Vail stole the puck from the neutral zone while on the penalty kill, flew down the ice, and single-handedly wristed in a shot that rose over Patterson’s reach. The Gladiators made a valiant effort in the remaining minutes of the third period, pulling Patterson from the net and overwhelming Orlando’s end on a late power play, but still were unable to score.
Kent Patterson saved 34 of Orlando’s 37 shots, while Garret Sparks went 23 for 25, grabbing the win. The Solar Bears take the edge in the season series, winning seven of the 12 games this year.

The Gladiators head to Greenville to take on the Road Warriors in back-to-back games starting this Thursday, April 2nd, at 7:00 p.m. The team will return home to The Arena at Gwinnett Center on April 4th to once again take on the Greenville Road Warriors for the team’s second-to-last home game of the season at 7:05 p.m.

For tickets and schedule information, visit the official team website at www.gwinnettgladiators.com or call the main office line at 770-497-5100.

The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nation’s premier "AA" hockey league, and are affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth – where parking is always free.

As Atlanta’s “One and Only” professional hockey team, the Gladiators have established an extraordinary winning tradition and unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment. The Gladiators are consistently ranked as one of the top “Things To Do” in the Atlanta area and across the North Georgia region.

For all the latest team news, contests, and more visit GwinnettGladiators.com, or “like” the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GwinnettGladiators), and follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators).



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Buzzeo Signs with Gwinnett
Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Gwinnett Gladiators announced that they have signed forward Justin Buzzeo to an ECHL contract on Saturday. Buzzeo just completed his senior season at Ferris State University of the WCHA.

Buzzeo, 25, scored nine goals and 13 assists in 40 games for the Bulldogs this season. His best year came in 2013-14, when he was tied for first on the team with 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists).

Along with current Gladiator Travis Ouellette, the Bulldogs reached the NCAA Championship game in Buzzeo’s freshman season of 2011-12.

The Windsor, Ontario native will join the Gladiators ahead of their 7:00 p.m. home game tonight against the Greenville Road Warriors.

The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nation’s premier "AA" hockey league, and are affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth - where parking is always free.

As Atlanta’s "One and Only" professional hockey team, the Gladiators have established an extraordinary winning tradition and unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment. The Gladiators are consistently ranked as one of the top "Things To Do" in the Atlanta area and across the North Georgia region.

For all the latest team news, contests, and more visit GwinnettGladiators.com, or "like" the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GwinnettGladiators), and follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators).



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GGG & Star Wars Tees Tonight
Saturday, March 28, 2015

It’s a big night in Gladiators Nation, and we have the shirts to commemorate it! We have the FIRST EVER Glads "Star Wars" Tee featuring everyone’s favorite Gladiator rocking a lightsaber. We also have our annual Girls Gone Gladiators t-shirt - this year celebrating our 10th Anniversary!!

Last week, the Gladiators announced that they have partnered with "It’s the Journey, Inc." as the benefactor of the funds raised from the sale of the Official Girls Gone Gladiators t-shirts that evening. PLUS - purchase a GGG tee tonight and receive 50% off of any 2015 Pink in the Rink t-shirt.





Glads Rocked by Warriors, 5-1
Saturday, March 28, 2015

On Star Wars Night in front of over 8,000 fans, the Gladiators (18-42-3-3) held pace with the Greenville Road Warriors (35-28-1-3) through the majority of the game before ultimately falling 5-1 on Saturday night. Justin Buzzeo scored his first professional goal in his Gladiators debut.

The Road Warriors buzzed around the Gladiators’ goal for quite some time on their first power play of the game before finally striking to give the opposition the early lead in the first period. Josh Nicholls drew Mike Lee to the near post and then slid the puck through the crease to Thomas Frazee who was waiting alone backdoor to punch it in at 6:08. Greenville tallied their second goal only a minute before the buzzer sounded, when the Gladiators failed to clear it from their defensive zone and Michael St. Croix smacked in a quick shot from the top of the crease at 19:06.

The back and forth stalemate of the second period gave all the makings of a scoreless second period, until the Gladiators pounded in a power play goal at 16:56. Tyler Murovich nailed the puck into goaltender Jeff Malcolm and the puck rebounded out towards the wide open back post as Malcolm fell to the ice. Justin Buzzeo crashed towards the open net and easily tallied his first professional goal at 16:56, after just signing an ECHL contract with the Gladiators earlier in the day.

Just 35 seconds into the third period, the Road Warriors brought the goal differential back up to two. Paul Rodrigues took advantage of a misplay by Lee, who dove out of the crease but came up empty handed. Kyle Jean made it four for Greenville on a successful breakaway, coming up as the victor of his one on one with Lee at 5:59. And St. Croix scored his second of the night on a one-timer from the left circle at 12:40.

Mike Lee picked up the loss, making 35 saves on 40 shots against, while Jeff Malcolm was 25 for 26 in the crease.

The Gladiators wrap up their final weekend homestand of the season tomorrow afternoon, at 2:05 p.m. when they face the Orlando Solar Bears for the final time this season. Join the Gladiators as they host Princesses Anna and Elsa from the movie “Frozen,” as well as take part in another Kroger Family Sunday!

For tickets and schedule information, visit the official team website at www.gwinnettgladiators.com or call the main office line at 770-497-5100.

The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nation’s premier "AA" hockey league, and are affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth – where parking is always free.

As Atlanta’s “One and Only” professional hockey team, the Gladiators have established an extraordinary winning tradition and unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment. The Gladiators are consistently ranked as one of the top “Things To Do” in the Atlanta area and across the North Georgia region.

For all the latest team news, contests, and more visit GwinnettGladiators.com, or “like” the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GwinnettGladiators), and follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators).



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Glads Beat Bears in OT, 4-3
Friday, March 27, 2015

After a solid first period of play and taking the initial lead, the newly refurbished Gladiators (18-41-4-3) bested the Orlando Solar Bears (34-23-5-4) in overtime on Friday night, 4-3. Jeff Silengo scored the winning overtime goal, while Greg Carey tallied a goal and an assist and Mike Merrifield scored his first goal this season.

After tying up the score in the waning minutes of the third period, the Gladiators threatened several times early in overtime before scoring the game-winner, less than two minutes into the extra frame. Greg Carey possessed the puck behind Orlando’s net, and looked up to see Jeff Silengo crashing in on goal from the point. Silengo received the puck from Carey, and in one fluid motion, wristed it past Maxime Clermont to give the home team the victory.

For as good as the Gladiators played in the final minutes of the game, they looked even better in the game’s opening minutes. On Gwinnett’s first goal, Zach Yuen composed the puck in the left faceoff circle before sending it through the slot to Greg Carey waiting deep on right flank. Carey smashed the puck right past Clermont on a step-up wrist shot at 1:49 of the first.

Only a few minutes later, at 7:55, the home team found themselves up by two after complete chaos ensued in front of Orlando’s goal. Mike Merrifield was the last man into the scrum, crashing the net after the Gladiators sent in a hectic flurry of shots at Clermont. His bounce shot goal was his first goal of the season.

The Gladiators kept the Solar Bears down to an impressive five shots on goal in the first period, but Orlando was able to slip one in past Mike Lee to break the score in half. Eric Baier slapped in a shot from deep in the left faceoff circle at 13:34 to put the opposition the board.

The second period began quietly, but Orlando stormed back as the period went on, doubling their shots on goal as well as evening the score. Brett Findlay managed to just barely slip the puck between Lee and the near post at 11:55 to even the score at two.
A mere 38 seconds into the third period, Bryce Aneloski sent an absolute bullet into the net from out on the right wing on the power play. The game quieted down from there, and then seemingly out of nowhere, the Gladiators roared back into the game. With less than five minutes remaining, Jason Wilson bolted right towards the far post off the Gladiators faceoff win. The puck followed him and somehow managed to get by Clermont, deflecting off of Wilson’s body at 15:19.

The Gladiators will look to continue their momentum as they face the Greenville Road Warriors tomorrow, March 27th, at 7:05 p.m. Come join the Gladiators for a fun-filled Saturday night, as it is Star Wars AND “Girls Gone Gladiator” Night at The Arena at Gwinnett Center. The team will also have their final $5 Frenzy of the season, featuring Gladiator Dry-Fit shirts that will be sold only during tomorrow’s game.

For tickets and schedule information, visit the official team website at www.gwinnettgladiators.com or call the main office line at 770-497-5100.

The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nation’s premier "AA" hockey league, and are affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth – where parking is always free.

As Atlanta’s “One and Only” professional hockey team, the Gladiators have established an extraordinary winning tradition and unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment. The Gladiators are consistently ranked as one of the top “Things To Do” in the Atlanta area and across the North Georgia region.

For all the latest team news, contests, and more visit GwinnettGladiators.com, or “like” the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GwinnettGladiators), and follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators).



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Shiplo, Bahntge to Gwinnett
Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Gwinnett Gladiators announced that they have signed forward Daniel Bahntge (pronounced BAN-sha) and defenseman Tyler Shiplo to ECHL contracts on Thursday. Both players just wrapped up their senior seasons with the Mercyhurst Lakers of the Atlantic Hockey Association.

Bahntge, 24, was Mercyhurst’s leading scorer in 2014-15, notching nearly a point per game (13g, 23a in 39 gp). The Westlake, Ohio native was named to the AHA Third All-Conference Team for this season. In all, Bahntge tallied 52 goals and 75 assists in 161 collegiate games played.

Shiplo, 23, also played in 39 games for the Lakers this year, scoring four goals and 14 assists with a +6 plus/minus rating. Those totals were second-most among Mercyhurst defensemen this season. The native of Oakville, Ontario has scored 17 goals and 50 assists in his 158 games played in the NCAA.

Bahntge and Shiplo are the second and third Lakers on the Gladiators roster this season, along with forward Dan O’Donoghue, who graduated from the school last year.

To accommodate roster space for Bahntge and Shiplo, forward J.P. Labardo and defenseman C.J. Chartrain were waived on Thursday.

The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nation’s premier "AA" hockey league, and are affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth - where parking is always free.

As Atlanta’s "One and Only" professional hockey team, the Gladiators have established an extraordinary winning tradition and unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment. The Gladiators are consistently ranked as one of the top "Things To Do" in the Atlanta area and across the North Georgia region.

For all the latest team news, contests, and more visit GwinnettGladiators.com, or "like" the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GwinnettGladiators), and follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators).



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Saturday is Dry-Fit Frenzy!
Thursday, March 26, 2015

The final $5 FRENZY Night of the season arrives this Saturday, with the Gladiators offering up Dry-Fit Shirts for the first time ever. These heather gray performance shirts feature moisture wicking fabric to keep you cool and dry when you’re working your hardest. Our "Sword" logo rests front and center on the chest to provide that extra Glads punch.

The Gladiators organization turned the long-standing minor league tradition of fan giveaways on its head back in 2011 with the implementation of our $5 Frenzy Nights. Instead of lesser quality items given away to the first thousand or so fans through the door, the Glads offer high quality items at cost or less-than-cost. No reason to stand in line for an hour hoping to be one of the lucky ones to receive the free item. No hassles if you want to get one for your nephew or grandson, but he is not attending the game. No age limits. Higher quality items without the hassle.

There will be three locations for you to purchase your Gladiator Scarf on Saturday Night:
  • Club Level Parking Deck Entrance (Cash Only)
  • Main Lobby (Cash Only)
  • On the Concourse Outside of Section 103 (Credit Only)





  • Join the Force Saturday
    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    Saturday night, a worldwide pop-culture phenomenon comes to life at The Arena at Gwinnett Center as the Gladiators celebrate the epic motion picture series with our 4th annual "STAR WARS NIGHT." The evening will feature the Dark Side’s most iconic villain Darth Vader, as well as Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Maul and infamous Maldorian bounty hunter Boba Fett, along with a multitude of authentic cast member replicants sanctioned by the Georgia Garrison of the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion-Bespin Base.

    Plus, the Jedi Master Yoda will remain astride the shoulder of team mascot Maximus throughout the game. Fans young and old alike will have an opportunity to pose for pictures with their favorite attending characters both before the game (located outside of Sections 107 and 116) and during a special interactive session on the main concourse throughout the 2nd Intermission. Don’t miss this truly memorable experience of intergalactic proportions for the entire family!

    Click HERE to purchase your tickets!


    Glads Bested by Bears, 4-1
    Tuesday, March 24, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Playing their final game in Orlando in 2014-15, the Gladiators (17-41-3-3) came close several times to beating Garret Sparks, but they couldn’t get enough as the Orlando Solar Bears defeated Gwinnett, 4-1 on Tuesday night.

    Following a very tight, but scoreless, first period, Orlando took the lead at 3:18 of the first. Brock Montgomery stole the puck away from Gwinnett on a botched zone exit by the Gladiators. He passed it on to Brady Vail, who danced around the remaining Gladiators in the low zone, and backhanded a puck underneath Kent Patterson.

    The Solar Bears doubled up their lead at 7:56 on an impressive tic-tac-toe passing display from John McInnis from the left point, to Marshall Everson in the right circle, and finally to Jacob Cepis at the left post. The whole sequence took less than a couple seconds, and gave Cepis enough time to tuck the puck once again beneath Patterson.

    The Gladiators got back into the game at 17:29 with a 4-on-3 power play. Zach Yuen slammed the puck from the top of the zone through the slot and by Garret Sparks. The Gladiators almost scored again several times on the abbreviated 5-on-4 power play afterwards, but Sparks stood tall and held the line.

    In the third, Orlando pulled away with goals from Peter Sivak at 3:50 on the power play, and Brett Findlay at 7:06. Despite his hard work in the crease, Kent Patterson picked up the loss, making 35 saves on 39 shots. Garret Sparks swept Gwinnett for the week, his third straight win on 32 saves.

    The Gladiators head home now for three straight games at The Arena at Gwinnett Center. They’ll kick off the brief home-stand with a Friendly Friday against the Orlando Solar Bears on March 27th at 7:35 p.m. The game will be broadcast on WDUN.com and www.gwinnettgladiators.com/radio, starting at 7:20 p.m.

    For tickets and schedule information, visit the official team website at www.gwinnettgladiators.com or call the main office line at 770-497-5100.

    The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nation’s premier "AA" hockey league, and are affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth – where parking is always free.

    As Atlanta’s “One and Only” professional hockey team, the Gladiators have established an extraordinary winning tradition and unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment. The Gladiators are consistently ranked as one of the top “Things To Do” in the Atlanta area and across the North Georgia region.

    For all the latest team news, contests, and more visit GwinnettGladiators.com, or “like” the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GwinnettGladiators), and follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators).



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    Post Game Party FRIDAY
    Monday, March 23, 2015

    The Gladiators invite you to join us after the game this FRIDAY night for our final Post Game Party! Held at the Marlow’s Tavern located on Satellite Boulevard, just north of Sugarloaf Parkway near the Arena at Gwinnett Center, these parties occur after select home games throughout the season. Friday’s Featured Players are: Tyler Murovich and Greg Carey*.

    Gladiators broadcaster Nick Bove will anchor the game recap and will discuss aspects of the season with Interim Head Coach Andy Brandt. Coach Brandt will also answer questions from the fans in attendance. Murvich and Carey will be available to speak to fans, meet kids and/or autograph your Gladiators memorabilia!

    Marlow’s Tavern is a proud supporter of the Gwinnett Gladiators and a perfect pre- and post-game location to enjoy some great food and drink in a warm and inviting atmosphere. You can catch your favorite game on the many TV screens, enjoy a delicious meal in one of the many private booths or hang with your friends and family in the spacious bar area. Marlow’s has delicious appetizers, crisp cool salads, big bar sandwiches, classic tavern burgers and other favorites such as the Shrimp & Grits and the Grilled Center Cut Filet. Marlow’s has locations in Alpharetta, Buford, Cumming, Northlake, East Cobb, Kennesaw, Midtown and Vinings for Glads fans to enjoy all over the North Metro Atlanta area. Find your local Marlow’s at www.marlowstavern.com.

    *Players subject to change