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Sharon ES Rocks Fundraiser
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

For the 11th time in 12 seasons, the Sharon Elementary School Chorus performed the National Anthem at a Gladiators game. Sharon ES, who always teams with Shiloh Point Elementary to form one giant mega choir, performed at our November 8th game. Over the years, the Sharon ES Chorus Program has earned more than $12,000 for their Music Education Curriculum. Well done Knights!!




Royals Reign Over Glads, 6-3
Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Gladiators (14-22-1-1) could not muster enough strength in their third game in three days against their first and only matchup with the Reading Royals (25-13-1-1), losing 6-3 on Sunday afternoon at The Arena at Gwinnett Center. Casey Pierro-Zabotel scored two goals, making it five goals in just two games for the alternate captain.

The first period did not begin like the Gladiators had hoped, with the Royals scoring three straight goals in the first period. The first goal came early, at 4:18, when Kevin Walrod wrapped the puck around the back of the net and centered it to Matt Hatch, who smashed it in.

The Royals found net two minutes later at 5:53 on a power play, when Adam Hughesman centered himself at the top of the crease, and picked the right corner past Kent Patterson. Reading registered their third goal of the period after Maxim Lamarche found the back of the net, despite a crowed goal, at 8:34 on a quick shot. After Reading’s third straight goal of the period, Adam Brown stepped in to take over netminder duties for Patterson at 10:43.

Facing a first period shutout, the Gladiators found some more end-of-the-period magic. It started with a goal from Casey Pierro-Zabotel at 14:54. Coming off of a hat trick the previous night, Pierro-Zabotel received the puck just outside the crease on a centered pass from Greg Carey, and one-timed it through Kenny Reiter’s legs for his fourth goal in two games. With two minutes remaining in the period, the home team brought the difference to just one, when Sean Berkstresser sent a crisp pass from the left flank to the right corner of the net, where Dyson Stevenson was waiting to smack it in at 18:07.

The second period was unmistakably dicey, as the tension between the division rivals grew, so did the physicality. Reading was able bring the lead back to two on a power play before the period ended. Cam Reid sent in a hard shot on goal, which deflected off of Brown, and Oliver Labelle grabbed the rebound and redirected the puck back into the net at 15:46.

Two minutes into the third period, Pierro-Zabotel was at it once again, posting his second goal of the game, bringing the difference back to just one for the second time. On the forecheck, Garry Nunn intercepted the puck as Reading attempted to clear it, and immediately found Pierro-Zabotel crashing the net. Pierro-Zabotel smacked the puck in the net once again, but the Royals would not allow the Gladiators to make a comeback, scoring two more goals to once again double up on the home team on two more power plays.

Hughesman received the puck just outside the crease, and sent a direct shot to the nearside of Brown at 8:18, for his second goal of the game. Reading capitalized on the power play for the fourth time at 16:01 to seal the game; Pat Mullane scored on a one-time feed from Labelle and Ryan Cruthers.

The Gladiators will head out on the road for their next game to face the Indy Fuel Wednesday, January 28th, at 7:05 p.m. The Gladiators will return home to the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Tuesday, February 3rd to take on the Orlando Solar Bears at 7:05 p.m. The next home game also marks the third Student Night of the season. Students can receive a ticket at a discounted price with a valid student ID.

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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Another Hat Trick Sinks FLA
Saturday, January 24, 2015

For the second straight night against the division-leading Florida Everblades (25-7-1-3), the Gladiators (14-21-1-1), achieved a hat trick on the way to their 4-3 overtime victory. Casey Pierro-Zabotel got the hat trick and 300th point in the overtime game-winner, Zach Yuen scored a goal in his first game as a Gladiator, and Garry Nunn picked up two assists.

After an evenly matched, scoreless first period, the Everblades were able to break through in the scoreless game first, by tallying a goal at 9:27 in the second period. Mitch Wahl brought the puck down the right flank, and placed a shot in the deep right pocket of the net. Florida’s goal was all the Gladiators needed to get fired up, and strike back.

Zach Yuen entered the zone on the right side, drawing Daniel Altshuller to his left. The new Gladiators defensemen dropped the puck off to Garry Nunn behind the net and rushed unimpeded to the slot. Nunn swept the puck around the back of the ‘Blades’ net, and centered a pass back to Yuen in between the hashmarks. Yuen’s one-timer sailed past Altshuller to tie the score at 17:46 of the second.

The home team was not satisfied with just evening the score, and with thirty seconds remaining in the period the Gladiators pulled ahead of Florida. Bo Dolan dished a pass to Casey Pierro-Zabotel near the right faceoff circle. The alternate captain then immediately ripped a shot past Daniel Altshuller for his fourteenth of the season.

Florida bounced back to even up the score almost immediately in the third period at 2:45. Adam Brace stole the puck off Nunn on their defensive blue line, and immediately turned and skated it single-handedly down the ice, and scored a shorthanded goal for the opposition and his sixteenth of the season. The Everblades regained their lead at 6:57, when Artem Sergeev sent a direct shot in on net puck past Adam Brown.

Facing a disappointing finish, the Gladiators buckled down and tied the score with less than two minutes remaining in the game. Greg Carey, who scored a hat trick for Gwinnett just last night, chipped the puck parallel to Altshuller, and Nunn took a shot from point blank range. The rebound kicked out to Pierro-Zabotel in the low slot, and before Altshuller could center himself, the Gladiators had their game-tying goal at 18:18. Neither team could find net again in the third period and the game went into free hockey.

After a Mitch Wahl boarding call 0:37 seconds into overtime, Pierro-Zabotel only needed an extra ten seconds to nab the game-winning goal and his first hat trick of the season. Yuen shot a pass over from the top of the zone to Pierro-Zabotel on the right doorstep. Pierro-Zabotel banked it straight into the net past Altshuller for the third time, making it his 300th professional point.

Gwinnett has now defeated Florida three straight times, by a combined score of 18 to 10. The Gladiators have won three of their last four games and have picked up nine points in their last seven.

The Gladiators will continue their homestand tomorrow afternoon, January 24th, when they face the Reading Royals for the first and only time this season at 2:05 p.m. Join the Gladiators for another Kroger Family Sunday. The deal includes 4 Premium Level tickets, one $5 Gladiators Merchandise Coupon, and a voucher for a Kroger Family Meal.

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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Photo Credit: Dale Zanine



Glads, Nailers Swap D-Men
Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Gladiators announced that they have acquired defenseman Zachary Yuen from the Wheeling Nailers in exchange for defenseman Tristin Llewellyn on Saturday.

Yuen, 21, has played in 27 games for the Nailers this season, scoring seven points (three goals, four assists) and a +1 rating. Last season Yuen (pronounced YOU-in) played in 48 games for the Orlando Solar Bears notching 12 points on a goal on 11 assists, with a +9 plus-minus. For his play in Orlando, Yuen was recalled to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL for three games at the end of the season.

The Vancouver native, a fourth round (#119 overall) draft selection by the Winnipeg Jets in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, played for over four seasons with the Tri-City Americans of the WHL. In 255 regular season games played with the Americans, Yuen scored 30 goals and 87 assists, going along with a +93 rating.

Llewellyn, 25, was in his second go-around with the Gladiators this season - playing in 32 games with four goals and 11 assists. The native of Ann Arbor, Michigan played in 27 games for the Gladiators back in 2012-13. Llewellyn played in his 200th professional game on January 8th of this year.

Yuen will make his debut with the Gladiators tonight as the team hosts the Florida Everblades for the second straight night at The Arena at Gwinnett Center. It is the first $5 Frenzy of the year, where fans can purchase Gladiators team scarves for just $5. It will also be Faith Night at The Arena, featuring a special concert in the second intermission.

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 Smoke Everblades, 7-5
Friday, January 23, 2015

The Gladiators (13-21-1-1) put on quite the show Friday night, defeating the Florida Everblades (25-7-0-3) 7-5, and for the second time in as many matchups, scored seven goals against the East Division leaders. Greg Carey got his second hat trick of the season as well as an assist, J.P. Labardo scored two goals, and Casey Pierro-Zabotel tallied three assists.

Coming into this game, the Gladiators were 0-16-0-1 in games where they trailed going into the third period, but with a third period spectacle, the home team was able to come back in a big way to win.

Trailing 3-2 entering the third, the Gladiators turned up the heat in the final frame. Carey opened the period by single-handedly tying up the game at 3:47. Carey won the puck at the center line, and outmuscled the Everblades down the ice, finally juking out the last defensemen, and placed the puck to the left of an outstretched York.

Carey was not done after his second goal, and in a similar fashion to his prior goal, he wracked up his second hat trick of the season at 6:09. After winning the puck deep in the Gladiators’ defensive end, Carey raced the puck all the way to the other end of the ice, and for the third time in the game, found net.

Almost before the celebration of Carey’s hat trick concluded, J.P. Labardo found himself back on the scoreboard. Walker slid the puck over to Labardo just in front of the crease, and the rookie forward placed it in backdoor at 7:17. Only a minute later, the Everblades responded with a goal at 8:13 from Adam Brace for his fifthteenth of the season.

However, the Gladiators immediately answered with yet another goal, this time from Garry Nunn, who ripped in a shot after receiving a pass from Carey at 8:43. Florida yet again, was able to bring the difference back to just one, when Evan Bloodoff found net past Kent Patterson on power play at 12:58.

The Gladiators were not done scoring even as the time dwindled down to just seconds. Florida pulled York from the net, giving them a sixth man, but also leaving an empty net. Will MacDonald sent a wild shot towards the vacant goal from deep in the Gladiators’ defensive end, and the puck flew untouched down the length of the ice, straight in at 19:21, scoring the fifth goal of the third period, making it a season high for the Gladiators.

Back in the first period, the Gladiators came out red hot, suited up in their brand new home Atlanta Flames-inspired jerseys. Florida goalie, Allen York, was in front of the firing squad for most of the period, as the Gladiators posted 16 shots on goal. However, a controversial goal at 13:38 gave the Everblades the lead, when the puck crossed the goal line off a knock from Alex Lavole as the net was tipping forward off of its moorings.

The Florida goal fueled the home team’s fire, and J.P. Labardo evened the score at 18:29, when he smacked a one-timer from the left faceoff circle off of a deflection from an original shot by Brenden Walker. Just thirty seconds later, the Gladiators were back in front of York, and took over the lead on a goal from Greg Carey, who found an opening amidst chaos ahead of a crowded net, on a quick shot from just outside the crease.

The Everblades did not let the Gladiators keep the lead for long, as the second period turned more in their favor. They first evened the score at just 5:48 into the period on a goal from Mike Aviani. The ‘Blades then regained their lead at 10:23 on a backhanded shot from the slot by Lavoie, for his second goal of the night and twelve of the season.

The Gladiators will continue their homestand tomorrow night, January 24th, when they once again take on the Florida Everblades at 7:05 p.m. Join the Gladiators for their first $5 Frenzy of the season, featuring team scarves that will be sold for $5 throughout this game only. Saturday is also Faith night, with a special performance by Atlanta-born worship leader, Mike Gelderman.

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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Photo Credit: Lindsay Hartmann


Scarves, Faith Night Saturday
Thursday, January 22, 2015

It’s January in Georgia, and that means it is SCARF weather! The Gladiators have you covered this Saturday night with our first $5 Frenzy of the season. Come out to the game to take advantage of this offer to purchase premium Gladiators knit scarves for only $5.

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 102 (Credit Only)



    Saturday is also FAITH NIGHT! Create memories that will last a lifetime with fellowship and fun for your group by joining us for the evening. The game will feature both in- and post-game performances by Mike Gelderman, an Atlanta-born worship leader and singer/songwriter whose passionate delivering and down-to-earth style echoes varied artists like Jon Foreman, Andrew Peterson, All Sons and Daughters, and Rend Collective.



  • Glads Unveil New Jerseys
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015

    The Gwinnett Gladiators, ECHL affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes, unveiled their new 2015 alternate jerseys to the public on Wednesday.

    The red, white, and yellow jerseys are in homage to the history of hockey in Atlanta, specifically the Atlanta Flames, who were Georgia’s first professional hockey team from 1972 through 1980. To "pass the torch" from the older generation of Atlanta hockey players to the new generation, the team has also introduced two new logos to the design - two Gwinnett logos with touches of flames.

    "We wanted to create something that was decidedly ’Gladiator’ with a nod to the fact that Atlanta has such a significant history within our sport," explained Christi Johnson, Glads Director of Media, Game Operations, and Merchandising. "What better way than to embrace the retro feel of the old Flames color scheme? The unmistakable hues of the jersey resonate with a lot of people in Metro Atlanta, still to this day, and it was just a natural fit for what Steve (Chapman) and I wanted to accomplish with our new design."

    The new jersey will be worn at all home games for the remainder of the 2014-15 season, except for Sundays, when the team’s traditional black uniforms will be worn. The team will offer the fans a special 48-hour presale before their next home game by CLICKING HERE.



    "Four hockey teams have called the Atlanta area home, and as one of those teams, we saw it fit to honor the legacy of hockey in Atlanta with this jersey," said Gladiators President Steve Chapman. "Many of our fans see these red and yellow colors and think of the history associated behind it. Being here for 12 seasons, we hope that we’ve added a little bit to that history as well. This jersey will honor this city, and those classic teams of the past."

    The Gladiators will wear their "Atlanta" jerseys beginning on Friday, January 23rd with a "Flashback Friday," presented by WSB AM 750 & 95.5 FM at 7:35 p.m. against the Florida Everblades. The Gladiators will honor former Atlanta Flames players Tim Ecclestone, Eric Vail, and Willi Plett at the game. The three former NHL players will drop the game’s ceremonial puck, and sign autographs in the second intermission.

    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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    Walker Heading to the ASC
    Monday, January 19, 2015

    The ECHL named Gladiators’ forward Brenden Walker as a reserve to the league’s All-Star Classic on Monday. Walker replaces Byron Froese of the Cincinnati Cyclones on the ECHL All-Stars roster.

    Walker, 22, has nine goals and 13 assists through 30 games played, third on the Gladiators roster in points. In his most recent contest, Walker chipped in two goals against the Florida Everblades on Saturday and was named the game’s First Star. The St. Anne, Manitoba native was originally named as an alternate player on January 8th.

    The ECHL will host their All-Star Game festivities on January 20th and the 21st at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.

    The ECHL All-Star Fan Fest, presented by Walgreen’s, with player appearances, interactive game, prizes, giveaways, auctions, memorabilia, and a special Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

    On Wednesday, Jan. 21, the day’s events include the ECHL Hall of Fame Luncheon and the 2015 CCM / ECHL All-Star Classic presented by Visit Orlando. Walker will be a part of the ECHL All-Stars side that will take on the Orlando Solar Bears roster. Select ECHL Skills competitions will be held the same night and will be incorporated into the evening’s events.

    Walker will play in the Gladiators’ next home game on Monday, January 19th, as the team takes on the Indy Fuel at a special start time of 12:35 p.m. for the annual MLK Kids’ Day Out celebration.

    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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    Photo Credit: Dale Zanine


    Fuel Edge Out the Glads, 1-0
    Monday, January 19, 2015

    In their earliest game of the season, the Gladiators (12-21-1-1) hosted the Indy Fuel (10-21-1-1) in their lowest scoring game of the year, a 1-0 game that edged Indy’s way Monday afternoon. Kyle Stroh scored the only goal of the match, and Mac Carruth recorded the 26-save shutout for the opposition.

    The two teams played an evenly matched first period of their very first meeting in franchise history. The Gladiators had the slight upper hand, keeping Indy to just 4 shots on goal, while putting up 10 themselves. However, both teams left the ice after the first period without a goal on the board.

    The second period took a turn marginally in Indy’s favor, as they outshot the Gladiators, 11 to 3. They were fueled by several power plays as the physicality of the game intensified and the Gladiators got the short end of the stick, racking up 3 of the 4 called penalties in the period. After 40 minutes of play, neither team was still able to find net.

    The Gladiators went a perfect 4 for 4 on the penalty kill against the Fuel, who are ranked fourth in the league in power play conversions.

    Gwinnett appeared to take the momentum back in the final period, but Indy was the one to break the scoreless draw. nearly 53 into the game. At 12:57, Kyle Stroh received the puck out in the right faceoff circle and blasted a shot through the crowed goal area and past Kent Patterson.

    In his first home game as a Gladiator, Kent Patterson saved all but one of Indy’s 22 shots, and Mac Carruth saved all 26 of the Gladiator’s shots on goal.

    The Gladiators will continue their homestand after the All-Star Break this Friday, January 23rd, when they take on the Florida Everblades at 7:35 p.m. Come and enjoy Friendly Friday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center! Fans can take part in an all-inclusive offer that includes a ticket plus food and drink.

    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 Flood the Blades, 7-2
    Saturday, January 17, 2015

    ESTERO, Fla. – The Gladiators (12-20-1-1) picked up arguably their most impressive win of the season Saturday night in the home arena of one of the best teams in the ECHL, the Florida Everblades (25-6-0-3), 7-2. Brenden Walker notched two goals, while Sean Berkstresser had a goal and two assists. In all, nine of the Gladiators’ 18 skaters picked up points on the night.

    After a competitive first ten minutes to the night, the Gladiators jumped out to the 1-0 lead on Brenden Walker’s breakaway goal. Florida was challenging new Gladiators goaltender Kent Patterson with flurries of shots, and in a frantic hurry to save the puck from leaving the zone, both Florida defenseman forgot to cover Walker in the neutral zone. Will MacDonald noted the forward breaking into the offensive zone, and fed him on the 1-on-0 breakaway.

    At 14:15, about three-and-a-half minutes later, Casey Pierro-Zabotel slammed the puck in the mess in front of Andy Iles for his 13th goal of the year. Pierro-Zabotel has tallied points in five of his last six games, and has four goals and five assists over that span.

    The Gladiators would notch one more before the end of the period. On a 4-on-4 in the final 30 seconds of the first, MacDonald entered the zone into the slot, took a wristshot, and beat Iles over the glove hand. With the 3-0 lead after one, Gwinnett had its largest first period lead of the season, and they wouldn’t look back from there.

    Gwinnett tacked on two more goals in the first four minutes of the second – Greg Carey slipped one underneath Iles as he crashed the net, and Walker notched his second of the night at 3:22. After only 10 shots faced, Andy Iles was pulled for his five goals allowed, and Florida went to Allen York.

    The Everblades seemed to take advantage of the switch as they got their first goal of the night at 4:18, less than a minute after the goaltending change. Mike Little rang the three posts behind Patterson, and gave the home crowd one of their few opportunities to cheer during the night.

    Momentum swung back in Gwinnett’s favor four minutes later. Berkstresser took a shot from the right point, and before it could reach York, Dyson Stevenson got his stick in the way, dangled left around the sprawling York, and tucked the puck in on the backhand.

    The Gladiators got their seventh and final goal of the night at 14:19 of the second as Berkstresser picked up a loose puck to York’s left and roofed a puck over his glovehand. The Glads targeted the Florida netminders up high all night, and it worked as they scored seven times on 26 shots – their first seven-goal game since April 12th, 2014. The four goals they scored in the second was also a season-high.

    Florida snatched one goal back in the third on Mike Marquardt’s power play slapshot that trickled over Patterson’s shoulder. Chris Kushneriuk tapped in the loose puck in the crease for his fifth goal in his last three games.

    Kent Patterson made 26 saves on 28 shots in his Gladiators debut, while Iles was 5-for-10, and York was 14-for-16. On the power play, Gwinnett was 0-for-4, and Florida was 1-for-2.

    The Gladiators will head back home for another homestand, starting with their Monday matinee matchup against the Indy Fuel at 12:35 p.m. for the team’s annual MLK Kids’ Day out celebration.

    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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    Photo Credit: Al Larson