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Stop by the Team Store
Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Gladiators Merchandise Department is offering a great deal at tonight’s game with our Deal of the Night! The Glads Bimm Ridder Washington tee will be on sale for only $15. This is a high quality, super comfy tee that’s a personal favorite of Glads Merch Director Christi Johnson. Don’t miss your chance to snag this awesome short sleeve shirt at a great price! We know it’s chilly right now, but throw a long sleeve tee underneath or a great leather jacket over it and you’re a very stylin’ and profilin’ member of Glads Nation! Visit the Team Store outside of Section 122 to get yours.



GLADIATORS GAME WORN JERSEY RAFFLE: Don’t forget that the annual Game Worn Jersey Raffle started this month. Raffle tickets are only $1 (or 6 tickets for $5) and can be purchased at the Gladiators Merchandise Store tonight. For the month of January, former Gladiators defenseman and Sabres Prospect Corey Fienhage’s jersey is up for raffle. The winner will be drawn on February 1st and contacted by the office.



Also - Version 3 of our Team Headshot Poster is NOW AVAILABLE! Don’t miss this chance to snag an updated photo list of the current Gladiators roster as well as the Action Photo poster on the back featuring Gladiators goaltender Jeff Jakaitis. These collectible posters are made in limited quantities, so once they’re sold out - they’re gone! Don’t miss your chance to pick up the poster at the Team Store located outside of Section 122.




Glads Weekly for 1/23
Monday, January 23, 2012

The Gwinnett Gladiators share the top spot in the ECHL’s South Division with the South Carolina Stingrays at 50 points after a 4-5 overtime loss against the Greenville Road Warriors on Sunday. The Glads continue to have a solid home record of 12-5-0-5 after defeating the Florida Everblades 4-3 Friday night at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. Gwinnett will return home to host two ECHL Atlantic Division teams, the Elmira Jackals and the Trenton Titans at the Arena this weekend. It will be the first time since November 25th that the Gladiators play a non-divisional opponent.


The Week’s Schedule:

Monday, 1/23: Day Off
Tuesday, 1/24: 10:30 a.m. - Practice at Duluth Ice Forum
Wednesday, 1/25: 10:30 a.m. - Practice at Duluth Ice Forum
Thursday, 1/26: 7:05 p.m. - vs. Elmira Jackals
Friday, 1/27: 10:30 a.m. - Practice at Duluth Ice Forum
Saturday, 1/28: 7:05 p.m. - vs. Elmira Jackals
Sunday, 1/29: 4:05 p.m. - vs. Trenton Titans

Elmira Jackals Preview:
Gwinnett will prepare to take on the Jackals for the second time this season. Elmira currently leads the ECHL Eastern Division with 53 points (26-12-1-0) on the season. The leading scorer for the Jackals’ is Dustin Gazley with 12 goals and 27 assists. Also, Elmira has the 17-year NHL vet Craig Rivet, who anchors the Jackal defense with 14 points on the season (1 goal, 13 assists). In their last meeting, the Glads fell by one to Jackals in a 2-3 overtime loss. Joey Haddad and Brad Miller scored the two goals for Gwinnett.

Trenton Titans Preview:
The Trenton Titans are fourth in the ECHL Atlantic Division with a record of 14-19-3-3 this season. This weekend’s tilt will be the Glads and Titans second meeting of the season. In the previous meeting, Gwinnett defeated Trenton 4-2. Rob Bordson leads the Trenton Titans in scoring with 29 points (13 goals, 14 assists).

Last Week’s Results:

Friday, January 20: Gwinnett Gladiators, 4, Florida Everblades, 3 - W
The Gwinnett Gladiators used Tyler Murovich’s two point night to defeat the Florida Everblades 4-3 on Friday night at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. The Glads remain on top of the ECHL’s South Division with 49 points (20-11-6-3), three points ahead of the second place South Carolina Stingrays. Gwinnett’s Brian Brutlag collected two assists in the win.

Saturday, January 21: Gwinnett Gladiators, 2, Greenville Road Warriors, 4 - L
The Gwinnett Gladiators dropped a 4-2 decision to the Greenville Road Warriors on Saturday night at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville, SC. Justin Bowers posted a pair of goals including the game winner and also chipped in an assist to lead the Road Warriors to the win. Pat Galivan and Nikita Kashirsky picked up the goals for Gwinnett in the losing effort. Despite the loss, Gwinnett remains in first place in the ECHL’s South Division with 49 points.

Sunday, January 22: Gwinnett Gladiators, 4, Greenville Road Warriors, 5 - OTL
Connor Shields scored with 25 seconds left in overtime to lift the Greenville Road Warriors to a 5-4 overtime win over the Gwinnett Gladiators on Sunday afternoon at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville, SC. Gwinnett trailed 4-2 with less than five minutes left in the third period but goals by Bryan Brutlag and Justin Milo helped the Gladiators push the game to overtime and earn one point in the overtime loss.

News & Notes:

Take Me Home Tonight: Home ice has been the friendly confines for the Gladiators this season posting 12-5-0-5 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. The road has been inhospitable for the Gladiators as Gwinnett has not fared as well, earning just a 8-7-7-4 record over that span. Including Friday’s game, the Gladiators will play their next eight straight games at home at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

Tops for Gwinnett: Nikita Kashirsky is tops for Gwinnett with 28 points this season. In his last three games, he has collected a goal and two assists. The Moscow, Russia native is now seven points shy of tying a career best of 35 points posted with the South Carolina Stingrays in the 2009-10 season.

Overtime! The Gladiators skated in their league leading 13th game past regulation of the season in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Greenville Road Warriors on Sunday, January 22nd. Gwinnett has posted a 3-0-7-3 record in games past regulation this season and the Gladiators are on pace to tie the league record for most overtime/shootout losses in one season. The Gladiators are on pace to finish the year with 18 overtime/shootout losses tying the mark of 18 set by the Mobile Mysticks in the 2001-02 season.

Moving on Up: Forward Chris Clackson was called-up on Friday to the Houston Aeros, where he collected an assist in his two games with the Aeros this weekend. For Clackson, it was his second trip of the season to the AHL after he was called up to the Rochester Americans on November 21st and appeared in one game. Clackson currently ranks 7th in scoring on the Gladiators with 21 points off of eight goals and 13 assists this season.

Weekend Warrior: Aaron Bendickson added another assist in the Gladiators 5-4 overtime loss to Greenville Road Warriors on January 22nd. The forward has posted six points in nine games with the Gladiators this season. He has had a goal and five assists for Gwinnett.

Defense Wins Games: The Gladiator active defensemen are a combined +22 this season in +/- ranking. Shane Sims leads Gwinnett defensemen in this category with +10, which is also tops among Gladiators rookies this season.

Back in the Groove: Since Joey Haddad’s return to the Gwinnett Gladiators from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, he has posted five points in the last three games. He is on a three-game point streak, scoring back-to-back goals for Gwinnett in the 5-4 overtime loss against the Greenville Road Warriors Sunday, January 22nd. He is currently ranked second for the Gladiators in scoring with 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists).


Upcoming Events:

Saturday, January 28: $5 Frenzy Night - Fans can purchase a Gladiators Drawstring Bag for just $5. The Gladiators $5 Frenzy Jersey Drawstring Bags will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Visit www.gwinnettgladiators.com for complete details on the $5 frenzy.

Sunday, January 29: Kroger Family Sunday - This will be the third Kroger Family Sunday game of the 2011-12 season. Fans can purchase four Premium/Corner Level tickets, a Kroger Family Meal Deal and $5 merchandise coupon for only $50. Visit www.gwinnettgladiators.com for complete details on the Kroger Family Sunday.

Friday, February 3: Friendly Friday - Get a great deal on a ticket and concessions for one low price! A corner level ticket in section 115 and a hotdog (or a pizza slice) & beverage can be purchased for just $20. Or fans can purchase a corner level ticket in section 115 and a kids meal for only $15.

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Glads Comeback Falls Short
Sunday, January 22, 2012

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Connor Shields scored in overtime as the Road Warriors won a wild South Division battle Sunday afternoon at the BI-LO Center, 5-4. Gwinnett picked up a point, and is now tied with the South Carolina Stingrays for first with the Warriors just two points back.

Greenville added to a 3-2 lead late in the third, as Sean Berkstresser beat Gwinnett goalie Jeff Jakaitis to make it a 4-2 game at 15:34. With their backs against the wall, Gwinnett responded.

Just 18 seconds later Bryan Brutlag notched his tenth goal of the season with Joey Haddad (two goals, one assist) picking up the helper. Haddad fed Brutlag on the far side and the Gwinnett forward got a shot off as he fell and beat Greenville keeper Jason Missiaen. The Glads completed the comeback with just 37 seconds left in regulation.

A bouncing puck in the zone ended up on the stick of Justin Milo, and he put his sixth goal of the season past Missiaen to tie the game at four. Brutlag and Nikita Kashirsky had the assists, and the game was forced to overtime.

A Cullen Eddy penalty in OT gave the Glads a man advantage, but Marc-Olivier Vallerand broke in all-alone on Jakaitis off a giveaway looking for a hat trick. He was then hauled down from behind for a penalty shot, but Jakaitis stopped Vallerand with the blocker to keep Gwinnett alive.

Greenville’s Connor Shields then forced another giveaway for a breakaway, and this time beat Jakaitis to seal a 5-4 Road Warriors OT win. It was the Gladiators seventh OT loss of the season, all coming on the road.

Jakaitis stopped 27 shots while Missiaen got the win making 32 saves.

The lone goal of the first period came off a fantastic play between Gwinnett forwards Aaron Bendickson and Joey Haddad. Bendickson lifted a pass from the near boards in the neutral zone and put it right on the stick of Haddad, who had snuck behind the Warriors defense and broke in on goal for a breakaway. Haddad then deked far side and lifted the puck over Missiaen for his 13th goal of the season to put the Glads up 1-0 at 12:48. Andy Brandt also had an assist on the play.

The second period saw a flurry of offensive chances, and the Warriors tied the game at one at 3:45 as Marc-Olivier Vallerand buried his 21st of the season. Gwinnett answered at 7:38, as Cody Brookwell and Brandt setup Haddad with a centering pass and the forward tallied his second goal of the night for a 2-1 Glads edge.

Greenville again came back to tie at 8:49 of the second on the power play after a questionable call on Nikita Kashirsky, with Vallerand scoring his second goal of the night. Defenseman Cullen Eddy then put the Warriors ahead at 19:12 to give Greenville a 3-2 advantage into the third.

The Gladiators next head home for a Thursday battle with the Elmira Jackals at 7:05 p.m. on January 26th.

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Warriors Power Past Gwinnett
Saturday, January 21, 2012

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Greenville forward Justin Bowers had two goals and an assist including the game-winning tally in the second, as the Road Warriors knocked off the Gwinnett Gladiators 4-2 Saturday night at the BI-LO Center. The Glads (20-12-6-3) remain in the first in the South Division despite the loss, but lose ground to the Warriors. (22-16-1-1).

Greenville made the most of their chances on the power play, as they went 3-for-7 on the night. Gwinnett managed one goal on the man advantage in six chances. Road Warriors goaltender Bryan Hince (26 saves) won his fifth straight start since joining the team, while Jeff Jakaitis (28 saves) took just fourth loss in his last 12 starts for Gwinnett.

The Warriors got the best of Gwinnett in the opening twenty minutes. Justin Bowers notched a power play goal late in the stanza as Greenville out-shot Gwinnett 11-5.

In the second the Gladiators showed signs of life, as Pat Galivan put a low wrist shot past Greenville goalie Bryan Hince through a heavy screen in front on the power play at 8:11. Nikita Kashirsky and Brad Miller had the assists and the game was tied at one.

However Greenville answered back with two goals of their own. Rangers prospect Jason Wilson and Bowers cashed in at 10:37 and 19:15, to give the Road Warriors a 3-1 edge into the third.

The Glads again cut into the deficit, as Kashirsky went top shelf with a one-timer off a fantastic feed from Bryan Brutlag for his eight tally of the season at 5:08 of the third. Miller also added a helper, and the Gladiators had the momentum.

That changed at 10:15 after a slashing call on Gwinnett defenseman Shane Sims, as Warriors forward Jeff Prough cashed in on the ensuing power play chance to give Greenville back a two-goal lead they would not relinquish.

Both teams meet again Sunday at 4:05 p.m. at the BI-LO Center.


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Glads remain in First with Win
Friday, January 20, 2012

DULUTH, GA - The Gwinnett Gladiators used Tyler Murovich’s two point night to defeat the Florida Everblades 4-3 on Friday night at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. The Glads remain on top of the ECHL’s South Division with 49 points (20-11-6-3), three points ahead of the second place South Carolina Stingrays.

The Gladiators were the first to put a marker on the board, scoring at 5:09 of the opening period. Forward Bryan Brutlag danced through the defense to get the puck to Dallas Jackson on the right wing. Jackson sent the puck flying to the net for Nikita Kashirsky to deflect over the glove hand of Florida’s netminder Pat Nagle. Kashirsky collected his second goal in his last three games for Gwinnett.

Later in the first period, at the 18:01 mark, the Blades Brayden Irwin converted on the man advantage to tie the game at one. Kyle Lawson and Mathieu Roy picked up the helpers on the tying goal.

Gwinnett and Florida skated to a 1-1 tie to end the opening period.

Roy picked up his second point of the game for Florida with a laser over the shoulder of Gwinnett’s goaltender Jeff Jakaitis to put the Everblades on top 2-1 at the 2:39 mark of the second period.

At 5:45 into the middle period, Brutlag dropped the puck off for Paul Flache at the right wing point and sniped a shot past Nagle to tie the game at two. Brutlag collected his second assist on the night with the other helper coming from Tyler Murovich on the marker.

Joey Hadded did not hesitate to notch his 23rd point for the Glads after returning from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers earlier this week. At 14:59 into the second period, Haddad walked the puck past the Florida defense to beat Nagle with a backhanded shot to give Gwinnett a 3-2 advantage. For Haddad is was his 12th goal on the season. Aaron Bendickson and Will Colbert picked up the helpers for Gwinnett.

The Everblades answered as forward Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll beat Jakaitis with a straight shot from the point to tie the game with just 19 seconds left in the middle period. Roy picked up his third point of the game with the assist. Tyler Shelast had the other assist for the Blades.

Murovich put the game away with what proved to be the game winner for Gwinnett off a hard forecheck before he beat Nagle for the goal at 5:00 of the third period. Murovich notched two points on the night with a goal and an assist and picked up a +1 in the win. Pat Galivan placed the puck perfectly for Murovich to flick over Nagle while Cody Brookwell added the other helper for the game-winner.

The Gladiators will head to Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday to take on the Greenville Road Warriors at the Bi-Lo Center at 7:35 p.m.



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Gladiators Sign Eno
Friday, January 20, 2012

The Gwinnett Gladiators have signed goaltender Nick Eno.Eno began the season with the Mississippi Surge of the Southern Professional Hockey League. He earned a 3.12 goals against average and a .885 save percentage in 14 games with Mississippi. He also notched a 4-10-0 record with Mississippi.

He attended training camp with the Gladiators this season before joining Mississippi. Eno was signed by Wheeling on December 31st but did not appear in a game with the Nailers before being released on January 17th.

He skated four seasons at Bowling Green State University from 2007 to 2011. He earned a 22-38-4 record without the Falcons in 74 career collegiate games.

Eno should be available for the Gladiators to tonight’s 7:35 p.m. start against the Florida Everblades at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

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OTH Assist Tee on Sale Fri
Friday, January 20, 2012

The Gladiators Merchandise Department is offering a great deal at tonight’s game with our Item of the Night! The Old Time Hockey Assist tee will be on sale for only $15. This high quality, super comfy tee normally runs for $30. Don’t miss your chance to snag this awesome short sleeve shirt at a great price! We know it’s chilly right now, but throw a long sleeve tee underneath or a great leather jacket over it and you’re a very stylin’ and profilin’ member of Glads Nation! Visit the Team Store outside of Section 122 to get yours.



Also - Version 3 of our Team Headshot Poster will be available Friday Night. Don’t miss this chance to snag an updated photo list of the current Gladiators roster as well as the Action Photo poster on the back featuring Gladiators goaltender Jeff Jakaitis. These collectible posters are made in limited quantities, so once they’re sold out - they’re gone! Don’t miss your chance to pick up the poster at the Team Store located outside of Section 122.



Also - don’t forget to stop by our Clearance Kiosk! NEW ITEMS have just been added to the selection, so there are tons of new budget friendly Gladiators treats to check out! Plus - get a free gift with any purchase at the kiosk!




Vock, Strathman to Utah
Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Gwinnett Gladiators have acquired the rights to forward Evan Rankin from the Utah Grizzlies in exchange for forward Colin Vock and defenseman Dave Strathman. The transaction also completes the future considerations that brought the rights to forward Igor Gongalsky to the Gladiators.

Rankin is currently on recall to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. His rights were acquired by Utah from Toledo before he was dealt to the Gladiators. While on recall to the AHL, Rankin has earned 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 13 games with Rochester this season. With Toledo to begin the season, he earned 18 points (ten goals, eight assists) in 15 ECHL games this season.

The Portage, Michigan native split time between the AHL and the ECHL in each of the last two seasons. He earned two points (one goal, one assist) in 10 AHL games with Grand Rapids and had 55 points (23 goals, 32 assists) in 63 games with Toledo last season. He notched 57 points (32 goals, 25 assists) in 65 games with Toledo in 2009-10 while earning one goal in four AHL games with Manitoba that season. He began his professional career with Rio Grande of the CHL in 2008-09 where he notched 51 points (28 goals, 23 assists) in 64 games.

Vock heads to Utah after he earned 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 28 games this season with the Gladiators. He played four seasons at the University of Vermont from 2006-2010 where he earned 96 points (35 goals, 61 assists) in 144 career collegiate games.

Strathman was acquired by the Gladiators on November 10th from the Reading Royals in exchange for future considerations. In 18 games with the Gladiators, Strathman notched two goals and four assists for six points. He was scoreless in one game with Reading before joining Gwinnett.

Gwinnett returns to action on Friday, January 20th when they host the Florida Everblades at the Arena at Gwinnett Center at 7:35 p.m.

The Gladiators are the ECHL Affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres and 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.




Haddad Returns from the AHL
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Forward Joey Haddad has been re-assigned to the Gwinnett Gladiators from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League. Haddad should be available for the Gladiators for Friday’s 7:35 p.m. tilt against the Florida Everblades at The Arena at Gwinnett Center.

While on recall to the AHL, Haddad did not register a point with the Sound Tigers in eight games. He also posted a -3 plus/minus ranking. At the time of his recall on December 26th, Haddad led the Gladiators in scoring with 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 26 games this season.

Haddad split time during each of his first two professional seasons with the Wheeling Nailers and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL. He had 43 points (21 goals, 22 assists) in 50 games with Wheeling last year and collected four points (one goal, three assists) in 16 AHL games.


The Gladiators are the ECHL Affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres and 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.

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Glads Back in First, Win 3-2
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

DULUTH, GA - Assistant Captain Andy Brandt notched a pair of goals to help the Gwinnett Gladiators move back into sole possession of first place in the ECHL’s South Division with a 3-2 win over the Greenville Road Warriors on Monday afternoon at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

Colin Vock opened the scoring at 13:26 of the first period sliding into an opening in the slot and beating Greenville netminder Jason Missiaen to the short side for his 5th goal of the season. Dave Strathman and Tyler Murovich collected the helpers on the marker for Gwinnett.

The Road Warriors posted 15 shots in the first period, one more than they had in the entire contest on Saturday night against the Gladiators. Greenville finished with a 15-5 shots advantage after the first period in today’s game.

Gwinnett added to its lead in the second period with Andy Brandt’s 9th goal of the season. Brandt redirected Pat Galivan’s shot from the right wing circle past Missiaen for the goal at 10:47 of the period. Nikita Kashirsky also had a helper on the power play goal for Gwinnett. It was just the fifth power play goal for the Gladiators since December 8th.

Brandt notched his second goal of the game just 14 seconds into the third period lifting a shot over the shoulder of Missiaen for the marker. Galivan added his second assist of the night while Aaron Bendickson earned an assist on the goal for Gwinnett.

Greenville battled back in the third period posting a pair of goals about three minutes apart. Jyri Niemi clanked the puck off the cross bar and past Jeff Jakaitis for the unassisted goal to get Greenville on the board at 3:15 into the third period.

Marc-Olivier Vallerand cut the Gladiators lead to one at 6:19 of the third finding a loose puck in the slot and beat Jakaitis for the marker.

The Gladiators clamped down defensively over the final fifteen minutes of the third period to move back into sole possession of first place in the ECHL’s South Division.

Gwinnett returns to action on Friday as they host the Florida Everblades at 7:35 p.m. at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.


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