Hey everybody! I've been away thanks to a busted laptop. Now that that's fixed, I'm back and bringing you the latest and unfortunately not so greatest in Gwinnett Gladiators hockey from the past two weeks. The Glads are in a definite slump, earning a mere five out of a possible 12 points in their past six games.
They started off strong enough in a 4-2 victory over the South Carolina Stingrays on Friday, Nov. 18th. Will Colbert posted his first goal of the season 9 minutes into the first and Joey Haddad (say it with me now, people) extended his point streak with a goal late in the period. The second period got shaky, though. Tyler Murovich posted an unassisted goal, and the Stingrays battled back to make it 3-2. But Brian Brutlag widened the scoring deficit on a power play goal. The score remained 4-2 for the rest of the game. The Gladiators shut down the Stingrays in the third, allowing only three shots on goal. Here's hoping they can find that defensive sweet spot more often for the rest of the season. Congrats to goaltender Billy Sauer for getting the win his first game back in Gwinnett. Naturally, I was stuck in apocalyptic traffic and missed the entire game.
The next two games against South Carolina on Saturday, Nov. 19th and Sunday Nov. 20th weren't the happy success story of the Gladiators' first meeting of the season with their division rival. The Gladiators fell 3-2 on Saturday and an abysmal 6-1 on Sunday.
The Gladiators and their fans again didn't have much to be thankful for as the team was crushed 5-1 on Thanksgiving evening by the Wheeling Nailers. But the Glads dusted themselves off on Black Friday and posted a 3-1 victory against the Nailers. Wheeling scored the first goal but Pat Galivan answered on the power play and the game remained tied 1-1 through the end of the second period. The third period saw goals from Colin Vock and Tyler Murovich. Sauer collected his second win with 16 saves. Fun fact: the Gladiators were the first team to outshoot Wheeling this season with 32 shots to the Nailers' 17.
They finished the holiday week with a 5-4 overtime loss to South Carolina on Saturday, Nov. 26th.
Forward Spencer Bennett was assigned on Nov. 18th to Gwinnett from the Portland Pirates. In the time since, he has played four games, tallying 2 assists, 6 shots on goal and 4 penalty minutes.
Goaltender Marc Cheverie was reassigned to the Gwinnett Gladiators on Nov. 26th after a brief stint with the Portland Pirates.
In 20 games played, the Gladiators are 9-6-3-2 with 23 points, and are 4th in the ECHL Eastern Conference.
The Gladiators signed goaltender Billy Sauer on Nov. 18th. He comes to Gwinnett from the Greenville Road Warriors. Sauer skated four seasons with the University of Michigan from 2005-2009.
Forward Tyler Helfrich was traded on Nov. 21 to the Bakersfield Condors for future considerations. He earned 8 points in 12 games with Gwinnett.
Forward Riley Boychuk was called back up on Nov. 25th to the Rochester Americans of the AHL.
The Gladiators play their next game tonight against the Florida Everblades. They don't return home until Dec. 10th.