The Gwinnett Gladiators hosted the division rival Greenville Road Warriors Saturday night at the Arena at Gwinnett Center for the second-half of a home-and-home series, and came away with a 5-2 win. The game was 2-2 when the final period opened, but the home team netted three goals in the third period to take the victory and increase their lead in both the South Division and the Eastern Conference of the ECHL. Gwinnett (17-6-1-0) won the Friday night contest over Greenville (13-9-1-1) 5-4 in the Glad’s first shootout of the season.
Gwinnett got on the board first when John Scymgeour scored 6:26 into the first period for his first goal of the season. Corey Fienhage received the helper. Greenville came back to even the score 1-1 on a Francis Verreault lamplighter, and the opening period ended with the teams even.
The Glads took the lead 6:16 into the middle period after Rylan Galiardi deflected a shot from Kyle Lawson, with Chris Clackson earning the second assist. The Warriors battled back to even the score 17:04 into the second on a Brandon Wong goal, but Gwinnett controlled the final period.
October’s Rookie of the Month Doug Jones broke the 2-2 tie 4:22 into the final stanza when he scored on a deflection over the glove of Greenville goalie Bryan Hince off a feed from Casey Pierro-Zabotel.
Pierro-Zabotel pushed the Gwinnett lead to 4-2 when he was successful on the Gladiators first penalty shot goal of the season, beating Hince 10:55 into the period when his shot went in off the post. Rookie Evan Bloodoff got the final tally of the night with 6:43 remaining to put Gwinnett up 5-2. Captain Andy Brandt and Jason Clark got the assists on the score.
Rookie Louis Domingue (W, 6-1-0-0) won his sixth start in a row, stopping 23 shots for Gwinnett. The Coyotes prospect blocked 60-of-66 shots on goal in the Friday-Saturday series. Hince (L, 1-2-0-0), making only his third start for Greenville this season, turned back 35-of-40 shots he faced in taking the loss.
Gwinnett was 0-for-5 on the power play, while Greenville was 1-for-4 on the night.
Three Stars: 1.GWT-Louis Domingue 2. GWT-Doug Jones 3. Casey Pierro-Zabotel
-Gwinnett is now 16-0-1-0 when scoring first.
-The Gladiators home record now stands at 7-3-1-0.
The Gladiators are the ECHL Affiliate of 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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