Tuesday, 01 December 2015 08:55

Trio of Moves Solidify Atlanta’s Roster

The Gladiators Make Two Trades and Add Former ECHL Defenseman of the Year to Active Roster

The Atlanta Gladiators announced Tuesday that they have added defenseman Matt Register to the active roster, traded Zach Yuen to the Idaho Steelheads in exchange for rookie defenseman Cole Martin, and acquired forward Patrick D'Amico from the Colorado Eagles.

The Gladiators Add Matt Register to Active Roster

Register, 26, had his rights acquired by the Gladiators earlier this summer to complete the trade deadline deal that sent Garry Nunn to the Ontario Reign in March of 2015. The Calgary, Alberta native has been inactive this season after signing with Atlanta on September 23rd due to immigration issues that did not allow him to work in the United States. Before joining the Gladiators, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound defenseman spent the last three seasons with the Reign in which he registered 32 goals and 75 assists in 144 games played in Southern California.

During his tenure in Ontario, Register was named to the All-ECHL First Team in 2014 and 2015 along with being awarded the ECHL Defenseman of the Year honors in 2014. The fifth year pro was second on the team in playoff scoring with 18 points in 19 post-season contests last season in the Reign’s run to the Western Conference Finals.  Register also skated in six AHL games for the Chicago Wolves in 2014-15 posting four assists.

Atlanta Swaps Defensemen with Idaho, Sending Zach Yuen to Steelheads for Rookie Cole Martin

Martin, 21, skated in 15 games for the Steelheads this season where the rookie notched three goals and two assists for five points.  Prior to beginning his professional career this year, the 6-foot, 170-pound defenseman played 280 games over four seasons for the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

In his final season with the Rockets, the Arlington, TX native ranked third among the team’s defensemen with 29 points and earned a WHL leading plus/minus rating of plus-61. In Martin’s last three years in Kelowna he registered 96 points and a plus-163 rating combined between the regular season and playoffs.

Yuen, 22, appeared in 17 games for Atlanta this season.  The Vancouver, BC native ranked second on the team in points by a defenseman with eight and complied a minus-2 rating.  The third year pro played a grand total of 52 games and tallied 24 points for the Gladiators dating back to last season.

Gladiators Acquire Forward Patrick D'Amico from the Colorado Eagles for Cash Considerations

D’Amico, 21 and in his first season of professional hockey, has played in 17 games for Colorado and amassed 4 points. The Winnipeg, MB native was a member of the WHL’s Regina Pats over the last three seasons.  The 6-foot, 210-pound forward posted 75 points in 160 games played in his time in a Pats jersey.

All three new additions to Atlanta’s roster are set to join the Gladiators immediately in preparation for this weekend’s games on the road in Orlando, FL vs. the Solar Bears on Saturday and Sunday.

The Atlanta Gladiators 13th season is now underway at the Infinite Energy Arena. Join the Gladiators for their next home game on Friday, December 11, 2015 at 7:35 PM. For ticket information, visit the official team website at http://www.atlantagladiators.com/ or call the main office line at 770-497-5100.

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The hottest goal scorer in the ECHL, Derek Nesbitt, continued his league-leading goal scoring streak to six games with the first goal of the contest. 

Nesbitt received a cross-ice pass from Garry Nunn and one-timed the puck over the blocker of the Steelhead’s starting goalie, Philippe Desrosiers. Nunn increased a scoring streak of his own to eight games with the assist on the night's first goal.

Idaho tied the game at one on an Emil Molin goal. The Swedish forward collected his third of the season on a shot from the slot after a Jefferson Dahl centering pass from behind the net. Rob Linsmayer got credit for the secondary assist and now has points in five straight games.

Tyler Murovich earned his second goal in as many games :48 seconds after the first Idaho notch. Mike Merrifield picked up an assist in his second straight game after sending the puck in front to Murovich waiting at the top of the crease. Atlanta's alternate captain scooped the puck in past Derosiers to give the Gladiators the 2-1 lead.

The Steelheads equaled the score again with just over eight minutes left in the first. Dahl notched his second point of the night and his fourth goal of the season. The Atlanta, GA native Zach Kamrass, got the lone assist on the goal that tied the game at two.

Atlanta took the lead yet again on a second-period tally from Nate Condon. The Wisconsin native took a pass from Tyler Shiplo who created a turnover in the neutral zone. Condon blew past both Steelhead defenders and slid the puck in under Derosiers on the breakaway for his second goal of the season.

Idaho equaled the score for the third time on the evening with just six seconds left in the middle period. Dahl sent a slap shot in past Gladiator’s goalie Matt Ginn from the high slot for his second of the night. Molin and Kamrass both received assists to give them multi-point evenings on the powerplay goal.

Brock Higgs took advantage of an Atlanta powerplay and scored for the second consecutive game early in period three. Higgs had his centering pass deflect in off the Steelhead’s defenseman Corbin Baldwin. Nunn and Yuen both notched their second points of the game with the assists on Higgs’ fourth goal of the season and the second powerplay marker of the game for Atlanta.

Idaho erased the Gladiator lead once again as Molin registered his second goal of the game at the 11:16 mark of the third period. Linsmayer sent a pass from behind the net to a wide-open Molin who made no mistake for his fourth of the year. Cole Martin was given credit for the secondary assist on the game-tying tally.

The game would shift to 3-on-3 overtime with both teams looking for the extra point in the standings. Higgs maneuvered around the Steelhead’s zone and eventually found Merrifield behind the defense on the backdoor with :58 seconds left in OT. Merrifield sent the puck into the wide-open net giving himself, along with Higgs, multi-point evenings and the fourth straight victory for Atlanta. The Gladiators now increase to 11 points on the young season in the standings.  In the overtime loss, Idaho earned a single point to improve to 10 points on the campaign.

Up Next:

Atlanta is back in action tomorrow night versus the same Steelheads at the CenturyLink Arena for the third and final game in Idaho at 9:10 P.M. EST.            

 

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The game’s first goal was scored by Atlanta with just over two minutes gone by in the game.

Garry Nunn worked the puck up to the top of the left circle, faked a shot and then slid to the middle and whistled the puck through traffic past the screened Everblades goaltender, Anthony Peters. Thomas Frazee and Zach Yuen both received assists on Nunn’s first goal of the season.

The Everblades quickly answered back with a powerplay goal 4:40 into the opening period. After some quick passing on the right side, a Branden O’Donnell blind pass out front led to an easy tap-in score for Kevin Lynch for the Everblades’ first goal of the contest. Matt Marquardt tallied a point with the secondary assist which gave him his seventh point of the season to increase his league lead in that category.

Todd Fiddler retook the lead for the Gladiators with help from the Nathan Condon who raced down the center of the ice off and received a seam pass from Derek Nesbitt creating a two-on-one for the Gladiators. Condon drew the defender to him and slid the puck to Fiddler who buried it into the back of the net on the one-timer to take the 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

After a scoreless second period, the Gladiators increased their lead to 3-1 early in the third stemming from the speed of Condon down the middle of the ice. The product of the University of Minnesota blazed his way past the Everblades defenders finding the captain, Nesbitt, in the slot for a wide-open back door goal at 3:06 of the third period. Nunn, who tallied the secondary assist, and Nesbitt notched their second points of the evening on the play.

Mike Aviani narrowed the gap to make it a one-goal game with exactly five minutes left in the third period. The North Vancouver, BC native tapped in the rebound after Gabriel Desjardins fed Mark Nemec, whose initial shot was saved by Atlanta’s goaltender Andy Iles. The goal was the second notch for Aviani on the year.

Kevin Albers sealed the win for the Gladiators with a late, empty-net goal from inside his own blue line. With the win, the Gladiators recorded their first victory of the season and improved their record to 1-1-1 for a total of three points on the young campaign. The Everblades fall to 3-1-0 on the year and stay at six points after four games played.

Up Next:

The same two teams face-off again at the Arena at Infinite Energy Center tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. as they meet each other for the fourth time this season. 

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015 11:07

Nunn Rejoins Gladiators

The Atlanta Gladiators announced Wednesday that forward Garry Nunn will be back with the organization after agreeing to terms for the 2015-2016 season.

“I’m really excited to come back to where I truly believe is one of the best places to play in the whole league here in Atlanta,” said Nunn. “In addition, the team Coach Brandt has assembled is without a doubt going to make an impact this season and I want to be a part of it.”

Nunn, 25, Started the 2014-15 season with the Gladiators scoring 44 points in 55 games played.  In March, Nunn was traded to the Ontario Reign for the final 15 games of the regular season where he would compile 21 points, the most of any Reign player in that time span.  The 5-foot-9, 175-pound forward was the leading scorer for the Reign in the playoffs as well amassing 21 points in 19 games played in route to an appearance in the ECHL’s Western Conference Finals.  In 287 career ECHL games, the Victoria, BC native has registered 194 points with Alaska, Atlanta (formally Gwinnett) and Ontario.  Nunn was a member of the Alaska’s 2010-11 Kelley Cup Championship team and has produced 39 points in 47 career professional playoff games.

“Garry is a huge addition to our team in that he brings a lot of leadership, playoff experience and a great track record of winning,” added Brandt.  “Nunn not only adds a ton of skill and offensive punch to our group of forwards, but also brings an unrivaled work ethic night in and night out who will once again be an integral part of our lineup.”

In addition to his time in the ECHL, Nunn has a year of European professional hockey under his belt as the forward spent the 2013-14 season in Italy’s Serie A, the top professional hockey league in Italy. In 42 matches for the Hockey Club Valpellice, Nunn managed 18 goals and 32 assists for 50 points.  Prior to his professional career, Nunn skated three full seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Vancouver Giants and Edmonton Oil Kings.  While appearing in 180 WHL games, Nunn collected 52 goals and 80 assists.

“I feel that this team is not only going to get into the playoffs but has a legit shot at making a deep run at a championship,” added Nunn.  “I look forward to being a leader on this team and using the experience I have gained in the past to help the Gladiators win the Kelley Cup.”

The Gladiators are set to drop the puck on their 13th season at The Arena at Infinite Energy Center in October 2015. For ticket information, visit the official team website at Atlanta Gladiators or call the main office line at 770-497-5100.

The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nation’s premier "AA" hockey league. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Infinite Energy Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth - where parking is always free. The Gladiators have established an unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment and 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 Atlanta Gladiators, or “like” the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AtlantaGladiators), follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/atlgladiators).  

 

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Thursday, 05 November 2015 08:57

Gladiators Win Third Straight

Gladiators Win Third Straight with 5-4 Victory in Idaho

Atlanta struck first on Tyler Murovich’s second goal of the season just over three minutes into the game. Daniel Bahntge flew into the zone and fired a shot on goal from his knees after being tripped to the ice. It took Murovich three tries from the goalmouth on the rebound to send the puck into the goal and give Atlanta the early 1-0 lead.

Just :48 seconds later Garry Nunn gave the Gladiators a 2-0 advantage on his second of the season. Nunn received a long feed from Thomas Frazee and powered his way to the front of the net and slid the puck in under the Steelhead’s goalie Eric Hartzell. The goal extended Nunn’s point streak to seven games and earned him his ninth point of the season. Frazee also captured his ninth point of the season and prolonged a point streak of his own to five straight on the road.

Brock Higgs put Atlanta up by three on a shorthanded goal with :24 seconds left in the period. Mike Merrifiel in his first game back from Injury started the play by intercepting a pass in his own end. The product of Michigan State University lead the 2-on-1 rush the other way and found Higgs on a cross-crease pass for the third Gladiators tally in the opening period.

It took Idaho only :12 seconds to respond with their first goal of the contest. Andre Bouvet-Morrissette circled the back of the net and sent the puck to Taylor Peters in front. Peters wired it home from the slot and picked up his fourth marker of the season on the powerplay goal to cut the Gladiator’s lead to two.

The Steelheads added to a busy last minute of the opening frame on a goal with under a second remaining in the period. Brandon Magee won the offensive zone faceoff back to the point to Tommy Fallen. The rookie defender wristed a shot through traffic in front that found the back of the net right before the horn sounded. The first career professional goal for Fallen sent to the teams to the first intermission with a 3-2 Atlanta lead.

Idaho carried the momentum into the second period and tied the game just 1:18 into the middle frame. Magee got his second assist and second point of the game on a Colton Beck goal. Magee’s centering pass was tipped home by Beck from the goal crease for his fourth of the season and third of the game for the Steelheads to equalize the score.

Magee earned his first goal and third point of the night four minutes later and gave Idaho their first lead of the game. Beck dropped off the puck on the 3-on-1 rush to the on-coming Magee who fired his third of the season in past Gladiator’s netminder Matt Ginn.

Brad Navin evened the score at four with the second shorthanded goal of the night for Atlanta three minutes into the third period. The Wisconsin native picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and walked into the Steelhead's end uncontested where the rookie forward rifled one in along the ice between the legs of Hartzell. The tally gave Navin his second career goal of his professional career.

Former Steelhead, Derek Nesbitt, collected a long pass from Joe Stejskal and entered the Idaho zone down the far side. The member of the 2006-07 Steelhead's Kelly Cup Championship winning team blasted a slap shot past Hartzell to get the Gladiators the lead back with a little over 11 minutes left in the game. Defending a shorthanded 6-on-3 advantage with the Idaho net empty, Ginn made several game-saving saves to complete the comeback victory for the Gladiators.

Atlanta collected their fourth win on the season, extended their win streak to three games and improved to nine points on the campaign in the winning effort. The loss dropped Idaho to 4-4-1-0 as they remain at nine points.

Up Next:

Atlanta will have the day off tomorrow and are back in action against the same Idaho Steelheads at the CenturyLink Arena Friday night at 9:10 P.M. EST.       

 

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Sunday, 25 October 2015 13:07

Atlanta Stings South Carolina

Atlanta Stings South Carolina with 5-3 Win

Atlanta opened up the scoring with a powerplay goal exactly four minutes into the contest. Thomas Frazee was parked in front of the goal and had a Brock Higgs shot ricochet off his chest into the net past Stingrays starting goalie Mark Dekanich. Derek Nesbitt also earned an assist on Frazee’s first as a Gladiator giving the veteran points in three straight games.

Tyler Shiplo added to the Atlanta lead with a deflection notch late in period one. Ian Barteaux corralled a pass at the point from Frazee and then propelled a wrist shot on net that Shiplo redirected into the goal for his first tally of the season. Frazee recorded his sixth point and second muti-point game on the young campaign with the helper.

After a scoreless second came and went, South Carolina got on the board for the first time just over two minutes into the third period. Bobby Shea scored his first of the year on the rebound of a Max Sauve shot. Defensemen Brendan Ellis also received an assist on the first powerplay goal of the season for the Stingrays.

Atlanta responded quickly at the 5:35 mark as Nesbitt completed a tic-tac-toe passing play with linemates Garry Nunn and Frazee. With the goal, Nesbitt now has five points in his last three games. Frazee earned his third point of the afternoon on the play and now has seven points on the young season to lead the Gladiators.

Nate Condon picked up his first goal as a Gladiator on a breakaway score. Todd Fiddler chipped a puck into the neutral zone where Condon split the defense the walked in all alone and collected his third point in as many games.

South Carolina got two quick back-to-back goals to decrease the Gladiators lead with three minutes to go in the game. Andrew Johnston and Stephan Vigier each tallied to bring the Stingrays to within one.

Brad Navin spoiled the Stingray comeback hopes with an empty net marker with :16 seconds left in the game. The tally was the first career goal for the product of the University of Wisconsin and gave Condon his second point of the game on the assist.  With the 5-3 victory, Atlanta improved to 2-2-1 with five points on the season and dropped the Stingrays to 1-3-1 and three points.

Up Next:

Atlanta travels to Greenville this Friday to face-off with their South Division rival Swamp Rabbits for the first time this season at 7:00 p.m. 

 

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Saturday, 24 October 2015 07:03

Gladiators Fall to Everblades

Gladiators Fall to Everblades 4-1

The first period was set to end scoreless until Everblades’ defensemen Kevin Montgomery blasted a long-range shot through Gladiators goaltender Andy Iles. The goal came with only seven seconds remaining in the period and during Florida’s second powerplay opportunity of the game. The Rochester, NY native tallied his second goal and fourth point on the year.

The Everblades increased their lead to 2-0 at the 11:02 mark of the second period as tick-tack-toe passing culminated with a one-time slap shot off the stick of Matt Marquardt for his third goal of the season. The score also accounted for the second powerplay goal for Florida on the evening.  Brendan O’Donnell improved his position as the leagues leader in assists as he now has seven, while Montgomery earned his third helper of the year on the play and second point in the game.

Down two goals to start the third period, the Gladiators found themselves in a favorable situation as Everblades forward Gabriel Desjardins was ejected for slew-footing, giving Atlanta a five-minute power play only 2:07 into the third period. The Gladiators, now with a two-man advantage, capitalized on the 5-on-3 powerplay as Garry Nunn teed up a perfect one-time shot for Dereck Nesbitt who drilled into the back of the net to cut the deficit to one with 14:25 left in the game. The tally was the second goal of the year for the Gladiator captain.

Florida reclaimed their two-goal lead on a third powerplay goal at the 9:55 mark of the third period. Ethan Werek passed to an open Corey Syvret who powered a backdoor slap shot past Iles. The goal was the first on the season for the Millgrove, ON native and his third point of the campaign.

The Everblades would seal the game with an empty-net goal by Evan Bloodoff to take a 4-1 advantage with less than a minute left in the contest. Mike Aviani earned the secondary assist and Marquardt got the primary helper on the goal, his second point of the game which increased his league lead in points to nine. The Gladiators fell to 1-2-1 with the loss on the season while Florida improved to 4-1-0 and eight points to remain atop the Eastern Conference.

Up Next

Atlanta will next travel to Charleston, SC to take on the South Carolina Stingrays tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m.

 

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