Wednesday, 28 October 2015 19:54

Ginn Assigned to Gladiators from AHL Providence

Goaltender Returns to Atlanta After Seeing Action with Providence Bruins

Matt Ginn, who spent time with Atlanta during the team's Training Camp earlier this month, has be re-assigned to the Gladiators by the AHL's Providence Bruins.

While with the Providence Bruins, the goaltender made one start, a 3-1 loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Ginn was assigned to the Gladiators on October 4th, in the midst of camp, before being recalled to Providence on October 9th. The Ontario native also spent time in the ECHL last season, joining the Florida Everblades after completing his collegiate career with Holy Cross College. While with Florida, Ginn registered a 5-1-1 record with a .932 save percentage and 2.12 GAA.

In a separate transaction, the Gladiators announced today that they have traded forward Todd Fiddler to the Wichita Thunder in exchange for future considerations. In five games with Atlanta, Fiddler had one goal and one assist for two total points and a -3 plus/minus rating.

The Atlanta Gladiators 13th season is now underway at The Arena at Infinite Energy Center. Join the Gladiators for their next home game on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 7:05 PM. For ticket information, visit the official team website at http://www.atlantagladiators.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. 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 AtlantaGladiators.com, or “like” the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AtlantaGladiators), follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ATLGladiators), Instagram (www.instagram.com/atlgladiators) or Snapchat (http://www.snapchat.com/) at "gladshockey".  

 

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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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Monday, 16 November 2015 21:36

Atlanta Gladiators

Gladiators Weekly Release for the Week of November 16th

The Atlanta Gladiators 13th season is now underway at The Arena at Infinite Energy Center. Join the Gladiators for their next home game on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 7:05 PM. For ticket information, visit the official team website at www.atlantagladiators.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. 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 AtlantaGladiators.com, or “like” the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AtlantaGladiators), follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ATLGladiators), Instagram (www.instagram.com/atlgladiators) or Snapchat (www.snapchat.com) at "gladshockey".  

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Sunday, 15 November 2015 18:36

Gladiators Earn 4-1 Win Over Greenville

After a scoreless opening period, the second frame began favorably for the Gladiators as Brock Higgs was able to take advantage of the first powerplay opportunity for the home team.

Higgs potted home an Eric Neiley shot that rebounded off the chest of Greenville goaltender, Jeff Malcolm. Thomas Frazee was credited with the secondary assist and the goal was Higgs' sixth of the year.

Atlanta would capitalize on their second powerplay as well with just under eight minutes left in the middle period. Nolan Descoteaux, from the point, found Nathan Condon on the back side of Malcolm who deflected it between the legs of the Greenville Goaltender. The tally was Condon’s third of the season and was assisted by Neiley in addition to Descoteaux’s first point since joining Atlanta this past Thursday.

The Gladiators would add a third goal from Daniel Bahntge with 3:13 left in the second period. A Justin Buzzeo shot rebounded right to Bahntge in the far circle and he quickly slapped it into the upper-right corner for his second goal of the season. The goal also marks the fourth point of the year for the Westlake, Ohio native.

The Swamp Rabbits would tally their first goal 3:52 into the third period off the skate of Scott Fleming. Michael St. Croix took a shot that rebounded off Gladiators goaltender, Kent Patterson, and ricocheted off Fleming’s blade and into the net. The goal was the Plainfield, Ontario native’s third of the year.

J.T. Barnett would add an empty-net, short-handed goal to seal the win for the Gladiators with 2:10 remaining in the third period. Greenville misplayed the puck on the 6-on-4 man advantage that led to Barnett breaking away for the easy score to make it a 4-1 final.  Atlanta increased their point total to 15 on the campaign with the victory and dropped the Swamp Rabbits to 4-8-0.

Up Next:

The Atlanta Gladiators will next face the South Carolina Stingrays Saturday, November 25th at The Arena at Infinite Energy Center.

 

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Friday, 13 November 2015 17:36

Atlanta Falls to Adirondack 4-1

Coming off two consecutive lopsided losses, the Atlanta Gladiators struck first early in the first period, on their first shot against the Adirondack Thunder. Max Everson capitalized on the first powerplay opportunity for the Gladiators 2:45 into the first frame with a slap shot from distance that best Thunder goaltender, Ken Appleby. It marked the third goal of the season for the rookie while Derek Nesbitt and Eric Neiley each picked up assists on the play.

It didn’t take long for the Thunder to equalize. Just over three minutes after Atlanta’s goal, the puck took an unfortunate bounce off the boards and was mishandled by Gladiators goaltender Matt Ginn behind the net.  Adirondack’s Mitchell Heard found it at the top of the crease for an easy shot into an open net. The score was the Ontario native’s fourth goal and eighth point of the season.

Adirondack was able to take the lead just 20 seconds later after a turnover in the defensive zone for Atlanta. The Thunder’s Kyle Flanagan was able to intercept a pass and found his teammate, Greg Wolfe, who maneuvered across the face of Ginn's net and beat him on his glove side for his second goal of the season. Flanagan notched his eighth assist of the year on the play.

The second period saw its only goal come off the stick of Adirondack forward, Flanagan. Michael Kirkpatrick led a 2-on-1 break on the left side and passed to the trailing Flanagan who blasted a wrist shot over the glove of Ginn. The score marks Flanagan’s first goal for the rookie out of Canton, New York.

Flanagan would add an empty-net goal to seal the game with 52 seconds left in the third period. The score was the second of the game and his third point of the night. Mike Bergin and David Shield were credited with the assists.

Atlanta now has lost three straight games dropping their record to 6-5-1 for 13 points on the year. Adirondack continued their great start improving to 9-1 on the year for 18 points with the victory.

Up Next:

Atlanta plays next again vs. the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Military Appreciation Day this Sunday at 2:05 P.M on home ice at The Arena at Infinite Energy Center.

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Thursday, 12 November 2015 17:05

Descoteaux Signs with Gladiators

Atlanta Inks Former Gladiator and Kelly Cup Winning Defenseman

The Atlanta Gladiators announced Thursday that defenseman Nolan Descoteaux and the team have agreed to terms.

Descoteaux (pronounced DUH-coe-TOE), 26, began the current season as a member of the Rapid City Rush of the ECHL, tallying two assists in seven games in South Dakota. The second-year pro completed his first full season of professional hockey last year with the Allen Americans of the ECHL.  The Dallas, TX native skated in 58 games and amassed 16 points for the Americans, also appearing in eight playoff games for Allen en route to their first Kelly Cup championship.

No stranger to the Metro-Atlanta area, the 6-foot-0, 215-pound defenseman started his professional career in 2013-14 where he skated in 11 games for Atlanta (then Gwinnett) of the ECHL.  Descoteaux registered a goal and two assists for the Gladiators after he concluded he senior season at the NCAA’s Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T). The left-handed d-man compiled 27 points in his four collegiate seasons for the Tigers.

The Atlanta Gladiators 13th season is now underway at The Arena at Infinite Energy Center. Join the Gladiators for their next home game on Friday, November 13th 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.

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 AtlantaGladiators.com, or “like” the Gladiators on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/AtlantaGladiators) follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ATLGladiators), Instagram (www.instagram.com/atlgladiators) or Snapchat (http://www.snapchat.com/) at "gladshockey".  

 

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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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Monday, 26 October 2015 14:21

Atlanta Gladiators

Gladiators Weekly Release for the Week of October 26th

The Atlanta 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 http://www.atlantagladiators.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. 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 AtlantaGladiators.com, or “like” the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AtlantaGladiators), follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ATLGladiators), Instagram (www.instagram.com/atlgladiators) or Snapchat (http://www.snapchat.com/) at "gladshockey".  

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