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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.

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


Atlanta Gladiators

The Atlanta Gladiators are a professional minor league ice hockey team based in Duluth, Georgia (in the Atlanta metropolitan area). The Gladiators play in the South Division of the ECHL's Eastern Conference. The Gladiators play their home games at the Infinite Energy Arena.

The franchise originated as the Mobile Mysticks in 1995. The team suspended operations in 2002 and moved to Duluth in 2003. They have qualified for the Kelly Cup playoffs for 9 out of their 12 seasons of play as the Gladiators. They were the South Division and American Conference champions in 2006, falling one game to four to the Alaska Aces in the finals.

On August 6, 2015, the Gladiators announced a two-year affiliation deal with the Boston Bruins and their AHL affiliate the Providence Bruins. On September 9, 2015, the Gladiators announced they were changing their name from the Gwinnett Gladiators to the Atlanta Gladiators.
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