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Domingue to the NHL
Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Arizona Coyotes, NHL affiliate of the Gwinnett Gladiators, announced that goaltender Louis Domingue has been recalled by the team on Saturday. Domingue (pronounced loo-EE DOE-ming) has played in 43 games for the Gladiators dating back to 2012.

Domingue, 22, most recently made a two-game rehab assignment with the Gladiators on January 2nd and the 3rd. The third year professional was 1-1 with a 1.01 goals-against average and a .958 save percentage, including a shutout of the Elmira Jackals on the 2nd.

The Mont. St. Hilaire, Quebec native has played in 13 games for the Portland Pirates of the AHL this season, going 8-4-1 with a 2.40 GAA and a .922 SV%. He was originally drafted by the Coyotes in the fifth round (138th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Domingue is the second Gladiator goaltender to receive the call to the NHL this month. Mike Lee was also with the Coyotes from January 15th to the 21st, receiving his assignment directly from Gwinnett to Arizona.

Louis Domingue is also the sixth Gladiator in team history to receive an assignment to the NHL in the same season as his time with Gwinnett. The previous five in-season call-ups were also all goaltenders:
Adam Munro - Chicago (2/18-2/23/04, 2/26-4/5/04)
Adam Berkhoel - Atlanta (12/22-12/26/05, 4/8-4/18/06)
Mike Dunham - Atlanta (1/17-4/18/06)
Dan Turple - Atlanta (3/26-4/3/06)
Mike Lee - Arizona (1/15-1/21/15)
Domingue will join the Coyotes ahead of their game today against the Ottawa Senators in Ottawa, Ontario. The Gladiators will take on the Evansville IceMen tonight at the Ford Center at 8:15 p.m. EST.

The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nation’s premier "AA" hockey league, and are affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth - where parking is always free.

As Atlanta’s "One and Only" professional hockey team, the Gladiators have established an extraordinary winning tradition and unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment. The Gladiators are 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 GwinnettGladiators.com, or "like" the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GwinnettGladiators), and follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators).



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Glads Break the IceMen, 5-3
Saturday, January 31, 2015

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Down 2-1 midway through the game, the Gladiators (15-23-2-1) buckled down and scored four straight goals against the Evansville IceMen (12-26-4-2) to cruise on to a 5-3 win on Saturday night. Brenden Walker had a goal and two assists, while Casey Pierro-Zabotel and Geoff Paukovich had a goal and an assist each. Kent Patterson bolstered the defense with 40 saves in his crease.

The Gladiators took a 1-0 lead on Geoff Paukovich’s backhand shot to the right of Chris Driedger at 14:23 of the first. Brenden Walker was skating to his left, and left the puck to the far post for Paukovich. For the veteran forward it was his first goal since December 21st, his 49th career professional goal and 99th ECHL point.

40 seconds later, Evansville countered with a goal by Daniel Johnston. As the IceMen were rushing the zone, Kent Patterson made a save to his left, and before he could counter right, Johnston picked up the bounce and got it under the Gwinnett goaltender.

The IceMen continued their momentum in the second period, taking their only lead of the night at 3:09 of the period on Thomas Frazee’s 14th of the year from Robin Soudek and Brandon Martell.

On Friday night, the Gladiators were 0-for-10 on the power play, their most extra man opportunities of the season. On Saturday night, the Gladiators momentum was sparked by the power play. At 12:43, Will MacDonald tipped Joe Stejskal’s shot from the top of the zone by Driedger for his seventh of the season.

A minute-and-a-half after that, Casey Pierro-Zabotel extended his point streak to six games with his 19th goal of the season. Walker took the initial shot on the left post, distracting Driedger as the puck caromed out to the low slot. Pierro-Zabotel stepped up to scoop in the rebound and give Gwinnett a lead they would never relinquish.

Just 15 seconds into the third period, Brenden Walker rushed into the offensive zone on the right wing side, and blistered a shot by Driedger with his wrist shot. It was Gwinnett’s earliest goal to start a period this season. The Gladiators would cap off the scoring at 1:32 with Nathan Burns’ shot that sunk underneath Driedger, assisted by Paukovich and Dyson Stevenson.

The IceMen would tack on a garbage-time goal at 14:23 from Jim McKenzie, but the Gladiators would take the win on 30 shots, compared to Evansville’s 43.

Kent Patterson made 40 saves in net, while Chris Driedger had 25. Gwinnett was 1-for-4 on the power play, and a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.

Gwinnett’s next home game will be on Tuesday, February 3rd at 7:05 p.m. for Student Night against the Orlando Solar Bears. For tickets and schedule information, visit the official team website at www.gwinnettgladiators.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, and are affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth – where parking is always free.

As Atlanta’s “One and Only” professional hockey team, the Gladiators have established an extraordinary winning tradition and unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment. The Gladiators are 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 GwinnettGladiators.com, or “like” the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GwinnettGladiators), and follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators).



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"Project Overcoat" a Success!
Saturday, January 31, 2015

For the 5th consecutive Season, the Gwinnett Gladiators proudly supported the efforts of FOX5-TV and their "Project Overcoat" program. Seen here on a recent Friday at the Kroger Store on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth are Mr. Demetrius Jordan of the United Way in Atlanta, FOX5 Anchor Cynne’ Simpson, and the Gladiators Director of Community Relations Jim Hall.

Thank You Gladiators fans! On your behalf, more than 300 coats and jackets were delivered to FOX5 Project Overcoat this season.




Fruitless PP Dooms GWT
Friday, January 30, 2015

The Gladiators (14-23-2-1) had a season-high ten extra man opportunities on Friday night at the Ford Center, yet they were unable to cash in on any of them. On the other end, the Evansville IceMen (14-25-4-2) took the 4-1 decision thanks to the stellar play of Chris Driedger, who made 39 saves on 40 shots against.

The ice was well tilted towards the Gladiators’ offensive zone in the first period – the Gladiators outshot the IceMen 11-to-6, and out-chanced them even more – but it wasn’t Gwinnett that opened the scoring. On Evansville’s lone power play of the period, Robin Soudek held down the left circle, and kept shooting in on Adam Brown. Eventually, Soudek was able to get a lane from a couple feet away, and he roofed a shot over Brown’s glove hand at 15:30 of the first.

The second period began with a rejuvenated Evansville offense. Just 23 seconds into the period, Brandon Wong shot a puck through Brown to double up the lead. Then at 5:10, Jarret Lukin broke into the zone on a 2-on-1. His initial shot was saved by Brown, but the rebound caromed back out to Lukin at the right circle. He stretched backwards to scoop the puck and he slapped it into the vacated net as Brown was on top of the crease.

Gwinnett got their only tally of the evening on Zach Yuen’s backhanded shot at 15:42. Yuen missed over the puck on his initial shot, but on the follow-through Yuen took a backhand shot that banked off the left post and behind Chris Driedger.

Referee Peter MacDougall’s arm was very busy in the third period as 17 penalties were called against both squads in that period alone. On just their second power play of the evening – an abbreviated 26-second power play – Troy Rutkowski made it 4-1 for Evansville, the eventual final.

The third period also featured back-to-back fights - first with Dyson Stevenson and Jim McKenzie, and then Sean Berkstresser and Daniel Johnston. In all, Gwinnett was 0-for-10 on the power play and Evansville was 2-for-3. Chris Driedger made 39 saves on 40 shots, while Adam Brown was 22-for-26.

The Gladiators will look to avenge tonight’s outcome tomorrow as they take on the IceMen once again at 8:15 p.m. EST. Gwinnett’s next home game will be on Tuesday, February 3rd at 7:05 p.m. for Student Night against the Orlando Solar Bears.

For tickets and schedule information, visit the official team website at www.gwinnettgladiators.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, and are affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth – where parking is always free.

As Atlanta’s “One and Only” professional hockey team, the Gladiators have established an extraordinary winning tradition and unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment. The Gladiators are 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 GwinnettGladiators.com, or “like” the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GwinnettGladiators), and follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators).



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Carey Back to the AHL
Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Arizona Coyotes, NHL affiliate of the Gwinnett Gladiators, announced that rookie forward Greg Carey has been reassigned from the Gladiators to the Portland Pirates of the AHL on Thursday.

Carey, 24, has 17 points on seven goals and ten assists for the Gladiators through 14 games played this season. The rookie was on his second assignment to the Gladiators since January 8th. In those nine games this month, Carey totaled five goals and four assists, second most on the team behind Casey Pierro-Zabotel (16 pts, 8g, 8a).

On Friday, Carey achieved his second hat trick of the season in Gwinnett’s 7-5 win over the Florida Everblades. Carey had previously notched a hat trick on November 9th, a four goal game that also included a natural hat trick.

The Hamilton, Ontario native has played in 23 games for the Pirates so far this season, and has tallied a goal and four assists. He made his professional debut in early 2014 with the Pirates, playing in13 games after wrapping up his four-year career at St. Lawrence University. While with the Saints, Carey averaged over a point per game - 185 points (84g, 101a) in 152 games played. In his junior and senior season, he was also a top-three finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the best player in college hockey.

Carey will join the Pirates ahead of their game tomorrow against the Manchester Monarchs, their first game in the second half of the season. The Gladiators will also play tomorrow night, against the Evansville IceMen at the Ford Center at 8:15 p.m. EST.

The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nation’s premier "AA" hockey league, and are affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth - where parking is always free.

As Atlanta’s "One and Only" professional hockey team, the Gladiators have established an extraordinary winning tradition and unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment. The Gladiators are 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 GwinnettGladiators.com, or "like" the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GwinnettGladiators), and follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators).



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Glads Salvage Point vs Fuel
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Looking to avenge their 1-0 loss to the Indy Fuel on January 19th, the Gladiators (14-22-2-1) played another tight, tough game against the Fuel (14-21-4-3), ultimately falling in OT, 3-2. Brenden Walker tied the score late in the third, while Greg Carey had another goal for himself, his fifth in the last seven games played.

After a back-and-forth first ten minutes of play, featuring a couple of missed empty nets by Indy, Gwinnett tilted the ice greatly towards their offensive end in the latter end of first period. Aided by a rare 5-on-3 power play opportunity, the Gladiators registered the last 11 shots of the period, punctuated by a 5-on-3 goal by Greg Carey at 18:10.

With Brenden Walker shooting the puck from the right point, Carey picked up the tip from Casey Pierro-Zabotel, and shot it by reigning ECHL Goaltender of the Week, Mac Carruth, off of Fuel defenseman Nick Bruneteau who was guarding the goaltender’s backside blind spot.

In the second, the Fuel stormed back with 15 shots of their own. Vincent Arseneau tied the score at one by getting a puck underneath Kent Patterson at 14:49. Then just over a minute later on their third power play of the evening, Indy took the lead. After Nicklaus Lindberg’s shot, Patterson made a blocker save to his right, and right to Garrett Bembridge who was crashing towards the net. Bembridge didn’t even realize he shoved the puck in with his body, but the Fuel would take the goal, and the 2-1 lead.

Despite getting outshot 9-to-5 in the final frame, the Gladiators got one they needed in the waning minutes of the game for the second time in the last three games. This time it was J.P. Labardo feeding Brenden Walker from a heavily trafficked far corner out to the wide open slot. With no one around him, Walker roofed the shot over Carruth’s glove hand and in at 17:46, just over two minutes remaining in regulation.

In overtime, Indy got the game-winning goal at 2:20 off of Lindberg’s faceoff win. Lindberg shoved the puck on to Pete Massar, who got the lifted shot in front of Patterson. Indy has won seven straight games and has picked up points in their last nine straight. Kent Patterson made 31 saves on 34 shots, while Mac Carruth also had 31 saves on one fewer shot.

The Gladiators will now head to the southern end of the state, on to the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana to take on the Evansville IceMen for two games. The first game will be on Friday night at 8:15 p.m. EST. Gwinnett’s next home game will be on Tuesday, February 3rd at 7:05 p.m. for Student Night against the Orlando Solar Bears.

For tickets and schedule information, visit the official team website at www.gwinnettgladiators.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, and are affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth – where parking is always free.

As Atlanta’s “One and Only” professional hockey team, the Gladiators have established an extraordinary winning tradition and unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment. The Gladiators are 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 GwinnettGladiators.com, or “like” the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GwinnettGladiators), and follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators).



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Prince of Peace Scores Big
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

On Friday, January 2nd, Flowery Branch’s Prince of Peace Catholic Church sent over 600 church family members to the Gladiators game against Elmira. The game was in support of a Knights of Columbus - Church Capital Campaign that is currently underway.

Thanks to the overwhelming support of church members, more than $3,100 was raised by the event! In support of the Parish, the Gladiators welcomed Father Eric Hill, Father
Luis Alvarez, and Deacon Nicholas Johnson, who performed the Star Spangled Banner prior to face off.



CPZ Named Player of the Week
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The ECHL announced that Gladiators forward Casey Pierro-Zabotel was named the league’s Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week on Tuesday.

Pierro-Zabotel, 26, was given the honor for his five goal, three assist weekend for the Gladiators. On Friday, Pierro-Zabotel picked up three assists in the Gladiators’ 7-5 win over the Florida Everblades.

The next night, he achieved his first professional hat trick, scoring the game-winner in Gwinnett’s 4-3 overtime victory over Florida. That game winning goal was also his 300th professional point. And the next afternoon, Pierro-Zabotel came close to another hat trick, tallying two goals for the Gladiators against the Reading Royals.

The Ashcroft, British Columbia native is having a career year with the Gladiators; his 45 point in 36 games played is second among active players in the ECHL, and he leads all Eastern Conference skaters in points.

In his third season with Gwinnett, Pierro-Zabotel leads all current Gladiators in games played with the organization, at 137 regular season games. He is averaging over a point per game in a Gladiators’ sweater with 147 points (46 goals, 101 assists).

Selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round (80th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Pierro-Zabotel has 278 points (85g-193a) in 325 career ECHL games with Gwinnett, Bakersfield, Cincinnati and Wheeling.

On behalf of Casey Pierro-Zabotel, the ECHL will donate a case of pucks to a Gwinnett County youth hockey organization by Sher-Wood Hockey, the exclusive puck supplier of the ECHL. Since beginning its sponsorship of the award in 2000-01, Sher-Wood Hockey has donated more than 31,000 pucks to youth hockey organizations in ECHL cities.

Pierro-Zabotel and the Gladiators will next play on Wednesday, January 28th at 7:05 p.m. at Indiana Farmers Coliseum as they take on the Indy Fuel for the final time in the regular season. The Gladiators will be back at The Arena at Gwinnett Center on Tuesday, February 3rd at 7:05 p.m. for Student Night against the Orlando Solar Bears.

For tickets and schedule information, visit the official team website at www.gwinnettgladiators.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, and are affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth - where parking is always free.

As Atlanta’s "One and Only" professional hockey team, the Gladiators have established an extraordinary winning tradition and unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment. The Gladiators are 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 GwinnettGladiators.com, or "like" the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GwinnettGladiators), and follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators).



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Sharon ES Rocks Fundraiser
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

For the 11th time in 12 seasons, the Sharon Elementary School Chorus performed the National Anthem at a Gladiators game. Sharon ES, who always teams with Shiloh Point Elementary to form one giant mega choir, performed at our November 8th game. Over the years, the Sharon ES Chorus Program has earned more than $12,000 for their Music Education Curriculum. Well done Knights!!




Royals Reign Over Glads, 6-3
Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Gladiators (14-22-1-1) could not muster enough strength in their third game in three days against their first and only matchup with the Reading Royals (25-13-1-1), losing 6-3 on Sunday afternoon at The Arena at Gwinnett Center. Casey Pierro-Zabotel scored two goals, making it five goals in just two games for the alternate captain.

The first period did not begin like the Gladiators had hoped, with the Royals scoring three straight goals in the first period. The first goal came early, at 4:18, when Kevin Walrod wrapped the puck around the back of the net and centered it to Matt Hatch, who smashed it in.

The Royals found net two minutes later at 5:53 on a power play, when Adam Hughesman centered himself at the top of the crease, and picked the right corner past Kent Patterson. Reading registered their third goal of the period after Maxim Lamarche found the back of the net, despite a crowed goal, at 8:34 on a quick shot. After Reading’s third straight goal of the period, Adam Brown stepped in to take over netminder duties for Patterson at 10:43.

Facing a first period shutout, the Gladiators found some more end-of-the-period magic. It started with a goal from Casey Pierro-Zabotel at 14:54. Coming off of a hat trick the previous night, Pierro-Zabotel received the puck just outside the crease on a centered pass from Greg Carey, and one-timed it through Kenny Reiter’s legs for his fourth goal in two games. With two minutes remaining in the period, the home team brought the difference to just one, when Sean Berkstresser sent a crisp pass from the left flank to the right corner of the net, where Dyson Stevenson was waiting to smack it in at 18:07.

The second period was unmistakably dicey, as the tension between the division rivals grew, so did the physicality. Reading was able bring the lead back to two on a power play before the period ended. Cam Reid sent in a hard shot on goal, which deflected off of Brown, and Oliver Labelle grabbed the rebound and redirected the puck back into the net at 15:46.

Two minutes into the third period, Pierro-Zabotel was at it once again, posting his second goal of the game, bringing the difference back to just one for the second time. On the forecheck, Garry Nunn intercepted the puck as Reading attempted to clear it, and immediately found Pierro-Zabotel crashing the net. Pierro-Zabotel smacked the puck in the net once again, but the Royals would not allow the Gladiators to make a comeback, scoring two more goals to once again double up on the home team on two more power plays.

Hughesman received the puck just outside the crease, and sent a direct shot to the nearside of Brown at 8:18, for his second goal of the game. Reading capitalized on the power play for the fourth time at 16:01 to seal the game; Pat Mullane scored on a one-time feed from Labelle and Ryan Cruthers.

The Gladiators will head out on the road for their next game to face the Indy Fuel Wednesday, January 28th, at 7:05 p.m. The Gladiators will return home to the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Tuesday, February 3rd to take on the Orlando Solar Bears at 7:05 p.m. The next home game also marks the third Student Night of the season. Students can receive a ticket at a discounted price with a valid student ID.

For tickets and schedule information, visit the official team website at www.gwinnettgladiators.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, and are affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth – where parking is always free.

As Atlanta’s “One and Only” professional hockey team, the Gladiators have established an extraordinary winning tradition and unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment. The Gladiators are 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 GwinnettGladiators.com, or “like” the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GwinnettGladiators), and follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators).



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