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Blades Slither Past Glads, 5-3
Friday, December 19, 2014

ESTERO, Fla. - The Gladiators were not able to hang on to their two goal, first period lead for the second time in two games, as they fell to the Florida Everblades, 5-3 Friday night at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida. J.P. Labardo tallied two goals in the effort, and is up to three goals in his last two games.

Just like on Wednesday, the Gladiators jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on the Everblades. Bo Dolan opened things up on a sharp wristshot from the right circle at 1:08 that beat goaltender Andy Iles in the upper right corner, from newest Gladiators Jordon Southorn and Travis Ouellette. Southorn took the initial shot from the far point, Iles made the save, and the rebound kicked out to Dolan for the quick shot.

J.P. Labardo doubled up the score with his second goal in as many games played at 12:35. Casey Pierro-Zabotel started the play behind the net, centering one off to Labardo again from the right circle, and the rookie forward banked it off the far post past Iles’ stick.

And just like Wednesday, Florida would come back with two unanswered goals to tie the score. First Adam Brace scored his 12th of the season on the Everblades’ second power play of the night at 15:32 of the first. Gwinnett would enter the first intermission with the lead, and play most of the second with that 2-1 advantage, but Jeff Costello would even the score at two with a four-on-four goal at 15:19. Costello received the lead pass from Brant Harris, and entered the zone on a 2-on-0 break along with Artem Sergeev.

In the third, Florida took a lead that they would not relinquish. At 1:08, Sergeev took a quick shot while keeping the puck in Florida’s offensive zone at the right point, and bounced one off the ice and into the net. Four minutes after that, Mitch Wahl flipped the puck over Mark Guggenberger’s right shoulder from a low angle.

Labardo made things interesting with his second goal of the night at 9:57, sniping another from the right circle. Gwinnett fought to tie up the score, but, again, just like Wednesday, they could not get the equalizer. Former Gladiator Evan Bloodoff scored an empty net goal for Florida with 0.1 seconds on the clock to end the night.

The Gladiators will return to The Arena at Gwinnett Center on Sunday, December 21st for a 2:05 p.m. tilt 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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Photo Credit: Al Larson


Ornament Auction Sunday
Friday, December 19, 2014

The 12th year of "one afternoon in December" ornament painting by the Gladiators has occurred and the ornaments are ready to adorn your trees! At this Sunday’s game - December 21st - fans are invited to stop by the auction table and bid on the ornaments they’d most like to add to their decor. All players in attendance at the afternoon post-practice creativity hour earlier this month will have an ornament up for the auction. Proceeds from the 12th Annual Christmas Ornament Auction will go to the Gladiators Foundation for Kids.

The ornaments can be found at Sunday’s game on tables located adjacent to the Gladiators Customer Service Booth in the front lobby of the arena. Bids for the auction start at $25.00 with increasing bid increments of $5.00. All bidding will stop at the end of the 2nd Intermission. NO EXCEPTIONS. Cash and credit card purchases may be taken home Sunday, purchases made by check will be held at the Gladiators Office until the check clears.









All Star Game Draws Near
Thursday, December 18, 2014

With the 2015 ECHL All Star Classic in Orlando next month, final details have fallen into place for the event. Earlier this season, the Solar Bears unveiled the jersey the team will wear for the 2015 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic, presented by Visit Orlando, and also announced the full schedule of events surrounding the All-Star Game.



Additionally, the All Star Week of events begins with the ECHL All-Star FanFest presented by Walgreens on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. The FanFest will include the Church Street Block Party with a DJ, inflatable games, Shades, and the Solar Bears Dancers, a Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit presented by Sutton Special Risk, player appearances, a MeiGray "History of Hockey" and memorabilia exhibit, and interactive games. In addition, a country concert featuring Madeline Smith, presented by Wealth by Design, will take place that evening. In front of the Station 1 Firehouse local youth house leagues and travel hockey team players will team up with ECHL and Solar Bears All-Stars for an outdoor deck hockey exhibition.

The ECHL Hall of Fame Luncheon sponsored by BFL CANADA will take place on Wednesday, January 21, at noon at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown hotel. The eighth class of just recently announced inductees - Darren Colbourne, Louis Dumont, Scott Sabatino and Carl Scheer - will enter into the ECHL Hall of Fame during the luncheon. Players from the Orlando Solar Bears and the ECHL All-Star Team will be in attendance and several of the NHL and ECHL’s most prestigious trophies will be on display.

Then, at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, the puck drops for the 2015 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic, presented by Visit Orlando, at the Amway Center. The game will feature All-Star skills competitions during intermission, an intermission performance from recording artist Madeline Smith, and intermission recognition of Solar Bears community partners.

Along with sponsoring the All-Star Game, Visit Orlando has made it easy for out-of-town fans to visit "O-Town." In fact - they’ve created a special page for each team’s fans to use when booking their trip. If you plan to make your way south in January to support the Gladiator(s) selected to play in the game, we ask that you use this link:
Gwinnett Gladiators All-Star Visit Page.





3rd Per Comeback Falls Short
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ESTERO, Fla. - With everything stacked against the Gladiators (7-14-1-0) in the opening minutes of the third, Gwinnett hunkered down and nearly tied the game in the closing 20 for the third time in the last four games. They couldn’t bridge the gap against the Florida Everblades (18-3-0-1), however, and ultimately fell 5-4 on Wednesday night.

Trailing 5-2 in the opening four minutes of the third period, the Gladiators responded with two goals and plenty of opportunities. 20 seconds into Gwinnett’s second power play of the night, Casey Pierro-Zabotel drew all of Florida’s defenders to the left of the offensive zone, and guiding a pass to a rushing J.P. Labardo. With Daniel Altshuller striding right to left, Labardo sniped the right corner of the net for his fourth of the year.

At 6:39, Joe Stejskal suddenly made it a one-goal game, cleaning up a missed pass in the low slot and clanging it around the cage behind Altshuller. But Gwinnett could not finish the comeback despite outshooting Florida and gaining many more significant opportunities.

The Gladiators set the tone early with their earliest goal of the season, just 25 seconds in. Jordon Southorn, who made his return to the Gladiators’ roster a few hours before game time, ripped a slapshot from the top of the zone, slipping one underneath Altshuller.

Florida would challenge from there, but Gwinnett would double up the lead at the midway point of the period. Off a defensive zone clear, Nathan Burns flipped a high lead pass nearly across three lines to a streaking Will MacDonald. The former Everblade left the defenseman in the dust, coming in on Altshuller and beating him between the knees at 10:20 of the first.

After that, Florida would storm back with five straight goals, starting with Alex Lavoie’s sixth of the season at 13:48 of first. A knocked-out pane of glass brought the first period to a premature end, with 3:32 of game time pushed to the beginning of the second period section.

In the second, Florida knocked three goals in on 15 shots. John McInnis tied the score at two at 4:30. Three minutes later, Kevin Lynch gave the Everblades the 3-2 lead on the power play. At 11:42, former Gladiators Evan Bloodoff beat Mike Lee through a screen to give Florida a two-goal cushion.

Artem Sergeev would end up scoring the game-winning goal at 3:35 of the third. Altshuller and Lee both made 27 saves on the night, but Lee would face one more shot – 32 to Altshuller’s 31.

The two sides will meet once again in Germain Arena on Friday night at 7:30. Gwinnett will return to The Arena at Gwinnett Center on Sunday, December 21st for a 2:05 p.m. tilt 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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Photo Credit: Al Larson



Southorn Returns to the Glads
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Gladiators’ AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates, announced that defenseman Jordon Southorn has been reassigned to Gwinnett on Wednesday. It will be Southorn’s second assignment with the Gladiators this season.

Southorn, 24, played in five games with the Gladiators this year, from October 27th to November 13th. During his time with the Gladiators, Southorn scored two goals and three assists. That includes an assist and two goals - one of which was the overtime game-winner - in his debut game on October 29th, a 5-4 OT win for Gwinnett over the Orlando Solar Bears.

The Montreal, Quebec native has played in eight games this year for the Pirates, picking up four penalty minutes and a +4 plus-minus rating. Southorn also played in one game for Portland last season, chipping in two assists.

He was drafted in the fourth round (104th overall) by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. In all, Southorn has played in 210 ECHL games, with 105 points (34 goals, 71 assists) to his name. He also picked up 105 points (27g, 78a) in 258 games for the Prince Edward Island Rocket of the QMJHL from 2006 to 2010.

Southorn will join the Gladiators in time for tonight’s 7:30 p.m. game against the Florida Everblades in Estero, Fla. The Gladiators will return to Gwinnett on Sunday, December 21st for a 2:05 p.m. game against the Orlando Solar Bears for their annual Holiday Game.

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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Ouellette Traded to Gwinnett
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Gladiators announced that they acquired second-year forward Travis Ouellette from the Indy Fuel in exchange for forward Bobby Hughes on Tuesday.

Ouellette, 25, has played in three games for the Fuel this season. In 2013-14, Ouellette (pronounced WAH-let) played in a total of 25 Central Hockey League games for the Arizona Sundogs and the St. Charles Chill, scoring nine goals and 15 assists. He also spent nine games with the Greenville Road Warriors, adding two goals and an assist.

The Windsor, Ontario native played for four years with the Ferris State Bulldogs, from 2009 to 2013. Ouellette totaled 82 points (37 goals, 45 assists) in 147 games for the Bulldogs. After college, he also spent time in Australia, where he scored 13 goals and 11 assists in 12 games for the Adelaide Adrenaline.

Hughes, 27, played in 28 games for the Gladiators over the last two seasons. The eighth-year veteran scored seven goals and 11 assists for Gwinnett, including the Gladiators’ overtime game-winner on December 9th in Toledo.

Ouellette will join the Gladiators this week in the midst of their two-game set against the Florida Everblades in Estero, Fla. The Gladiators will return to Gwinnett on Sunday, December 21st for a 2:05 p.m. game against the Orlando Solar Bears for their annual Holiday Game.

Ouellette photo courtesy of the Indy Fuel



Rays Spear Glads, 6-3
Sunday, December 14, 2014

On a quick turnaround from a physical matchup the night prior, the Gladiators (7-13-1-0) could not muster up enough strength Sunday afternoon to get the win from the South Carolina Stingrays (12-10-0-4) on their sixth meeting of the season, losing 6-3. Casey Pierro-Zabotel came away with a goal and an assist, while Bo Dolan scored his first career goal.

In a very dicey first period, with nine total penalties, it would be the Gladiators who would sting the ‘Rays first with a goal at 8:11. Bobby Hughes went streaking down the left flank and made the turn towards goal, drawing the attention of South Carolina goalie, Adam Morrison. Instead of taking the shot, Hughes centered the puck back to an open Brenden Walker, who, while striding backwards, slapped the puck into an empty net.

However, the Stingrays would even the score at 9:53 with a goal off the stick of John Mitchell. On the Stingrays’ second two-man advantage of the period, the Gladiators were overwhelmed in front of the net, and Caleb Herbert scored their second goal of the period at 14:26. The ‘Rays tacked on a third at the end of the period, at 18:35, when Braden Pimm shot the puck over Mark Guggenberger for his seventh of the season.

The second period mirrored the first, as the Gladiators added to their tally first at 7:46. The Gladiators had been buzzing around the goal for a bit on a power play, when Tristan Llewellyn shot the puck over to an awaiting Casey Pierro-Zabotel in the right face off circle, who then sent a quick bullet into the back of the net for his ninth of the season. The Gladiators tied up the game at 13:41 directly off of a faceoff win. Pierro-Zabotel slapped the puck out of the draw to Bo Dolan, slammed one past a completely unsuspecting Morrison for his first career goal.

The ‘Rays broke up the tie at 17:10, with Nathan Walker scoring his first goal of the season. South Carolina brought the difference back up to two, with a fifth goal at 19:08 from Andrew Cherniwchan

After exchanging eight goals in the first two periods, only one empty net goal was scored in the dwindling seconds of the third period by the ‘Rays’ Cody Sylvester at 19:08, doubling up the Glads, 6-3.

Guggenberger stopped 30 of the 35 shots he faced, and on the other side of the ice, Morrison stopped 19 of the 22 shots the Gladiators sent his way.

The Gladiators will travel down to the Sunshine State to take on the first place Everblades for two games, December 17th and 19th, both with 7:30 p.m. starts. The Gladiators will return to The Arena at Gwinnett Center on Sunday, December 21st to ring in the holidays one last time before the break, with Santa on Ice, against the Orlando Solar Bears at 2:05 p.m.

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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Glads Swept Away by Cyclones
Saturday, December 13, 2014

Things were chippy early with two fights coming in the game’s first four minutes. Tom Serratore and Bo Dolan dropped gloves at 1:50, and then Chris Reed and Anthony Perdicaro followed suit at 3:57. Play was just as competitive through the first fifteen minutes of the game, but then Cincinnati began to pull away just shy of the 16 minute mark.

Stephan Vigier opened the scoring at that time with his 6th of the season. 30 seconds later, Chris Reed scored his first goal in over a season to give Cincinnati the 2-0 lead. With 30 seconds left in the period, Kevin Sullivan made it 3-0 with his point shot through the screen in front of goaltender Mike Lee.

19 seconds into the second period, Cincinnati continued their scoring ways with a far point shot from Cyclones captain David McDonald that Lee was late to defend. Gwinnett would tally the next six shots after that, outshooting the Cyclones 9-to-4 in the frame, but were unable to beat Rob Madore in Cincinnati’s crease.

The Gladiators would rally for two goals in the third. CJ Chartrain notched his first goal of the season just over three minutes into the final frame to get Gwinnett on the board. Defenseman Tristin Llewellyn would cut Cincinnati’s lead in half with a power play goal eight minutes later, making the score 4-2. Madore and the Cyclones would hang on throughout the remainder of regulation, and a flurry of activity from the Gladiators, to take home the win.

Lee conceded four goals on 22 shots, while Madore stopped 27 of the 29 he faced. Eleven penalties were called in the game, five of which occurred in the intense third period. Gwinnett finished 1-for-5 on the man advantage.

The Gladiators will return to The Arena at Gwinnett Center Sunday, December 14th for another Kroger Family Sunday. Join the Gladiators as they ring in the holidays with the final Sing for Santa game, starting at 2:05 against the South Carolina Stingrays. Dozens of local area schoolchildren will sing holiday favorites in the first intermission.

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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Game Preview: CIN @ GWT
Saturday, December 13, 2014

DULUTH, Ga. - The Gladiators (7-11-1-0) return home to The Arena at Gwinnett Center, 15 days after their last home game. Tonight, the Glads will host their annual Sing for Santa concert, a fan-favorite tradition where hundreds of local area schoolchildren will sing some of the holiday favorites during the first intermission. New to this year, parents and relatives can purchase a recording of their child’s performance on The Arena’s scoreboard with keepsake DVDs after the weekend.

The Gladiators finish up a three-game set against the North Division with their first matchup against the new-look Cincinnati Cyclones (8-8-0-4) tonight. Just like last season, Gwinnett will play only one game against Cincinnati in the 2014-15 regular season.

When: TONIGHT at 7:05 P.M.

Where: The Arena at Gwinnett Center

Listen: WDUN.com, ’listen,’ Stream 3; Gladiators Broadcast Network - www.gwinnettgladiators.com/radio, www.mixlr.com/gladiators-radio, Mixlr app (Gladiators Radio)

Video Highlights: Media can access game highlights on the Gladiators FTP site during the game. Complete highlights will be available 30 minutes after the game ends. Go to ftp://gogladiators.com, and enter the username "highlights" and the password "Gl4diators"

Promotion: Sing for Santa, Night 1


Glads Notes:

News From the AHL: Rookie forward Dyson Stevenson was recalled to AHL Portland last night, the team announced this morning. In 19 games, Stevenson scored four goals and three assists, along with 37 PIM. He also received a rare honor for a rookie - he was named an alternate captain for two games (11/9, 11/13) when captain Sean Berkstresser sat out with an injury.

Mr. Lee, Mr. Lee - Goaltender Mike Lee makes his return to Gwinnett after assignment from Portland on Friday. Lee has played in 29 games for the Gladiators, sporting a 15-12-1 record, a 2.30 GAA, and a .913 SV%.

No Shot: The Glads are one of only two teams in the league to not have reached the shootout this season; the Alaska Aces are the only other team. The Gladiators are 2-1 in OT.

Gladiators Ahoy: Three players currently on the Gladiators roster have been assigned from their AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates- James Melindy, Nathan Burns, and Mike Lee - and seven more - Joel Hanley (POR), Dan O’Donoghue (POR), Jordon Southorn (POR), Greg Carey (POR), Dyson Stevenson (POR), Bretton Stamler (HFD), and Casey Pierro-Zabotel (NOR) - have been spent time in the AHL this year.

Milestones: Eric Springer is three games away from his 100th regular season professional game … Anthony Perdicaro is one game away from his 50th ECHL match … Garry Nunn is four goals away from his 50th professional tally, and two assists away from his 100th as a pro … Geoff Paukovich is four games away from his 300th ECHL game.

Streaks: Anthony Perdicaro has two goals and two assists in his last five games … Defenseman Tristin Llewellyn has a goal and three assists in his last four games …

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Get Ugly With Your Glads!
Friday, December 12, 2014

The holiday season can be tough when it comes to securing proper attire. Cocktail dresses, coats and tails, ugly Christmas sweaters. Who has time to run from thrift shop to trendy boutique to mall after mall after mall looking for THE ultimate ugly sweater? Chances are - if you DO manage to find one - it’ll cost you a pretty penny because it’s just sooo "vintage." AVOID THOSE UGLY SHENANIGANS with the brand spanking new Gladiators Ugly Christmas Sweater T-SHIRT!

Way cooler (literally) than all of those sweaters your friends and coworkers will show up in, this Ugly tee accomplishes two things:
  • Good Holiday Cheer & Style
  • Support for Your Favorite Hockey Team



    Don’t miss your chance to purchase this one-of-a-kind Glads Merch Item starting at Saturday’s game by visiting the Team Store (located outside of Section 122.)

    While you’re there, be sure to pick up the Official 2014 Gladiators Holiday Puck!!



    PLUS...just in time for all of your holiday shopping needs, the Glads Merch Department is restocked and ready for the shopping madness! Check out our new items, which include a Knit Striped Beanie, Ladies Black Long Sleeve Distressed Thermal, AllSports Arch Rival Performance Hoodie, Harriton Full Zip Fleece Jacket, and Glads Buffalo Plaid Alternative Apparel Full Zip Hoodie.