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Guts. Glory. Braaaaaaaaains.
Thursday, October 30, 2014

WALKERS ALLOWED! It’s the day after Halloween and all the candy’s gone ... what’s a zombie to do? Head to a Gladiators game, of course! Join the Gladiators for their first ever "Zombie Night" this Saturday as they host the Toledo Walleye for a 7:05 match up. Kylie Szymanski, the young actress known for her role as "Penny, the Governor’s Daughter" from the Atlanta-filmed ratings juggernaut "The Walking Dead" will be in attendance, along with undead favorites "Stan the Zombie" and "BIG Country Zombie."

Join the zombie trio for a special pre-game ceremony and then make your way to the main lobby during the 2nd Intermission for your chance to meet these colorful characters and obtain their autographs. BUT BEWARE ... it’s all fun and (hockey) games until someone gets bit!!

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Glads Grab W on Wild Wed.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It took until the last seconds of overtime to determine the winner of the Wednesday night match-up between the Gladiators (2-2-0-0) and the Orlando Solar Bears (3-1-2-0), with the Gladiators coming out on top in a 5-4 victory. Newcomer Jordon Southorn had two goals in his debut, including the OT game winner, while Casey Pierro-Zabotel had a goal and two assists for the night.

The game came down to a crazy third period, where both teams traded off five goals in the final twenty minutes. The Gladiators opened the scoring early in the third period, with their third goal coming at just 1:38. Walker, out on the far right flank, found J.P. Labardo just in front of him at the bottom of the faceoff circle, who ripped it into the near side of net. The Solar Bears countered at 11:16 off the stick of Bryce Aneloski by the right-wing circle, past Gladiator goaltender, Mark Guggenberger.

Just a minute later at 12:22, Jordon Southorn, brand new to the Gladiators’ roster as of this week, took the pass from Pierro-Zabotel, and scored his first goal in a Gwinnett uniform. However, the Solar Bears fought back hard, and Gleason Fournier scored two quick goals in the waning minutes of the third period at 15:26 and 19:22. The Gladiators’ could not find the net again, and the two teams headed into free hockey after sixty minutes of play.

In the extra frame, four-on-four hockey opened up the ice and created multiple opportunities for both sides. But it was Southorn who ended the night with just 50.9 seconds remaining in overtime, tucking in his step-up wrister just underneath the crossbar.

For only the second time in this early 2014-15 season, the Gladiators took the initial 1-0 lead thanks to Tristin Llewellyn, who wristed a quick shot past the Orlando goaltender, Kent Patterson, at 11:03. This gave the Gladiators the 1-0 edge at the end of the first.

3:53 into the second frame, Orlando knotted the score at one. From the left wing circle, Blake Kessel found a scoring Denver Manderson waiting just outside the crease. However, the Gladiators took the lead back on their second power play of the year at 16:36 when Brenden Walker sent a bullet through the slot to Llewellyn on the far side of the crease, and after receiving the short pass, Casey Pierro-Zabotel was able to quickly bury the puck into the net.

Orlando’s goalie, Patterson, went 24-29, while Guggenberger went 37-41 for the Gladiators.

The Gladiators will continue their homestand this Saturday night against the Toledo Walleye at 7:05 p.m. The Arena at Gwinnett Center will also be taken over by zombies Saturday night, for the Gladiators’ official Zombie Night. Come out and see Penny, the Governor’s Daughter, from the hit TV show "The Walking Dead!"

For tickets and schedule information, visit the official team website atwww.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: Dale Zanine



Two Transactions Announced
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Gladiators announced two roster moves on Wednesday, along with a future schedule change. Defenseman Joel Hanley was recalled to the team’s AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates, while forward Will MacDonald was re-signed by the team.

Hanley, 23, played in three games for the Gladiators in October, and scored his first professional goal in the team’s season opening game in Evansville, Ind. He had played in 15 games for the Pirates last season, collecting five assists.

MacDonald, 25, played in 13 games with the Gladiators last year, tallying three goals and six assists. The Alpharetta native also played in 23 games with the Florida Everblades over two seasons. He was a member of the Gladiators’ training camp roster earlier this month, but was released shortly before the beginning of the season.

In addition to those player transactions, the Gladiators and Greenville Road Warriors announced the rescheduling of two games in early April 2015. The previously planned Friday, April 3rd game between the two at The Arena at Gwinnett Center has now been moved to the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, and the Saturday, April 4th game scheduled for Greenville has now been moved to The Arena at Gwinnett Center at 7:05 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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Special Offer for Tonight!
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Gladiators Merch Department has put together a special offer for tonight’s game! Purchase a Gladiators "LUCY BEAR" or a Ladies Breast Cancer Awareness Sweatshirt and $5 from each item will be donated to the Gladiators "Pink in the Rink" Fund!

As a bonus, if you purchase BOTH items in one transaction you’ll pay only $50! That’s over a 15% discount, plus we’ll still donate $5 per item to our Pink in the Rink fund.





Game Preview: ORL vs. GWT
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Gladiators (1-2-0-0) will play their first weeknight game of the season as they host the division-leading Orlando Solar Bears (3-1-1-0) tonight at The Arena at Gwinnett Center. Orlando is tied with the Florida Everblades atop the East Division - both have seven points on the year, but the Everblades have the slight advantage with a shootout loss compared to Orlando’s overtime loss. The Solar Bears took the edge in last season’s series against the Gladiators, winning seven of 12.

When: TONIGHT at 7:05 p.m.

Where: The Arena at Gwinnett Center

Listen: www.WDUN.com ("Listen," stream 3); Gladiators Radio 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 20 minutes after the game ends. Go to ftp://gogladiators.com, and enter the username "highlights" and the password "Gl4diators"

Promotion: Student Night

Glads Notes:

There’s No Place Like Home Ice: The Gladiators have won five of their last seven at The Arena at Gwinnett Center, and eight of their last 11, dating back to February 25th. The team has also outscored opponents 13-5 over the last 180 minutes at home.

Stone Cold Googs: Mark Guggenberger picked up career shutout number ten last Friday. It was also his second straight shutout at The Arena at Gwinnett Center, with the last coming in the team’s season finale against Elmira on 4/12 (7-0 win).

Gladiators Ahoy: Four players currently on the Gladiators roster have been assigned from their AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates– Jordon Southorn, Bretton Stamler, Nathan Burns, and Dyson Stevenson – and two more – Joel Hanley and Dan O’Donoghue – were assigned to Gwinnett and have since been recalled to Portland.

Return of the Mack: Alpharetta native Will MacDonald returns to the Gladiators roster after being released shortly before the beginning of the season. In 13 games for Gwinnett last year, MacDonald scored three goals and six assists. With MacDonald’s return, the team now has three “Mac-/Mc-" surnames; Will MacDonald, Patrick MacGregor, and James McEwan.

New Faces…: Nine players return to Gwinnett from last season, and a tenth (Tristin Llewellyn) played for the Gladiators two seasons ago. Alternate Captain Casey Pierro-Zabotel is the most experienced in a Gladiators uniform, with 105 Gwinnett contests to his name.

…New Places: The ECHL expanded to 28 teams as of three weeks ago. Joining the league are teams in Allen, TX; Brampton, ONT; Independence, MO; Moline, IL; Rapid City, SD; Tulsa, OK; and Wichita, KS. Also of note, the Gladiators’ NHL affiliate has changed their name beginning this season, to the Arizona Coyotes.

Milestones: New Gladiators defenseman Jordon Southorn has 100 points in 205 ECHL games … Joe Stejskal is six games away from his 100th ECHL contest … Anthony Perdicaro picked up penalty minute number 500 as a professional last Saturday. He is also sitting on professional game number 299 … Mike Merrifield played in professional and ECHL games number 100 last Saturday …

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Try Hockey IceForum Nov 8
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Gladiators invite boys and girls to the Duluth IceForum on Saturday, Nov. 8 for a Try Hockey For Free clinic as part of Come Play Hockey Month. Starting at 10:00 AM local youth, ages 4 to 9, are encouraged to experience ice hockey for the first time and learn the basic skills in a fun, safe environment.

"We look forward to welcoming families to the Duluth IceForum to try our great sport of ice hockey." said Steve Chapman, Gladiators General Manager and President. "Our goal is for these families to enjoy watching their kids learn new skills with big smiles on their faces."

USA Hockey’s Try Hockey For Free program, with the support of the National Hockey League as well as the ECHL, among others, is designed to provide youth hockey associations a national platform to introduce new kids to the sport. Total Hockey is an official sponsor of Try Hockey For Free Days. USA Hockey has 500 locations offering this unique opportunity to kids nationwide.

To register for this Try Hockey For Free event, please visit
www.TryHockeyForFree.com. For more information, please contact the Duluth IceForum at 770-218-1010.







Southorn Comes South
Monday, October 27, 2014

The Gwinnett Gladiators received defenseman Jordon Southorn from their AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates, on Monday.

Southorn, 24, played in one game with the Pirates at the end of last season - picking up two assists in that game - and added on two more this season. Last season in 53 games for the Fort Wayne Komets, Southorn collected 12 goals and 20 assists before being loaned to the Pirates on March 12th.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound defenseman was drafted in the fourth round (104th overall) by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Since then, he has played in 205 regular season ECHL games with 100 points to his name (32g, 68a) and a +28 rating.

The Montreal, Quebec native was also drafted 17th overall in the 2006 QMJHL Entry Draft by the Prince Edward Island Rocket, and played a full four seasons with them. In 258 regular season games, he scored 105 points (27g, 78a).

Southorn will join the squad just in time for the team’s Wednesday home game against the Orlando Solar Bears at 7:05 p.m. It will be Student Night at The Arena at Gwinnett Center; college students can purchase special priced student level tickets with a valid, current 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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Glads Hail to the Chief
Saturday, October 25, 2014

During tonight’s game versus Greenville at 7:05pm, the Gladiators Organization will proudly join together with fans to salute Gwinnett County Police Chief Charlie Walters on the occasion of his retirement. In special tribute to his dedicated contributions and service to the community, Chief Walters will be designated as the honorary "Hometown Hero" during the 1st Intermission.

Walters, 58, has been with the Gwinnett County Police Department since 1979 and has served as its chief for 11 years, the second-longest tenure in the department’s history. He joined the Gwinnett County Police Department when he was 22 years old and commanded the training, operations and uniform divisions before being appointed chief in September of 2003.


GWT Tripped Up By GRN, 5-1
Saturday, October 25, 2014

After a hard fought battle Saturday night, the Gladiators could not make the comeback and took their second loss of the season against the Greenville Road Warriors, 5-1. Bobby Hughes scored the Gladiators’ (1-2-0-0) only goal of the night.

The start to the first period lacked shots but was punctuated by a brawl between Gladiators’ James McEwan and the Road Warriors’ Emerson Clark. The two rivals drew blood before any puck found the back of the net. Greenville (2-2-0-0) was the first to strike, at 3:15. The Road Warriors were shorthanded, but Chad Nehring still managed to slide the puck past Gladiators’ starting goaltender, Mark Guggenberger.

The second period began almost immediately with a Road Warrior goal at 3:18, off the stick of Clark. The Gladiators received their revenge almost immediately following Greenville’s second goal. With a burst of momentum, Garry Nunn worked the puck down the ice, as Bobby Hughes was streaking down the far flank where he met the oncoming pass from Nunn and promptly put up the first goal for the Gladiators at 3:55. But Clark countered again when he found the back of the net for the second time this period on a wild shot that lead to a miscommunication from the Gladiators’ defense at 11:35.

The third period started much like the second, with the Road Warriors scoring almost instantly. Ryan Hegarty headed off the puck to Chris McCarthy, who promptly found the net at 1:22. Only a few minutes later, on a power play, Greenville overwhelmed the Gladiator’s defensive end, and Michael St. Croix scored the team’s fifth goal of the night at 5:09. That would turn out to be the final goal of the game, as the Gladiators could not make the comeback from behind, and Greenville took the win with a score of 5-1.

Greenville goaltender, Jeff Malcolm, stopped 20 of Gwinnett’s 21 shots, while Guggenberger was 23-28 on the night.

The Gladiators will continue their homestand this Wednesday night against the Orlando Solar Bears at 7:05 p.m. This game also marks the first student night of the season, in which students can receive tickets at a discounted price with a valid student I.D.

For tickets and schedule information, visit the official team website atwww.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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Guggenberger Blanks Nailers
Friday, October 24, 2014

The Gladiators came out firing on all cylinders Friday night, shutting down the Wheeling Nailers 5-0 in front of a crowd of 4,885 in their home opener at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. Mark Guggenberger was a perfect 25-for-25 in net for the shutout. Casey Pierro-Zabotel had two goals in the game, while Brenden Walker came away with three assists. Eight Gladiators came away with points, while three had multiple points (Eric Springer being the other).

The Gladiators (1-1-0-0) put one on the board early in the first period at 3:20 from Eric Springer’s slap shot, which found its way through traffic and past Wheeling (1-1-0-0) starter Franky Palazzese. At 12:33 of the first, Garry Nunn worked the puck up the ice past the centerline, with Springer flanking up the right side. Nunn dished the puck across the front of the net where J.P. Labardo was waiting to strike, scoring his first of the season to give the Glads a 2-0 lead over the Nailers after 20 minutes.

The second period started much like the first, with the Gladiators finding the back of the net quickly. Gladiators’ captain, Sean Berkstresser, scored at 4:34 after pushing the puck towards Palazzese off a miscommunication between a Nailers defenseman and the goaltender. After more strong play, Brenden Walker dished the puck to Casey Pierro-Zabotel, who was waiting with his back to the Nailers’ net. With an impressive spin move, Pierro-Zabotel shot the puck directly into the goal, bringing the score to 4-0.

Pierro-Zabotel followed that tally with another, 52 seconds into the third period. Mike Merrifield quickly got the puck to Walker, who once again found Pierro-Zabotel in a very crowded net; giving him his third assist of the night. From there, it was all Guggenberger as Wheeling pummeled him for 11 shots in the final period, trying to break up the shutout.

On the opposite end, Palazzese was 10-for-14 in 40 minutes of work, while backup Jeff Wyer was three-for-four in his professional hockey debut.

The Gladiators will continue their six-game homestand on Saturday night against the Greenville Road Warriors at 7:05 p.m. Make sure to come early as the team will be handing out calendars to the first 2,000 fans inside the gates. For tickets and schedule information, visit the official team website atwww.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: Lindsay Hartmann