Atlanta’s Hugo Roy scored late in the first period to give him a goal in five straight games, but the Gladiators conceded a goal late in the third, followed by an empty-netter to seal the 3-1 victory for the Icemen.
Jacksonville took an early 1-0 lead in the first period on a Luke Lynch shot past Atlanta goalkeeper Kevin Mandolese at the 4:49 mark. However, Mandolese was able to land an important save on a Jacksonville breakaway halfway through the first to keep the score at 1-0 before the Roy goal that evened the score at 1-1.
The Gladiators’ Mike Turner dropped gloves with Jacksonville’s Jacob Friend midway through the second period after the two players got tied up. The scrum ended with Turner on top of Friend after landing a couple of sharp rights. Both players received fighting majors as a result of the fracas.
Mandolese landed a pair of game-saving stops late in the third while the Icemen had six men on the ice on a delayed penalty. A short time later, Jacksonville’s Jake Elmer was able to cash in on the power play opportunity to pick up the go-ahead goal for the Icemen. Jacksonville’s Craig Martin picked up an empty-netter to secure the 3-1 victory in the closing seconds.
Mandolese finished with 25 saves on 27 shots, while Jacksonville goaltender Francois Brassard made 22 saves on 23 shots in the contest.
The Gladiators will host the Orlando Solar Bearson Friday night at 7:30 pm, and the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Saturday night at 7:30. Both games will be played at Gas South Arena in Duluth.
Tickets are available for both games by calling the Gladiators Front Office at 770-497-5100.
The Atlanta Gladiators are the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators and the AHL’s Belleville Senators. The Jacksonville Icemen are affiliated with the New York Rangers of the NHL and the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL.