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Blades Beat Glads 4-3
Saturday, February 06, 2016

Donning special Mardi Gras jerseys, the Gladiators looked to get two points on Conference leading Florida on Friday night. The were up 3-1 heading into the third, but gave up two goals in the final stanza and headed to overtime against the Blades. Late in the OT session, Florida’s Kevin Lynch fired a shot past Matt Ginn for the win.

The Atlanta Gladiators drew first blood against the Florida Everblades, scoring 9:31 into the first period. Derek Nesbitt passed to Max Everson at the point who wristed a shot over the glove of Florida goaltender, Anthony Peters, to give the home team a 1-0 lead. The rookie notched his ninth goal of the season on the play and helped Nesbitt tally his 41st point on the primary assist. Garry Nunn recorded his 27th helper on the secondary assist.

A turnover right in front of the Gladiators’ net allowed the Florida Everblades to score the equalizing goal with just over two minutes left in the first period. Kevin Lynch poked the puck free from a Gladiator defender right into the path of a streaking Jon DiSalvatore who slotted the puck into the upper-right corner. The veteran netted his fourth goal of the season while Lynch tallied his 19th helper on the assist.

The Gladiators retook the lead on a long slap shot off the stick of Ian Barteaux nine minutes into the second frame. Nunn dropped a pass back to Barteaux who one-timed the puck off the post and into the net for the 2-1 Atlanta lead. The goal was Barteaux’s third tally of the year, while Nesbitt and Nunn notched their second points of the game on the assists.

The newest Gladiator, Shawn Bates scored his first goal with the team to give Atlanta a 3-1 lead with 5:33 left in the second period. Brock Higgs took the puck to the right-side goal line before centering it to the trailing Bates, who notched his first goal in his first game as a Gladiator. Higgs was credited with the primary assist while Justin Buzzeo recorded his 10th helper on the play after he started the rush out of the defensive end.

The Everblades tied the game with two quick goals in a span of just 22 seconds in the third. The first came off the stick of Lynch who skated through two defenders, then faked a pass and slotted a shot past the blocker of Gladiators goaltender, Matt Ginn on the powerplay. Florida scored their second straight marker after peppering Ginn with shots directly in front of goal until Carter Sandlak finally converted the equalizer with 11:07 left in the third period.

The game went to 3-on-3 overtime after finishing 60 minutes tied at three. With 51 seconds left in overtime, Lynch tallied his second goal of the night to seal the victory and extra point for Florida. Marquardt took the puck right off the faceoff, instantly creating a 2-on-1 opportunity for the Everblades. The Everblades captain skated down the left side and passed to Lynch who shot into the uncovered right side of the net.

The Gladiators fell to 25-17-3-1 on the season and earned one point after getting to overtime to put their total at 54 points on the campaign. The Everblades improve to 31-12-0-1 with 63 points, remaining in 1st place in the South Division and Eastern Conference.

Gladiators Ink Bates to SPC
Thursday, February 04, 2016

The Atlanta Gladiators have signed forward Shawn Bates of the SPHL’s Columbus Cottonmouths to a standard professional contract, the club announced today.

Bates, 26, leads all skaters on the Columbus Cottonmouths in points with 28 in 31 SPHL games played this season. The second-year pro began his professional career last year for the Cottonmouths where the forward finished third on Columbus with 43 points in 49 contests. A product of the NCAA’s Merrimack College, the Vermilion, Alberta native registered 46 points in 103 games for the Warriors over his four-year career. Bates’ best season at Merrimack came in 2012-13 when the 5-foot-10, 175-pound center earned eight goals and ten assists in 32 games as a junior.
Bates joined the Gladiators today in preparation for this weekend’s home games on Infinite Energy Arena Ice, Friday at 7:35 PM vs. Florida and Saturday at 7:05 PM vs. Brampton
The Atlanta Gladiators 13th season is now underway at the Infinite Energy Arena. Join the Gladiators for their next home game on Friday, February 5th 2016 at 7:35 PM vs. the Florida Everblades. For ticket information, visit the official team website at www.atlantagladiators.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. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Infinite Energy Arena, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth – where parking is always free. The Gladiators have established an unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment and consistently ranked as one of the top “Things To Do” in the Atlanta area and across the North Georgia region.

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Saturday is Jersey Frenzy
Thursday, February 04, 2016

It’s finally here ... the most anticipated night of every season - $5 FRENZY Glads Mesh Replica Jersey Night!! This year’s design is the Gladiators traditional "Black" jersey, which hasn’t been done for a Frenzy offering since 2012.

The Gladiators organization turned the long-standing minor league tradition of fan giveaways on its head back in 2011 with the implementation of our $5 Frenzy Nights. Instead of lesser quality items given away to the first thousand or so fans through the door, the Glads offer high quality items at cost or less-than-cost. No reason to stand in line for an hour hoping to be one of the lucky ones to receive the free item. No hassles if you want to get one for your nephew or grandson, but he is not attending the game. No age limits. Higher quality items without the hassle.

There will be TWO locations for you to purchase your Gladiator Mesh Replica Jersey on Saturday Night:

  • Club Level Parking Deck Entrance (Cash Only)
  • On the Main Concourse Outside of Sections 111/112 (CASH AND CREDIT)

    PLEASE NOTE that jersey sales tables will be located IN THE REAR OF THE ARENA. This is different than normal, so please make your way to the Frenzy Area located outside of Sections 111 & 112 to make your purchase.

  • Glads Reveal Specialty Jerseys
    Tuesday, February 02, 2016

    Check out the Gladiators this weekend as they celebrate Mardi Gras and pay homage to their past with the 2016 Specialty Jersey! The squad will sport the custom designed Mardi Gras / Mobile Mysticks themed sweaters on both Friday & Saturday night.

    "Being that Mardi Gras is officially next Tuesday, we wanted to make a weekend out of the event - something we’ve not ever based a promo weekend around," said Christina Johnson, Senior Director of Digital, Media, & Game Operations and the creator of the jersey’s concept.

    "Toby [Jeffreys, Majority Owner] reached out last summer and proposed the idea, with a nod to the fact that it’s the franchise’s 20th year of existence. Joe Gelderman and I threw the proposed theme in the mix, tossed it around with a few other ideas we’d concocted, and ultimately decided Toby’s idea was the winner for 2016."

    The Gladiators franchise started in 1995 in Mobile, Alabama as the Mobile Mysticks. The organization would spend seven seasons in the "The Port City" before taking 2002-2003 off to relocate to Duluth. The now-Gladiators franchise would kick things off in their current home in October of 2003.

    "Mobile and Mardi Gras go hand in hand - as evidenced by the nod to the city’s history with the ’Mysticks’ moniker," said Johnson. "When it came time to design the sweater, I wanted something that incorporated both in a tasteful manner. Working with Athletic Knit made bringing the concept to reality an easy task and we knew when we had what we’d been anticipating."

    As is tradition with the Gladiators specialty jerseys, the team will participate in a LIVE Jersey Auction following the game Saturday night. Fans will have the chance to watch and participate as the team takes the stage in the main lobby one-by-one to auction off their game worn jerseys. The proceeds from the event will benefit the Gladiators Foundation for Kids as well as the non-profit organizations participating in the Glads Pink in the Rink Breast Cancer Fundraiser Weekend in mid-March.

    The organization does one specialty jersey per year by design. "Lots of other teams in our league do multiple designs, and that’s certainly their prerogative, but have a long history of doing one singular design," Johnson explained. "One design per year, and the caveat that no design concept is repeated for 10 seasons, ensures that the investment our fans make in these jerseys is of the highest quality it could be. We don’t flood the market with specialty jersey designs because we don’t want to devalue the jerseys our fans spend their hard earned money on."

    Winning bidders of the jerseys will have the opportunity to take the jerseys home with them that night if paying by credit card or cash. Winners paying by check will have their jersey retained at the Gladiators Front Office until the check has cleared. All winners will have the chance to meet their player (so long as he is on the current roster) and have them autograph the jersey. Fans may have the jersey washed after the game if they so choose.

    Glads Fall 2-1 in Shootout
    Sunday, January 31, 2016

    In front of a raucous crowd full of stuffed animals, the Gladiators looked to set the fur flying on Saturday night against Idaho. Tyler Murovich got the job done just over halfway through the 1st period, but the Glads and Steelheads would need an extra frame to settle the score, with Idaho emerging victorious in the shootout 2-1.

    Tyler Murovich opened the scoring for the Gladiators at the 10:37 mark of the first period, capitalizing on a 2-on-1 opportunity to take the 1-0 lead. Ian Barteaux created a turnover in the neutral zone, which allowed Justin Buzzeo to pass to Murovich at the left point. The assistant captain took a wrist shot past the Steelheads goaltender, Jack Campbell, and into the upper-right corner of the net. Murovich notched his 14th goal of the season, while Buzzeo and Barteaux picked up their ninth and seventh assists, respectively.

    Idaho answered back 11:01 into the second period to even the score. Shawn Boutin made a long pass from the right point that went along the goal line and across the face of the Gladiators goaltender, Matt Ginn. Jefferson Dahl stood at the edge of the crease in position to easily slot the puck into the net and tie the game at one. The score was Dahl’s 17th goal of the year and Boutin’s eighth assist of the year.

    After a scoreless third period, Atlanta and Idaho went into 3-on-3 overtime. A back-and-forth extra period ended scoreless and sent the game to a deciding shootout. Idaho converted on their first two shots while the Gladiators failed to score on their two attempts, ultimately sealing the victory and extra point for the Steelheads.

    With the loss on home ice, the Gladiators fall to 25-16-2-1 and now have 53 points for the season while the Steelheads improve to 22-18-4-1 and 49 points on the year.

    ECHL Fantasy Team Jersey Day
    Sunday, January 31, 2016

    During Sunday’s game against Idaho, Glads forward Tyler Murovich will don the ECHL Fantasy Team jersey while goaltender Kent Patterson wears the ECHL Golden Goalie jersey. Earlier in January, the ECHL announced that Murovich was the Atlanta Gladiators winner for the 2015-16 ECHL Fantasy Team along with goaltender Patterson.

    The jerseys will be up for auction on MEIGREY.COM March 3rd through 24th.

    Fans from around the ECHL were given the opportunity to vote on ECHL.com for their favorite players from each member club for the 2015-16 Fantasy Team. Forward Tyler Murovich won the fan vote to represent the Atlanta Gladiators. The sixth-year pro beat out team captain Derek Nesbitt and defenseman Joe Stejskal who were the other Gladiators on the ballot.

    Glads Fall 5-2 to Idaho
    Sunday, January 31, 2016

    Hoping to avoid a sweep, the Gladiators squared off against Idaho on Sunday afternoon. Thomas Frazee and Brock Higgs contributed goals, but it wasn’t enough at the Glads dropped a 5-2 decision to the Steelheads.

    The Atlanta Gladiators struck first 22 seconds into the game on a Thomas Frazee marker. Derek Nesbitt created a turnover in neutral ice which lead to a scoring opportunity for the Gladiators. After an initial save by Steelheads goaltender, Branden Komm, Frazee hit a rebounded puck from the slot into the back of the net to take an early 1-0 lead. The second-year pro notched his 32nd point on his seventh goal of the season while Joe Stejskal and Nesbitt were credited with assists on the play.

    The Idaho Steelheads responded with a goal with 2:05 left in the first period to tie the game at 1-1. Gladiator’s goaltender, Kent Patterson saved an initial shot from former Gladiator Zach Yuen who sent the puck from the right point and into the path of Kyle Jean who slapped it into the goal to even the score at one. Yuen was credited with his 13th helper on the primary while Rob Linsmayer notched his 41st point on the secondary assist. Jean’s seventh goal of the year came on the first power play opportunity of the game for the Steelheads.

    Idaho took the lead 4:49 into the second period on their second power play goal of the game. Yuen passed to Jefferson Dahl at the left point who then found Emil Molin across ice for an open look at goal. With a quick wrist shot by the forward the Steelheads took a 2-1 lead. Jefferson notched his 15th assist on the primary helper while Yuen picked up his second point of the game on Molin’s 19th goal of the year.

    Brock Higgs tied the game for the Gladiators with 1:36 left in the second period. Max Everson found the Kingston, Ontario native alone in the right circle who then powered a shot past Komm as he tried to shift across the goal to make a save. Everson tallied his ninth assist while Mike Merrifield recorded his 14th helper on Higgs’ 17th goal of the year.

    The Steelheads retook the lead on a breakaway opportunity to make the score 3-2 with 10:54 left in the third period. Dahl received a pass from Branden Troock on the break and tucked it past a diving Patterson. Troock recorded his third assist on the former Wisconsin Badger’s 18th goal of the season.

    Idaho added one more on a 2-on-1 breakaway chance to take a 4-2 lead. Jean skated up ice with the puck and at the last moment passed to a streaking Andre Bouvet-Morrissette for an easy back-door score. Troock notched his second point of the game with the secondary assist on Bouvet-Morrissette’s seventh goal of the season.

    The Steelheads would add an empty-net goal to increase their lead to three with less than a minute to play. Shawn Boutin took the long shot for his second goal of the season. Dahl was credited with his third point of the contest with the assist.

    The Atlanta Gladiators lost their third straight in as many days, falling to 25-17-2-1 and remain at 53 points on the season. The Idaho Steelheads improve to 23-18-4-1 and 51 points on the year.

    Glads Lose to Idaho 4-1
    Friday, January 29, 2016

    Kicking off a three game homestretch against the Idaho Steelheads, Atlanta looked to nab the first of six possible post against the Western Conference team. They’d find themselves down four goals before Ian Barteaux would get Atlanta on the board late in the 3rd. The tally failed to spark a comeback, unfortunately, and the Glads finished the night with a 4-1 loss.

    After a scoreless first period, the Idaho Steelheads broke the deadlock midway through the second period on a 2-on-1 chance. Idaho forward, Andre Bouvet-Morrissette, passed to Joe Basaraba from the right circle after drawing the last Gladiator defender. The former University of Minnesota-Duluth captain tucked the puck into the net to give the Steelheads the 1-0 advantage. Basaraba notched his second goal of the season while Bouvet-Morrissette picked up his ninth assist of the year on the play.

    The Steelheads added another goal in the second period with just under one second left in the frame. Rob Linsmayer took a slap shot from the high slot that powered through Gladiators goaltender, Matt Ginn, giving Idaho a two-goal lead right before the horn. Shawn Boutin and Jefferson Dahl were both credited with assists on the forward’s 12th goal of the season.

    Idaho scored their third unanswered goal off the stick of Branden Troock 2:44 into the third period. The Edmonton, Alberta native received a pass from Dahl from the right point and wristed the puck past a sprawling Ginn and into the open net. Dahl recorded his second assist of the game on Troock’s second goal of the season.

    The Steelheads increased their lead to four on a shot from Tommy Fallen. Kyle Jean and Basaraba combined to find the open forward who fired a quick shot from the slot past Ginn. Basaraba tallied his second point of the game on the secondary helper while Jean notched his fifth assist of the year on Fallen’s third goal of the season.

    Ian Barteaux notched the Gladiator’s only goal at the 15:47 mark of the third period. Brock Higgs passed to the second year pro at the left point who capitalized on a 3-on-1 opportunity to improve the score to 4-1 in favor of the Steelheads. Higgs picked up his 12th helper on the primary assist to Barteaux’s second goal of the year. Tyler Murovich was credited with his 26th point on the secondary assist.

    The Atlanta Gladiators were unable to mount a comeback and fell to 25-16-2-0 and stay at 52 points on the year. The Idaho Steelheads improve to 21-18-4-1 and 47 points on the season.

    4th Post Game Party SAT
    Tuesday, January 26, 2016

    The Gladiators invite you to join us after the game this SATURDAY night for our fourth Post Game Party of the 15-16 season! Held at the Marlow’s Tavern located on Satellite Boulevard, just north of Sugarloaf Parkway near the Arena at Infinite Energy Center, these parties occur after select home games throughout the season.

    Saturday’s Featured Players are: Goaltender Matt Ginn and Defenseman Ian Barteaux.

    Gladiators Broadcaster Chris Treft will be on hand to anchor the game recap while also discussing aspects of the season with Head Coach Andy Brandt and the two players. Coach Brandt, as well as Ginn and Barteaux, will be available to speak to fans, meet kids and/or autograph your Gladiators memorabilia!

    NEW THIS SEASON: Coach Brandt and the players will be answering questions from the fans, but we want you to feel comfortable asking them. Fans can submit their questions on social media, in advance of the post game party, by using the hashtag: #GladsPGP. Fans can also submit their question AT the party via entry forms the Gladiators will have at their table. If your question is selected and asked during the Post Game Party, you will win a Gladiators prize! Plus, of those selected winners, one lucky fan will be selected as that night’s Grand Prize Winner!

    Marlow’s Tavern is a proud supporter of the Atlanta Gladiators and a perfect pre- and post-game location to enjoy some great food and drink in a warm and inviting atmosphere. You can catch your favorite game on the many TV screens, enjoy a delicious meal in one of the many private booths or hang with your friends and family in the spacious bar area. Marlow’s has delicious appetizers, crisp cool salads, big bar sandwiches, classic tavern burgers and other favorites such as the Shrimp & Grits and the Grilled Center Cut Filet. Marlow’s has locations in Alpharetta, Buford, Cumming, Northlake, East Cobb, Kennesaw, Midtown and Vinings for Glads fans to enjoy all over the North Metro Atlanta area. Find your local Marlow’s at www.marlowstavern.com.

    Evansville Ices Glads 4-3
    Saturday, January 23, 2016

    Playing in front of a raucous crowd of 5949 fans on Saturday, the Gladiators found themselves in the midst of a back-and-forth contest with the IceMen. After being up 3-2 in the 3rd, however, Evansville found a way to mount a comeback and steal a 4-3 victory from Atlanta.

    Evansville opened the scoring 15:06 into the first period when Nathan Moon fired a shot that went just above the pad of Gladiators goaltender Matt Ginn. The Ontario native notched his ninth goal of the season on the play, and Vincent Dunn registered his third assist against the Gladiators in two games.

    Sebastian Strandberg would double the away team’s lead at the 18:22 mark of the opening frame. The Swedish rookie was credited with his fourth goal of the year after deking out Ginn with a forehand/backhand move on the breakaway. Jordan Sims and Chris Rumble both tallied an assist on the play after starting the breakout with a tic-tac-toe passing play in their own zone.

    Atlanta would come back to make it 2-1 just 1:44 into the second period after Derek Nesbitt added to his league-lead with his 21st goal of the season. The Gladiators captain tipped the puck past the Icemen goalie Christoffer Bengtsberg for the home team’s first goal. Matt Register received his 18th helper of the season after taking the original shot from the point, while Gary Nunn notched his team-leading 25th assist on the play.

    The Gladiators then tied the game at two on their third powerplay of the game. Nesbitt scored his second of the game, and his 22nd of the season, 9:41 into the middle frame on a one-timer from the near circle. Thomas Frazee tallied his 25th helper on the play, and Nunn added his second of the night with the secondary assist.

    The home team would take their first lead of the night just a minute later on a goal from Tyler Murovich. The assistant captain would put Atlanta ahead 3-2 with a quick shot from the goal line that trickled through the pads of Bengtsberg, and found its way into the back of the net. Justin Buzzeo recorded his eighth assist of the year after sending Murovich the pass down low, while Patrick D’Amico was credited with the secondary helper on the play.

    The Icemen would then tie the game at 3-3 12:27 into the final stanza with a goal from Jordan Sims. The product of UConn scored his eighth tally of the year on a rebound in front of the net that he jammed through the pads of Matt Ginn. Tyson Fawcett recorded his eighth assist of the year on the play and Moon recorded his second point of the night with the secondary helper.

    Jonathan Carlsson would put Evansville up 4-3 just 43 seconds later with a shot from the near-side half wall. The native of Uppsala, Sweden recorded his first goal, which would hold to be the game winner, in North America on the play. Dunn picked up his second assist of the night after setting Carlsson up in the near circle, while Matthew Zay was credited with the secondary assist on the play.

    Despite their efforts to regain the late lead, Atlanta dropped to 25-15-2-0 on the year with the loss on home ice, giving them 52 points, good for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Evansville improved to 15-19-3-1 with the win, putting them in 13th place in the Western Conference with 34 points.