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Glads Trump Solar Bears 4-3
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Playing their third home game in four days, and their fourth game overall in five, the Gladiators rounded out a solid Thanksgiving week with a 4-3 victory on Friday night. After a Solar Bears goal in the final minute of regulation sent the game into overtime, the Gladiators emerged victorious in the shootout thanks to J.T. Barnett’s goal.

The Atlanta Gladiators scored first 3:12 into the opening period on a redirection by Thomas Frazee. Eric Neiley centered the puck to the Derek Nesbitt who threw it on net where it bounced off Frazee past the Orlando goaltender, Rob Madore. The opening goal came on Atlanta’s first powerplay opportunity of the night. The North Vancouver, BC native notched his third goal of the season while Neiley was credited with the secondary assist on the play.

The Solar Bears made it a 1-1 game with 3:20 left in the first period. Matt Rupert took a wrist shot toward a waiting Johnny McInnis at the top of the crease, who redirected the puck past Gladiators goaltender, Matt Ginn. The marker was the assistant captain’s fifth goal of the season.

Nesbitt made himself the first Gladiator to reach double-digits in goals at the 15:01 mark of the second period. After receiving a Neiley pass from across the ice, the captain lasered a wrist shot into the top-right corner of the net past the glove of Madore. The goal came on the third Atlanta powerplay opportunity and gave Neiley his second assist of the game while Zach Yuen was credited with the secondary assist.
Mike Merrifield increased the lead to 3-1 off a quick reaction shot that slid through Madore’s legs. The Beverly Hills, Michigan native ripped a shot towards the goal that bounced off the Madore’s chest. The puck landed directly between the two players, allowing Merrifield to tap it through Madore’s five-hole for his second goal of the season. Joe Stejskal and J.T. Barnett both notched helpers on the play.

Orlando cut the lead to 3-2 with 16:19 left in the third period. Eric Baier received a pass from Lindsay Sparks high at the center point and slapped a long-range shot past Ginn for the North Kingstown, RI native’s fifth goal of the season. Rupert was awarded the secondary assist on the marker.

The Solar Bears tied the game off the skate of a Gladiator in front from an Eric Faille centering pass attempt with just 34.7 seconds remaining in regulation. Sparks wristed the puck towards goal and had it trickle into the net after the redirected in the slot. The goal ultimately forced the game into overtime giving both clubs one point in the standings.

After a scoreless back and forth OT, J.T. Barnett was the only player to score for either team in the best-of-three shootout to give the Gladiators their tenth win of the season and the extra point in the contest. Matt Ginn made all three saves in the shootout on top of his 35 stops during the game for the win in net.

Atlanta now jumps into sole position of second place in the south division with the win improving their season record to 10-7-1-0 with 21 points. Orlando collected a big point after trailing late in the third and increased their point total to 20 on the season in their third shootout loss.

Glads Fall to Monarchs
Thursday, November 26, 2015

Playing Manchester for the second game in a row, the Gladiators were hoping to have a victorious Thanksgiving night. The Monarchs would spoil their plans, however, as Atlanta fell 3-2 on Thursday.

The Gladiators opened up the scoring on a 3-on-2 rush 13:39 into the first period. Max Everson found Daniel Bahntge coming onto the ice as his penalty expired, who passed it up to Brock Higgs on the right wing side. The forward threw it across the net mouth of the Monarchs goaltender, Colin Stevens, to a waiting Ian Barteaux, who deposited the puck into the net for his first goal as a Gladiator. The helpers are the fifth and sixth assists for Bahntge and Higgs, respectively.

Manchester evened the score at one with 2:45 left in the first period. Matt Leitner intercepted a Gladiator clearing attempt in his attacking zone and quickly played it to Zac Larraza who backhanded it past the glove of the Gladiators goaltender, Andy Iles. The goal was the Scottsdale, AZ native’s seventh tally while Leitner notched his eleventh helper of the year on the play.

The Monarchs took a 2-1 lead with 6:15 left in the second period. Yann Suave muscled a shot from the center point towards goal that ricocheted off a Gladiator skate and redirected in past Iles. The notch was the second of the year for the veteran defenseman while Gaspar Kopitar and Matt White both recorded assists on the play.

The Gladiators tied the game at two apiece 30 seconds into the third period off a Derrick Nesbit slap shot from the left point. The goal marked the ninth goal of the season for the Seaforth, Ontario native. Everson was credited with his fourth assist on the year on the captain’s equalizer.

Manchester took advantage of their second powerplay opportunity of the evening as David Kolomatis drilled a shot past the stick of Iles for a 3-2 lead. The Monarchs went ahead with 11:41 left in the third period on the goal that marked the New Jersey native’s fourth tally of the season. Suave and White were both credited with the helpers and their second points of the game.

Atlanta was unable to tie the game down the stretch giving Manchester the 3-2 victory. In the defeat, the Gladiators remained at 19 points on the season with a record 9-7-1-0. The Monarchs jumped over Atlanta in the standings improving to 20 points on the campaign and increasing their record to 10-7-0.

Photo Credit: Lindsay Hartmann

Food Drive at Thursday’s Game
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Join the Gladiators for their annual Thanksgiving Night game and help the Glads provide an "assist" to local Food Banks and Homeless Shelters across Metro Atlanta and North Georgia! Every season, we ask our generous members of Glads Nation to bring non-perishable food items to our Thanksgiving game, and they deliver!

Fans who bring a non-perishable food item will receive a special ticket offer good for one half-price ($11.50) Premium Level Ticket per item donated. This offer is only available at the Arena at Infinite Energy Center Box Office, and can be redeemed in advance of the game day - or upon arrival for that evening’s game.

NEW THIS SEASON: When the Gladiators visited various Food Banks in Gwinnett County during Training Camp this season, the one item that was mentioned at every location was JELLY. While not an item we typically thing off when making donations to those in need, it is apparently in high demand - especially among families with children - and as it’s considered more of a "want" item versus a need, one not often in stock. While we’ll happily take any non-perishable food item you’re willing to donate, we thought we’d mention the jelly demand to our fans.

As always, the Gladiators remain ever thankful for our wonderful and generous fan base. We hope you and yours have a special and heartwarming Thanksgiving, and we’ll see you after the table has been cleared!

Gladiators Trump Rabbits 4-3
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Starting their week off with game one of four that take place in the next five days, the Gladiators traveled up to Greenville and came back with two points. The Swamp Rabbits kept things interesting throughout the sixty minutes of hockey, but Atlanta held off a late Greenville push to capture the 4-3 victory.

Greenville opened the scoring on the night halfway through the opening frame. Rob Kwiet sent a cross-ice pass that went off a skate in front of the net and then slid past Gladiators goalie Andy Iles. The former Gladiator gave the Swamp Rabbits the 1-0 lead, and notched his second goal of the season on the powerplay, while Darian Dziurzynski was credited with his fifth assist.

Eric Neiley tied the game at one for the Gladiators with 4:21 left in the first period. The rookie notched his second goal on the season with a flutter shot from the right circle that went over the shoulder of Swamp Rabbits goalie P.J. Musico. Nate Condon was credited with his sixth helper on the play, and Max Everson got his second with the secondary assist.

Coming off the momentum of four consecutive big saves by Andy Iles, the Gladiators took a 2-1 lead with five minutes remaining in the second period. Max Everson sent the puck past the sprawling Musico on a one-timer off a pass from Mike Merrifield for the shorthanded goal. The Harvard product scored his fourth tally on the season after Merrifield drew a penalty at center ice, then recovered and gave a saucer pass directly to Everson for the goal. The play marked Merrifield’s sixth assist on the year, while Daniel Bahntge was credited with his third helper.

Derek Nesbitt then doubled the Atlanta lead to 3-1 with a goal from the left circle that trickled through the legs of P.J. Musico. The Gladiators captain notched his eighth tally on the year with 3:11 left in the middle frame. Merrifield and Bahntge were both credited with their second points of the game on the play.

With just over five minutes gone in the third Period, Greenville captain Bretton Cameron cut the Atlanta lead in half and made the score 3-2. The Alberta native scored the powerplay goal on the Swamp Rabbits five-on-three to bring life back to the home team. Richard Nejezchleb and Josh Nicholls were credited with the assists on the three-on-one rush.

Brock Higgs regained the two-goal lead for Atlanta with a powerplay goal 11:03 into the final frame. The 5-foot-11 forward slid the dormant puck past the red line after it had slid through the legs of Musico and stopped on the goal line. Derek Nesbitt got his second point of the game with an assist, and Thomas Frazee was also credited with a helper on the play that put the Gladiators ahead 4-2.

With five minutes remaining Greenville cut the deficit again and made it 4-3 on a goal from Ryan Rashid. The third-year pro scored his fourth of the year on a break out play that saw the Swamp Rabbits beat the Gladiators on a three-on-two zone entry. Jordan Knackstedt and Kodie Curran both received an assist on the play.

Holding on with multiple saves by Andy Iles in the dying seconds of the game, Atlanta improved to 8-6-1-0 on the year with 17 points, placing them in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. With the loss on home ice, Greenville fell to 6-9-1-0 on the year with only 13 points, putting them in thirteenth place in the conference.

Glads Were at FYE Wednesday
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Join the Gladiators on your lunch hour Wednesday, from 12:00 - 1:00 PM, at the FYE store in Sugarloaf Mills! Glads Forward Daniel Bahntge and Defensemen Nolan Descoteaux and Zach Sarig will be in attendance to sign autographs, pose for pics, and meet with fans! FYE is located in Neighborhood 4, directly across from the AMC Movie Theater. We suggest you park in the AMC/Dave & Buster’s parking area, and enter through the Neighborhood 4 entrance.

Glads Tame Monarchs 3-2
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Playing their second game in as many days, the Gladiators continued the solid, all-around effort seen in Monday’s game in Greenville with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the visiting Manchester Monarchs on Tuesday night.

The Gladiators opened up the scoring with a Tyler Murovich goal that came at the 12:28 mark of the first period. Zach Sarig fired a shot from the left point that ricocheted off the stick of Murovich and into the net. Justin Buzzeo was credited with the secondary assist on the play.

Atlanta would double the score just over a minute later. Monarchs goaltender, Michael Houser, misplayed the puck behind the net giving Derrick Nesbitt an opportunity to pass to a waiting Eric Neiley, who shot it through Houser’s legs. The goal was the Warminster, PA native’s third goal of the season and gave Nesbitt his seventh assist of the year.

The Monarchs cut the lead in half as Austin Block was able to blast a rebound into the net. Matt Mackenzie took a shot from the right circle that careened off the pad of Gladiators goaltender, Andy Iles. The puck fortuitously landed right in front of Block who easily notched the first goal of the campaign for the Monarchs to make the score 2-1 at the 14:33 mark of the second period.

The Gladiators executed a flawless breakaway rush to increase their lead to 3-1 at the 15:31 mark of the third period. Daniel Bahntge completed a through-pass to the Buzzeo who blasted the puck past Houser’s glove side on the breakaway for his second tally of the year. Max Everson, who started the play, was credited with the secondary assist.

Atlanta would see their two-goal lead cut down to one just ten seconds later. Troy Power found Tony Turgeon off the face-off at center who then skated into the zone and whipped a drive past Iles’ glove. The goal was the Grand Forks, ND native’s first goal of the season and marked Power’s first assist of the year.

The Gladiators held off the fierce Monarchs attack down the stretch to end the game and hold on for a 3-2 win. Atlanta improved to 9-6-1 with the victory and leaped frogged Manchester in the standings as they increased their point total to 19. Manchester dropped to 9-7-0 with the loss and remain at 18 points.

Photo Credit: Lindsay Hartmann

Glads to Sport Flame Jerseys
Saturday, November 21, 2015

For the first time this season, the Gladiators will don their Gladiator Flame 3rd Jerseys at tonight’s contest against the South Carolina Stingrays. The sweaters, introduced last season and worn as the "home" jersey for the 2nd half of the 14-15 season, will be integrated into the Glads schedule in a more traditional 3rd jersey manner this year.

The Glads have embraced the extremely popular design, utilizing the logos and color scheme in a number of new merchandise items for the 2015-2016 season. Stop by the Gladiators Team Store (located outside of Section 122) to pick up your favorites!

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Gladiators Shut Out by Rays
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Despite outshooting the Stingrays 39-27, the Gladiators couldn’t solve goaltender Mark Dekanich tonight, and fell to South Carolina 3-0.

The scoring opened early in the contest when Colin Mulvey put South Carolina on the board 6:07 into the first period. The Norwich University product put a rebound past sprawling Gladiators goaltender Kent Patterson to give the Stingrays a 1-0 lead. The tally marked Mulvey’s third goal of the year, while Brett Cameron received his fourth assist on the year, and Joe Devin notched his team leading eighth helper on the play.

South Carolina doubled their lead just before the end of the opening frame when Brett Cameron knocked in his own rebound with only 31 seconds remaining. The second year pro put the visiting team up 2-0 when he redirected a shot from the point by Brendan Ellis into the pad of Kent Patterson, and then smacked in the second chance. Cameron’s second point on the night marked his fourth goal on the season, with Ellis getting credit for his second assist and Jordan Kwas receiving his seventh on the play.

After a scoreless second period, the Stingrays added to their lead halfway through the final frame. Tyler Lewington put a wrist shot over the glove of Patterson as he exited the penalty box and went directly into a two-on-one with Austin Fyten. The rookie scored his first goal of the season on the play and Fyten was credited with his third assist on the tally that put South Carolina ahead 3-0.

Up next the Gladiators take on division rival the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Monday November 23rd. The puck drops at 7:05 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville.

Stache Bash is Saturday
Friday, November 20, 2015

In celebration of the Gladiators 4th Annual ’Stache Bash, and to raise additional funds for the team’s official #MOVEMBER Fundraiser, the Glads have a new fun way to select the best ’MO on the team at Saturday’s game! Visit the ’Stache Bash Baggery located adjacent to the Gladiators Information Booth in the main lobby of the Infinite Energy Center throughout the game tomorrow night to cast your vote for the best face fuzz in the bunch. Fans are asked to "vote" by dropping dollar bills into the corresponding player’s bag who gets their vote. At the end of the game, we’ll tally the funds raised from each players bag and determine a winner to be announced on the Gladiators social media on Monday morning.

All of the proceeds from the vote will be donated to the Gladiators Team Movember Fund, as created by Head Coach Andy Brandt.

Also the Glads will be auctioning off a one-of-a-kind team autographed stick at Saturday’s game. The stick, painted in the symbolic blue used for Prostate Cancer Awareness, will be autographed by the entire Gladiators squad and will be used by Gladiators Alternate Captain Joe Stejskal during warm-ups before the game.

Fans who would like to participate in the auction can visit the same ’Stache Bash Baggery table in the main lobby to place their bids in advance of the silent auction’s end at the conclusion of the 2nd Intermission. Proceeds from the auction will go directly to the team’s Movember fundraiser.

The silent auction will end promptly at the conclusion of the 2nd intermission. If, at the end, two bidders are locked in a bidding war, the auction will go live with bidding continuing among the two until a winner is determined. Cash, credit, or check (with presentation of a valid photo ID) are acceptable forms of payment. If the winning bidder pays with cash/credit, they may take the stick with them Saturday. If paying by check, the winning bidder must wait until their check clears the bank, and then they will be contacted by the Gladiators Office to come pick up the stick.

1st Glads PGP This Saturday
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Gladiators invite you to join us after the game this SATURDAY night for our first 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: Derek Nesbitt and Tyler Shiplo

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 Nesbitt and Shiplo, 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.