With both teams playing their third game in three nights, Atlanta and Orlando met for a rematch of the Friday's 5-3 Glads win. The Gladiators were in pursuit of back-to-back wins in Orlando at the Amway Center for the first time since November, 7-8, 2012.
Atlanta once again scored the first goal of the contest for an ECHL leading seventh time of the season. Rookie forward, Trevor Mingoia received a drop pass on a 2-on-1 rush from Brock Higgs and blasted a slap shot into the goal past Solar Bears' goalie Ryan Massa. Eric Neiley collected the secondary assist on Mingoia's second goal of his young pro career.
The Gladiators made it 2-0 when Mingoia potted his second tally of the evening. The Providence College product was the beneficiary of a ricochet off the end-wall and put the puck in an open net giving him a pair of goals in the game. Bryan Cameron and Ben Marshall were given credit for the helpers.
Atlanta went up by three when Thomas Frazee scored his third tally in last two games which put him tied for the league lead in goals with six. Derek Nesbitt sent Frazee in on a breakaway and the fourth-year propelled the puck into the top shelf. The third goal of the contest for Atlanta put the Gladiators up 3-0 after the first period.
The Gladiators picked up right where they left off in the first and went up by four 20 seconds into period two. Frazee won a face-off right to Nesbitt who one-timed the puck into the top half of the net. The goal gave both skaters two points on the night and drove Massa out of the game as he was relieved by goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo.
Nesbitt added another mark from almost the same spot 8:26 into the third and put Atlanta up 5-0. Bryan Cameron notched his second assist of the contest and he sent Nesbitt down the wing with a head-man pass. The Captain beat Kaskisuo on a slap shot for his fifth goal of the campaign.
Higgs joined in on the multi-point evenings on a power play goal making it 6-0 Gladiators. Marshall took a shot from the point that was tipped on goal by Higgs. The Kingston, ON native put the puck in on the rebound at 17:03 of the middle period. Nesbitt picked up his second assist on the play which gave the veteran a four-point night.
Orlando broke the shutout of Glads goalie Matt Ginn with under a minute to go in the middle stanza. Joe Perry scored his second goal in his last two games on a rebound of a T.J. Foster shot. Brett Findlay also was credited with a helper on the Solar Bears tally that made the score 6-1 Atlanta.
Tyler Murovich registered his fifth point in his last four games when he scored on a wrist shot from the right wing circle, 3:13 into the third. Patrick McCadden earned his first point as a Gladiator on the pass prior to the Murovich tally. The goal was the Pittsburgh native's sixth of the year which put him into a tie for the league and team lead in goals.
Orlando added another 11:35 into the final period. Solar Bears Captain, Eric Baier collected his first goal of the season on a 3-on-2 rush. Findlay got his second point of the night with Denver Manderson also getting a helper on the goal.
Marshall then collected his third point of the game and first goal as a Gladiator. Neiley and Higgs led the rush into the Orlando zone and found the trailing Marshall who placed the puck past Kaskisuo for the eighth Atlanta marker. The tally gave the Gladiators their most goals in a game since the 7-2 win in Estero, Florida against the Everblades on January 17th, 2014 and the decisive 8-2 victory on the road.
In the dominating win, Atlanta went into the league lead with 10 points and improved their season record to 4-3-1-1. With the six goal loss, Orlando fell to 1-3 and remained at two points.