WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 5 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: Enmarket Arena - Savannah, G.A.
WHO: Atlanta Gladiators at Savannah Ghost Pirates
SAVANNAH, G.A. - The Gladiators hit the road to collide with the Ghost Pirates for battle at the Enmarket Arena Thursday evening. Atlanta and Savannah clashed on Jan. 1 at Gas South Arena where the Gladiators pulled off a 2-0 win thanks to a 23 save shutout from David Tendeck.
Scouting the Ghost Pirates: Savannah has struggled over their last ten games, sporting a 1-7-2 over that time. Their last win came on December 31st in a 5-1 victory over the Jacksonville Icemen. Rookie goaltender Isaiah Saville leads the way for Savannah owning a 4-10-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against average and a respectable .923 save percentage. The Ghost Pirates are led offensively by Vincent Marleau’s 23 points (10G-13A). Forward Brent Pedersen has posted 12 goals so far this season to lead his club.
Glads’ heating up: With their victory on Sunday, Atlanta capped a 3-for-3 weekend, earning all six points. Their efforts have the Gladiators sitting on top of the South Division with 40 points through 30 games. Atlanta has been playing very well as of late with a 6-3-1-0 record over their past 10 contests, and a 19-9-2-0 record on the season.
Tendeck shuts the door: Goaltender David Tendeck continues his strong play this season for the Atlanta Gladiators. This past weekend the Glads’ netminder won back-to-back games at home. On Saturday night Tendeck stopped 32 of 34 shots he faced to help defeat the Norfolk Admirals 3-2. His strong play earned him an encore performance Sunday afternoon where he stopped all 23 saves sent his way en route to shutting out Savannah 2-0. Tendeck now owns a 8-5-1-0 record on the season with a 3.07 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage.
Sylvester’s Home Cookin’: Cody Sylvester enters Thursday’s contest on a 3-game scoring streak as he managed to score in all games he played this past weekend. Sylvester also picked up an assist in Saturday’s contest for four points in his last three games. The Kelowna, British Columbia native is in his second season with the Gladiators and is tied with Eric Neiley for most points on the team (28) with 12 goals and 16 assists in 30 games this year.