The Gwinnett Gladiators were in New Jersey Wednesday night to take on the Trenton Titans at the Sun National Bank Center in ECHL action. The Gladiators scored first and went on to a 3-2 win. The victory gives Gwinnett a sweep of the two-game season series with Trenton.
Scott Arnold put Gwinnett (29-18-2-1) on top at the 15:20 mark of the first period when he beat Trenton goalie Scott Wedgewood (L, 31 saves) to give the Gladiators a 1-0 lead. Andy Brandt and Casey Pierro-Zabotel each picked up assists on Arnold’s 12th point of the 2012-13 campaign. It is the 50th point of the season for Pierro-Zabotel, who is 6th in the league in that category. The opening period ended with the Gwinnett holding a 1-0 advantage over Trenton.
The Titans pulled even in the second period on a Jacob Cepis marker that came on the power play barely two minutes (2:12) into the second stanza. Cepis beat Gwinnett goaltender Louis Domingue (W, 29 saves) to make it a 1-1 game. Jesse Todd and Brian Haczyk earned the helpers. Gwinnett regained the lead 7:53 into the period when Cody Brookwell lit the lamp for his third goal of the season on a slap shot. Arnold and Jason Clark earned the assists. The second intermission came with Gwinnett leading Trenton 2-1.
Defenseman Sacha Guimond uncorked a laser that Haddad deflected past Wedgewood at the 12:37 mark of the third period to increase the Glads lead to 3-1. Alex Bezile picked up his 22nd point with an assist, while Guimond earned his 35th (8 G, 27 A) with the second helper. Just seven seconds later the Titans got that tally back thanks to an odd-man rush that Mike Ullrich finished by beating Domingue in close. That would be as close as Trenton would come as Gwinnett held on for the 3-2 victory.
Domingue is 15-7-1-1 after the Gwinnett win with a 2.85 GAA for the season. Wedgewood drops to 14-16-2-1 with the Trenton loss. His GAA is 3.36.
Gwinnett was 0-for-1 on the power play and totaled 8 minutes on 4 infractions, while Trenton was successful on 1-of-4 PP chances with only a single infraction (2 minutes).
Gwinnett out-shot Trenton for the night by a 33-31 count.
First Star: GWT – 27 Joey Haddad (1 G, GWG, +1 rating)
Second Star: GWT – 7 Scott Arnold (1 G, 1 A, +1 rating)
Third Star: TRE – 22 Bryan Haczyk (2 A)
The Gladiators return to action Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. in Wheeling against the Nailers, Coach John Wroblewski’s former team.
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The Gladiators are the ECHL affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League and play home games at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. The ECHL is the Premier “AA” League.
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