The Gwinnett Gladiators opened their three game road trip with a 4-2 win Wednesday over the Trenton Titans at the Sun National Bank Center in New Jersey. The win moves the Glads (3-2-0-0) into first place in the South Division of the ECHL while the Titans (1-4-0-0) remain last in the North Division.
The home team scored first when forward Matt Germain netted his first of the season off a rebound 1:56 into the first period when Gwinnett goaltender Marc Cheverie failed to control the rebound from a Chris Berenguer slap shot. Cheverie made 13 stops in the opening period to keep the score 1-0 until rookie Scott Fleming evened things with a goal with 59 seconds left in the period. Fleming, a Coyotes prospect, beat Titans goalie Dave Caruso with a wrist shot from the far circle for his second goal of the young season. Shane Sims assisted for his first point as a pro.
The Titans reclaimed the lead at 2:14 in the second period when Andy Bohmbach scored a shorthanded goal. With the Glads down 2-1, Fleming buried a rebound chance from the far side off a Sims shot at 7:23 to tie the game at 2. Sims and Joey Haddad had assists.
Gwinnett took their first lead of the night at 2:33 of the third period when Pat Galivan scored on a powerplay with Tyler Helfrich assisting. Sims gave the Glads a two-goal advantage and closed out the scoring for the game when he netted a tip-in off a sharp pass from Tyler Murovich for his first pro goal.
Gwinnett Gladiators 4 Trenton Titans 2
Gwinnett goalie Cheverie won his second game with the Glads stopping 34 of 36 shots while Titan net minder, a Roswell native and former Gladiator, Caruso stopped 27 of 31 shots on goal.
* Gwinnett was 1-for-5 on the powerplay (5-for-24 for the season) while holding Trenton 0-for-6. For the season Gwinnett has held opponents to 1-for-14 on powerplay opportunities on the road.
ECHL Stars of the Game:
#1 GWT – 10 Scott Fleming
#2 GWT – 24 Shane Sims
#3 TRE – 15 Adam Presizniuk
The Glads play the second of three road games Friday when they face off with the Wheeling Nailers. Gladiator first year head coach Wroblewski was an assistant with the Nailers last season and makes his first trip back to face his former boss, Stan Drulia.
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The Gwinnett Gladiators are members of the South Division of the ECHL (the Premier “AA” Hockey League) and have affiliation agreements for player placement and development with both the Phoenix Coyotes and the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League.
The Gladiators play home games at the 11,355 seat Arena at Gwinnett, located off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth.
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