The Gwinnett Gladiators opened the 2011-2012 home schedule by thumping the division rival Greenville Road Warriors in front of a rowdy home opening crowd of 5,440 Friday night at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
Gwinnett (2-1-0-0) returned home after opening the season on the road with a split of a two-game series with the Florida Everblades. The Glads dropped the opener by a 4-2 count but rebounded with a 2-1 win in the last of the two-game set when they won in an 11 round shootout.
Gwinnett defenseman Corey Fienhage scored the first goal of his pro career early in the first period on a power play that gave the Glads a 1-0 lead. The Road Warriors (0-3-0-0) answered less than a minute-and-a-half later by netting a goal to even the score. The first period ended with the score even at 1-1.
Gwinnett Rookie forward Bryan Brutlag scored his first pro goal when he blasted a shot past Greenville goalie Jerry Kuhn that put the Glads up 2-1 in the second period. Pat Flache and Tyler Murovich received assists.
1:44 later, Alpharetta native Brad Miller scored the Glads third goal of the night with Nikita Kashirsky and Tyler Helfrich getting the assists. The second ended with the Gladiators holding the 3-1 advantage.
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The third period saw Helfrich net a pair of goals only 18 seconds apart. The Rookie, playing in his first game as a Gladiator, scored at 6:51 and 7:09 to give Gwinnett a 5-1 lead and Pat Galivan scored his second of the season at 15:45 to close out the scoring.
Gwinnett Gladiators 6 Greenville Road Warriors 1
Gladiators’ goaltender Marc Cheverie stopped 36-of-37 shots on the way to his first win with Gwinnett. Road Warriors goalie Jerry Kuhn allowed six goals for the second straight start and took the loss.
- The Glads were 2-for-3 on power-plays after going 0-for-7 in the previous outing against the Everglades.
ECHL Stars of the Game
GWT – 19 Tyler Helfrich
GWT – 71 Nikita Kashirsky
GWT – 1 Marc Cheverie
ECHL League Standings
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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