Posted: Thursday, November 14th 2013 at 11:00pm
Coyotes prospect scores game-winner to help Glads over Everblades
DULUTH -– After missing six games with an injury, forward Brenden Walker made up for lost time Thursday night. The Coyotes prospect scored the game-winning goal with just over four minutes left in the third period to propel the Gladiators to their third win in four games, 5-4 over the Florida Everblades at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
Forward Michael Embach, acquired from Cincinnati via trade on Wednesday, also scored a goal to go with two assists in his Gwinnett (4-8) debut, and Peter Delmas made 29 saves to get the win between the pipes. The loss was Florida’s first of the season on the road this season (6-1), and the first of the season for Blades goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis (22 saves).
With the game tied 4-4 in the third, defenseman Sacha Guimond drove hard to the Florida net-front and was denied by Gudlevskis. The rebound shot back out to the slot however, and Walker was there to hammer it home for his second goal as a pro.
Gwinnett finished 1-for-1 on the power play, while Florida went 0-for-3. The same two teams meet again Friday at 7:05 p.m. at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
Florida (8-2-1-1) jumped on the board just 2:21 into the game, with Matthew Pistilli’s league leading 11th goal putting the Blades ahead. Gwinnett drew even a little over three minutes later, as Coyotes prospect Josh Currie blasted a slapper from the far circle over the shoulder of Gudlevskis with Jeremie Malouin assisting.
The newest Gladiator Embach set up the Gladiators second goal, putting a brilliant pass into the slot that Dirk Southern ripped past Gudlevskis at 19:03 with Justin Weller getting the second assist.
Kyle Bonis tied the game at 2-2 3:35 into the second for Florida, but Gwinnett again bounced back. Embach jammed home a rebound in the crease for his first goal as a Gladiator, making it a 3-2 game at 6:21. Jonathan Narbonne and Joey Haddad had the helpers.
Marshall Everson’s second goal of the season pushed the Gladiators lead to 4-2, as the rookie deflected a point shot from Embach past Gudlevskis, with Walker also assisting. The Everblades cut the deficit to one late in the period however, on Bonis’ second tally of the night.
Brandon McLean tied the game 4:25 into the third, but Gwinnett again had an answer and gained ground on their South Division rivals.
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