Posted: Saturday, November 23rd 2013 at 12:25am
Gladiators drop close, physical match in Greenville
GREENVILLE, S.C. -– A familiar sight as of late, the Gwinnett Gladiators kicked up the pressure in the latter 30 minutes of play, but on Friday were unable to finish the job as they lost to the Greenville Road Warriors, 2-1.
Playing in the ECHL for the first time in nearly a month, Louis Domingue was besieged for 45 shots on net from the Road Warriors and stopped all but two.
The lone Gladiators (5-11-0-0) goal came in the third period when Marshall Everson passed the puck to Kurtis Bartliff in front of Greenville’s Jeff Malcolm. Bartliff deflected the pass up in the air, and swung his stick at it, batting it past Malcolm’s glove at 5:40 in the third. Beyond that, Malcolm was sterling for the Road Warriors (6-7-1-1), making 31 saves on 32 shots.
The Road Warriors broke out with two goals in the early parts of thesecond period as Mike Marcou scored through the legs of Domingue, just 36 seconds into the period. Exactly three minutes later, Andrew Rowe scored his fourth goal against the Gladiators this season on a broken play in the neutral zone. Brandon Hynes collected the loose puck at center, passed ahead to Marc-Olivier Vallerand on a three-on-none opportunity, who then skated in on Domingue’s right side and passed to Rowe on the left side of the crease for the one-timer.
After that, Gwinnett came back with sustained pressure following a Joey Haddad collision in front of the scorer’s table. The impact from the check with Brad Cole broke the glass into three large pieces and fell in on Greenville’s public address announcer and ECHL off-ice official. The game was delayed for nearly ten minutes as the Bon Secours Wellness Arena ice crew found a replacement pane. No one was injured in the aftermath.
Greenville kept up the pressure on Domingue early and often in the first period, racking up 21 shots against the 21-year-old. That was the highest total any opposing team has mustered against the Gladiators in the opening frame so far this season. Gwinnett registered nine shots in the first, with seven coming at even strength.
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